I’ll be speaking at Women’s Banquet at the church in town this coming Wednesday. I’ve been keeping in touch with the event coordinator for weeks so that everything is well-planned. From food to serve and the speech I’ll deliver (which reminds me how my weekend will be busy). We shared ideas for a successful event (hopefully) and that includes throwing a few Filipino words. I got a text message from her at work and gave her a call during my lunch break (with my phone battery dying!). I was in the car talking to her hoping my phone doesn’t die on me (it’s been acting weird lately because it got dropped a couple times) to wrap up everything about the event because she’s writing for their church bulletin for their church congregation to read. She asked how would I translate a certain English sentence. I told her the translation and she was happy that she got everything she needed.
I went to a Mexican restaurant across my workplace to have some Pupusa. I started reading a book (The Seat of the Soul) when I realized I gave a wrong translation! I called the event coordinator again for a correction. I was too embarrassed to tell her how I switched the words wrong. To be honest with you, Filipino subject wasn’t easy for me when I was taking it in high school and college (I’m not kidding). Both of us were laughing for that simple mistake.
The first time I went back to my native Philippines four years ago, a few people noticed my “accent” even though I wasn’t speaking English. If I speak Filipino, there are times I mix English words with it which is typical to a lot of Filipinos. But of course, it’s understandable because aside from our own dialect, we still speak Filipino (with some Spanish words) and English at the same time.
I might encounter this “lost in translation” line sometimes, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m forgetting my native language. Because I won’t. For someone who speaks a certain dialect, a native and one foreign language, it can be confusing sometimes.
What happened today wasn’t really a big deal but it’s only a reminder that we can still laugh at that “small mistake” and this narrative is something I can share with the expected 100 audience on Wednesday!
Have a fun and safe weekend, everyone!