PASS ME THAT BABEL FISH

Take That, Rosetta!

If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?


French, because there are so many books I want to read in the original language that were written in French. I studied it in school, but over the years, lost it to Hebrew and the erosion of time. I’d love to read the Angelique books that have never been translated … and reread the others that were translated so poorly. French poetry, Dumas (Pere et Fils) … the original romantic adventure series. All written in French.

Movies! Understanding without subtitles.

Poetry! Classics! Baudelaire, Voltaire, Balzac.

Babel-fish

Actually, I would like to have a Babel fish. The one Douglas Adams invented.

Just stick it in your ear and all the languages of the entire universe are yours to understand. No language barriers exist. No tongue is impenetrable.

That would be the trick!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

16 thoughts on “PASS ME THAT BABEL FISH”

  1. No language barriers would be my dream. Let’s all keep the language we have but learn a second one that we all understand (not Esperanto). It would make such a difference if we all could understand each other, don’t you think?

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  2. I speak russian, german, French, Italian, Swiss German and even english. I tried Arabic and gave it up after a year, but I could write it at least. I discovered that this is not the solution of understanding. I want to learn television, iron, electricity and anything else I can use to repair something that has broken. I also want to learn daily prompt that I can understand why they are always being repeated. At least we can converse together.

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  3. Flattered that my mother language is on your priority list and that some of your favorite authors are French too. Agree that Dumas is top!
    Besides French, English and German, I don’t speak other languages but Spanish is always on my wish list and I really give it a serious try.
    The Babel Fish would be cool!

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    1. I spent years learning French, then forgot nearly all of it when I learned Hebrew. Which I have now mostly forgotten. I don’t have a great ear for languages. I wish I did. I spoke Hebrew so poorly folks begged me to speak English because I hurt their ears!

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  4. At one point I spoke 6 languages, but that was self preservation – it increased my tips as a waitress. Now it is just German and English. Well Tyrolean dialect rather than Hoch Deutsch.

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  5. I would love a Babel fish….and to be fluent in French and be able to talk to the locals would be wonderful!

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