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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:10
Portuguese to English
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May 7, 2007

Came across this the other day - thought it would cheer you up as it's Monday morning!

A rat was in his hole, while outside a cat stood waiting: MEOW, MEOW.
Time went by, and all the rat could hear was MEOW, MEOW.
After several hours, the rat, by now very hungry, heard a new sound: WOOF WOOF.
So the rat thought: "If there is a dog around, the cat must have left."
So the rat came out, looking for food.
He had just come out into the open when the cat pounced - CRUNCH!
Already in the cat's mouth, the rat said:
"You crafty cat, that was a trap!"
And the cat replied:
"You know, my son, in this globalised world, if you don't speak at least two languages you die of hunger!"

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Marcela Mestre  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:10
English to Spanish
how clever! May 7, 2007

I loved it.


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:10
English to German
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Very good... May 7, 2007

... point! Thanks for sharing

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Ledja  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:10
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English to Albanian
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I remember this one May 7, 2007

Foreign languages were a very important subject back in my school days. I heard this same joke once with a slightly different closing line: You don't get to bring the bacon home these days if you don't speak a foreign language.
Thanks for bringing it here Paul.

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PAS  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:10
English to Polish
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Dissection and butting in on other people's threads May 7, 2007

But, since my name is also Paul, I will take the liberty...

This is a slightly different take on the subject, but the moral of the story is the same - knowing a foreign language can save your life!

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On another note, in what language was the rat conversing with the cat?


Pawel Skalinski

[Edited at 2007-05-07 17:12]

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Lars Jelking  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:10
Member (2006)
English to Swedish
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That's a good one, Paul! May 7, 2007

But having difficulties with languages in school I would in those days have felt some strong sympathies with these two Aussies:

A Swiss guy visiting Sydney, Australia, pulls up at a bus stop where two locals are waiting. "Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asks.

The two Aussies just stare at him.

"Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tries.

The two continue to stare.

"Parlare Italiano?"

No response.

"Hablan ustedes Espanol?"

Still nothing.

The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted. The first Aussie turns to the second and says, "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language."

"Why?" says the other. "That guy knew four languages, and it didn't do him any good."

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Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:10
English to French
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Good ones! Thanks! May 8, 2007

@Pawel: I would have liked to copy and paste the image in your message, but I can't do it. Do you have anuy suggestion? Thanks...

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Danu  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:10
Member (2006)
English to Tigrinya
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Really nice joke May 9, 2007

Thanks all.
I cannot stop my laugh. Pls keep posting such joks to make us more relaxed.


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Robert Mouris  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:10
French to German
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Via a JPEG file May 9, 2007

Anne Patteet wrote:

I would have liked to copy and paste the image in your message, but I can't do it.

Anne, right-click with your mouse on the picture, select "save picture as..." and you get a JPEG file called moowf8. If you want to paste the picture into another file, you can open moowf8 with Paint. Maybe I'm crazy, but I just selected it as my new desktop background!


[Edited at 2007-05-09 21:35]

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