Friday, 17 June 2011
Being a Snail
Even accounting for Finnish eccentricity, aspiring to be a snail is quite an odd thing.
I couldn't quite imagine what being a snail might be like so I asked for clarification. A somewhat confusing exchange followed as my co-worker didn't seem to understand why I was asking her about snails.
Then, suddenly, she got it: “No!! I didn't say etana [snail]”, she exclaimed, “I said 'olen etänä', which means I will be working remotely, from home”.
Etänä, etana... Who thought 4 little dots could create such confusion?
Yet I still struggle to hear the difference. I guess I will have to get used to my co-workers being snails.
Posted by Telefinn at 11:39