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In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 4. Februar 2008

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Why do we say bete noire and not 'black beast', doppelganger and not 'double goer'? When is it that meanings become lost in translation and it is simply more satisfying to use the original? This wonderfully accessible book gives unique insights into different cultures and languages by looking at the distinctive words they use as well as giving you a whole new vocabulary for those elusive things you never had a word for. Where would we be without saudade, the Portuguese wistful nostalgia which makes their fado music unlike any other in the world? What other word is there for the barefaced gutsy presumption encapsulated by the Yiddish word chutzpah? And wouldn't you like to have a word for that irritating person who buttonholes you to tell you their long stories of woe? They are truly an attaccabottoni (lit. = a person who attacks your buttons). Or what about the Japanese yokomeshi, which means 'horizontal rice', in other words a meal eaten sideways, and describes the difficulty of learning a foreign language - particularly appropriate for Japanese learners, where mastering the written language involves the shift from 'vertical' to 'horizontal' writing.

Meticulously researched with dozens of specialist language consultants, and accessibly written by a linguist in the field, this book will appeal to anyone interested in language and world cultures. Exploring the words of different languages by chapter, the volume is lavishly illustrated in colour and extremely browsable. The foreword is written by Simon Winchester. This book is for anyone who has ever travelled and been fascinated by the culture they were visiting. In Other Words is a guide to the linguistic gems that capture a notion, defy translation, and define the cultures of the world. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Christopher J. Moore holds degrees in modern languages and linguistics. He is the author of several books, including a major anthology of Gaelic oral poetry. He lives in France and Spain.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Its a great coffee table book 5. Oktober 2016
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I encountered this book in my linguistics class and then purchased it for my brother. Its a great coffee table book, super interesting!!!
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book - Bad Scan for Kindle 13. Februar 2010
Von Dom Gittins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book, but that enjoyment is being spoiled by the very high error rate in the Kindle version.
It looks like they scanned the paper book and OCR'd it, but then didn't check it for errors.
For a book about language to contain so many misspellings, incorrect words and incomprehensible bits of scan garbage is a real shame.
The book itself is a treat - it's just a bit of linguistic frippery, but most enjoyable - Amazon really need to sort out the electronic version though.
2 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen The inner workings of language 28. April 2005
Von Jon Hunt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Christopher Moore has produced a small but significant work with "In Other Words"....how certain words and phrases from other languages can't simply be translated (or not at all). Moore's book is at the same time charming and expansive in its scope.

From Western European languages to those that are indigenous, the author has looked into just about every nook and cranny to find words that convey a certain feeling in their native tongue but not in others. One is struck by the number of languages that have multiple words that deal with love, emotions or inner peace. These examples are arresting when compared to English. Moore's humor is very much in evidence throughout and one line I laughed out loud about was this one, (referring to the Danes' description of their own speech) "det er inget sprak, det er en halsinfektion"- ("it's no language, it's a throat infection!") Another favorite was the Italian word, "attaccabottone" which refers to a bore who buttonholes you with "long tales of woe".

The author also refers to words that have taken on meanings different from their original definition. Words like "macho" and "chaos" are two examples. He warns us also to be careful using certain words and phrases....in one tongue they might mean one thing...in another, quite something else.

"In Other Words" is a most enjoyable book and I urge readers who have an interest in languages (and the quirkiness that surrounds them) to pick up a copy. It's an easy read and one that is bound to enlighten and put a smile on your face.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 16. Juli 2016
Von Judith Truitt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Fascinating!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Small is good. 8. Januar 2012
Von Axel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful. A short illustrated book about words in different languages and cultures and what the words tell us about the mentality.

I have read it many times. Most books today are thicker than a Bible. But this is at a little more than 100 pages. My favourite word is from Tierra del Fuego:
Mamihlapinatapei.
:-)
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