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Topic: 4) Now presenting ... (1 of 3), Read 52 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 10:54 AM

Jean Lopez, of Mexico City, Mexico, writes: "In Spanish one says 'Estoy estrenando' when one is wearing something new or has a new car, etc. What might be said in English? I teach English as a Second Language, especially advanced vocational English, at the Centro de investigacion y docencia economicas to high-powered students who want to pass the TOEFL or GRE, and I sometimes find our language lacking."

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Topic: 4) Now presenting ... (2 of 3), Read 33 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 11:28 AM

I am "showing off" or "making a display." The meaning in some cultures may not be as positive as what you might be interested in.

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Topic: 4) Now presenting ... (3 of 3), Read 16 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Tim Ereneta (tim.ereneta@eudoramail.com)
Date: Wednesday, December 08, 1999 12:57 PM

"Check this out."

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Topic: Spanish/English (1 of 1), Read 30 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Clifton Chadwick (clifton@ctcinternet.cl)
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 10:17 AM

Jean Lopez sent you a simple request, but at the same time made a major error. For the request, just say "first-time" "debut", "showing off", or any of a series of other words depending upon the circumstances. As for "find our language lacking" that happens because she does not have a sufficient knowledge of English. For example, Spanish has only about 83,000 officially recognized words, plus maybe 15,000 "unofficial" words (the idea of "official" is very Spanish). Italian, French and portuguese, being sister tongues, have about the same level of vocabulary (remember that "native" language typically have only about 10,000 words). English has over one million words, as you know. To suggest that English is lacking, is to not know something important.

Cheers
Dr. Clifton Chadwick



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