Friday, June 13, 2008

My Hebrew Sucks

Last night was a typical night in the life of a 23-year-old guy with a lot on his mind. Well, I wouldn't say staying out until the wee hours of the night is typical, and I haven't done it for a long time now, but it should be standard operating procedure at least once a month. That's been a motto of mine for years. You have to go all out one night a month - it keeps you young!

I digress into my own philosophical ramblings. At the end of the night, as is usual for such nights, I found myself wanting to purchase vast quantities of food, junk food, at my local twenty-four hour supermarket. I walked down to the market, noticed that the cashier seats were empty, and slowly looked around before I entered. Hey, I didn't want anyone to think I was robbing the place.

One of the regular cashiers walked quickly around the corner, broom in hand, and asked me what I wanted. I told her I just needed a couple things. She said sure, just a couple things? You aren't going to get a bunch of things? So, it'll just take a minute? OK, fine, you can go in.

That's what I thought she said. That's not really what she said. Let's just say I felt like an idiot when she scolded me for being so rude as to walk in directly after she said "I'll be a couple minutes. OK?"

Twenty-four hour supermarket? More like twenty-three hours, fifty minutes. Not my fault you have to sweep the parking lot. Not my fault that Hebrew can be so fast that even if I understand what was said, I often switch the meaning of the sentences around.

You'd be surprised how important little words like "you," "I," and "them" are to languages.


Anonymous said...

very funny! Be careful out "late at night!"" Mom

Israeli by Day said...

I'm safe. It's just a lot of walking because the buses aren't running. No biggie.

Esser Agaroth said...


Hey! Give yourself a break!

It gets better. If go into the army, that's better than any ulpan, too.

They say that the hardest time after aliyah is during the first year, and during the fourth/fifth years.

Hang in there!