I had heard that a common language is a good way to get to understand people faster. But sometimes I think starting from scratch here, would be easier.
I understand that we have upset some islanders by making comments that were taken to mean something other than what we intended to say. And there are certainly comments made here, that we can take the wrong way.
Remembering that we come from South Africa.
Here someone is 'crook', as in not feeling well, in SA they are 'a crook' as in a thief.
Hearing that someone got 'held up' on the way to church, means a the phone rang, rather than they ran into a crook with a gun.
'Nursing' a baby, means getting a chance to cuddle one, rather than actually breast feeding it.
The list could go on, but I love the differences, although it does sometimes make following a conversation challenging. It shows that we are in a new place, and I love this island with all its idiocyncrases (I can't spell it, but I know what I want to say!) and I hope that in time they will mostly come to like us, and accept that we are well meaning,even if sometimes hard to understand!