In this questionnaire, we plan to interview Lexiophiles bloggers to get tips on how to learn their native language. Instead of offering run of the mill advice, we tried a different approach, more unconventional, which might even help people NOT be labeled as a tourist in the first 2 minutes!
• Hum or sing along with these three songs in the subway:
[Please name us three songs everyone knows in your native language]
Minimini bir kuş konmuştu
Daha dün annemizin kollarında koşarken
Sağ elimde 5 parmak
-All three songs are for kids.
• Get by with firing off any of these five swear words:
[Please tell us the five unavoidable curse-words that are commonly used in your country and what they mean]
-Siktir – fuck
-Siktir git -fuck off
-hassiktir -? sort of fuck,but used as a sign of “cant believe”
-defol – get lost
• Get the phone number (or a great laugh) with this pick-up line:
[Please share your favorite pick-up line with us]
-Couldn’t find one yet : )
• Cheer to this word with your new local friends at the bar:
[Please tell us what the word for “cheers” is in your language]
Şerefe (To the honor)
• And for our tip on feeling like a local – how to order a Big Mac menu in your language:
[Please write how you would order a super-size Big Mac menu in your language]
Bir big mac menu lütfen. (One big mac menu please)
• The one thing you should do every day to feel truly local:
[Please describe a truly local thing/tick people in your country do]
Eating lots of bread and meat is a Turkish thing I guess.
• Have we forgotten anything? What is in your opinion the most unusual way to learn your language?
[Any ideas, comments, suggestions that we missed.]
In my opinion try to avoid using other languages is the way to go. For example I speak a little French but when I am stuck I always turn to English.
The idea to have to speak the language.