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Thread poster: Nobuo Kameyama

Nobuo Kameyama  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 11:18
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English to Japanese
May 7, 2007

Please take a look at the following two phrases and I'm stuck for just the right phrase. Please let me know which is the correct one and does anyone know who said the (right) phrase?

"I talk English to your business associate, German to your dog, French to your lover and Spanish to God..."

or

"I talk Spanish to God, French to human, German to horse, English to dog, Italian to young girl..."


Thanks in advance.


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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
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speak May 7, 2007

Nobuo Kameyama wrote:

Please take a look at the following two phrases and I'm stuck for just the right phrase. Please let me know which is the correct one and does anyone know who said the (right) phrase?

"I talk English to your business associate, German to your dog, French to your lover and Spanish to God..."

or

"I talk Spanish to God, French to human, German to horse, English to dog, Italian to young girl..."


Thanks in advance.



I speak English to my clients, French to Canadians, Spanish to my students, and Brazilian Portuguese to my lover.

There. That´s better.
I said it.

Okay, honestly, one should at least use the verb ¨to speak¨ in this context.
Otherwise, I´ve never heard or seen this particular phrase.

[Edited at 2007-05-07 11:41]

[Edited at 2007-05-07 11:41]


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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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Usually attributed to Charles V (Holy Roman emperor) May 7, 2007

"I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse."
http://www.answers.com/Charles%20V?ff=1

HTH
Attila


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Agree May 7, 2007

Attila Piróth wrote:

"I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse."
http://www.answers.com/Charles%20V?ff=1

HTH
Attila


As Attila says, often quoted as having been said (in which language, one wonders?) by Carlos V of Austria/Holy Roman Empire, Carlos I of Spain, a contemporary of England's Henry VIII and France's François 1er, and father of Felipe II of Spain (of Spanish Armada fame).
Regards,
Jenny.


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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And English to my computer. May 8, 2007

My own addition...

Jane


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Nobuo Kameyama  Identity Verified
Japan
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I speak Japanese to.... May 8, 2007

AnthoAnthony, Attila, Jenny and Jane, thank you for you pieces of advice. Now I wonder to what I am supposed to speak in Japanese...


Regards


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Your cook May 8, 2007

...speak Japanese to your cook, in line with the following joke:

Happiness is a French wife, an American car, an English servant and a Japanese cook
Misery is an American wife, a Japanese car, a French servant and an English cook.

Very old-fashioned and sexist too, I admit.


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Heidi C  Identity Verified
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Not only old fashioned, but OLD!!! Definitely my car... May 8, 2007

Jan Willem van Dormolen wrote:

...speak Japanese to your cook, in line with the following joke:

Happiness is a French wife, an American car, an English servant and a Japanese cook
Misery is an American wife, a Japanese car, a French servant and an English cook.

Very old-fashioned and sexist too, I admit.


Well, as long as we are being "politically incorrect" (as it is towards everyone, I suppose it does not count?)

The modern version would change the cars: definitely now Japanese cars are happiness while American ones aren't!!

I would also speak in japanese to my stereo and vcr?


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Nobuo Kameyama  Identity Verified
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How about my PC? May 8, 2007

Jan, yes, I can speak to my Japanese car because I have one, and I wish I can speak to my Japanese cook... only problem is that I am not rich enough to hire the cook...

Heidi, I almost agree with you but what language am I supposed to speak to my personal computer because my Japanese Vaio (Sony's personal computer) consits of American display (Dell), Taiwan PBC, Korean cables and what have you. I guess I have to speak to my computer in Esperanto or another world language....;)


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