tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sat Jun 15 17:07:18 2002
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Re: Translating vs. Thinking
Can some one tell me how to say I love u dad in Klingon.My dad bet that I couldn't do it. so please spell it. thankz hologram_gurl liz
"Sangqar (Sean Healy)" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > So my advice is: Speak. Try your hardest. If you make a mistake,
> > will correct it. That's why we have a BG.
>You're absolutely correct. But I'd add: try to think like a Klingon while
maj. I think I have a narrower definition of 'thinking in the language'
than you or Qov. For example, for French, Finnish, and Portuguese, I've
lived with native speakers, and I find that when I'm speaking one of those
languages with another fluent speaker, I switch into thinking in that
language, to the point where my brain will actually translate English into
the other language. I've actually had experiences where someone will tell a
joke in English when I'm in that mode, and I won't get it because it's based
on a pun that doesn't translate, and I'll have to switch back to English
mode and mentally repeat the joke to myself in order to figure it out.
I'm nowhere near that point in Klingon, although I have reached the point
where, if I'm reading Klingon, I will formulate responses in Klingon in my
head, whereas I used to formulate responses internally in English and then
have to translate them into Klingon.
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