9 August 2014

'Rented Sister !'

"The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it." ~ Jonathan Culver

It was during one of those funny days in the college that I met with my funny friend and had really fun time that made me to smile from ear to ear. Besides, it made me to wonder about the jocular facet of English language that presents to us in our usual life. Here is our conversations;

ME, myself
HE, my college friend (not a fluent English speaker, just like me.)
Time : Afternoon (1:11:11 pm)

SCENE: It's time for physics practical class. ME and HE are heading towards the class, with usual idle chat. There are also some other classmates busy in their own ways.

ME: [Gesturing.] Did you have lunch?

HE: Yes. [Pointing towards ME.] How a-bout...?

ME: Yeah. I had.

HE: [Eagerly.] Where? Your home?

ME: Yeah. Sure.

HE: Where...your home? Last year?

ME: No. Now we are shifted to AC Guards, a five-minute walk from the college.

HE: [Nodding.] Oh!

[His friends eye at them and dissolve into laughter.]

HE: [Turning to them, says something in their language.]

ME: [Smiling.] Why are they laughing at you?

HE: [Frowning.] My English talking...you understand?

ME: Yeah. It's more than enough, you are speaking well and only if you speak you will be able to speak fluent-er otherwise nothing will help you. Feel comfortable, don't get uneasy at their laughter because it's your way of learning the things for yourself, people will say many things, don't listen to them, keep going, keep moving.

HE: [Beaming.] How we...improve English?

ME: I don't have much idea about it but as far as what I know is, reading books and writing articles. I believe reading and writing are the basic pillars for English improvement. Besides, learning to speak, as you do too can help you improve your speaking skills. These are what I believe and do.

HE: [Looks at his friends and smiles.]

[They reach the class, teacher hasn't come yet. They stay outside beneath the giant tree.]

ME: Hope you will always speak in English to me and learn speaking everyday for one day you will surely be able to speak fluently.

HE: [Sighing.] Yes. I will try.

ME: [With thumbs up.] That's good to hear from you. Be bold to learn it. You can.

[Silence follows and then the leaves above them rustle in the breeze.]

HE: [Stammering.] In your country school...small child, talk English? 

ME: Yeah. We learn English at very early age like any other subjects, like maths and physics. How about you?
HE: We don't learn. We learn English... first time in this college.

ME: [With surprise.] Then which language did you learn in your intermediate classes?

HE: Telugu (one of the language in hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India)

ME: [Believing.] Oh! So you didn't get to learn.

[Two of their female classmates come.]

HE: [Grinning. Pointing at one of the girls.] She is my sister.

ME: [Smiling. Believing. Nodding] Oh!

[The girls giggle and enter the class]

ME: [Doubting.] Is she your real sister?

HE: Yes. No. I mean she is [Stuttering] ke-rai (meaning rent).

ME: [Unknowingly.] You are trying to say 'sister for a rent'.

HE: Yes.

ME: [Laughing out loud.] That means 'rented sister.'

HE: Yes. Your are correct.

ME: [Continues laughing.]

HE: [Amused.] Why are you laughing? I am not telling the right word. Please teach me.

ME: You are right but usually we say 'rent' in terms of house or shop but definitely not for a sister or brother because it's disapproving. Instead, you have to say as 'adopted sister.'

HE: [Smiles with uneasiness] 'Adopted sister.'

ME: [Wonders about the word, 'rented sister' and ponders about the jocular facet of English language.]

[The teacher comes. All get in for the class. The class begins.]

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