Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Not even trying on the fortune cookie front

Of course it goes without saying that, if you're trying to learn how to speak anything from the Chinese family of languages, you're doing it wrong if you're relying on fortune cookie slips for your vocabulary. And it should also go without saying that, if you are the one writing these little helpful nuggets of word wisdom, you should probably eschew phonetic borrowings. They are no help at all.

Reminds me of the Spanish translation for "baseball".

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