Thanks to everyone who replied to the question I asked in my last email:
“Which of the following do you want me to write about next?”
- The Sinhala words for Members of the Family? or
- Vegetables in Sinhala?
BTW, I could’ve sent you a follow up email with these results, but I try to avoid sending multiple emails in a week to my mailing list (unless it’s necessary) so I decided to do this in a post. Hope you get to see it.
Well, it was a close one, folks, but the winner finally ended up being…
(Drum roll please… and DJ, play that funky tabla beat too!)
But for those of you who voted for the “Veggies” post, don’t be too disappointed. Seeing that there were many of you, I’ll make sure to do that one also very soon, ok?
Brainstorming the “Family” post
Earlier this evening, I already got started on the brainstorming (or as I like to call it: scribbling, doodling, crossing out half of it, feeling really awful, and then starting over).
True story: the wind blew away one of the pages while I was trying to take this pic. Managed to catch it before it landed in the neighbor’s yard.
Your ideas are VERY welcome…
Of course, I’ve got my own ideas on what should be in this post, and since I can be honest with you guys, let me also add that I’m reasonably happy with what I’ve come up with so far (don’t let the crappy-looking notes above fool you).
But I’d love to hear your thoughts on it too.
So far, here are some of the most helpful comments/suggestions I’ve got by email . As you’ll see, they really help me shape this basic post into something of real value to you guys.
(I’ve kept these comments anonymous as I’m too sleepy to send out emails asking each person if it’s ok to mention their names).
Here they are:
- Perhaps not only the names for the (direct) family members but other relatives too?
- You can include a brief explanation about the wide concept of “cousin” in Sri Lanka, it would be interesting.
- My vote would be for Members of the Family which would still go well with your 8 part self-intro series..
- I would love to see “Members of the family in Sinhala” because I found that in SL, family bonds are really strong
- Since i am going to meet family and friends in Colombo end of this month, some help with that would be nice
- Members of the family would be a great addition. (But) rather than just vocabulary, I would love if you could present these words in simple sentences such as “she is not my mother, she is my aunt”. Or “I have one daughter and two sons”.
- My boyfriend is Sri Lankan and would greatly help with communicating with his parents and extended family. So the answer to your question below I’d find the members of the family more useful to at this stage.
- Maybe you can (also) do some cultural notes and explain the following: When I asked our (Sri Lankan) friend if a certain person was his family, he replied “No, not family, but relation”. But this person called our friend “Uncle” and calls me “Aunty”. Also, his sister calls me “big sister” in English.
You see what I mean? It’s SUPER helpful.
So please leave any suggestions you also may have in the comments below (and remember to tick the “notify” box). The post won’t be ready for a few more days so you have time to submit any suggestions.
Alright my dear tribe, thanks again for your many emails. I’m off to bed now. Got a blog post to write tomorrow…