Re: [Czechlist] plug in, unplug
- On 4/30/2012 9:50 PM, James Kirchner wrote:
> "plug inYes, the do.
In Czech you can say "zastrcit" a "vystrcit", for example, and a number
of other things.
In German you can say "einstecken" and ausstecken".
Where did you learn your Czech and German, James?
- And someday, when I'm retired and have the leisure to search, reread and catalog all my postings, I probably won't repeat myself as much.
On May 8, 2012, at 5:50 PM, Melvyn wrote:
> A couple more points I've been meaning to make:
> --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, James Kirchner <czechlist@> wrote:
>> I stopped many years ago posting in Czech, because I
> found on various Internet fora that if a non-native speaker (at least in that era) posted in Czech, he would never get an answer to his question. The Czech participants would launch into a debate over whether this or that preposition was used the way a Czech would, whether people still use this or that idiom,
> This is a point that you make every couple of years or so.
> I just wonder why I do not have this problem when I post in Czech. I am usually very pleased with the responses to my issues. And if my lexis, grammar etc get pulled to pieces then fine - think of it as free Czech lessons. The feedback I get is usually very useful and insightful. And then if somebody makes an interesting or "classic" mistake in English I will sometimes point that out too. Surely that is what a list like this is all about. Of course, we have to be polite and matter-of-fact about it, but in most cases this does not strike me as a problem here. In most cases.
>> Of course, they should be. I don't take offense at it, in contrast to some others.
> But just compare your current rationalization with this kind of personal attack:
> and draw your own conclusions, because, as Sarka pointed out, the way it all works is interesting. The pattern strikes me as very regular:
> 1. You make a categorical statement.
> 2. Somebody points out the exceptions or alternatives while querying the apodictic tone.
> 3. You take this badly and respond with personal attacks.
> Alas, this is the kind of offlist comment that I get to hear as a result:
>> I find myself avoiding any threads he is involved in (just not worth the effort)
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