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September 06, 2005

それ何語[153]ンゴイ

◆ンゴイ

・久しぶりの更新です。

8月から仕事が楽になり、退社後あちこち遊びまわっていたのでブログはだいぶ放置状態になってしまいました。
暇になったついでに9月6日~11日まで香港に行っていました。

これから6日間、「語源探索」ではないのですが、そこで見聞きしてきたこと、考えたことをつらつらと書いていきたいと思います。(過去日更新はちと反則な気もしますが。)

・やっぱり本だけじゃね…

葉は彌敦道(ネイザンロード)をてくてく歩いていた。

この通りは香港・九龍半島南部を南北に貫くメインストリート。
カラフルなネオンと無骨な広東語特有の漢字がミスマッチを誘う街の看板やら、薄汚れた雑居ビルの向こうに見えるは近代的にデザインされたビルやら、牛だの豚だのがぶつ切りにされてぶら下がっている食べ物屋…。
香港国際空港からホテルについて一休みした後、ちょっとお散歩のつもりで外に出てみたのですが、そんな映画や雑誌で見るような「いかにも香港」てんこ盛りの風景にがっちり目を奪われておりました。

日本は台風の影響で大雨だったので、もしかしたらこっちは寒いかなと思ってチノパンを履いてきたのですが、いざ着いてみると雨こそ降っていたものの、ちょっと歩いただけでも汗ばんでくるくらいの陽気でした。
なので、これからの6日間を考え、散歩がてら半ズボンを買うことにしました。

よさげなズボンが店先にあったのでそこで物色することにした。
案の定店員さんが話しかけてきた。
英語である。(内心ホッ)
葉「もっと大きいサイズあります?(←でぶ)」
店員「サイズはいくつですか?」
こんなやり取りをしていたと思う。
2本試着してみる。
いや、薄紫がいいな…と思ったらサイズがない。
結局カーキの無駄にポケットが多いやつを買うことにした。

ベルトとあわせてHK$200を支払う(HK$1≒¥15)。
葉はこのときを待っていた。
葉「ンコイ!」
店員「…コイン?」

あれ。通じないジャン。
葉が「ひとり歩きの広東語 自由自在」で事前に調べたところによると、「ありがとう」は「唔該(ンコイ)」と書いてあった。
ここぞとばかりに言ってみたのだが、店員さんは首を傾げるばかり。

葉「えっと、広東語のありがとうって…」
店員「…え、"ムゴーイ"のこと?」

そっか、「ムゴーイ」か。
「ゴ」にアクセントだな。
日本語の「惨~い」に発音そっくりだ。

葉「むご~い…」
店員「そうそう!広東語でありがとうは"ムゴーイ"だよ!」

よっしゃ、いっこ覚えたぞ。
しかし…この店員さんめっちゃカワイイなあ~。

・お店のおじさん、ちょっと怒り気味

散歩から帰って一眠りしてから、廟街(ミウガイ)に繰り出す。

お土産屋の屋台の間を縫っていくと、バラック小屋にテーブルと椅子を並べて商売している食べ物屋があった。
今日はここでご飯を食べよう。

呼び込みのおじさんと目が会うと、おじさんは店先の一卓に葉を誘った。
おじさんは英語でいろいろ聞いてくる。
青島ビールと牛の炒め物とご飯を頼む。

別のおじさんがビールと料理を持ってきた。
このおじさんは英語が話せないらしい。
チャンス。

葉はご飯を平らげ、青島ビールの2本目を開けながら「ひとり歩きの広東語 自由自在」を開いた。
せっかく外国へきたので、お国の言葉を使ってみたい。
しかし昼間、本の発音だけじゃだめだと身をもって学習した。
なので、こういう機会を生かしてネイティブが話すのを聞き、正しい発音をゲットするのである。

今から試すのは…
幾多錢(ケイドーチン)、「いくら?」である。
何回も言ったり聞いたりして正しい発音覚えなきゃだ!

葉「ケイドーチン?("幾多錢"と書いたメモを見せながら)」
おじさん「幾多錢?○△■×@…(メモにHK$85と記す)」
葉「ケイドーチン?」
おじさん「○△■×@…」
葉「ケイドーチン?」
おじさん「○△■×@!!!!(ちょっと怒り気味)」

そりゃそーだ。
よくよく考えてみたら、「いくら?」を連呼しているわけだから、おじさんは葉が値切ろうとしていると勘違いしたんだろう。
そうじゃなかったんだけどな…。

まあ葉の「幾多錢」は通じたのでOK!
他にも「好食(ホウセッ:おいしい)」「俾本菜牌(ベイプンツォイパイ:メニューをください)」などなど試したけど、ばっちり通じました。
お店ももう閉店だったのでほろ酔いの葉は気分良くHK$120を払ってホテルに帰りました。

…しかし帰り道、よくよく考えると計算が合わない。
HK$10ほどボられちゃったみたい。
まあ…チップと考えればいいか!?


そんなこんなで1日目は無事に(?)終わりました。

★ひとこと
香港では広東語(≠狭義の中国語=北京語)と英語が話されています。
紀伊国屋行っても、中国語の教本はたくさんあったのに広東語は少なかったなあ。

作成開始:09-13-2005 at 10:43 PM
作成終了:09-14-2005 at 12:51 PM

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