Language Issues

Our Costa Rican tour guide was wonderful.  Carlos knows the pitfalls and danger spots in the country (actually, not too many), as well as knowing where the ‘best’ prices were for we touristas.

Carlos spent some time in the States, earning cash to afford to start up his tour business.  So, his grasp of the English language is pretty good.  And, actually, so is his accent.  We rarely had to ask him to repeat anything.

There were, however, some very obvious exceptions.

On arrival, as we were all getting settled on the bus, Carlos informed us he had soda drinks for us.

Carlos: “Okay, peoples*, we have some Cock and Diet Cock for you!”

...and they're even available in cans!

He also had a slight pronunciation problem with the word “Folks”.

Carlos: “Okay, Fucks, here’s what we are doing next…”

Or, then again, maybe he DIDN’T have trouble with pronunciation…hmmm….

One of the couples on the trip went into town alone while the rest of us lounged by the pool.  They stopped at a place where the road was full of potholes.

Carlos: “Okay, Fucks, be careful of the buttholes out there.”

Unfortunately, my deputy adjacent assistant auxiliary dive buddy** pulled Carlos aside and corrected him so he didn’t say it after the third day.


Oh, and a couple more pictures – –

the sharks we got within 15 feet of...

croc teasing

Monkey Head Island...yeah, it does look a bit like one


*He did tend to pluralize plurals….peoples, gentlemens…much fun!

**My preferred dive buddy being unavailable, on an adventure of her own, and sorely missed on this trip.


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7 Responses to “Language Issues”

  1. hisqueen Says:

    those sharks would have sent my heart into permanent SVT’s. they are an awesome force of nature.terrified of them even living in Ohio..I was scared to death when I jumped in Lake Erie at 75 ft because who knows what monster may come up and snag me 15 miles from shore.–my brother laughed at me and pushed me off the back of the boat..(note..he chose not to jump in with me..hmm) fish bait is me..
    The monkey head is awesome.
    I’m with you on thinking he did his mis-pronunciation on purpose to see how long it took someone to correct him. bet he has a list of who will tell him and how long it would take.
    I think Daisy would have loved to tease the crocs..

  2. writerdood Says:

    Sounds like he was doing it on purpose to me too.

  3. Mitzi G Burger Says:

    I think accents are fascinating. It’s the one thing that’s not always taught to people learning a new language: the accent in which it’s best spoken!

  4. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    So you mean we’re not supposed to be called fucks?
    Aw geez, is my face red.

  5. daisyfae Says:

    canned cock and buttholes in the road? Where were you, again?

  6. kyknoord Says:

    Diet cock always leaves a bitter aftertaste.

  7. thegnukid Says:

    hisqueen – did your brother survive your retribution for his error?

    writerdood – i said that tongue-in-cheek…i really think he had no clue his pronunciation was that bad

    mitzi – unfortunately, many languages have too many versions…our US southern, western, new england, new york, etc. which to choose?

    stephanie – ooo, damn, i wasn’t supposed to let you know that. we wanted it to be a surprise.

    daisyfae – are you asking because you want to go or avoid?

    kyknoord – depends if you get the ‘classic’ version or the new, improved version

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