19 May 2005

Talking in tongues

One of my work colleagues is Russian and he would typically open a conversation with a Russian greeting. Being curious about what he was saying I went to Altavista's Babelfish website and started translating and answering in Russian. We have had a bit of fun trying to talk with literal translations. For example, saying "Cool" as in "Cool man" translated as "it is cold".
So he explained that in Russian you just say куул, and then answer with клево (which means "biting")
Writing it is one thing. Pronouncing is another. So I discovered "Before you know it" which has a free download to learn basic phrases in lots of languages, including Russian for the Mac and Windows.

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