Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 19:09:09 -0500 From: Ron Rabin Subject: Re: urgent help needed As a Peace Corps volunteers in Turkey, my wife and I had many of those "I can't understand you because I know I can't understand you" experiences. These are most fun when you can witness the transition. I sat down next to a man on an intercity bus who was reading a newspaper. Without lowering the paper he greeted me and we exchanged ritual conversation. When we got to the point in the ritual where he asked, "Memleketiniz ne?" (where are you from--literally "what is your country" but meaning what part of Turkey), and I answered, "Americaliyim," the conversation was suddenly over. He physically jumped when I answered, so "deceived" had he been. Ron Rabin Buffalo State College