Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mr. Boo's Dictionary-UPDATED

Mr. Boo's Arabic has zoomed and soared into the stratusphere. 

However, his English has mutated into half rememberances.  He keeps calling things by the wrong name.  It's kind of cute and endearing.  Here's what he's been changing inside his multi-lingual head:

          Freckles            into                    Diamonds

          Doorbell           into                    Ringbell

          Army                into                    Angels

          Almonds           into                    Demons 

          Skeleton           into                    Scales

          Hamburger       into                    Hotburger

          Radio               into                    Rodeo

          Barber Shop     into                    Barbie Shop


This can lead to some funny situations.

Yesterday, I was working on my laptop in the bed (which is, of course the perfect place to work on a laptop) when Mr. Boo ran in.


So, that meant some quick thinking on my part.

"Jump onto the bed with me!" I ordered him and then I rang my husband downstairs.  I knew that it would mean certain death for the little rodent but I can't live with mice. 

Ants?  Maybe. 

The occassional gecko?  OK. 

Not mice.

So I hear my husband coming up the stairs as Mr. Boo starts to re-think.

"Maybe it was a bee."

Huh?  I don't understand so I ask him, "How can you confuse a mouse with a bee?"

By now my husband has made it up the three flights of stairs and breathlessly asks what I need.  He has to wait a minute while I figure it out.


Mr. Boo thinks, "It was flying so maybe it was a bee."


"Ya, moth."

Then I have to explain that whole thing in Arabic but that's really hard when you're laughing.

Time to add one more:

                  Moth                  into              Mouse


Mai to the Extreme said...

As salaamu alaykum Yosra!

I was so happy to get my coloring page, that I forgot to hug and thank the "teacher"! Jazaaki Allahu khayran! I really want to color it in and then show you my handiwork, LOL! Now that I'm famous (because you talked me up on your blog, LOL) it might be worth millions and be hung in a special gallery. Now, now...don't start thinking about peanuts!

Thanks a million!

Yosra said...

Wa Alaykom Asalam Mai,

You're welcome!

I'm happy you're happy!

Virtual hug accepted. I need them anyway I can get them :)

If you do end up coloring it (and actually coloring for grown-ups is very theraputic and restive), put it up on your site---even for a short time---and I'll link to it.

My favorite artist is homegrown talent Mr. Boo. Our refrigerator gallery is a testament to his work ethic. I should post a pic of that sometime.

Keep reading and commenting.

And don't forget to vote on this poll I've got going on. Seriously, I look at my friend Matt's blog which is all pics of his life and I wonder if that's more of what I need to do---or since I'm Muslim I have a different criteria. Thinking...


Um Zakarya said...

Assalamu Aleykum,

Soooo sweet MASHALLAH.When we were living in UK, I used to work on French language at home with my son, using some distance learning material, so he could continue practicing the language.

Lot of lovee from France

TwinCitiesLynn said...

I voted on your poll, it really didn't have a spot for what I would like. I voted to keep yourself private, I too was very careful to hide my family when my son was younger, although the world wide web was just beginning when he was young, and he is 31 now. But I would love to see more of your city / town and country.

Mai to the Extreme said...

I voted. I avoid posting any photos...except two flowers on one post, LOL. However, I'm SURE that my readers would love to see photos of my surroundings, the places we go, etc. Most certainly, however, I will not post any photos of people...not my family or anyone else. I think it would qualify as "being safe rather than sorry."

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom UmZakarya,

Love from France is a cool thing! Thanks for sending some!

Isn't it amazing how kids learn language? Each year I create bi-lingual kids in my classroom and it is the MOST exciting thing to see.

I wish that we moms had been pushed into knowing another language at an early age---the way our kids are now.

Asalamu Alaykom TC Lynn,

Thanks for voting! You know how Matt shows EVERYTHING and it made me wonder if I should show more.

Crazy how your son and the internet grew up together! What a big change for the world, eh?

I appreciate your feedback. I will try to provide more pics of this really beautiful and interesting country.

Asalamu Alaykom Mai,

Nice to see you again :) Thanks for your feedback on the photos.

I hear you about people photos. I do post photos of our life currently but not identifiably us.

I'll keep seeing what others say.

It's interesting to get some conversations going on this!

Alia Dalwai said...

Assalamu Alaikum!
ROFL!! That is soooo cute and Funny! Mashallah!
I really liked you blog!
Your posts are really nice, Mashallah!
Keep up the good work!
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