Thursday, July 26, 2007

Light thru yonder haus win shines

It is dark and stormy this morning so I thought we needed something sunny. This photo is of the edge of the thatched roof of a haus win, which is the pidgin english word for gazebo. Pidgin is such a wonderfully descriptive language. Haus is house and win is wind - so translated it means a windy house. How true!!!

Here are some more haus words.

haus sik - is house sick - a hospital
haus mani - house money - a bank
haus dring - house drink - a hotel
haus polis - house police - police station
haus waswas - house washwash - the bathroom

What do you think a haus motakar is?

Later - Obviously this was too easy so how about haus piksa?
Dorish - you can't answer - you know too much!!!

Cabacurl - This link here is for you - oh and anyone else too. It has photos of my jewelry.


Anonymous said...

How about house motor car.

Jules said...

steve g - you are either too clever or the question was too easy!!!!

Squirrel said...

house picture/picture haus--


I have to say I love languages and have never come across this one.

Also the thatch is so golden

Anonymous said...


Planet Earth Daily Photo.

CaBaCuRl said...

Yep, I'll go with cinema also.Such a literal language by the sounds of things. Looking forward to your posts from the market, Jules, and thanks again for the extras.

Nikon said...

Fascinating, and very entertaining!

Gerald (SK14) said...

I thought it might be bungalow [pigmy house] or pigsty!

BTW Adelaide, the city was named after the Queen not totherwaybowt

Marie said...

It was not easy.... That's a funny language :-)))

Pretty photo. Modern art...

Anonymous said...

The reason I mentioned World War II is that I knew a Japanese man who served in the Japanese Army there and has had a back back and legs and feet from carrying heavy loads on his back. It must have been brutal there during the war.

I was interested in your translations of the words.

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Unknown said...

Hey Jules!
mahn! tok pisin blo yu kam gut stret.

thanks for the reminder am all hushed nice pic too.

Steve Buser said...

Great pix to wake up to. Learning a little extra language is, how we say here in N'awlins "langniappe" -- a little something extra.
--steve buser
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(Counting down toward Post #100 this week)

M.Benaut said...

This must be where the Haus Meri lives. But I reckon you're the haus meri.

Jules said...

hyde dp - good guess

squirrel & cabacurl - yes you are right. The funny thing is though I don't think I've ever seen a haus piksal in PNG.

Dorish - have you ever seen a cinema here?

m benaut - I am the haus meri on the weekend but I have to own up - I have a wonderful haus meri who comes everyday. She has been with us for 7 years and is one of the family. I have forgotten how to mop and iron I must admit.I am very spoilt!!!

Unknown said...

There used to be two cinemas in Port Moresby. Believe it or not there used to be also a drive-in cinema too.

The Port Moresby arts theater is sometimes used to screen movies on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Wewak also had a cinema.

I can't remember if Rabaul did have cinemas.


Ham said...

My favourite bit of pidgin is what I understand to be the aboriginal expression for the solar eclipse.... "Big jesus lamp in the sky gone bugger up"