“Western technology companies have misunderstood the linguistic landscape of India, where English is spoken proficiently by only about a tenth of the population and even many college-educated Indians prefer the contours of their native tongues for everyday speech,” according to Quillpad creator Ram Prakash, the New York Times reports today. In the last [...]more→
Lerner Publishing, publishers of Angel Girl, based on Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat‘s “love story,” announced that they have “canceled pending reprints of the book and will refund the price of any returned books.” The story, based on Rosenblat’s Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love that Survived, inspired many, including [...]more→
5:10 pm. Ma and I find ourselves at the NOIDA Trade Fair at the old circus grounds. There are stalls selling some Limca Book “record-breaking” variety of honey; “stomach flattening” abdominal belts; South Indian gold-plated jewelery; pleather accessories; miraculous “Ayurvedic” herbal supplements promising to cure every ailment known to man; tamarind, mango, and pomegranate flavored [...]more→
While I was wading through the myriad book exhibits at the carnivalesque MLA conference in San Francisco (7000+ people here, they say), I happened across the very cool-looking Multilingual Anthology of American Literature: A Reader of Original Texts with English Translations published in 2000 by the New York University Press, edited by Marc [...]more→
So I began writing this as a comment on daveski’s “Good morning” but it grew into this post instead. I’ve actually wanted to write on it for a while, so thanks for the inspiration daveski!
One of my favorite things in France was walking into a shop and immediately having to say “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame”. I was [...]more→
What do the following words have in common: abbey, aisle, bishop, chapel, christen, disciple, minister, monastery, monk, nun, nunnery, parish, pew, psalm, pulpit, sin, devil, vicar, acorn, almond, ash, beech, blackberry, blacksmith, chestnut, crocus, heather, ivy, lavender, primrose, sycamore, willow, porridge, raven, starling, stork, pelican, coronation, duchess, duke, emperor, empire and monarch?
The Oxford University [...]more→
The Hubli Unusual Abuse competition takes place today on the hallowed grounds of the Dakshina Vaishnodevi Temple in Karnataka, a southern Indian state. The participants will “hurl abuses” (in English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and other Indian languages), and winners will be awarded flower garlands. There are some guidelines for [...]more→
A couple of evenings ago, with the temperature dipping into the low teens (in °C), and the stale winter air thickly polluted with smog, my mother and I happened upon the National Khadi Fair in a suburb of New Delhi, India. Even though we had pending errands to run, we were inexorably drawn to the [...]more→
‘Twas the night before Christmas when Youki and Usree decided to do a bit of cross-continental liveblogging using Skype. They had planned to liveblog their views about a viral music video, an “Indian” version of the Twelve Days of Christmas (performed by an “animated” pop singer, Boymongoose), but, the “organic” nature of liveblogging, as [...]more→
My wife and I were looking at cell phone plans and commenting on how our current plan (that we got back when text messaging was brand new) charges us $1 per text message which is pretty high (but we pay $50 for 2 lines which is pretty low). Made me think of this video:
It’s that time of year, when we take stock of how language has changed along with all the events of the year. Lots to talk about this time around with global financial crisis, presidential elections, changing climates, and another year of crappy Bay Area sports teams. (sorry, A’s fans, it’s true…)
Have you heard about “edupunk”? [...]more→
Standing in the middle of the room…
April 21st, 2005
I was standing at a central point in the room. The walls were all at approximately the same distance from me. I continued to stand there for a few moments.
That entry-in its painful recounting of life’s minutiae-comes from a post on “the dullest blog in [...]more→
I was looking at the Offbeat News section on Digg.com, when I found a link to this awesome Flickr photograph (see below). It presents famous logos of big companies, cleverly modified to reflect the tough economic times. [Click on the picture in order to see a bigger version.] “wmliu,” (who I [...]more→
A monthly roundup of blog posts on Found in Translation.
Billette writes about her experiences teaching French 1 at UC Berkeley in “Apprehensions about Foreign Language Teaching, or How I Had [...]more→
Still somewhat jet-lagged and travel weary after a recent 20-something hour marathon flight from San Fransisco to New Delhi, I headed over to a local gym, intriguingly named Addiction, to get a month’s membership. Yesterday we’d picked up a form, and today we were supposed to drop it off. Hunched over in the car [...]more→
When all the people of the world finally speak the same language and commune in the same message or the same norm of reason, we will descend, idiot imbeciles, lower than rats, more stupidly than lizards. The same maniacal language and science, the same repetitions of the same in all latitudes–an earth covered with [...]more→