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Star Wars, Badly Translated

The subtitles on these clips from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith were translated into Chinese, and then back into English. The results are hilarious.

Classical Latin went extinct, yet we still know how to pronounce it. Proof!

Contrary to what many a Grammar Nazi the world over would have you believe, language is constantly evolving, occasionally extremely rapidly, and there is nothing wrong with that, despite such individuals lamenting that fact pretty much as long as we have documented reference of people discussing language.

An introduction to the ‘Original Pronunciation’ production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.

Co-creators of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Eugene Levy and Dan Levy challenge each other’s knowledge of youth slang. From “extra” to “gucci,” watch Dan teach his father a master class in words that will never make their way into a dictionary.

Scammer Payback says, “Scammers are becoming more and more irritated when you know their language. I like to translate them in real time and tell them what they are saying.”

Xiaomanyc lived in Beijing for a year and has excellent Mandarin and Cantonese and is also beginning to learn Fuzhounese, a very difficult language to master. “The other day we white guys who speak perfect Chinese went out to NYC’s Chinatown to the nail salon. They were “gossiping” about us (in a loving way!), not realizing we spoke Mandarin, and then we totally shocked them by switching to Chinese! We ended up having a really deep and interesting conversation with them in Mandarin and the rare Chinese dialect of Fuzhounese.”

Xiaomanyc lived in Beijing for a year and has excellent Mandarin and Cantonese and is also beginning to learn Fuzhounese, a very difficult language to master.

Bulbous Bouffant

When I was a kid, my dad had this fun thing he’d quote from an old radio show. A train conductor, calling to the platform, “All aboard! Now departing for… aZOOza, ANaHEIM, and KOOK–” ~looooong pause~ “–caMUNgaaah.”

Sid didn’t actually speak French, German or any other language but English, but he definitely faked it like a pro.

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