Sunday, April 15, 2007

Lost in Translating

One of the interesting things about living abroad is that you are often asked to help translate into English. It's one of the things I do at work and I enjoy it. I will use this tag to describe some of the interesting experiences I have had translating.

My first odd translation experience was when I met my wife. We spoke English together and she kept saying "Please" after I said "Thank you". I thought it was a bit strange, but sounded kind of cool.

After my first German class I learned why ... they say "Bitte" for both "please" and "you are welcome". Unfortunately my wife learned the difference and doesn't say "Please" anymore.

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