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Sat, Aug. 9th, 2003 09:16 pm

On ICQ, I have a person on my friends' list who is from Brazil. The only problem is that she doesn't know how to speak english, so she relies on a translator (i.e. Yahoo, Babelfish, etc.). The only problem with this is that almost all of what she says is incoherent and nearly impossible to understand.

So add all this together, and then add a chatty personality. She wouldn't stop talking. I mean, that in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just that most of the conversation was, "can you is understand this me?"... after that, she wouldn't stop saying "good bye" and variations thereof.

Overall, it's not really her fault, but it was a little daunting for me. I kinda wish that I knew Portuguese, as well as most of the world's major languages, just so I could easily communicate with people from other countries. I was able to communicate with the Japanese exchange students pretty well, but a lot of that is because they knew a good deal of english and we had gestures and actions that we could use to communicate with. It's a lot harder without those things to aid me.

I like communicating with people of other cultures. It's really neat and I learn a lot. It helps me understand a lot more about them and their culture. An added bonus is that by learning about their culture, I learn a great deal about my own. I suppose you could call social and cultural study a hobby of mine. :)

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