are there language lessons for that?

recently, it’s been brought to my attention that animals speak in different tongues. and i had no idea that one country’s animal onomatopoeia isn’t the same as another.  for example, an american pig goes “oink, oink” while a japanese pig goes, “boo boo”.

this discovery was made when a thai friend was talking to me about a rooster and it’s incessant “ake-e-ake-ake”-ing.  rooster in thai is gài dtua pôo.  and i didn’t know that.  so when she was telling me the gài dtua pôo woke her up going “ake-e-ake-ake” i assumed she was talking about a charlie horse in her leg aching and waking her up.  and what a good laugh she we had once we figured out how silly i am.  i immediately came home to google this and see what was up.  sure enough, roosters around the globe speak many languages.

and because i would hate to think i could have stopped you from the same embarrassing situation, i’m sharing my new found knowledge.  one day, you’ll thank me.

plus, i found this way cool website where you can hear different animal sounds.  but i’m not 100% sure of the accuracy.  i don’t agree with all the sounds they say the animals that are american make.

haiku friday – field trip


popular field trip
no need for more chaperons
we worked around that

me and two others
who couldn’t resist going
are field trip crashers

we’ll follow the bus
observe the activities
participate, too?

we will sleep in beds
in a comfy hotel room
others will rough it


tomorrow is the big fourth grade field trip to the lahu village!  i cannot wait.  it sounds like it’s going to be so much fun.  i was a little bummed because my offer to chaperon was never acknowledged so i thought i wasn’t going to be able to go.  but then i heard a rumor of some other moms who wanted to go, too.  so we’re going together.  we’ll be riding up in one of the vans and it sounds like we’ll be able to help out while we’re there.

here’s the itinerary:

  • 8a – leave school (there are lots of stops scheduled, including lunch)
  • 1p – arrive at the village unload everything
  • 1:30p – rice pounding, vegetable planting, handicrafts and making sticky rice treat
  • 4p – buffalo riding, dinner preparation, begin showers
  • 5p – dinner, lahu language and culture explanation
  • 6p – traditional dancing, bon fire and s’mores
  • 8:3p – bed

next day:

  • 7:3a – breakfast
  • 8a – hike to orchard, feed fish, collect fruit from fruit trees
  • 9:45a – get ready for thanksgiving service, pack up
  • 10a – traditional thanksgiving service
  • 10:3a – games and activities
  • 12p – thanksgiving lunch
  • 1p – head home
  • 5p – arrive back at school

and the smart part?  we won’t be sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor.  we’ll be sleeping in beds.  in a hotel room.  wonder if we’ll be able to get margaritas?

the sixth grade has a camping trip in march.  i’ve already got dibs on chaperoning that one.  and i’m gonna give the teacher weekly reminders.

haiku friday – eating out


in the u.s.a.
eating out was expensive
no everyday thing

not true in thailand
twice a day for thirty days
less than $400

the whole family
could eat lunch and dinner out
but not farang food


we haven’t actually tried this.  i’m not sure that we ever will, but it would mean only having to shop for breakfast groceries and that could be just cereal or toast and fruit.  that would mean no cooking.  none.  imagine.

but i would have to bake.  i couldn’t live without cookies.  or brownies.