Same sentence, different language, still makes sense?
July 7, 2009 2:33 PM Subscribe
Are they any sentences that can be said in one language, but also understood in a different language (albeit with a different meaning)?
posted by devnull to Writing & Language (42 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Sometimes when I hear someone speaking a different language, I suddenly pick up on a collection of foreign sounds that happens to sound like an English phrase - it isn't though, I just hear it like that.
I don't mean differences between, say, English and American English here, I mean different languages, such as Russian and Italian. Also I don't mean brand names or globalised phrases like Hello...