Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that,
despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years,
many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.
I recently set up a Facebook group to help hunters outside of France find out more about the French pointing breeds. And that means there may be a language barrier between members that don't speak each other's language. Fortunately, there are some great tools available to help us overcome language barriers online.
|Un homme qui parle trois langues est trilingue. |
Un homme qui parle deux langues est bilingue.
Un homme qui ne parle qu'une langue est anglais.
- Claude Gagnière
|Quand on voyage sans connaître l'anglais, on a l'impression |
d'être sourd-muet et idiot de naissance.
- Philippe Bouvard
2. Use Google translate. Here's how: 1. Copy the text of the post or comment. 2. Visit the Google Translate page 3. At the top of the page, choose the languages to translate between. If you aren't sure what language you want to use, click Detect language. 4. Paste the text and Google will automatically translate it for you.
|Not only does the English Language borrow words |
from other languages,it sometimes chases them down dark alleys,
hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets.
- Eddy Peters
|The limits of my language are the limits of my world. |
4. Learn! It's never too late to learn another language. I was a unilingual anglophone until my mid 20s. Now I also speak French and Italian and can read Spanish, Portuguese and (if I've had enough schnapps) a bit of German. So don't look at posts or comments in other languages as obstacles, think of them as opportunities to learn a new word or two.
|Language is the road map of a culture. |
It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
‒Rita Mae Brown
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