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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Mar 17, 2004

I thought this was interesting and funny. I loved it. Enjoy it.


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Subhamay Ray  Identity Verified
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Oh, this is hilarious! Mar 17, 2004

That's what happens when you rely too much on the internet! Here's a lesson. I loved it, Monica. This shows traditional methods of learning would never be replaced. There are no substitutes for good books and journals.

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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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Methods of learning are mostly insignificant Mar 17, 2004

As long as one learns at all. But politicians are busy winning the elections, so they have no time. Seems like these ones had no time since primary school.

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Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
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A similar misunderstanding... Mar 17, 2004

My husband teaches chemistry - in German, of course. One day a very concerned mother visited the school and asked to see him. She had looked at her child's homework and saw that he was teaching her child about drugs. So she decided to confront him about his rather irresponsible behaviour. My husband was completely perplexed and asked her to explain what she had seen. Well, she said, she'd seen the word Hy-(new line)drogen, and Drogen are drugs in German! Needless to say, she went home a happy bunny after realising her mistake.

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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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A sad story Mar 17, 2004

This happened in my second year of engineering. The paper was industrial chemistry and my friend came out of it with a frown on his brow. We were discussing the just finished exam comparing notes. I casually asked him how he answered the question about the chemical and industrial properties of water. He had a horrified look and gasped that he didn't answer that question. It happened that he read "water" as "wäter" and for the life of him couldn't understand what it was.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Really dangerous stuff in the wrong place.... Mar 17, 2004

What a laugh! But anything that makes you think instead of taking water for granted can't be entirely bad.

Not many generations ago it was quite acceptable to dismiss it as no use - 'It rots leather and rusts iron' as people used to say.

Frozen, it breaks down our houses and roads in the winter, and in summer there are always tourists who drown trying to swim in it. Less fortunate parts of the world are regularly plagued by floods and typhoons that destroy homes and food and crops.

We northern Europeans don't give it a lot of thought - we wash our cars and our floors in drinking water!

As a child in India I learned to respect it... in the dry season when there was not enough, and in the rains when it ran in brown torrents through the streets. We were only allowed to drink it if it had been boiled or filtered, and my mother was quite hysterical about ice in drinks! A rare treat, because we had no 'fridge.

I think the culture gap is what started me off on translating. Machines can (sometimes) get the words right, but you have to understand both peoples to get the true meaning across.

And pure, clean water is so precious... Treasure it and give it the respect it deserves!

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