Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Lost in Translation

Interpreting my student:

My mother is a ballerina.
My father likes ballet bowl...
Ballet bowling?

I haven't heard of ballet bowling.
(Then she makes a volley ball gesture.)

She must be up early, so she asks...
"Do you have a get-up machine?"

Would you like fish or chicken tonight?
" leave"

(Short for leave it up to you)

Saying good-bye on the phone:
"I talk you"

(short for talk to you later)

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