I thought the mixing of the languages on the signs in the shopping mall was cool.
It’s strange but even without knowing the Chinese character I always read it as if in English without realising it.
Have a good Year of the Rabbit.
Last night was “Queen Night” on the “X” Factor and it got me thinking again about how much in life that seems just perfectly natural to me means absolutely nothing to Amanda because she “wasn’t there”.
So here is a list of some things, people, events etc that are just a normal part of life to me but will need explaining to Amanda…..
Freddy Mercury (God rest you Freddie)
the lunar landings
World War II (the European part)
the Normandy beaches
The Battle of Britain
New Year (Western as opposed to Chinese)
Top of the Pops
“Ghost” (I’m looking forward to explaining some of that…)
Heaven Can Wait (…. have I got a morbid streak ?)
J J Cale
Last of the Summer Wine
The Two Ronnies
Monty Python (God help me !……)
the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (… and again !)
Slartibartfast (well, one has to start somewhere )
I’m ****ing Matt Damon
Trevor Senior, Jimmy Quinn, Martin Hicks, et al…
Reading 2 – Brighton 0
(spot the link between the last two ! )
(where am I going with this ? …..)
the Barmy Army
bunking off work to go to Chesterfield to see Middlesex play, only to find you get caught in a close-up on tv with a tinny in your hand ….. !
I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
Mornington Crescent (there’s an easy one, won’t take long…)
“Dr. Livingstone, I presume ?”
The whole of the Roman Empire, and everything it has meant to everyone in the Western world ever since…….
Manuel from Fawlty Towers
the Eurovision Song Contest (I don’t even understand that myself !)
the old Wembley Stadium
Snow (although actually, Amanda spent 8 months studying in Minnesota, so she already knows what snow is !)
Morecambe & Wise
The summer of Love
If you’re Going To San Francisco
99 Red Balloons
VW Beetle (my Dad and I both had one at the same time)
the 7th at Pebble Beach
Rag, Tag and Bobtail (I used to get so scared that one of them would get lost :-S)
the Old Man of Hoy
the National Trust
Badminton Horse Trials
the Isle of Skye
The Blue Danube
Torville & Dean
How many is that ?
I hope she’s a good listener…. this may take some time…
Does anybody have any more suggestions ?
I happened upon a headline over the weekend, on Yahoo I think, which said that the Oral part of GCSE language exams for school children in the UK learning foreign languages may be phased out because it was considered to be “too stressful” for them.
Have you ever tried to translate from Chinese to English using computerised translation tools ? What a laugh !