- --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "melvyn.geo" <zehrovak@d...> wrote:
> But are you going to remain eternally shrouded in mystery, mysterycontributor? Aren't you going to tell us just a little about yourself
and your work? Now if you actually joined Czechlist, you would not
put me to all the hassle of having to approve your messages. Tsk, but
you are not the joining type, are you? I can feel it in my bones. You
don't sign anything and you don't join anything.
O.K., I'll bite. I lived in Prague from 1993 to 2001, working for
the U.S. Government. I'm still with the USG, just a different
department these days. When I was in Prague once upon a time, I did
a stretch of translation work on the side, but I gave it up after
deciding it was consuming too much time. I also became frustrated
with the "Coke-augments-the-increase-of-one's-enjoyment-level"
(versus "Coke adds life") attitude that was pervasive among so many
would-be translators in Prague at the time. I suppose things have
improved... Anyway, these days, as far as Czech translation goes,
I'm just a free-lance nit-picker with a nickel or dime to chuck into
the fountain every now and then. I suppose I'm not as passionate
about good translation as I am about the patently bad kind.
- Thanks a lot, Hanka, Coilin and Jamie,
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Kirchner" <jpklists@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 9:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Czechlist] a few terms
On May 24, 2006, at 2:57 PM, Hana Viansová wrote:
> 1. is it common in English to use the French grave accent ("a") to
> indicate a price at which goods are sold? e.g. these jeans are sold
> a 50 dollars a pair?
We don't use à. We use @. For example:
5 units @ $50.00/unit
> 2. what's the difference btwn a keyboard and a keypad? Someone told
> me you have the former with a computer but the latter on a cell
> phone. Is that correct?
The keyboard is the device you use to input language into your
computer. A keypad is for numbers, so you have keypads on phones,
calculators, etc. Many computer keyboards have a keypad to the far
right just for the input of numbers.
> 3. What do you call "slovni uloha" in English? The type of math
> problem where you give the assignment in words rather than figures
> or formulas, e.g. If you go shopping with a 50 in your pocket,
> buy ..... and ..... but then a friend pays you back ....., you have
> lunch for ....... and leave a ........ tip and give ........ to
> your favorite beggar, how much do you end up having left?
In the US those are usually called "story problems". I have heard
some teachers recently calling them "word problems", but that sounds
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