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#164307 - 12/16/06 02:48 AM Kepela: Standing on opposite sides of a river
Hydra Offline

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In the movie The Interpreter, Kidman's character is an interpreter for the UN who speaks Ku. At one point she says to the secret serviceman who is assigned to watch over her:

Silvia: We're Kepela: It means: "Standing on opposite sides of the river."


Is this a real word? I wonder if it means something more than simply: "chalk and cheese."

Edited by Hydra (12/16/06 03:13 AM)

#164308 - 12/16/06 05:43 AM Re: Quenya
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Ku is a constructed language invented for the movie. I suppose if you got hold of a comparative dictionary of Bantu languages you might be able to determine what the root was that they used.
Ceci n'est pas un seing.

#164309 - 12/16/06 08:24 AM Re: Quenya
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Man do I feel silly.

#209866 - 03/01/13 06:48 PM Re: Quenya [Re: Hydra]
loys Offline

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Hi Hydra, "Kepela" is not far off the Zulu word "BEKELA" for "oppose", or "on opposite sides of the river" (my paraphrase). It is a fun word to bring into our conversation, particularly when we are not seeing eye to eye with someone on something. We could say: "Are we having a "bekela" moment?"
all the best. Loys

#209876 - 03/02/13 11:39 AM Re: Quenya [Re: loys]
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Welcome Loys, yet the thread you found died in 2006. Please
feel welcome to find an up to date thread and join us.
----please, draw me a sheep----


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