The Old Blog Archive (Traditional Chinese), 2004-2009





Je conseillois en Italie à quelqu’un qui estoit en peine de parler Italien, que pourveu qu’il ne cherchast qu’à se faire entendre, sans y vouloir autrement exceller, qu’il employast seulement les premiers mots qui luy viendroyent à la bouche, Latins, François, Espagnols, ou Gascons, et qu’en y adjoustant la terminaison Italienne, il ne faudroit jamais à rencontrer quelque idiome du pays, ou Thoscan, ou Romain, ou Venetien, ou Piemontois, ou Napolitain, et de se joindre à quelqu’une de tant de formes.


I perswaded somebody in Italy, who laboured very much to speak Italian, that always provided he desired but to be understood, and not to seek to excell others therein, he should onely imploy and use such words as came first to his mouth, whether they were Latine, French, Spanish, or Gascoine, and that adding the Italian terminations unto them, he should never misse to fall upon some idiome of the countrie, either Tuscan, Roman, Venetian, Piemontoise, or Neapolitan; and amongst so many severall formes of speech to take hold of one.




5 Responses to “亂讀古書的好處之一……”

  1. on 22 Nov 2005 at 05:33vanvan


  2. on 22 Nov 2005 at 22:27Dr Kaihsu Tai

    Yes, I haue been using this technique and indeed was introducing it to a recent acquaintance.

    By the way, “Guid tae see ye at the Scots Wikipaedia, the first encyclopaedia in the Scots leid!”

    Also see:

  3. on 23 Nov 2005 at 00:45Dr Kaihsu Tai

    I think Dario Fo drew on the dialectal diversity in Italy as he was trying to emulate how itinerant storytellers go from one village to another, repeating the same narrative in different tongues, similar to what the passage cited was talking about. I think the Fo book in English translation I read had someone trying to translate a bit in Scots; and that inspired me to try doing it in Hakka….

  4. on 29 Nov 2005 at 11:09Kuang Qi

    Good blog site..go to here by an unintentional google search from Guangzhou, Mainland.

  5. on 02 Dec 2005 at 19:33Dr Kaihsu Tai

    Dario for mayor!