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Old 01/10/2008, 07:52 AM
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French speakers?

I used to work in Europe with reps from 43 nations. One of the people who still keeps in touch with me is a French Air Force Major, but despite the capability of speaking fluent English, he always sends me emails in French. Usually, babelfish translates well enough that I can answer him, but this one, I don't know about. I don't know what he's asking and babelfish doesn't really clear it up. I don't know if he's confirming my address or asking me to join some networking thing. Any help?

"Mike,
Inscription de votre adresse mail dans ma liste de contacts et mise à jour éventuelle.
Merci et bonne année"
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:55 AM
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BTW, the email subject is "Invitation to connect on LinkedIn" and there's a link to create a profile on LinkedIn.com.
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:55 AM
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"Mike,
Register your e-mail address in my list of contacts and possible updating.
Thank you and Happy New Year "

http://translate.google.com/translate_t

google translate gives me this, any help?
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:57 AM
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"Mike,
Register your e-mail address in my list of contacts and possible updating.
Thank you and Happy New Year "

http://translate.google.com/translate_t

google translate gives me this, any help?
That's better than babelfish.
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Old 01/10/2008, 08:00 AM
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or these?

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Old 01/10/2008, 08:21 AM
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My wife talks dirty in french.

And I like it.
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Old 01/10/2008, 08:50 AM
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My wife talks dirty in french.

And I like it.
just like gomez & morticia?

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Old 01/10/2008, 10:12 AM
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It says,

"Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!"



Silly English k-nigit!
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Old 01/10/2008, 10:24 AM
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A direct translation would be:

"Inscription de votre adresse mail"
Inscription of your mailing address = Subscribe your mailing address....

"dans ma liste de contacts"
In my list of contacts = ...in my Contact List...

"et mise à jour éventuelle."
and replace eventually. = ...and I will update it eventually.

"Merci et bonne année""
Mercy and Good Year = Thank you and Happy New Year

Because he is using a slightly informal tone, it isn't said that he will be doing this, but it is implied, thus the translation is:

Mike,
Subscribe to my mailing list, and I will update it eventually.
Thank you and Happy New Year.









Gosh I LOVE foreign language and translating
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Old 01/10/2008, 10:40 AM
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I think I should start replying to him in French using the mangled babelfish translator. We all know how how anal they are about thier language.
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Old 01/10/2008, 11:37 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by der_wille_zur_macht
It says,

"Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!"



Silly English k-nigit!
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Old 01/10/2008, 11:54 AM
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I think I should start replying to him in French using the mangled babelfish translator. We all know how how anal they are about thier language.
I would do it in German several times. And if /when he asks whats up with the German, remind him that if it wasn't for us English speaking Americans, German is what he would be speaking today.

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Old 01/10/2008, 11:56 AM
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I would do it in German several times. And if /when he asks whats up with the German, remind him that if it wasn't for us English speaking Americans, German is what he would be speaking today.

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Old 01/10/2008, 01:15 PM
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I would do it in German several times. And if /when he asks whats up with the German, remind him that if it wasn't for us English speaking Americans, German is what he would be speaking today.

and while your at it ask him if he's my long lost Uncle....grandfather had a few "indiscresions" while in France in WWII
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:24 PM
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Reminded me of some Jokes:

A Pan Am 727 flight waiting for start clearance in Munich overheard the following:

Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"

Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English."

Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why
must I speak English?"

Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you
lost the bloody war."

**************************************************

The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.

Speedbird 206: " Frankfurt , Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."

Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."

The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.

Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"

Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."

Ground (with quite arrogant impatience):

"Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"

Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- and I didn't land."
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Old 01/10/2008, 07:45 PM
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Re: French speakers?

Quote:
Originally posted by Satori

"Mike,
Inscription de votre adresse mail dans ma liste de contacts et mise à jour éventuelle.
Merci et bonne année"
Oops, looks like the Major made a couple of spelling/typing errors (enough to possibly throw off your unreliable online translator). It should be:

"Inscription de votre adresse mail dans ma liste de contacts EST mise à jour EVENTUEL.

I'd translate it as: "Your email address will be registered in my contact list as soon as possible." Not a literal word by word translation, but close enough.
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Old 01/10/2008, 08:14 PM
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Allright, I clicked his link and set up a profile. It's a professional networking site. It's kind of cool to see profiles for some of the people I worked with over there.
Thanks for the translations!
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Old 01/10/2008, 08:16 PM
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What's this, then? 'Romanes Eunt Domus'? 'People called Romanes they go the house'?
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Old 01/10/2008, 09:05 PM
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What's this, then? 'Romanes Eunt Domus'? 'People called Romanes they go the house'?
It, it says "Romans go home".
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Old 01/10/2008, 09:48 PM
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Who here enjoys "pamplemousses"? I had a couple yesterday for "mon petit dejeuner".
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