the cairene experience

Friday, April 28, 2006

Saber "Already"

Because of my work with interiors, my fellow mates are workers like plumbers, carpenters, electricians ... Etc. In case you have not dealt with one, I would like to give you a quick overview on the profile of a worker " sanai3i" in Cairo. Quiet talented with what they do, however all the work is done on trial and error basis. In most cases, a worker gets very little education to none. In spite of the fact that interior work whether construction or decorative is heavily based on taking measurements, the sanai3i hates using a meter, usually comes without one to a work site and needless to say paper and pencils are usually provided by the client. Also its worthy to say that a worker in Cairo will never do a mistake, its always someone else who did it or it's the fault of the wall or the floor or another inexperienced worker. On a different note, a worker is always fascinated by new English words like OK, already ..Etc. Saber is a new worker that I met recently and he does bamboo work. I have Saber saved on my phone as Saber "Already". Saber loves the word already and uses it in every sentence that he says, regardless if it fits or not. So for example for all the following questions, Saber will answer Already :
Can you come take measurements next Sunday, ya Saber? -- yes/ no already
How much will this cost? --- already 700 L.E
Please paint this brown and this white. -- already

After getting completely confused, I decided to explain to Saber how to use the word "Already". I tried to explain the difference between Ok and Already, also that we only use already to indicate that something has been previously done. It took me about 10 minutes to explain to him the difference and give him examples and then I finally asked him if he understood and he said " Already" :)

take care -- already :)


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