Thursday, 19 March 2009

You Are Now Crossing the International Language Line

There are many, many different ways to tell time across languages but more markedly across dialects. Half five could mean anything from 5:30 to 4:30 to 6:00 (and don't forget 17:30, 16:30 or 18:00). That is, the translated way. I once asked some Germans what the time was. One girl told me it was ... and then another German said, "Wait, that's not right!" and then a whole argument about the correct way to say the time ensued.

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