September 20, 2009

Salami?

I don't mean to offend anyone on this post.But what can I do, this is a true story!LOL

Working in a different country is hard for me at first, since its my first time working outside our beloved Philippines LOL! Anyway, handling the machines/ventilators are one of them, i studied them and manipulated them until I get familiar with the knobs and controls, next is, I always get lost!haha damn,its a big hospital with lots of hallways and turns and everything!!!

And the biggest challenge for me: the Indians!

Why?

Because I cannot understand them quickly when they speak to me. They have a strange way of speaking in English, they eat the words and they have a unique sound. Its a big issue since most of them are nurses and I have to communicate with them almost all the time!And there are more Indians here than Filipinos!

One time I was inside the isolation room, the Indian nurse came to the door and asked me:

nurse: Why is salami?

Me:huh? (clueless...in my mind:WTF is she talking about!)

nurse: salami!

Me:I don't know what you mean with salami?( is that the food?LOL i thought.) sister,please say it s-l-o-w-l-y...

nurse: why-is-it---a-l-a-r-m-i-n-g....????

Oh my gosh!hahaha I almost laugh so hard after I realized what she meant!

I have to ask them to repeat what they are trying to say 3 times before i could understand. That's why i have to focus my eyes on their lips when i talk to them so that i could read their mouth.

For my third month here, I guess I'm improving, I can get what they mean for asking them to repeat for only 2 times now!LOL

22 comments:

tuutuukii said...

nakakabaliw..
ahahaha...
ang astig ng "salami"
hahah...


tawa ako ng tawa dito, buti na lang sanay na mga tao sa akin na tumatawa ng mag isa...

anyway, thank you for visiting my blog.. hahaha kahit ako na unang dumalaw sayo.. thank you pa rin.. ;)

blurosebluguy said...

funny but true..it is the same problem i have...esp.if i communicate with indians...
the last time i was in india...mantakin.mo..dumugo ang tenga ko....wala akong naintindihan!

mini_me said...

I should know how you feel! Ive worked for a call center for almost a year. And sometimes we have to call & work with agents located in India. You are even luckier since you get to see how they talk. But I, I just have to put my attention to them when they're talking. See, we talk over the friggin' phone! Haha! :D

RaYe said...

hahah.. i know how you feel about it mac..

sa previous work ko, usual na ang indians kausap lalo na't one was my manager.. nyahahah...

tc jan parate.. and goodluck sa mga gagawin mo jan.. :)

dencios said...

potah! hahaha

pareho tayo mac.

hamu na ganyan talaga sila at alam naman nila na may problema talaga sila sa diction nila

Mac Callister said...

@tutuukii--haha maski mga friends ko nun kwento ko sa sa kanila tawa din sila ng todo

@blu--buti naman kala ko ako lang e hehe

@minime--why cant i visit ur link? hehe curious na ako sayo LOL

@raye--thank you for always being here,sana mas maging madali n mag comment sa blog mo low tech ako e LOL

@dencios--haha kaso ang hiraaaaaaap LOL

engel said...

about the smell as much as possible, ayoko magcomment sa kanila, kasi i know for sure, from their point of view, iba rin sa kanila yung amoy natin.

marvin said...

give it time. masasanay ka rin. at sa sobrang kahusayan nating mga pinoy, magagaya mo na rin sila later. at yun ang nakakatakot! hahahaha! do one thing...sh*tness! pati 'yang do one thing na yan! :)

Anonymous said...

R A C I S T

Mac Callister said...

@anonymous--im not.hehe sorry if i offend u :-)

mini_me said...

@anonymous, he's not racist. look, there's nothing wrong about it. it's reality, like the way they make fun of us, filipinos. mac's not making fun of them. what's funny is that we thought they're saying something else!

hi mac! haha. you cant visit the link 'cause i didn't put something for my url! stay being curious! keep safe dude! haha :D

Summer said...

Salami-Alarming? Goodness! At least, you only need 2 times repeat to understand what they are saying than before 3 times hahaha. =D You are improving lol. =D

Summer
A Writers Den
Brown Mestizo

Nash said...

hey mac by the way thanks for visiting my blog cheers!

well indians are kind enough to repeat if a person cannot understand what they were talking about :)

I know they were hard to understand at times coz they tend to eat up what they were saying.

Basyon said...

Ouch! haha I was laughing out loud while reading this post of you. Gosh! Ang lapit nmn ng salami sa alarming haha. I enjoy your post ever! And khit nung nakaraang linggo lang naospital ang brother koh, then meron din indian nurses doon. Ang gulo nila magsalita grabe haha. Kakapraning. Pero don't worry kaya moh yan. ;D

April
Stories from a Teenage Mom
Mom on the Run
Chronicles of a Hermit

Anonymous said...

looks like u nvr been outside the philipines b4, u know wat english is spoken differently in different countries. Lucky u nvr have to work with thai, or else u have to hear somthng like this " why ii alalmling" hahhha
u filipinos take good care of english while speaking, especially the 'r'.., 'why it is alarrming'
lolzzzzzz

no offense to any one yea

Mac Callister said...

@mini-me--wooow thank you for defending me i think i love u na LOL! and pa curious effect ka pa jan ha!

@summer--hehe yeah 2x only thats a big improvement!

@nash--you're welcome,yeah they are nice naman,but some get irritated at me when I cant understand them the first time but its alright mabuti na un malinaw kesa mali ang gawin ko sa pasyente di ba hehe.

@basyon--mejo magkatunog naman hehe.nasa ibang bansa ka din ba?hope ur brother is doing well now.

@anonymous--yeah my first time woking abroad,thats why im adjusting soo hard to everything....

enJAYneer said...

wala parin tatalo sa ating mga pinoy when it comes to adapting a foreign country's accent.

Borj said...

hahaha i totally agree... im also working in a call centre but whats worst is that our boss is an Indian... its not that im a racist or something... but there are some indians who can really speak well... but too bad... i cant understand everytime he speaks to us...

Chronicler said...

Language barrier hahahaha. That's hystirical! Anyway at least you're improving...2x now that you let them repeat what they just said? That's an improvement. The longer you stay and work with them, you will talk and sound like them..LOL.

RUEL said...

You have to know their language..they have their own diction..that's called Indian diction..

Anyways, I am hoping na maintindihan mo na talaga sila ng lubusan, yong hindi mo na kailangan pang ipaulit sa kanila ang kanilang sinasabi..

Knoxxy said...

i know what you mean. work ako dito sa US in retail. ibang customer hirap intindihin. you really have to listen and analyze what they say. nakakahilo! lol

Mac Callister said...

@knoxxy--hay sinabi mo pa buti nga now mejo nasasanay n ako