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    Any chance of a translation Mat? Thanks to you I can swear fluently in Polish, but that's all.

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    I can translate it but it won't rhyme anymore. So, here it goes:

    There once was a boy
    Who did everything in reverse
    He didn't know he was an idiot
    Until someone called him a fag
    He couldn't, poor guy, stand the tension and he bought himself a laptop.

    It sounds way better in Polish...


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    Thanks to you I can swear fluently in Polish
    I take that as a compliment. lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat View Post
    There once was a boy
    Who did everything in reverse
    He didn't know he was an idiot
    Until someone called him a fag
    He couldn't, poor guy, stand the tension and he bought himself a laptop.
    I love the way that one finishes - that made me laugh
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    I thought it was very good, things always look funny when translated.


    Here is a Halloween poem.


    HALLOWEEN Magic.


    A bald-headed ghost
    Drank some witches' brew
    And on top of his head
    A strange thing grew.

    It was pointed and tall
    And black as a bat
    With stringy long hair
    Where his head was flat.

    The sad little ghost
    Didn't want any hair
    Or a black pointed hat
    So he said, "Witch beware!"

    Then he chanted some words
    With a spell-casting switch
    And gave Halloween Nght
    A Bald-headed witch!

    Barbara M. Hales

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhnbrbr View Post
    Any chance of a translation Mat?
    I have put a huge effort to do it but here it is - a German translation:

    Es war einmal ein Junge
    Der alles verkehrt gemacht hat
    Er hat nicht gewusst, dass er der Idiot war
    Solange jemand ihn einem Schwuler bennent hat
    Er hat unglücklich keine Spannung vertragt und hat ein Laptop gekauft.

    Look at how each verse is little bit longer than previous one. Charming, isn't it?
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    Yes, the German version looks pretty on the page, but Polish seems to say it with fewest words - perhaps Polish is the most efficient language of the three?

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    Maybe in this particular case. When I do English-Polish translations, the latter usually takes more space.

    And the German is probably the least efficient...
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    Here's an interesting question about languages - which country in the world has the largest number of English-speakers?

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    My intial guess was for one of the Asian countries. WikiAnswers simply states "India" albeit with no qualification, then I found this:

    ... the country with the largest number of English language speakers in the world is…India!

    According to linguist David Crystal, India's population passed a billion a couple of years ago, and if you couple this with the fact that a 1997 'India Today' survey suggested that about a third of the population has the ability to carry on a conversation in English you end up with around 350 million English language speakers in India - more than the combined populations of Britain and the United States.
    and that came from
    http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/txt/s1363471.htm

    So there you go
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    I suspect most of them work in call centres.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Well the ones who call me from India, need a little more practice with their English.


    A few call centre funnies.

    Customer: "I've been ringing your call centre on 0700 2300 for two days and can't get through to enquiries, can you help?"
    Operator: "Where did you get that number from, sir?"
    Customer: "It was on the door to the travel centre."
    Operator: "Sir, they are our opening hours."


    RAC Motoring Service

    Caller: "Does your European Breakdown Policy cover me when I am traveling in Australia?"
    Operator: "Doesn't the product give you a clue?"


    Customer: “I received the software update you sent, but I am still getting
    the same error message.”
    Tech Support:: “Did you install the update?”
    Customer: “No. Oh, am I supposed to install it to get it to work?”

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    Well I thought the answer was China, but that was only from something mentioned in passing in a TV drama, so Matt could well be right. Either way, I'm sure most people are surprised to find it's not the USA.

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    Have you ever suffered from a great vowel shift?


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    ^ That was interesting; thanks John.

    I remember reading Beowulf in college. Too bad I don't remember what it's about, after having put in the effort to read it!
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    Thanks Rojo.

    One thing I've neer understood is how people can claim to know how words were pronounced in the past when there wasn't any recording of sound. Surely it can only be guesswork at best?

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