May 14, 2010 by jessperriam
Eg eiti Jess – pron. ear eye tur (as in turd) Jess.
My name is Jess.
That’s about the only phrase I know how to say in Faroese.
I’m a firm believer that having English as my first language is an enormous privilege.
But I’m all too aware that it’s a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
I am an Anglophone and a Francophone. But for the most part, neither of these languages will get me very far on my travels.
I shudder to think that I’ll ever be that traveller who raises their voice, speaks slowly and with their hands to a bewildered local, saying, ‘Do.. YOU speak English?!’
No. I don’t want to be that person. Ever.
I want to at least try to communicate in the native language, at the very least as a sign of respect. Or at the very hilarious to be able to have common ground with the locals, laughing at how I tried and failed to speak their language.
But my brain wants to cry at the thought of squeezing in key phrases (and a few non-key phrases) in the following languages: Faroese, Egyptian Arabic, Turkish, Albanian and Italian.
I’m leaving in two and a half weeks so there is certainly no time like the present to get cracking and start rote learning.
So here we go: five phrases per day, a different language each day.