Being Bilingual....So True


One summer in the 90s, I was working on an archaeological project in Mexico. One of the professors leading the project was Japanese, but he lived and taught in the US. His kids were trilingual (Japanese, English, Spanish), and would chat with each other just naturally flowing among the three languages. Trying to follow was enough to make my head spin, but I envied their fluency.

Here is a nice joke that you need to be bilingual to get

Give a thumbs up if you get it
Ill explain later

Jacques, a French Quebecker who did not speak a word of English got a job with a Construction company in Alberta.

They teamed him up with Bob who did not speak a word of French. Neither spoke the other's language but it was not a problem, they got along and communicated by drawing and with hand signals and gestures

Everything went great until Jacques needed a nail...he tried to get Bob to understand what he wanted...hand gestures, sign language....nothing worked!!

Bob just didn't have a clue


Reminds me of a guy I used to work with in the companies Montreal plant. English French and Portuguese. Had to stop him occasionally because he would slip into another language.
So this English only guy from the Prairies understands that whole problem.

You lost me there

As difficult as "Le Franglish" is for some people to read, being dyslexic is very much just like that. "Le Franglish" is difficult to follow, yet not much more difficult than any other long run-on paragraph.
A person who lives with dyslexia reads at a lower level than most. In order to keep up in life they usually learn to project what is written without needing to read every word, often because it takes us too long to read every word.
I've seen other paragraphs where they misspelled about every 3rd word, I can read them as well or better than someone without dyslexia.

One in five people suffer from it and famous figures from Tom Cruise to [Richard Branson have spoken at length about how it has affected their lives.

Dyslexia – a lifelong condition that affects reading, writing, spelling and speaking – may be a common condition but it’s still not widely understood.

With a bit of Web code, one man is making it easier for others to understand how reading with dyslexia might feel. The idea came to Victor Widell after his dyslexic friend told him letters seemed to swap in out of place when she looked at words.


If you had a hard time getting through the passage, this is what the unscrambled text says:

“I remembered reading about typoglycemia. Wouldn’t it be possible to do it interactively on a website with JavaScript? Sure it would.

“Dyslexia is characterized by difficulty with learning to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite normal intelligence. This includes difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, processing speed, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, language skills/verbal comprehension, and/or rapid naming.

“A friend who has dyslexia described to me how she experiences reading. She can read, but it takes a lot of concentration, and the letters seem to ‘jump around.’


I have dyslexia. The only benefit I get from it is solving Search-A-Word puzzles in minutes. if I unfocus my attention. I can see the correct words in plain sight. No pun intended.


Ha Ha, so true....
My anxiety with dyslexia was when I was young in school, every student would be made to read aloud 1 paragraph each in whatever book we were studding from, I would count how many students were ahead of me so I could practice my paragraph rather than pay attention to what the book was about. Which means I never understood the lesson, I was too busy practicing 1 paragraph over and over.
Reading was difficult enough but for me numbers were even worse, I will reverse a pair of numbers randomly without knowing, if I see 45 and say 45, I may write 54 down yet still say 45 when I repeat them.
At least that's my excuse when a girl would give a wrong phone number. :thinking::laughing:


Having Dyslexia made me improve on my memory. I was able to memorize the whole Periodic Table in high school chemistry because when I saw that table it looked like an ancient pictograph to me

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Yes, dyslexia can cause one to learn in a different way, unfortunately teacher's want a student to learn how they teach you. Fundamentals. I learn visually better than by text books.

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I cheated and looked up 'nail' on Google then added the word 'hammer' and 'clou' popped up.

clou - Wiktionary

I am not anywhere near what could be considered bilingual, but had no problem with the original article. There was enough english for context and enough 35 year old high school french rattling around in my brain to put it together at (not quite) normal reading speed.

Cool exercise. Thanks.


Well you should not have given the answer....Oh well
But it is a bilingual joke

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Wayne and Shuster had a knee slapper a years back in one of their 'historical' Roman sketches. They ordered five beers at the local watering hole by holding up two fingers (in a 'V').