Showing posts with label language. Show all posts
Showing posts with label language. Show all posts

29.10.18

Two Photographs: Push (推) and Pull (拉)

I was walking on Bowery on a Fall day in Lower Manhattan and I was struck by the simplicity (and pragmatism) of these two opposite facing signs stuck to a store window written in Mandarin Chinese and English.
A storefront door has a sign affixed to it in Mandarin Chinese and in English for "Push"
"Push" 推

A storefront door has a sign affixed to it in Mandarin Chinese and in English for "Pull"
"Pull" 拉

29.8.17

"Welcome" in Nine Languages


Photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha on Unsplash
Inspired by the welcome sign in the Museum of Modern Art's lobby, it behooves me to share the text of "Welcome" in nine languages.

Who doesn't like "Welcome" signs in multiple languages? I noticed the entrance sign to MoMA's film lobby - It read welcome in several languages and cheery invitation as well: "this way to art." I'm thinking of copying it and posting a similar sign on my classroom door.

So here is the text from the MoMA sign with translations (in machine-friendly rendering):


Willkommen - German


ようこそ - Japanese


Bienvenue - French


Benvenuto - Italian


And in English - Welcome, this way to art 


欢迎 - Chinese (Simplified), Shanghainese


Spanish - Bienvenido


Cantonese - 歡迎


Bem-vindo - Portuguese


환영합니다 - Korean

15.8.12

On the Double Humiliation of Standing Inside and Outside of the Vernacular


 
It's humiliating to speak only in code, only in a punished, subaltern idiom; but it's humiliating to stand outside that vernacular, too, and not comprehend it, and feel its disrespect.
Wayne Koestenbaum, Humiliation, pg. 151

4.2.11

30 Ways to say "Sheep Skin"

Thanks to a tag on a sheepskin rug sold at Ikea in Hicksville, New York, one can easily learn to say "peau de mouton" in thirty languages.
"Sheep Skin" in 30 Languages

30.9.09

King Tut Language

Nonsensical Languages

Nonsensical languages are so much fun. You know you are a fan of the nonsensical if you can enjoy Lewis Carrol's "The Jabberwocky." I am stunned that I understand what a vorpal sword is and chortle. Amazing. Simply amazing.

Do you remember Pig Latin as a kid? I-ay o-day! We used to speak Pig Latin in the schoolyard so we could say bad words. Uck-fay ou-yay!


King Tut

"Hello" in King Tut Language
But, what about King Tut language? I stumbled upon this nonsensical language* several years ago, working as a page in a public library - you come across a plethora of arcane, but useful books.

King Tut is a nonsensical language I read about - it involves taking all consonants and simply doubling them and inserting a "U" in the middle. Vowels are pronounced as usual. Here is the alphabet:


King Tut Letters

A, Bub, Coy, Dud, E, Fuf, Gug, Huh (or Hoy), I, Juj (or Joy), Kuk, Lul, Mum, Nun, O, Pup, Quk, Rur (or Roy), Sus, Tut, U, Vuv, Wuw (or Woy), Xux, Yuk (or Yoy), Zuz


Double Letters

If a letter is doubled, like in "book" you say bub-o-square-kuk.
"Hello, How are you?"
in King Tut is rendered
"Huh-e-lul-square-o, Huh-o-wuw a-rur-e yuk-o?" 
When King Tut is spoken it is VERY funny. It sounds like complete nonsense. I teach it for fun to my freshman English class to impress upon them the artificial construct of language (although I don't tell them that is why I am teaching it to them).

It is quite impressive how quickly the students can understand what I am saying once I explain the rules.
*(thanks to Dickson's Word Treasury by Paul Dickson)
Also, thanks to Wordie