At the Model School Ceremony today, my fellow Peace Corps Trainee Ben Ace went up to introduce his students and their Music Club. Wanting to show support, I yelled out to him. Thus, I cheered "Allez, Ben!" which I thought was "Go, Ben!" in French. Well, though the conjugation was correct, the verb "aller" means "to go" in French. Therefore, I accidently yelled "Go away, Ben!" to the amusement of my higher-level speaking trainees and some Cameroonians. Oops.
I guess the cultural faux pas moments all begin somewhere!
Dozens of countries, hundreds of adventures, endless of moments and counting...
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Cultural Faux Pas
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