Friday, January 25, 2008

Plants Part 2

So how hard is English anyhow?

Signs seen around the world.
You know what they mean....but really...who taught them English?

Belgrade hotel :The flattening of underwear is the pleasure of the chambermaid.
Hong Kong Ad: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists
Copenhagen airport: We take your bags and send them in all directions
Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases
Japanese hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid
Thai rental shop (I saw this one with my own eyes!) For rent: Big Bikers

And even formal written communication in English can leave the reader bewildered and laughing. Here are some excerpts of unclear writing received from the American welfare department in their applications:

I am forwarding my marriage certificate and six children. I had seven children but one of them died and was baptized on half a sheet of paper.

I am very upset you have branded my son ILLITERATE. This is a dirty lie, as i was married a week before he was born.

In accordance with your instructions, I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.

Ok. enough laughing now. Seriously though, the English language is HARD to learn. Kuddos to all those people I know who didnt learn it as children naturally and did it through sheer hard work as adults.

Check this out. Which do you consider odd? – there is a certain way to string things together. But could we say why when a new language learner asked us?

The small brown tables
The brown small tables
The cheap comfortable chairs
The comfortable chairs
The large wooden wardrobe
The wooden large wardrobe
My husband (paul snuck that one in there...but I suppose many of you will consider him odd too. LOL)

The granite high mountains
Cotton small black trousers
African old woman
White big wooden table
Plastic black shoes

So these last few days have been heavy grammar and sentence building and how to work with language learners. Also, I've been learning Korean...but more on that later.

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