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Quotes of the Day [Aug. 16th, 2004|12:10 pm]
Peter Sheil
It's been a while ... and these made me smile so I thought I'd share :)


Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.
Joe Theismann, Former quarterback

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 1

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.
Ellen DeGeneres

[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-17 01:36 am (UTC)

Re: I'm Yulia by the way... :-)

Did you study Russian?
I'm tempted to say Niet :) We did learn a few words and the alphabet and a little about the country but not that much :) There are very few Russian words I still remember ... Da, Niet, Spasseba (sp?), Pajousta(sp??), Berioshka(sp - tourist shop accepting only foreign money) ... erm ... I'm sure there are a few more words lurking in my brain but cannot think of them now :)

I was very impressed by St Petersburg, all the statues and parks were amasing. There were some fountains (forget where now) and the water shot up at random when you walked in some gravel bit :) And palaces and towers and W-i-d-e streets and "strange" people :)))

Your English seems very good - hope that doesn't sound patronising :) I probably appreciate the problems of working in a strange language better than most as I worked in Luxembourg for four years in a very multi-lingual environment :) we sometimes had words from four or five languages in the same sentence :)


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From: gorgeous_yulia
2004-08-17 01:58 am (UTC)
Спасибо, Пожалуйста, Березка (also means a birch-tree)

Fountains at Petergof, wide streets in St Petersburg???? maybe in Moscow?

do you speak any foreign language? ;-)

thanks for a compliment
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-17 04:19 am (UTC)
The first line of that is complete gibberish :) must be Russian eh? You are using characters that, at least with the e-maiil notification on my work PC, are not recognised by me. Lots of upper case Ds with a horizontal line through the middle! I'll try on the LJ site later, but I don't have that open right now.

Erm ... well it must be about 33 years ago when I went so there could easily be some confusion about things :) we stayed in St Petersburg for a week and then went by train overnight to Moscow for another week. Everything was strange and I certainly remember wide streets, but yes it could well have been Moscow. I remember swiming in the sea in the gulf of Finland - bitter but invigorating!

Je parle une petie peu de Francais
Ich sprecke eine zehr klein deutche
I can talk American - from sidewalk to elevator man :)
Erm ... about it :)
[please excuse the spelling errors - I'm even bad at spelling in English :) ]

My French came from school days when I scraped through the 16-year-old's exam in French but it did get stretched in Luxembourg 'cos I had to attend long technical discussions in French. Since the org. was officially bilingual I had to do my best to understand but I checked that I understood what the technical specifications of what they wanted me to do by reviewing what I thought they wanted in English - if they agreed with that and it was wrong then it was their fault for agree with me :)

My German is enough to get around German / Austrian ski resorts ... Zwei bier bitter :) haben zei ein zimmer frei? etc the typical auslander phrases.

Other than that it's just odd words that sometimes come to mind when needed :)

I did find during my four years in Luxembourg that my English got worse :) I was using simpler sentence construction, not using colloquial phrases and a much reduced vocabulary. Some of the guys I worked with had English as their fourth or fifth language! So different from the typical British attitude - if Jonnie Foreigner doesn't understand you then S P E A K S L O W E R A N D LOUDER :)))

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-08-17 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh, the first line looks better when I see the comment ... it's proper Russian characters but still .... ah .... dawning light .... that's please, thank you and the tourist shop isn't it?
*light bulb goes off above me then falls over and breaks on my head*
Derrrr :)
Don't worry, things get through eventually :)
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From: gorgeous_yulia
2004-08-17 05:46 am (UTC)
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