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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:40 am 
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Found this funny story about language use that I thought i would share with you all:

An early missionnary in Canada who had only recently learned to speak Cree had apparently not picked up on the fact that Cree has a clusivity distinction. This meant that in his first sermon he said "We (exclusive) are all sinners!" which supposedly, caused the locals to burst out in laughter :-D

If you guys know any other anecdotes or small funny stories bout language use, please post them, so we can all get some cheap laughs.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:49 am 
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Belgium being a land of linguistic craziness I could go on and on about different stories about language use, but one which always stuck to me and caused me to almost burst out laughing was the following:

I was at a house in a small village in Wallonia and my friend, an older man about 50, was trying to buy a motorcycle from a guy in Flanders. He texts the guy in French and the guy writes back (in Dutch I assume) that he doesn't speak French nor English and the father didn't speak Dutch. So the father goes to his daughter who's in university and who studied for 6 months in Antwerp and says in French, here text him this, that, and this in Dutch. The daughter is reluctant because she doesn't speak much Dutch, just school Dutch. I helped them find words as well as she was going back and forth with the man. Finally the father says, ok let's meet up, and then I go, but you don't speak Dutch, how will you communicate? And the father goes oh don't worry all Flemish people speak French they just don't like to (meanwhile the Walloon guy spoke no Dutch).

Well guess what, the Flemish guy didn't speak French.

And that is Belgium, a country where its own citizens can't talk to each other and where one side, the Francophone side, just assumes the other side, the Dutchophone side, will be able to speak their language but don't bother to make an effort the other way around. Although I must preface that by saying it's changing among the country's youth. Still English is far more important as a second language here for Flemish and Walloons than French or Dutch, respectively. Most people I meet decide what language to study, English or Dutch (in Flanders they study both English and French regardless but not in Wallonia where one has to chose) based on whether they plan to stay in Belgium or leave. They say one only needs Dutch if one plans on staying in Belgium, and if one plans on working in Brussels especially. Otherwise its English all the way.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:19 am 
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If Belgium wants to have any semblance of national unity, they need to encourage the Walloons and Flemish to learn each other's language. And German. Heck, it would be better if they would learn each others' languages anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:32 am 
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Probably because Spain is a common tourist destination and it's easy for French speakers?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 4:43 pm 
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I don't know whether I told that story here already. I heard it from a Kazakh friend who used to work at the Kazakh ministry of telecommunications.
In the early nineties, when the former Soviet republics became independent, the ministry had some correspondence with their Estonian counterpart. They used to do that in Russian, which both sides understood, but soon after independence, the Estonians started to write to them in Estonian. The Kazakhs responded that this was all very well and that they understood that Estonia was independent now, but they didn't have anyone at the ministry who knew Estonian, so could they please go back to writing in Russian?
The Estonians continued to write in Estonian.
Then someone had the bright idea to send the next letter in Kazakh.
From that moment, the Estonians reverted to writing in Russian, and both sides were able to communicate again.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:52 pm 
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The dude that would translate directly between Estonian and Kazakh would be well paid.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:39 am 
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I have an interesting one from the local grocery store, about what can happen if you are not careful about your punctuation.

There was a sign that was supposed to read: "Bedstemorboller" (lit. grandmother buns), supposedly with the meaning "buns as grandmother used to make them". The problem was that the word was split into two lines because it was written with a large font, and they had forgotten to put in a hyphen so the sign read: "bedstemor boller". The problem is that the verb "bolle" is a colloquial term for "to have sex".
This meant that instead of reading: "buns as grandmother used to make them", the sign read: "grandmother is having sex (3 pc. 27 kr.)".

This is just one of many cases in Danish where it makes a huge difference in meaning whether you use a coumpund word or two seperate words. Another examples of a similar error is this shop:

I think they wanted to sell you stuff for animals, but because of the space in the middle they now apparently want to sell you expensive stuff instead.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 5:02 pm 
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This is perhaps the most useless bilingual product labeling I've ever seen, and I've seen some doozies, like Aloe Vera/Aloë Vera.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:51 pm 
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you have to give them credit for being economical though


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:42 pm 
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I think you may have missed the point of bilingual signage.

Realistically in all probability no Welsh speaker is ever going to have trouble with an English sign, since everyone is functionally bilingual and the vast majority of people are native speakers of English alongside Welsh. But that doesn't stop people getting pissy when signs are only put up in English in Welsh-speaking areas. And it sounds to me like Belgium has (understandably) a similar or even more intense situation with regard to language pride.

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These are all examples of why you should always check your work.


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