these are worth 8000 words
but with inflation, it's probably a little less
Denizens of the populated parts of the globe, I send you warm wishes:
Today we are talking about translation. Why? Because my son is now in Prague for a semester abroad, studying film. He is very excited about his lighting class. I am very excited that he seems to have arrived with all of his luggage. It is astonishing that something so wonderful can still happen during pandemic.
But there it is: joy will ultimately break forth.
Speaking of lost things, remember that great film Lost in Translation? I just this week got a Christmas/New Years card from my college roommate who is from Japan. (I requested an ESL/ELA student for my upper class years, because I wanted to know everything about all of the whole world—ended up with lifelong friendships that span the globe.)
I don’t read Japanese, and had recently heard that Google Translate has a cool new phone app that lets you point your camera at written words and it will translate the words instantly on your screen, you just select the two languages and point.
I tried to translate the new year’s card and I have to say - I haven’t laughed so much and so delightedly for a long time. Either Japanese is a completely bizarre language or this app needs work or both—but I give you eight screenshots of the SAME TEXT and remember this is a New Year’s photo card.
Anyway - that’s the saga of the Japanese greeting card. If pictures are worth a thousand words, how much more are pictures of words worth?
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The most magical thing happened: an editor reached out to ask to reprint one of these newsletters (the one about pen names) on her HUGE baby name website. I was staggered. What’s more, she’s really nice & I get paid! I hope one or two people will buy my book based on enjoying that article. The post appears on January 24th — I’ll try to remember to post a direct link!
Teenagers have a different sense of time.
It took 48 hours, but I finally got photographic proof that the kid made it.