http://funnytranslator.com/ lets you type in a phrase, then it translates to another language, then back to English. This cycle repeats for the number of round-trip translations you specify. This vividly illustrates what happens in literal (word-level, not full context-level) translation.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Activities and lessons based on Peace Corps Volunteers' cross-cultural experiences
Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
Uncommon Journeys: Peace Corps Adventures Across Cultures
Voices From the Field: Reading and Writing About the World, Ourselves, and Others
CyberVolunteer Letters: Stories From In-service Peace Corps Volunteers
Insights From the Field: Understanding Geography, Culture, and Service
Looking at Ourselves and Others
Culture Matters: The Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Workbook
Folk Tales: Stories From Peace Corps Countries Around the World
Crossing Cultures: Peace Corps Letters From the Field
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here is a discussion prompt re: the pace of change.
Every so often, it hits home that we are actually living in one of those science-fiction worlds that I read about as a young nerd in the 1970s. Not, it turns out, one where we commute with jet packs; nor are Soviet and American colonists bantering about just how red the Red Planet should be. But now, while putting my keys in my pocket, I will sometimes accidentally hit a button on the BlackBerry that causes a robotic female voice to bark, "Say a command!"
Never having gotten around to programming any in, it always feels like I'm letting her down.
We're all walking around carrying devices that are in contact with unimaginably vast systems of information. You get used to it. It ceases to seem strange – which is, arguably, the strange part. Future shock becomes second nature. (To remember what things were like before requires something like the exact opposite of the willing suspension of disbelief.) And discussing any of this with friends or colleagues in their 20s is out of the question. It leaves me feeling like I have become my own grandfather...
source, Surrendering to Tomorrow [September 1, 2010 by Scott McLemee]