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There has been an update on the bunny translation front thanks to [livejournal.com profile] outeeyore: it all might have to do with a confusion over a word for 'of course.'* I will have to ponder deeply on this one and think about what it truly means to all of us to say 'that is bunnies.' Is it deep wisdom of the sort we should not just discard in mockery? Does it hold the key to the universe? I don't know: all I know is 'that is bunnies' will be a phrase I try to use at least once a day. It has a certain calming quality.

There were many things which were left unexplained in Spring Waltz, not the least being the hero's unfortunate haircut. But at the moment I am also wondering why he slept in jumpers/sweaters. No, really, he did: this man wore knitwear to bed. Do they not heat Korean hotels? Or maybe he just wanted to be ready to spring out of bed and play piano without having to look around for clothes? Or was it fear of abandonment? These are deep waters indeed.

In other thrilling news, I went to a nice get together for 4th of July but was almost hit by at least 2 drunk drivers on the way home. NOOOOOO! Not the car! I've just spent $1,800 getting that wretched flashing light and beeping noise of DOOM fixed.

*And this brings up one of the things I love about LJ. I post my despair over subtitles and this strange phrase and I get several people hunting about for an answer. It's quite smashing and I've learned all sorts of other interesting things about Korean and Chinese in the process. Thank you to everyone for your suggestions and help! It is more than bunnies, it is surely (at least) an Irish Hare. :)

ETA: Er, what's a good beginning learn Korean book? I've watched so many of these dramas now that I understand some things but if I theoretically wanted to go further what would be something good to read?

ETA 2: And in strange language things, I was remembering when my sister lived in Holland for several years and learned Dutch - except she spoke it with this heavy German accent. According to her teacher this often happened with Irish people who learned the language. Very strange and not really the accent you want with Dutch.

Date: 2007-07-05 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calixa.livejournal.com
I think it would better to go with an audio language course, like the Pimsleur series. I have Korean I from them and after just lesson one I know how to say "Are you at peace?" and "No, Sir!". Plus other phrases, but I felt those two were the most important and so have committed them to long term memory.

Date: 2007-07-05 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
*ponders closely the situation where she will want to say 'are you at peace?*

I used the Pimsleur ones for Modern Greek. They taught me to ask some poor woman over and over again if she wanted to drink wine with me, where they should clearly have been teaching me how to say 'why did the bus to Olympia not stop?' Though I guess that in other circumstances being able to ask people if they wanted to drink with me would have been quite useful.

Date: 2007-07-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calixa.livejournal.com
Haha, yes! I did the Mandarin Chinese ones, and halfway through the second part, you learn that the woman is married. Very scandalous of them. I guess they want to make sure we are equipped when the potential for adultery arises. In that case I am sure I would need to say "No, sir!" if someone asks me if I am at peace or vice versa.

Date: 2007-07-05 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Pimsleur = the language course for sleezy business. And adulterers. Funny how they don't mention that in their promotional material.

Date: 2007-07-05 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com

Why can't I type today? And why are there no equivalent courses for the ladies? Maybe I want to go to Greece and stalk the menfolk in bars?


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