Word for the Travel Wise (04/25/06)

Lee from Polo’s Bastards has just sent word that a writer has just returned from Mogadishu, Somalia and will be posting his story to the site soon. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for those who are unafraid to run off to places with such a bad rep and come back safely to report their findings. I don’t live vicariously through many people, because I’d like to say I’ve been there, done that and tackled the cold nasty world for myself, but these guys go all the places my mother would fall over and have a fit if I ever attempted. Why? Because they’re dangerous, so they say.

Today’s word is a Somali word used in Somalia:

khapar – danger

Since Somali isn’t spoken by a large population learning the language online for free will be a difficult task to accomplish. You maybe able to find an exchange partner online at My Language Exchange, provided there are Somali speakers registered with the site. Your best bet would be travel within the country, finding a local tutor or purchasing language software from African Language dot com. Their CD-ROM is priced at $99 USD, so may wish to shop around before buying.

Past Somali words: maxaad shektay, qaalin