Sunday, May 25, 2008

"Love English"

One of the best paragraphs I have read in a while:

"So just what are Chinese people learning about the English-speaking world? For starters, we’re moody sluts. A book called “Love English” teaches that “Do you want to go to a movie?” really means “I’d eventually like to have sex with you,” while “I’m bored” really means “Do you want to have sex?” The final entry in “50 Selected Love Letters Between United States Presidents and Their Beloved” is from Monica to Bill, and introduces the adjectives “disposable,” “used” and “insignificant.”

To read the rest:

Learning to Speak Olympics
Published: May 25, 2008
With the Games approaching, a question: Can an irritating monkey help China become conversant in English?

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