August 28th, 2009

  • islensk


Ola tudo!

I'm looking to improve my Português in the next coming months in order to prepare for Translator Accreditation.

Just wondering if there's any Portuguese (or Brasilians) out there who can check my journal entries etc.


Brecht questions

Maybe a bit of an odd question, but I don't know where else to ask...

I'm considering writing a uni essay on the topic of a specific Brecht poem, "Jenny die Seeräuberbraut", ("Pirate Jenny" or "The Black Freighter") from the Threepenny Opera. My hypothesis would focus on the poem being used in English-language pop culture works to criticize American society, while still retaining Brecht's German aesthetic as well as his Verfremdungseffekt.

Obviously, this is specific enough to need some really concrete examples. What I've got so far is Lars von Trier's film "Dogville" and Alan Moore's "Watchmen", both of which use the poem as major plot elements. But I think I'd need more examples than just these two if I want to write a decent essay.

So my question is: are there any more instances in pop culture (English-language or otherwise) in which the poem is used to make a political/social statement? Maybe other Brecht poems that are used they same way? Or maybe not to criticize the United States, but something else entirely? Any examples would be welcome.

Just for fun, here's one very cute parody I've found:

ETA: Also! I'd really love to hear some more versions of the song. My favourites so far are performances by Ellen Greene, Marianne Faithfull, Steeleye Span, The Young Gods, Birgit Minichmayr and Amanda Palmer, and I'd really love to find out what other good versions are out there (and of other Brecht/Weill songs, as well). Does anyone know any really good translations (into any language), interesting interpretations, etc.?
Kino Happy
  • lacombe

Invitation to join Brigits_Flame

G'day, all!

Two orders of business:


I'm having a hyphen-related debate with a member of a different writing community. They're saying that "spell-check" is a proper and perfectly defensible usage, and I contest that it's not used (and that "spell check" is the correct usage). I believe that while it's possible that it's grammatically correct (hyphens can be a little loose sometimes), it's poor form. Your thoughts?


I'd like to invite anyone interested in a little friendly competitive writing and editing to join in on the brigits_flame monthly writing contest! We have a great base of thoughtful, intelligent, and supportive members on the Flame. We're a great place to go to fine-tune your English skills, and we're also a very nice place to make new LJ friends and interact with caring, real people in a safe environment.

More importantly (and more relevantly to this community), we need editors! If you'd be willing to join up and volunteer to edit even one piece a week, we know a few hundred people that would appreciate it very much!

Here's a few great reasons to join brigits_flame:

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  • pne

The Wonder of Whiffling

Adam Jacot de Boinod, the author of The Wonder of Whiffling, asked the maintainers whether he could post about his newest book to the community. We gave him permission to post one entry about it. He then sent me a PDF of the press release and asked me to post it on his behalf, and I'm doing so now. (This shouldn't imply that the maintainers necessarily endorse or recommend the book.)

I've transcribed the PDF into HTML; those who are interested in the original PDF, including an image of the book's cover, please contact the author directly (link leads to a CAPTCHA that will reveal the email address -- or PM me for the address).

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English vocabulary game - Juxtaposition

During a recent bout of insomnia, I tried to think of English words that contained 2 consecutive letters of the alphabet.

Ex: Abduct, calm

My "rules" were:

1. No plurals
2. No obvious loanwords
3. No proper nouns or adjectives based on proper nouns
4. No consulting a dictionary or the Internet, except to check if a word really exists

Here are the sets of letters I couldn't think up words for, unless I break rules 2 or 3:
EDIT: The words I placed in parentheses break rules 2 or 3, or just don't exist in the case of "labcoat". Sorry if that wasn't clear.

bc (I thought of "labcoat" but that's really 2 words) muddle
fg (afghan)
ij (hijab) muddle
qr (impossible, right?)
yz (Byzantine) reconditarmonia

EDIT: wow you guys are quick!

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Any help here? If you can think of any more words using the 3 difficult sets of letters feel free to comment as well.

EDIT: Someone posted a comment with a bunch of words from a lexicon app, so I'm not going to post LJ user "credit" on the list any more. But if you would like to continue to think up words go ahead :)
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    Chris Isaak - Wicked Game (haha coincidence)
not insane--squirrel

feeling critical

So for my English Composition class a few days ago, we were asked to read a series of essays and respond to them. There was one in particular I disliked, so my response was rather whiny and full of complaints. About halfway through, I wanted to point out that I realized how whiny I was being, so I had a sentence,

"I feel incredibly critical and cynical about this essay, but there are still more things that bother me."

I was talking to one of my friends about it, and he says it sounds wrong to him to say "feel critical" or to say "feel cynical about" something, but these phrases sound completely natural to me. Thoughts?
Miles Prower

Cant figure out the participles, the word order - it's a mess!

I tried to translate something into Turkish and got incredibly lost. Please can someone help me out? The rest is ok, but the sentence:
işçi vizelerine başvuran düşünmeden önce, gelecek yaz akıcı bir ingilizce konuşan erkeğe ihtiyacınızı varsa olduğu keşfetmeyi istiyorum.
I can't seem to make right. Please can someone offer some assistance.
Much appreciated.