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by MarkatNite / November 30, 2004 12:18 PM PST

For those who don't know, I work at a hospital. Recently, an online friend asked me to check if an acquaintance of theirs was a patient here. No problem. I go Admissions, flash my hospital ID, and ask the Filipino lady at the desk, "Hi. I'm from Info Management. Can you check to see if we have a certain patient here?"

"Sure", she says. "What's the name?"

"Jones, Joaquin." {The real last name is actually not Jones; the name has been changed to protect the innocent.}

"First name?", she asks.

"Joaquin.", I repeat.

"I know, but what's the first name?"

***?! Then it dawns on me--I'm Abbott to her Costello...

"J-O-A-Q-U-I-N.", I spell.

"Sorry, there's no patient by that name."

So I "walk out" - Mark

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Re: Language barrier
by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / November 30, 2004 1:56 PM PST
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Ask her this...

Meron ba ditong patiente nagngangalang Juaqin?
(Is there a patient here by the name of Joaquin?)

Unang pangalan?
(First name?)

Juaqin (pronounced as Huakin)

There is no J or Q in the filipino alphabet. The J and Q is a borrowed letter from the Spanish alphabet introduced by the Spaniards. J is pronounced with the sounding H. Juan will be Huan. Juan in English is translated as John.

"Sorry, there's no patient by that name.", she said.
Tell her this...
"Sigurado ka?" (means are you sure?) Sigurado is also a Spanish word.

If she said, "Nasisiguro ko" means I am very sure. Nasisiguro comes from Japanese root word.

You reply by saying...

"Maraming salamat" means "Thank you very much" Salamat here is also used by the Malays and Indonesian. But the root word of Salamat is an Arabic Language.

Tagalog is the main language of the Philippines. But there are about 36 other dialect spoken and many Filipinos cannot speak Tagalog. Wink

36 dialects are from different provinces. For example in Batangas where the Clark AirBase is located - they speak Batanganeo. In Bagiuo where the Subic Air Base is - they speak Ilocano from the province of Ilocos Norte. In Cebu, they speak Chabacano (combination of many Spanish words)and they are called Cebuano, Mindanao, the home of the Filipino Muslims, alot of the the language are combination of Arabic.... and the list goes on.

The people in Manila usually speak Taglish (English mix with Tagalog). Happy

The tagalog alphabet. http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tagalog.htm

Hope this helps.

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Re: Language barrier
by Dragon / November 30, 2004 10:24 PM PST
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I knew a guy with that name, though he pronounced it Wah-keen.

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Sounds like a genealogy problem. Do you know how many
by Kiddpeat / November 30, 2004 2:47 PM PST
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different ways people spelled their names? Sometimes changing the spelling multiple times in the same document. Then, there's what the census taker thought the name was, and how it was spelled. Plus, the indexer trying to read the census taker's hand writing. It can add up to a tough nut to crack.

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Name confusion
by David Evans / November 30, 2004 3:15 PM PST

There was a Chinese guy known as John McKinney once, and people asked him how a Chinese guy got to be named John McKinney.

He said that when he was in the line at Ellis Island, there were three people in front of him. The first guy was asked his name and said "I'm John McKinney." They processed him on through, asked the second guy his name, and he said "I have the same name! I'm John McKinney!" They asked the third guy his name and he said "What a coincidence, I have the same name too! I'm John McKinney!"

Then it was the Chinese guy's turn in the line. They asked his name, he sad "Sam Ting!" and, well you know...


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by Mark5019 / November 30, 2004 9:46 PM PST
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by Kiddpeat / November 30, 2004 11:13 PM PST
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Sorry, I guess my attempt at humor was too obtuse.
by MarkatNite / November 30, 2004 3:26 PM PST

The joke is that, when spoken with a heavy Filipino accent, "walk-in"--as in, "He's a walk-in (patient)"--sounds very much like Joaquin. So when I was saying "Joaquin", she was hearing "walk-in".

Hilarity ensues... or not - Mark

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Ahh, yet another way those names get changed. Mr. Walk-In I
by Kiddpeat / November 30, 2004 11:15 PM PST

presume. Wink

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Re: Sorry, I guess my attempt at humor was too obtuse.
by Mac McMullen / December 1, 2004 3:47 AM PST

Ho Brah,

If dey no stay Local or Kama'aina, den Haole no can
understand da kine 'pipty cents gas' kine talk. Jus
went way over top errybodys head.


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Re: Sorry, I guess my attempt at humor was too obtuse.
by Dragon / December 1, 2004 11:17 AM PST

Theres the story of a Mexican lady in the hospital. After she had her baby, the nurse asked what the baby's name was. She looked at the plastic bracelet on the baby and said "Female" (pronounced Feh MAH Leh)...

That was from an aunt of mine who was a nurse for at least 40 years.

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