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9781932416114

English As She Is Spoke

English As She Is Spoke
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932416114
  • ISBN: 1932416110
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing

AUTHOR

da Fonseca, Jose, Collins, Paul, Carolino, Pedro

SUMMARY

In 1855, when Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino wrote an English phrasebook for Portuguese students, they faced just one problem: they didn't know any English. Even worse, they didn't own an English-to-Portuguese dictionary. What they did have, though, was a Portuguese-to-French dictionary, and a French-to-English dictionary. The linguistic train wreck that ensued is a classic of unintentional humor, now revived in the first newly selected edition in a century. Armed with Fonseca and Carolino's guide, a Portuguese traveler can insult a barber ("What news tell me? All hairs dresser are newsmonger"), complain about the orchestra ("It is a noise which to cleve the head"), go hunting ("let aim it! let make fire him"), and consult a handy selection of truly mystifying "Idiotisms and Proverbs."da Fonseca, Jose is the author of 'English As She Is Spoke', published 2004 under ISBN 9781932416114 and ISBN 1932416110.

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