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Lost in Translation: Take 2


I shudder to think what comes out of my mouth when I get stuck in French and revert to the lost cause of literal translation.  Because as I read efforts to translate French directly into English in various pamphlets and publications, I  often can’t help but chuckle. These, shall we say, highly descriptive phrases about…

Lost in Translation

Holiday decorations remain in the old city of Aix-en-Provence

Our first morning at IS-Aix language institute, we stopped in at Café Joseph across the street for a jolt of caffeine. It has added free WiFi service since our last stay seven years ago.  On the wall was the “mot de passe” or password.  Only the cafe had written “mot de passe = plug you…