Weekly Challlenge – A Manner of Speaking

I have been looking for an opportunity to capture the beauty of the colorful and crude dialect used by a large portion of the Cape community for a long time.

Thinking about the response I would get from my readers and what they are looking for, I have, however, never been able to find the correct platform to publish it in. Needless to say, I am very excited about the WordPress Weekly Challenge – Manner of Speaking!

The dialect is one to be cherished and I hope I can do it justice!

“Da loep die kjind – hoezit jou ma se kjind?!”
(A man spots someone he knows and says to himself: there he goes! To the friend he says Hello)

“Nei my broe, o’s kap an”
(No it’s all good, no complaints)

“Wa straat djy so vroe-more?”
(What are you doing out and about so early?)

“Nei man, djy check dis soe: Tina is wie innie hospitaal, die longe willie meerie, nou moet die man ma virrie kinners sorre – dis nou iers keffie toe virrie brekfis anners is social op n man se case. Hoe lykit met n entjie?”
(Tina was admitted to hospital for her lungs again so I am off to the shop to get breakfast for the kids. I better get to it or Social Services will be breathing down my neck. Do you have a cigarette for me?)

“Nei broe, die lanie is fresh out. Ik wil nou jys by die mobil stop ma toes die treffics wie agte my”
(Sorry my friend, I don’t have any. I was just about to double park at the corner shop, but the Metro Police was right behind me, so I had to drive past.)

“Is sweet broe, ma wag, my pote moet pat vat, son trek water”
(Don’t worry about it! I better get going, it’s getting late.)

“Blessings brother en se ma vir Tina ik sy bete ansterk, die jonges kort ha bydi hys”
“OK my friend, tell Tina to get well soon, you need her at home.)

“Is broe, is. n Man se huis kan mossie stan sonner n moederie”
(That’s true, a home is nothing without the mother.)

I don’t know how to best translate this in a way which would correctly describe the feeling that they manage to put into a simple conversation. Even when translated to Afrikaans, I would need to ad a lot more to give you the full picture. I guess that is why the Cape Colored Dialect is such an important part of our history.

What a beautiful country we live in!

Daily Prompt – Personal Space

Why do we blog? I have been asked this quite a few times, albeit mostly by people who have no inclination to write. Those who blog seem to just “get it”.

I think all bloggers start out from the same basic need: to write. To play with words, flirt with language and have a fling with opinion. To have a space in the world that belongs to you and you alone. Your little corner where your words fill the pages, where you are the master of creation. It is this need that drives me.

Blogging is the perfect playground for exactly this. No editor breathing down your neck or telling you what to do. No one that takes your words, put together over hours with sweat and tears, and shredding it to pieces.

There is nothing I want more than to get published. I am happy to say that I am one step closer to that thanks to Abbott Press! Which writer does not have a quiet, hidden wish to be the next J K Rowling, Dickens or Nicholas Sparks?

For any blogger with a serious commitment there is nothing more important than being noticed. For that reason, I was very grateful for the follow up article by WordPress about statistics and how to use them to your advantage. Silently we all become addicted to the little block which is Site Stats. Therein lies the secret but also the challenge.

How do I attract more readers? More importantly though, you are pushed to constantly improve your writing. To turn your little corner from a shanty into a mansion, where all are welcome and leave satisfied wanting to come back for more.

That is why I blog.

May Day and more

Happy May Day to all! I hope you are making good use of your day to relax and spend some quality with your loved ones.

Let’s just spare a minute to think not only about how far we have come to fight for workers rights, but also how much still remains to be down to ensure safe working conditions and good wages for te employed as well as job creation for the unemployed. There is a huge amount of work still to be done!

On a lighter note: twenty years ago today was one of the best days in mankind’s history – the first day that the internet went live! Love it or hate it, you have to agree it has forever changed our lives.

Imagine searching for a mother’s day gift, planning that far away holiday, finding that perfect job, anything for that matter, without the internet it would just not be the same. I love the fact that even though our family members are miles apart, we can still know and see exactly what they are keeping themselves busy with. Equally important for me is the vast amount of information and audience we have at our fingertips. I honestly don’t know how Dickens or Shakespeare did it!

Thank you to Cern (European Organization for Nuclear Research) for first bringing it to us.

To view the very first web page that was made publicly available go to:

http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

Right now, I’m off to Mugg and Bean with Luke for Chai Latte’s, Red Velvet Cupcakes and The Prophet by Kahlil Bibran