Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer


This week I saw an accident, and called 777. My experience was very positive – my call was answered on the first try, and although the lady didn’t speak English, we managed. The ambulance people called me, the police called me multiple times, the ambulance showed up, the police showed up. All in all, not bad.

It would have been better had I spoken better Arabic, but we all managed. One guy put me on the speaker phone and had everyone listen to me and then someone said what I was saying. It was one of those Woh is der Bahnhof experiences where they would keep asking me “Where? Where?” and I would tell them and tell them, and then they would say “”Oh! You are saying . . . ” and it would be EXACTLY what I had been saying! Exactly!

But I could also hear them smiling as they talked to me, and I was glad I knew a few words. I probably sound like a four year old, but a four year old with enough sense to make a much-needed call and get the police and ambulance where they are needed, al hamdullah!

April 26, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Communication, Community, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Language, Living Conditions, Middle East, Social Issues


  1. Do we have one of those translation books that are divided according to theme or needs? like a section for emergencies, a section for restaurants and how to order, that sorta thing ;p

    that ought to be useful, i guess..

    Comment by Swair | April 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. Swair – sounds like a good idea!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 27, 2007 | Reply

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