Wednesday, April 8, 2009

YES and NO

Here's an interesting little fact about the Albanian YES and NO:
YES = PO and NO = JO (pronounced YO)
As if the rhyming factor didn't make it hard enough to keep the two straight in my head, I still cannot rely on shaking my head in the normal way we Americans do. Instead, by shaking my head no, I am ACTUALLY saying yes in Albanian. I am still confused by this every day because it is pretty hard to break a habit you've had for 24 years. Moral of the story, head shaking to designate yes or no is NOT a universal language. =)

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