05 February 2009

it's hard to keep a straight face when...

...a certain student (i'm not naming names) translates this~~

"Si, posso incontarLa oggi."

to this~~

"Yes, the possum is in control today."

(for those nodding in confused agreement, the less interesting yet correct translation is "Yes, I am able to meet you today." looks like we need a bit of a vocabulary review tomorrow!)

13 comments:

Cristie said...

Delightful! Maybe the Possum really is in control. We just had groundhog day after all.

Annie said...

Hey! I like that translation. Possum's got the right idea. Go slow. Being in control. LOL

the mother of this lot said...

The first translation sounded ok to me.

Anait said...

haha!! I used to tutor adults in different languages and its amazing the translations they came up with. you'd think that they'd look at what they've translated and say "hmm....that doesn't sound like a normal sentence, maybe i'm doing something wrong", but i guess not! pitfalls of learning a new language I guess!

casalba said...

Made total sense to me.

Catvibe said...

Funny!

I have an award for you on my blog. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Listen to that: "Passerò le mie vacanze..." becomes "I sparrow my holidays..." (sparrow is of course passero, with the a stressed, not the final o...
Just one of the crazy translations I found in my lifelong time as a teacher of English (in Italy)...

a square peg (amy) said...

That's funny! Just wanted to let you know that I especially liked your words over at "The Dusty Lens" on the Far and Near post...

Claudia said...

I do agree Vocabolary review is Urgent!

Frances said...

I so like that - sounds like what one of those men in black would say into a headset.
Yes - the possum is in control today.
Waving at you from New York

qualcosa di bello said...

christie...yes, & if the possum is in control, he is sayin' "spring!!!"

annie...me too!!

jackie...i wanted it to sound ok too, but as the teacher...hmmmm.

anait...my son is infinitely creative when he forgets something!

sally...your gonna love my son!!

cat...my apologies for not stopping by very often or claiming the award yet (jackie can explain this!)...but thank you so much!

anon...that is a mistake i would make!

amy...thank you! (i love andrea's photos) thanks too for visiting...i've enjoyed your blog very much.

claudia...would you like to tutor him in june??

frances...ha!! your are so right!

- A - C - said...

my dear, forbearance is a virtue...

qualcosa di bello said...

andrea...my mantra!!