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patuco
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 Message 1793 of 3735
05 July 2011 at 5:48pm | IP Logged 
Juan wrote:
when you click on the links and the full-sized images turn out to be so damn small that you can't make out the individual texts.

They're fine on my screen, although I can't actually read most of them since I don't know what they're saying.



Teango wrote:
When you receive yet another boring utilities pamphlet through your door telling you they're going to raise their rates again, entitled "Important legal changes to the ownership of your sewers", and are about to throw it in the bin when you happen to notice the back pages...

The English explanation states that, if English is not your first language and you require more information, you can call the given number and they'll "call you back immediately with a translator."

Two things struck me when reading this:

1. Presumably the operators don't speak those languages (hence the need for a translator) so they're obviously expecting you to know enough English to ask for your own language. Otherwise, how would they know which language you'd be talking in when you phoned?

2. Who is the translator (or, more likely, group of translators) who is willing to drop everything and immediately attend to Thames Water's translation requests?



I never realised that sewer ownership could be so interesting!

Edited by patuco on 05 July 2011 at 5:55pm

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meramarina
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 Message 1794 of 3735
05 July 2011 at 6:05pm | IP Logged 
This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Get your mind out of the gutter!"

You are a Language Nerd when you want to call that number just for fun! And any self-respecting language nerd would, of course, carefully place that beautiful pamphlet in a sturdy frame, under bulletproof glass, and display it on the wall to be contemplated at all times as a little shrine to Polyglot Plumbing!

Edited by meramarina on 05 July 2011 at 6:06pm

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Teango
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 Message 1795 of 3735
05 July 2011 at 6:09pm | IP Logged 
@Juan
I feel your pain over an otherwise wasted opportunity, and have therefore swapped the links with extra large originals. Enjoy!
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LebensForm
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 Message 1796 of 3735
06 July 2011 at 4:20am | IP Logged 
You know you are a language nerd when you go to a bar and order a dark German beer, pronouncing it the correct German way (W said like a v etc) and you become annoyed when she keeps pronoucing the W like a W, and then after about 6, you finally lose enough sense or ability to bite your tongue and you tell the poor Black waitress the correct pronunciation... apparently going on German language and grammar tangents in public means I'm cut off...

Edited by LebensForm on 06 July 2011 at 4:22am

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Iversen
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 Message 1797 of 3735
06 July 2011 at 9:02am | IP Logged 
So basically that waitress cut you off from your supply of dark German beer when you corrected her pronunciation? What a mess ... people have no respect for knowledge.
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LebensForm
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 Message 1798 of 3735
06 July 2011 at 4:03pm | IP Logged 
No my friend did... lol. But I don't think the waitress really appreciated me correcting her. What an interesting night...
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Levi
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 Message 1799 of 3735
10 July 2011 at 4:23am | IP Logged 
...when you take delight in the fact that the past participle of the English loanword "upload" in German is "upgeloadet".
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 Message 1800 of 3735
10 July 2011 at 3:08pm | IP Logged 
J-Learner wrote:
You listen to foreign pop music even though you absolutely hate it in English.

(yes...I love Turkish pop music :D Ok? I said it!)


Lol, I love Turkish pop music too :-p Yey for Tarkan!! :oD x


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