This question was initially posed by my mom, but I became interested when I couldn't give her the answer. Do puns exist in languages besides English? I was trying to think if I'd ever heard of any in Spanish (or even if there was a word for "pun"), but came up blank. I'm specifically interested in Spanish, but I'll take examples in other languages with explanations.
I believe this quote is quite inspirational for all linguaphiles:
"So viele Sprachen du sprichst, so oft bist du Mensch" (Goethe).
I would translate it into English like that:
"You are as many times human as many languages you speak"
What inspirational quotes/sayings about languages do you know?
There was a quote which was popular with my crowd when I was in college, which I must have written out at least a dozen times, and yet cannot reconstruct without (I'm sure) a million embarrassing errors now.
As near as I can reconstruct it, the quote went, "A nul âge on ne philosophe plus volontier qu'à vingt ans, et surtout vers quatre heurs du matin."
Can anyone fix it for me - correct accent marks and all? I want to quote it in a post, and I'd prefer not to look stupid.
Extra points if anyone knows whether I'm remembering correctly that the source of the quote was Barthes.
Many thanks. I can still speak French moderately well for expressing my needs (if not my thoughts) and not completely mangling pronunciation, and I can scrape along in reading it, but my audio comprehension is rotten (not practicing) and when I try to write, all those little details that I can slip by in speaking suddenly become important... There's nothing like trying to write in French to make me remember how little I actually know the language.
1. What is it called to use "for + infinitive" such as "if there was a worthy cause for to give to"
2. What is it called to use 'what' in place of 'that' or 'who' ex." The cat what had a hat."
thank you very much!
At a German site I was visiting I found an advertisement for this dating agency: 'Elite Partner - Singles mit Niveau', where, so it seems, one might be able to make the acquaintance of some classy young lady such as a Journalistin or Designerin. May ask people from German-speaking lands, does this sort of thing (P.S. I mean use of language) set your teeth on edge? Or do you just get used to it?