Crash course in a foreign language

Ever wish you could read a different language?
Well if you can’t, I can’t help you.
But I know how you can pretend to read a different language. Pretty intriguing eh?
Actually, it’s really easy. All you’ve got to do is read a story on cricket. You’ll understand the vast majority of the words. You’ll know more or less what it all means.
But it will feel totally and completely foreign.
Check it out.

A keenly fought series is predicted and England are in need of a good result, having dropped to fourth in the ICC Test Championship, while South Africa have moved above them, and India, into second.

Allow me to translate.

A hotly contested series is predicted, and England needs a strong showing. They’ve recently fallen to fourth-place in the ICC Test Championship while South Africa has leapfrogged both them and India and moved into second.

Yep, between the across-the-pond English and the cricket-specific terms, it’s pretty much a whole new language. But it’s a language you can decipher. Sorta.

Published in: on July 11, 2008 at 2:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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