Nein, ich habe nicht English gelernt…

“No, I have not learned English…”

In Rosetta Stone, there’s this gem — click to enlarge slightly:
It’s a frame from a brief conversation between the two women shown. The one on the left asked something like, “Did you learn English in college?” and the one on the right follows with the shot above, “Yes. I have learned English.”
She’s holding a Rosetta Stone box for French.
If I were her, I’d consider asking for a refund.
This is all in good fun, of course. I’m actually having fun with Rosetta German and Chinese. There are some errors here and there but otherwise, it’s not too bad.

There’s another that I spotted a few weeks ago that was kinda funny. The translation was something like, “She needs a map.” The picture was of a very confused-looking woman standing on a street corner, scratching her head, and clearly trying to comprehend a sign… that had no words on it. The sign was “universal” in its meaning. And, now, the image of someone scratching their head staring at a picture of something obvious will forever live on in my mind as, “Oh, shit… I’m seriously lost!”

On To Something…

Breda’s onto something… and it’s moderately unsettling.

Update: I’m skimming over the Stanford Prison Experiment website and found this interesting observation about the visitors to the mock prison they had assembled and the unnecessary rules that the guards put in place before visitors could see their loved-ones:

[The visitors] complained about these arbitrary rules, but remarkably, they complied with them. And so they, too, became bit players in our prison drama, being good middle-class adults.

Wow — people really are like sheep.

Quote of the Day…

There are a bunch of winners in Larry Correia’s post today (wait… with a garden weasel?) but this one early on is my winner:

“…so astoundingly dumb that when they take medication that says to avoid operating complex machinery, they’re scared to tie their shoelaces.”

I know people like that. Many of them.

Seriously, though, read the post and the Yahoo article itself.

People like those described in the Yahoo article get very little sympathy from me. I mean, how can somebody possibly buy a house for $135K and manage to rack up another $600K of debt against it? If the bank sends Guido and Vinnie out to find you with instructions to extract a few missed payments from your delinquent ass, I certainly wouldn’t hold it against them.

Judging by the 5,559 comments (so far) on that article, it looks like there are a great many people that are ready to just start slapping the bejeebus out of these adult children.


I’m learning a second language: German*. But I already mentioned that before.

Why? Because it was on my annual review this year. It went something like this: “What are your goals for this coming year?”

I thought hard — we always do something like, technical training, learn the newest technologies from Apple and Microsoft, become a school teacher. I had to do something different. I wrote something to the effect of, “Because we are an international company, I believe it’s important that team members explore alternate languages and cultures. This year, I will focus a portion of my energies on learning, to a conversational level, two foreign languages.”

I’ve been working on German since late February. Usually about an hour each day. Just last week, I was feeling that my German skills were sub-par. Genders, verb forms, syntax — I was feeling lost. But, Rosetta seems to think that I’m keeping up reasonably well.

Yesterday, I started my third language, 中文. All I can say is: Ow… my brain.

* I took a year of German in High School — twenty(mumble) years ago. It was very basic. I wouldn’t say now that it was a solid foundation or that it prepared me for anything. I think there were some bad habits picked up then.