23rd Apr 12, 18:18 #121
23rd Apr 12, 18:34 #122
China is famous for this (google "chinglish").
I remember years ago purchasing the dvd film "A Bridge Too Far" at one of the markets in Shanghai. It's not so much the movie that I wanted (I'd seen it dozens of times), but the packaging, which looked thoroughly authentic except for the title which read "A Bride Too Far".“If everything's under control, you're going too slow.” Mario Andretti
23rd Apr 12, 20:08 #123
"I bid you welcome from the heart of my bottom"
"You think I know damn nothing - in fact I know damn all"Duncan Rollo
The more you learn, the more you realise how little you know.
24th Apr 12, 17:16 #124
Anyone who’s been to China know that the locals, when working with foreigners, like to give themselves “western” names. Most are chosen because they simply like the sound, but some, often chosen by girls, are downright baffling.
Some of the more interesting ones I’ve come across:
Virgin (I had to confirm that she didn’t mean Virginia )
When working in Shanghai a few years ago, my company’s foreign assignment conditions allowed for a car and driver. My assigned driver had chosen “Handsome” as his western name .
He’d ring me, with his number displayed on my mobile, and I’d answer “Hello Handsome” much to the amusement of those around me“If everything's under control, you're going too slow.” Mario Andretti
24th Apr 12, 20:15 #125
I wish I had the enthusiasm to keep going and learn more of a language, I know various bits and pieces and a few words here and there, but never quite get around to doing more than that It is made far easier by others use of great English which luckily I know quite a bit of.
So I blame everyone elseIf the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off!
25th Apr 12, 00:07 #126
Names are extremely nuanced and layer in China and you're routinely goping to have a number of names and titles depending on the relationship with the speaker....brothers and sisters have their own names between them, and different than colleagues or parents...and then there are numbers... Auntie 3 and Auntie 4 have visited here for extended times and that's their "name" Sei yi...
Who can forget the beautiful Rosamond Kwan in Jet Li's "Once Upon a Time in China" as "Auntie 13"... I've had a great cup of tea at a tea room called "Auntie 13's Tea room".
25th Apr 12, 17:06 #127
I remember at school it wasn't coming that easily to me - and I was sort of a slow learner in foreign languages. But like wiruwiru, I was also studying in a specialized English class. I guess in the end it was helpful in this respect!
Generally I like to put a fair amount of emphasis in ortography and grammar while writing, regardless of language. It is even a bit of a habit or lifestyle. I guess these are differences in personalities as on the other hand I can easily be stunned at just how good people can be in some other areas, which I am completely unable to match.
To take a bit of a wider view on the issue, I also think the factor of being a "small nation" plays a role. In order to communicate with the outside world, Estonians absolutely have to learn foreign languages. Even if they may not have a brilliant command or grammar of English, I guess if you ever visited Estonia, you would be understood by people.
27th Apr 12, 18:02 #128
I though my cover was blown the other day when I was told my English was better than that of our UK staff...
Well chuffed I was, until I ordered a Big Mac meal and didn't understand a word of what the nice Birmingham lass saidHola Amisgüitos