Lunched at an Indian restaurant with a work-colleague not too far from my office in Hammersmith yesterday. About halfway through our lunch - a couple of older-looking English gentlemen came into the restaurant and were seated at the table next to ours. I could hear what they were ordering - and I was amazed at the sheer QUANTITY of dishes they were going to have! Anyway - something else made me smile - and I initially created this posting for the entertainment of my Asian/Indian readers - but I’m sure everyone will have a laugh at it. If you are Indian/Asian; have you ever cringed at the way in which “Westerners” pronounce “curry” dishes when ordering at the Indian restaurant? Have you ever pronounced the names of the dishes in a “Western” fashion to spare yourself the embarrassment when ordering dishes with your “Western” friends? If you are non-Asian: have you ever wondered if the Indian/Asian waiters who take your order are privately chuckling under their breaths at your feeble attempt to pronounce the names of the dishes on the menu?
Click on the menu items on the left to see what I mean. Make sure you have turned up the volume - and also try “rapid-clicking” on different items in quick succession in order to create some interesting yet entertaining restaurant-ordering effects! Enjoy.
UPDATE: Due to popular demand (one person asking) the “menu” above has been updated so that when you click on the green “O” icon just to the left of the names of the dishes - you will hear the slightly more authentic pronunciations. OK - I admit that for some of them there’s not a lot in it - perhaps the way in with the letters A and O are said: A’s sounding more like the first part of “Arkansas” - O’s sounding less like the O in “row” but more like the the last part of the word “Arkansas” (i.e. a bit like the o in “whore”). Also - a bit more “rrrr” in the Rs (like A Spanish/Mexican flamenco dancer might proclaim “Ariba!”), less “puh!” in the P’s, more “th” instead of “tuh!”in the T’s.