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Novel For People Who Speak Six Languages

"The Six Languages Of Love And Murder"
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6 seems to be the magical number of languages to speak to achieve a high level of respect.

The idea is to have a novel would include characters from different countries speaking that country's language without translation. You would need to speak six languages to be able to read this novel without using some kind of translation device.

One chapter might feature a beautiful Japanese gun moll in Paris on a mission to smuggle drugs. She calls her boss in Tokyo to get instructions, meanwhile the French police are watching her and discussing their next move.

Later in the novel the Italian mobster in Moscow is dealing with this international crime syndicate, facing off with Russian agents, all speaking their native languages as appropriate, way people around the world actually speak.

So if you’re at a cocktail party and said “I’ve read “The Six Languages Of Love And Murder”, everybody would be suitably impressed which is great for people who like suitably impressing people.

doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019

Polyglots https://en.wikipedi...i/List_of_polyglots
People dedicated to speaking a lot of languages. [doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019]

Or you could just learn to SOUND like you speak a lot of languages. https://www.youtube...watch?v=ybcvlxivscw
Hey, most people won't know the difference. (This gal is brilliant) [doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019]

Prior art https://www.youtube...watch?v=-VsmF9m_Nt8
Prisencolinensinainciusol [MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 02 2019]


       Throw us a bone here: what are the languages you've used? I only speak English, maths, and music.
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 02 2019

       Novel For People Who Speak Six Languages, the title being "The Six Languages Of Love And Murder" each word being in a different language. International drug smuggling crime novel with lots of beautiful women, intrigue etc.   

       And speaking of throwing bones, I'm guessing there's a bone storm coming my way with this one.
doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019

       [+] for what I understand so far. The first two paragraphs of body text, despite obviously not being written in French, are perfectly translatable from French to English using Google Translate. I was unable to get the third and fourth to translate properly from any reasonable language.
notexactly, Apr 02 2019

       Well, to sell the idea, this might be a book that was notorious for being able to be read by only a few people in the world which would be kind of cool. I don't know many people who speak more than two languages. The one guy I know who spoke 7 languages was brilliant but nutty as a fruitcake. He relayed the time where he was drunk listening to the radio and didn't realize they were speaking Spanish until they said something that only a Spanish speaking person would say.   

       Didn't ask him what that was.   

       Anyway, these folks are called polyglots. (link)
doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019

       And they are also usually sesquipedalians.
Sgt Teacup, Apr 02 2019

       [doctorremulac3] thanks. How do you propose to get around the different syntaxes and grammatic arrangements of the different languages? Especially things like Arabic (right-to- left instead of the "normal" european left-to-right) or Japanese (traditionally top-to-bottom...)?
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 02 2019

       Sesquipedalian is surprisingly easy to say five times fast.   

       To the etymological dictionary!
Foot and a half long or half as much again?

       Its called "code switching" isn't it, and don't multilingual people do it all the time?
pocmloc, Apr 02 2019

       This is just encouraging furriners to go on jabbering in their funny furrin lingo.
8th of 7, Apr 02 2019

       //How do you propose to get around the different syntaxes and grammatic arrangements of the different languages?//   

       I think the languages would be:   

       English French German Spanish Russian Italian   

       After sleeping on this idea that I originally I thought was kind of pointless, I kind of want to do it. I believe you might get some notoriaty due to the novelty of the whole thing and if it were a good enough story, get a movie made out of it. (With subtitles obviously).   

       Find the few people in the world who can speak all these languages and send them a copy and ask for a review. They might be into doing it to show off their language skills.   

       It would be a pretty exclusive club.   

       What was the title again? "The Six Languages Of Love and Murder"? Sounds like a thriller. Don't know what the plot would be. International drug runners, James Bond and Bond girl type characters doing crazy stuff. Sounds like a fun summer project. Kind of weird to write a book you couldn't read yourself though. Maybe I'd put learning those other five languages on my bucket list.
doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019

       This is exactly what it's like* to sit in an IT project progress meeting in Luxembourg. The database admins speak only French, the desktop admins are Italian while the project manager is a native German, the devs are split between Bristol, Vienna and Hyderabad and the users converse in either Flemmish or Luxembourgese. Inviting all members into a long-tabled meeting to go through the JIRA backlog items and you can literally see the waves of translation and interpretation bounce up and down the room.   

       * only with more plot-twists.
zen_tom, Apr 02 2019

       RE: link.   

       What the hell did I just watch?   

       And where do I buy the song? Or whatever it was.
doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019


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