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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
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
So if youre at a cocktail party and said Ive read The
Six Languages Of Love And Murder, everybody would be
suitably impressed which is great for people who like
suitably impressing people.
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.
Hey, most people won't know the difference. (This gal is brilliant) [doctorremulac3, Apr 02 2019]
Prisencolinensinainciusol [MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 02 2019]
||Throw us a bone here: what are the languages you've used? I
only speak English, maths, and music.
||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.
||[+] 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.
||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)
||And they are also usually sesquipedalians.
||[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...)?
||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?
||This is just encouraging furriners to go on jabbering in their funny furrin lingo.
||//How do you propose to get around the different
syntaxes and grammatic arrangements of the
||I think the languages would be:
||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.
||This is exactly what it's like* to sit in an IT project
progress meeting in Luxembourg. The database admins
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.
||What the hell did I just watch?
||And where do I buy the song? Or whatever it was.