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April 14th, 2008

Too funny to describe @ 04:35 pm

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This from I Can Has Cheezburger? made me laugh, because, when I was in high school, I read The Iliad in the original Greek. Definitely one of those classes that provided me with useful life skills that I have carried with me to this day...

And a follow-on to my last post, which displayed a lot of attitude that is probably disturbing a lot of you: that's what's keeping me alive, my friends. Lots of laughs and not taking anything seriously, especially myself. Not to mention better diet, no caffeine, and some very powerful anti-hypertension drugs.
 
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From:friendsafire
Date:April 14th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Ah, yes. I too use my education daily, referring to El Cid, which I studied in French. Who uses French anymore, anyways? OK, OK the French do, but...

Laughing is the only solution sometimes, and I do thank you for reminding me. I guess I've forgotten over the last few days.
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From:john_holton
Date:April 14th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
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They should teach Spanish, Japanese and Hindi, and maybe Chinese and Russian, in high school and consign French, German and all of the other European languages to the dead language pile with Latin and Greek.

Laughter is the only defense any of us has against a cruel and absurd world. I need to write that down and remind myself constantly.
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From:azbound
Date:April 14th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Chinese before Japanese...

But French in the dead language pile? Jamais!!
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From:john_holton
Date:April 14th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Good point: Written Japanese was taken from Chinese, and in fact Kanji, one of the three forms of written Japanese, is Chinese. Plus there are a heck of a lot more Chinese speakers than Japanese speakers (and a lot of Japanese speak both), not to mention more than French speakers.

With the advent of the EU and international business, more Europeans can speak English than maybe 30 years ago. The need to learn European languages, like French, is becoming less important. Mary and I went to Holland a number of years ago, and I was struggling with a phrasebook, but it turned out that the Dutch spoke better English than I did. (I speak a variant common to the south side of Chicago.) She had a similar experience in Yugoslavia a couple of years before that. Other trainers I work with have gone to Sweden, Italy, and other European countries and found the same thing. Obviously, if you plan on spending a lot of time in a non-business setting, knowing the language is a definite plus, and knowing what they're saying about you is never a bad thing, as I learned in Colombia a few years ago...
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From:lisapt
Date:April 14th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Your attitude is not the least bit desturbing to me. You'll have to try harder than any post I've ever seen on your blog.

BTW, I live with a 7-year-old Wild Child.
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From:john_holton
Date:April 14th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I was a 7-year-old Wild Child. In fact, I've had 45 years of experience being a 7-year-old Wild Child. I can't even remember being 7 years old, but I've been told that I was a holy terror.
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From:sharonthenurse
Date:April 15th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
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Hahahaha! That is brilliant! And damn you, John Holton. I officially like cats now. It's all your fault.

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