esterday I said goodbye to my colleagues from my interpreting traineeship at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza. I could write a dozen different posts about the lessons I learned over these three months (both literally and figuratively, since the material I interpreted consisted mostly of Masters lectures). Perhaps the other eleven will come later, but for…
Celebrate National Curry Week!
Next week is National Curry Week in the U.K.! I may be living in Spain, but I’m not going to let a silly thing like that stop me from celebrating to the full; so in honour of the occasion, I thought you might like some curry-related vocabulary to help you to prepare.
These words come from Hindustani, an Indian language with two separate writing systems: Urdu, which uses the Perso-Arabic script, and Hindi, which uses the Sanskrit-based Devenagari script. So when writing these words on Indian menus in the U.K., obviously they can’t just write it in Urdu or Hindi, or customers wouldn’t even be able to pronounce it, never mind know what it means! Instead, the sounds that make up the Hindustani word are transliterated or phonetically reproduced, using the letters in the English language that most closely resemble the sounds of the original word. This means that sometimes the English spellings of these words vary from restaurant to restaurant, as each person who does the transliterating will have a different idea of the best way to recreate the sounds in English. ‘Keema’, for instance, can sometimes be spelled ‘Queema’ or ‘Kima’. Of course, you’ll also have an English translation so you know what it is as well as how to pronounce it!
Why not try out some of your new vocabulary next week and join in the celebration of one of the world’s most popular cuisines? There are loads of ways to get involved: dine out, order in, or prepare an Indian feast for your family and friends. Below, you’ll find a list of useful links to get you started.
TripAdvisor – find the best Indian restaurants near you
JustEat – order an Indian feast to enjoy over a Bollywood film
British Curry Awards – nominate your favourite Indian restaurant
Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation (book) – you still have time to order a copy before the week is over!
Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation (TV programme) – or tune in to the tv programme instead
Cracking Curries – find great Pakistani curry recipes online
With all of these resources at your disposal, you can’t afford not to have a curry next week!