Language struggles

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Speaking to someone who doesn’t know a language well is like having a conversation with Google.

It’s all “keyword” based”

To fill the empty space and compensate for lack of apprehension, one is forced to simply riff off of the few understood words to impress the veneer of actual conversation.

Example of how this works (fictionalized):

Chilean: “My uncle was run over by a Volvo downtown last week. The funeral is Saturday” (words I understood in bold)

Me: “I used to drive a Volvo! Great cars!”

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Another strategy from Bri:

usually I just take the last word and add a question mark, while nodding my head with look of extreme
concentration and engagement. then I try to make that sound I hear from the Chileans, the mysterious “ah yah.”

Chilean: “My Uncle was run over by a Volvo downtown last week. The funeral is Saturday.”

Bri: “Saturday? Ah yah.”

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One Response to “Language struggles”

  1. Sam Says:

    More hilarious stuff, Phil. Google’s algorrithms are actually quite a bit smarter. It’s more like a conversation with google ten years ago.

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