Translation Image of the Week

We were delighted when we spotted this simple stone plaque on a downtown Amsterdam plaza a few weeks ago while in town for a conference. We just have to add that every single Dutch person we met was completely multilingual. It's no surprise that many of the great translators we know are Dutch. By contrast, try ordering a coffee in three languages (excluding German) in Vienna and see what happens (answer: you probably won't get your coffee). Here's to images with words being more powerful than words alone.


2 comments:

F. Orex on June 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM said...

Being a translator is a cool thing. Knowing more than one language gives you and step ahead over the others and will make you achieve more in life.

Tess on June 24, 2010 at 7:27 PM said...

I know the Dutch must be the most multilingual people of all. I used to live in Antwerpen, Belgium for a while and socialized with many Dutch there.

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