Google Translate Teaches Human New Tricks

Andrea Capere

We have had the pleasure of meeting another Namibian who shares the Pumula Accommodations with us. Meet Sammy, our new production assistant:

Sammy the Yellow Lab

Sammy, a Yellow Labrador. Always has a smile on his face, always a team player. Photo Credit: Andrea Capere

Sammy often keeps us company in the afternoons and evenings when we hang around working. He lays on the kitchen floor keeping us company when we cook, hoping we’ll disobey the house rules of never feeding him (we always supply him with a big bowl of water when he comes by). When we’re feeling homesick, he’s always ready to lend a slobbery kiss or giant puppy hug.

Princess and Shunying with Sammy in the Cabin. Photo Credit: Andrea Capere

Princess and Shunying with Sammy in the Cabin. Photo Credit: Andrea Capere

I noticed when trying to tell Sammy to sit, stay, and shake he was not responding. Confounded, and also knowing our hosts are Afrikaaners, I put these words into Google Translate. I found that skud means shake in Afrikaans. I looked at Sammy and said, “skoood!” and he presented his paw to shake as his tongue hung out of his mouth. 

It’s been a lot easier working with Sammy now.

Cuddles!

Sammy and I cuddle for the camera. Photo Credit: Shunying Wang

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