[LMB] Robert Heinlein's form letter

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Tue Sep 9 23:32:10 BST 2008


Or why I was moved to really, really become fluent in Spanish *after* a week in the Yucatan. (Gracias a dios my daughters knew Spanish, the oldest quite fluently!)


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> Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 23:45:09 +0200
> From: matija at serverflow.si
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Robert Heinlein's form letter
> 
> Eric Oppen wrote:
> > C) To tell him that I'd been in the People's Republic of China, and  
> > that he had been absolutely right to recommend learning the language  
> > before going to any such place.
> >   
> It is certainly sound advice. I'd go even further: it is good to learn 
> as much as possible
> of the language before going to ANY place where foreign languages are 
> spoken. If it is not
> practical, I have a shortlist of phrases that I try to learn if I 
> everything else fails.
> 
> In order of ascending importance, they are
> 
> How much?
> Hello.
> Thank you.
> Where is the toilet?
> 
> Only half kidding,
>                            Matija
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