Browsing All posts tagged under »Turkish«

Call a spade a spade. And a trough a trough.

March 15, 2011


One of the joys of working where I do is that you are always having to explain idiomatic expressions, and work out the equivalent in the foreign language. If I looked up the history or etymology behind each one I’d never make it to the studio, but when my colleagues asked me for a translation […]

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

February 21, 2011


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 […]

Kyrgyzstan’s doomed dogs and contraceptive cats

February 17, 2011


Those of you who lived in the USSR in 1989 might well remember when one of the biggest Soviet horror films was released. It was called Псы (psy, ‘dogs’), and was about a town in Central Asia – devoid of human life. In move a pack of abandoned blood-thirsty pooches. But then, the humans want […]