This is J. I felt it important to share this humerus and slightly disturbing language learning adventure today. Mid day I went out to buy some garlic cloves for dinner tonight and there were some local woman selling spices on the side of the road. I bought some okra and was going to buy some garlic but didn’t have small bills. I walked to a local corner store (ducan) and bought garlic there. When I had change I walked back to buy garlic from the woman. After purchasing her garlic a girl of about 10years came up to me and said, “you fuc-a-me” and held out a five Sudanese pound bill (this is equivalent to $1.24 USD).
I was slightly troubled did I just get solicited by this ten year old girl? Thinking I heard her wrong I said, “tahni?” (or again?). Once again she said, “you fuc-a-me”. Hmmm I heard her right. I saw an older woman laugh and thought I might be in a bad situation really fast I said, “no..noo…I need to go home” and waved my finger back and forth in the air as I spoke. As I walked home I thought to myself did I just get solicited by a ten year on the streets of Melut?
Once returning home I saw Eli, who understands quite a bit more Arabic then me. I proceeded to tell him that a 10 year old girl was trying to solicit something and wanted five pounds. When I explained that she said, “you-fuc-a-me” Eli laughed. He went on to explain that ” fuc-a” means to change. The little girl wanted five one Sudanese pounds in exchange for her five Sudanese pound bill. That is one word I will not have to write on an index card and memorize for it has been burned into my memory. I now feel safe walking the streets of Melut again. That is it for now.
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