I love listening to people talk in different languages, I always try to identify the language. Is it german, spanish, french… I don’t get frustrated when people speak in a different language because we all have a special code we speak.
Our family speaks in sponge bob, friends and how I met your mother references. Nic has a pool toy called Swarly after one of our favorite How I met your mother episodes! Listen to us long enough and you’ll hear Sponge bob references all the time!
When Nic started horseback riding, I started learning the terms, easy ones saddle, stirrup, reins, etc. Those were easy then the harder ones came, whither pad, flying lead change and others. I googled, (ALOT – Tony will tell you this is my secret power – if it’s on google I’ll find it) I learned, I watched videos and I educated myself And I thought I was done!
Then someone said Lope – HUH? What’s a Lope oh and Gelding and then yesterday cinch! You see because this wonderful world has several disciplines but 2 main ones, Western and English, they each have their own language. Cinch well that’s a girth, Lope well that’s a cantor (I think).
The language is so vastly different than I have ever learned that I feel challenged every day to learn a new word. I love this, because I am learning and expanding my horizons. Everyday my child exposes me to a new thing. Did you know that poles depending on how far apart they are on the ground are either trot or cantor?
I still don’t know what a Gaited horse is – but I will figure it out! OH And I learned what a hand is in horse measurement!
The point behind all this? Well we get so upset when people speak in different languages – we want them to speak English! Why? Because it’s what WE understand! How about learning what they understand! Next time stop and think about the language your family speaks, my guess is if I entered your family I would lost at times because you speak your own personal language!
Today take a moment and listen to others (don’t eavesdrop lol) but just listen to the mom talk to the baby, the dad talk to the son and the grandma talk to her friend and see if you can’t pick up on some subtle differences on how they say things and what they say!