Hey man! Chale!

Catherine Dickson
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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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