Re: CHAT: OFF: Eddie Izzard (Re: CHAT: Champaign!)
|From:||Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 30, 1999, 7:12|
Paul Bennett wrote:
> See if you recognise this (unedited) Babelfished extract:
> It's certainly close enough for me to understand. At least I understand the
> result, whether it is what you intended is another question. I'd say it's close
> enough to "hand-tune", certainly.
It is indeed. I'm impressed! It's a little awckward but close to what I
wanted to say. Maybe because this page was meant to be easily read, even
in French, so I employed very simple words.
> Interesting. How does he do with a mostly monolingual audience? Is it a
> humour more on intonations and movements than on words themselves?
> It relies mostly on the fact that the French he uses is *very* simple French,
> generally "first/second person present indicative" of the kind that everyone
> remembers from school (or at least remembers enough to grok it). A lot of the
> French he uses is based on his experiences learning French. He himself is
> fairly fluent, I think you'd have to be to come up with a lot of what he comes
> up with.
> The school visit includes a tour of a glue factory, with a description of how
> the factory works that goes something like this: (from memory)
> Teacher: "Un cheval - Pas de glue ... Pas de cheval - Beaucoup de glue"
> Student: "C'est merde pour le cheval!"
> Teacher: (thoughtfully) "Oui"
> Now, for some reason, that's highly amusing to an English audience (at least to
> me and the audience on the video), don't ask me why...
I won't, humour is such an unexplainable thing... :)
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