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