Archive for October 9th, 2009

Language Matter

I experienced a funny experience this evening. It happened when I was on my way back from the office. I was looking for a motorcycle service station along the way, when I spotted one on Pramuka street about a hundred meters before the railroad.

Since I was running very low on oil, I pulled my motorcycle aside and stopped just in front of the service station. I was just getting of my bike and was walking up to the counter when this lady approached me. At first I thought she was the owner of the place, that is until she spoke to me.

“Do you speak English?” She said. “Yes, I do speak English” I replied. To make long story short, she and her husband and son came from Saudi Arabia. She said that she is a newcomer in Indonesia and for some reason; she wanted to buy some spare parts for a motorcycle. Read the rest of this entry »