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My Second Published Book: Perils of Drugs in West Africa

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Slang

Hey man! Chale!

Catherine Dickson

18 Mar 2009

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My favorite slang that we used was "chale!" People would use it like the way Americans say, "Heyyy man!" I most often used it when bargaining with street vendors, in the marketplace, or with cab drivers. The students that I lived with used it a lot and laughed whenever we tried to say it like them. At least we (the American students) learned to laugh at ourselves often. Another useful tip when bargaining: make it lighthearted and fun. I may be an obroni (white person or foreigner), but I would call the people I was bargaining with "my brotha" or "my sista." We would all laugh and oftentimes I would succeed in getting the price lowered. If not, at least I had a great time while talking with them.

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Being an American

Be less confrontational

Joshua Fu

05 Oct 2009

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I'm an Asian American, and compared to many other Americans, I'm reserved. But during the summer of 2008, I had a chance to go to Ghana with InterVarsity to do some volunteer work and evangelism with Ghanaian college students. One of the big things that I had to get used to was the fact that Ghanaians are not as confrontational and forward about things as we are. In fact, when we were forward with them, they were often offended. This is probably true in most countries out of the US, and is something to be aware of.

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