Saturday, 4 September 2010

Um, what do you want me to say?

Anyone that has tried to learn a new language has come across this problem. Somebody has found out that you are trying to learn, or that you speak, another language so out comes the command, "Oh, say something in [target language]!" Then comes the panic. What do I say? It has to be something better then, "Hello. My name is..." but simple enough that I don't screw it up.

Over the last year I've been trying to learn Japanese with varying success. I try to fit it in where I can including on the bus and train, in parks and in cafes. Not long after I get my books out I get the inquisition and this week I think I've come up with the best response possible. Romantic enough to attract the ladies and scare off blokes, lol.

anata wa haru no saisho no sakura yori utsukushii desu。

In English that comes across as:
"You are more beautiful than the first cherry blossom of spring."

Warning: Don't just blurt this out a Japanese girls. The only response it will have is likely to be the opposite of what you expect it to!

What are your favourite phrases in your target languages?

Till Next Time!

1 comment:

  1. One of my favourite Czech chat up lines is "I would take the blue out of the skies for you."