Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Three new habits I've picked up here:

The first shouldn't count, because it's part of learning Arabic, but in Arabic "yeah" is just "uh." So saying yes is really easy. uh. uh.

Second, the dismissal by hand wave. You just flick your hand out, like, "whatever..."

Thirdly, the tsk. At first it bothered me when people did it, because I'm not used to being so upfront with my disapproval, but now I find myself doing it, and it's hard to hold back. I was walking with Nancy and her sister in Nablus and her sister put her water bottle down on the sidewalk and I tsked her. I didn't even realize it until Nancy starting laughing.

Is it extra patronizing when a foreigner does it?