y deja que mi alma se- pierda en- tus riachuelos
para buscar la fuente que te robó de niño
y en un ímpetu loco te devolvió al sendero.
Wandering the information superhighway, he came upon the last refuge of civilization, PoFo, the only forum on the internet ...
Guardian reports that the ad, which starred 97-year-old Iris Apfel and 13-year-old designer Kheris Rogers, was apparently poorly translated: in it, Rogers asks Apfel what she wore when she was her age, and Apfel tells her, “I can’t remember that far back.” In the Korean translation, though, Apfel reportedly says, “Oh my God, how can I remember what happened more than 80 years ago?”
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blackjack21 wrote:It makes me think other languages are sexist, because they have genders. Men and boys are both masculine in German. Women are feminine, but girls are neuter. What's that all about? Russians have noun declension too. Holy smokes. Why is gasoline feminine in Spanish? Just kidding Tainari88, but those leftists may want to ban all these gendered languages soon enough. It makes me glad I speak English.
Rancid wrote:@blackjack21 got me thinking.
@Tainari88, what do you think of the whole Latinx thing?
Atlantis wrote:I have lived abroad for almost 50 years and using foreign languages has become second nature to me. I can't even imagine what it's like to be enclosed in the culture of one country. Anglophones have the advantage of not having to learn any foreign language. There is, however, the downside that they don't understand any foreign culture, which shows in their foreign policy decisions.
I grew up in a bilingual household and later learned bits of Spanish, French, Italian and German. It has made me more openminded and adventurous. My parents speak Mandarin, Taiwanese and some Cantonese. Different languages bring out different sides of my personality.
Most Koreans obviously don't understand what this American grandma said in the TV ad. In the end of the ad, she clearly said, “I can’t remember that far back.” But the Korean translation got it wrong as “Oh my God, how can I remember what happened more than 80 years ago?” This sparked a nationwide boycott of the fast fashion chain in South Korea, which is what happens when you are not fluent in English. You can be easily deceived by nationalistic political propaganda that associated the American grandma with Korean comfort women. It is said that Asian students who studied in the U.S. often come back with the outspoken American attitude and they are difficult to handle in conformist Asian societies.
Hmm. I already told you about the Latinx...it is a made up thing by liberals who have a hard time dealing with the diversity in Latin America.
They want something easy to categorize the 'Latino' peoples. I won't make it easy for the liberals. Sorry. Got to do some work liberals.
Tainari88 wrote:So what other languages do you speak?
Atlantis wrote:German, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese. I did do some Mandarin many years ago but forgot most of it due to lack of use.
I think there is a real danger that future generations will stop learning foreign languages because machine translation will reduce the need for learning foreign languages. That would be a great loss.
It's hard to fully appreciate all the benefits of getting a direct experience of another culture. One aspect is health benefits. Some studies show that foreign language learning helps to prevent dementia in old age.
Tainari88 wrote:My husband would get such incredibly nice smiles from Mandarin speakers...and curious they were....they thought his accent very strange and would ask him where he was from and what was his native language....
I smile about it...He is Puerto Rican and learned Mandarin because he fell in love with Chinese history, culture and language. He found it beautiful. He never thought about it at all.
I sent him to learn English at a Community College. He graduated from Puerto Rico with a degree in Spanish. He hated English so much...he never learned it well even though it is required from kindergarten to university studies.
He always barely passed English...and never learned it fluently. I said to him,---alright husband, go take classes, at the community college for a while see if it improves. He did take classes with a big group of Mexicans, Venezuelans, Panamanians, Colombians, Peruvians, etc all Latinos. He did not learn jack shit. After one year I said, "what is going on husband?" He socialized all the time in Spanish with the Latinos. I said,--you will get no where at all. I am changing you to an ESOL course with Asians. You can't speak with them. You will learn English.
He came back and told me...."Tainari....I fell in love with Chinese! I love that language. I want to learn it." And I frowned...'what about the English?" He shook his head....Ï will learn it I promise...but I want to take Chinese!!
Lol. He started speaking it with Taiwanese people first. He then said to me,---I love that culture. I love it very much. I wish I could go someday and speak with the people.
He wound up organizing workers in Spanish, English and Chinese.
They were laying a lot of the field organizers off after a while....tight budgets being slashed. But they never could get a replacement of those three languages....in one person. So he was not laid off at all. He wound up quitting only after our son was born to stay at home longer.
MistyTiger wrote:Mandarin speakers can be friendly. I feel that English can feel cold and stiff. I prefer other languages to English, but in public, I do not bring up my preference for non-English languages.
I have relatives in Taiwan and I adore them and the country. I hope to return in the distant future, there is more to experience.
I understand a lot of Mandarin but English was my first language. I did not speak until I was 2. I walked before talking, but that did not mean I was born stupid. I was and still am curious about life. But I feel at home when I hear Mandarin. I love the tones and the lack of verb conjugations.
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