“Without proclaiming “yet” to yourself, you impale possibility with the sword of doubt.” A year ago, a friend said this to us in relation to learning a second language. Someone might say, “I don’t know how to say such and such in Hungarian.” Or “I can’t say such and such.” By adding the word “yet” on the end of these statements, we add perseverance and therefore hope.
Every time I go to pay for gas as the gas station, the cashier spouts off some sentence like “blah blah blah blah szamlat blah blah blah blah.” I’m excited because I understood one word (szamlat, which means receipt/bill). So I always reply confidently…”Igen!” (meaning “Yes!, I’d love to have my receipt.”). And everytime I say “Igen” the cashier stands there looking and waiting for something. We both smile. And at this point, he realizes I don’t speak a lick of Hungarian (“yet”), and he gives me a receipt. Hmmm.
Well I just found out that in the “blah blah blahs” he was asking if I needed a company bill….and then was waiting for me to give him the company information. So I learned how to say “I’d just like a normal receipt please.” And today I went in to pay for some gas, armed with my new linguistic wisdom. Of course he didn’t ask me the “blah blah szamlat blah blah” question for the first time ever. So I pulled out my phrase anyway and got my receipt. Hooray!