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  • Quote of the Day

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on April 16th, 2009 (All posts by )

    Distance from English, from the European languages of reason, is always a bad thing for the developing world.

    Aakar Patel, “Try and say this in Hindi—bet you can’t”.

    RTWT.

    Via The Middle Stage.

     

    3 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

    1. zenpundit Says:

      Japanese might be the exception here. Their modernization ( Meiji Restoration -Taisho eras) easily outstripped that of the Italians, Spainards, Portuguese, Russians and the Eastern Europeans. In 40 years they jumped from the Middle Ages to defeating a great power with a modern Navy and Army.

      Other than that, you might have found a good rule of thumb.

    2. Lexington Green Says:

      Agreed, Japan is a unique case. Never colonized, only conquered once, in 1945.

    3. SporkLift Driver Says:

      I’ve started learning Japanese recently and I’m quite impressed with both the vocabulary and the grammar. It seems that you can say anything in Japanese.