Thursday 9 July 2015, 1.00am HKT
I N N E R S P A C E & O U T E R R I N G S
HERE’S something to ground up your brains and feed the bits to the cat.
For those who know two or more languages, which one do you feel your voice sounds most attractive in?
Let’s not get tangled up for now in that nonsense called ‘correct’ grammar or even mastery of the language. Let’s just stick to aesthetically pleasant impressions.
(Sounds of raucous laughter in the background.)
I’ll just tell you what my friends have told me:—
I seem cute and adorable when speaking in French.
I seem most manly and decisive in German.
I seem most approachable yet eccentric in Italian.
I seem most credible and flexible in English.
I seem most classless yet indecisive in Chinese.
I seem to be in trouble in Arabic.
Asteroids on Steroids
Of course, I’m most attractive in Farsi to my Iranian female friends!
Unbelievable as it may sound, but I can pick up Farsi within a fortnight* just on my own (without books or any instruction) to the point of being able to hold a fairly digestible conversation in it. With Iranian ladies, to be exact. Anybody else, meh, not so good.
* Fortnight = 2 weeks to our American readers
In the other direction, this is how I feel inside:—
I feel over the moon with money in my pocket.
Sorry … let’s start again…
I feel wilful and least restricted in English.
I feel most able to solve problems on the fly in Chinese.
I feel relaxed and natural in French.
I feel most arrogant and orderly in German.
I feel most calculating in Italian.
I feel most in trouble in Arabic.
I feel absolutely wonderful in Farsi in the company of Iranian ladies!
Shh! You can’t tell my chicks about the Iranian bits! No you can’t…
Feel free to tell us what your native language is below, the languages you speak (or think you speak), and the ones you feel you sound nicest in.
I’ll supply the laughing gas if your tale is really pathetic.
Originally scribbled on 23 April 2015