Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
45Trip End Sep 27, 2010
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The teaching this week has been really heavy - prophecy, spiritual discernment and lots of discussions about the existence of demons and other spiritual forces and what that means for us all
While I think of it, I'm sure you're all just desperate to know the condition of my yucky foot. Well it's on the mend and I can wear matching shoes now. What a treat!
Pete & I have been teaching some of the Swedes here how to speak Australian, in other words we have been stuffing up their English good and proper. It started because Pete accidently told Shell he had been ''slogging his guts out'' and was met with a blank look, then in a class discussion I said something about the book we are reading ''getting up my goat'' and was recieved in the same way. This lead to us teaching Emelie and Daniel and some others some choice Australian phrases like ''Bob's your uncle'' ''Get off the grass'' ''G'day Mate'' (of course) ''Onya Bike'' ''Up ya Jumper'' ''Get out of it'' ''She'll be right'' ''Shove that up your pipe and smoke it'' ''Go Jump'' ''Get stuffed'' ''Up the creek without a paddle''. They are surprisingly hard to explain when asked what they mean. We then taught them how to address people in Australia and how nicknaming works (eg 1 syllable becomes 2 and vice versa). So then came such phrases as ''Oi Stevo!'' and ''Sheila git overeeer'' ''Hey Poider'' (peter). But then when I told them that my name sometimes gets changed to ''Myffo'' they couldn't stop laughing because apparently a miffo is a crazy person or a freak. That lead to all the words for crazy people and idiots like ''drongo'' ''galah'' ''fruitcake'' ''nutbar'' ''nutbox'' ''nutcase'' ''bushwhacker'' ''whackjob'' ''wally'' ''goose'' ''turkey'' etc.etc
Emelie was so cute when she was saying ''Oi Stevo!'' and trying to put on the Australian twang. It made me realise how ugly our accent can be. The Swedish language is very interesting to hear literally translated because the names for things are often very literal and logical whereas we have a special name for everything. Eg we call it a kettle and they call it a vattenkokare (water cooker), we call it a straw and they call it a sugrör (suck pipe) and we call it a torch and they call it a ficklampa (pocket lamp). Hehe hilarious language.
Yesteray afternoon Pete, Daniel, Emelie, Yad and I went to Kamilla's house to help her clean her house before she moves out. She was sick and it was her birthday so it seemed necessary to go and help. We took a cake and a potplant and started the ''cleaning'' by eating cake on the floor. Then we cleaned for a fair while until Kamilla bought us hamburgers. Then we went to Daniel's house and watched Star Wars followed by hours of Band Hero. Emelie was a killer drummer I must say.
We're on holidays now for a week
Well that's about it for now,
PS the internet is getting changed to another provider so for the next 4 weeks or so we will be online less often than we have been. Hope you don't miss us too much!