"These chili peppers make my asshole burn."
One of the few phrases I know in Dzongkha, the language of Bhutan's fortress monasteries, is "Ema Sawachen, Abou Tsaome", or, "These chili peppers make my asshole burn."
This is a very useful phrase to know in Bhutan. Why? Because it makes people laugh and breaks the ice.
Nothing shatters cultural barriers like a good belly laugh.
For more of my practical and easy tips to learn a foreign language, check out my post at BraveNewTraveler, the online travel magazine where I'm now a contributing editor.
Here's the link:
7 Tips to Learn a Foreign Language on the Road.
Thanks for reading :)
Monk photo by Liz Burns, Thimphu, Bhutan. Used with permission.