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Today was the end of our in-country training in which we learned the following useful tidbits of information about Sri Lanka from our Sri Lankan language teachers.
* Some Sri Lankan men like to get crazy drunk at parties apparently ending in fights and hospital visits.
* Every holiday should be celebrated by shooting off fireworks during day light and eating copious amounts of sweets (even for breakfast).
*. Some words that aren’t in the Sinhala language include: “interesting”, “boring”, and “curious”.
* Westerners say “thank you” and “sorry” way too much. Sri Lankans do it with their expressions.
* If a Sri Lankan asks if you have penis, it is not sexual harassment. They are simply asking if you have a head cold.
* Sri Lankans eat with their hands but consider it rude to lick your fingers.
* There are more fresh fruits and vegetables in Sri Lanka than I’ve ever seen before. Many of them I don’t know their English name let alone learning the Sinhala.

Also, after 60 hours of Sinhala language instructions, we can tell a Sri Lankan the following.
Mage namee Trina (Shaun). Man tourist kenek namei. Salli naeae. Ai yo pou. Peesu!
(My name is Trina (Shaun). I’m not a tourist. I have no money. Oh dear- poor thing. Crazy!)

This is slightly more useful than the three phrases I can remember from 12 years of core French.
Il ya une oisseau sur la venetre. Pamplemouse. Chacun son gout. (There is a bird on the window. Grapefruit. To each their own.)

I have attached some pics from our language lessons including our field trip to the market.

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So the in country training is finished and a chapter of our adventure is closed. Shaun visits the mental health hospitals in which he will be working tomorrow and I return to my life of leisure. Thank goodness, these past three weeks have been way too stressful:)

Next week, VSO has arranged a cross country tour for us to visit some of the other mental health projects in the country. It should be really informative.

Until next time, keep fit and have fun.
Trina

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