Browsing All posts tagged under »Polish«

Gesundheit! Yì Băi Suì! We all fall down.

February 28, 2011

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One of the delights of moving to a new country is learning how to react to events in the local way, with all the things that come with learning a new language. What do you say, for example, if you stub your toe? Get a fright? Or smell something untoward? And my favourite, what you […]

Where art thou? Why we’re so chummy with God

February 22, 2011

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I was at my granddad’s funeral the other day. (Don’t worry, this post will get chirpier.) It was terribly sad, of course, but as the ceremony went on, the atmosphere brightened as we remembered his life. At the end of the service came the unbiquitous Lord’s Prayer, and uh-oh… it’s the new-fangled one that just […]

Gaddafi? Qaddafi? Kaddafi? Let’s call the whole thing off!

February 21, 2011

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Have you ever been lost in transliteration? You’re not alone. And you don’t need to tell me about it. Russian’s 33 letters do not fit perfectly into English’s 26. Arabic fits even more awkwardly. Chinese can be fun, too. Why? Well, for one – alphabets don’t match because the underlying sound systems don’t match. We […]