I used my non-existent Arabic today at work.
How marketable is that?
For the past week almost everyday I have been receiving a phone call.
Me: M***** ***** Institute, this is Molly.
Awkward silence and background noise.
Me again: M***** ***** Institute, this is Molly. (No really, I'm not kidding.)
Caller again: No.
Awkward silence. And I hang up.
Today they took a different route, they called twice. But this time they rounded up enough English to ask "Somali?"
The first time after going through the same routine negation that we had done daily she asked "Somali?" and I answered "No" and hung up.
The second time in I answered in exasperation, "La2, msh Somali." (No, I'm not Somali)
Caller: Mefishe Somali? (There's no Somalis?)
Me: La2, mefishe Somali.
And I hung up. Hopefully this will take care of the problem. I don't like to be informed daily that I am not Molly and I apparently don't work at M***** ***** Institute.