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Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« on: July 26, 2013, 07:41:11 AM »
A simple game: I give you a word or a phrase in Portuguese, and you guess what that word/phrase means in English from a list of choices I give you. Winners get to learn bits of a different language. Losers get absolutely nothing. No cheating by checking translators, obviously.

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Word/Phrase in Portuguese:
"Sentença"

Meaning in English:
  • Sentence (in the sense of a group of words)
  • Sentence (in the sense of something that's attributed to a person after a trial)
  • Computer
  • Computer mouse
  • Mouse (the animal)
  • The first and second options
  • The fourth and fifth options
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2013, 08:18:57 AM »
I love languages.

This would be easier for me if you wrote out a whole sentence in Portuguese.

I am  picking the options of computer mouse & animal mouse as a wild guess.
It doesn't make sense to let go of something you've had for so long.  But it also doesn't make sense to hold on when there's actually nothing there.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2013, 08:20:54 AM »
This would be easier for me if you wrote out a whole sentence in Portuguese.

That would be too easy, IMO.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2013, 08:41:14 AM »
I'm going to guess that its definitely NOT "1&2" or "4&5" - other languages tend not to have as many homonyms as English - or, at least, its rare that one of their words will have the same homonyms as one of ours!

I'm going to guess sentence, as in for criminals.
Just because you've always done it that way doesn't mean it's not incredibly stupid.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2013, 08:43:03 AM »
<snip>
other languages tend not to have as many homonyms as English - or, at least, its rare that one of their words will have the same homonyms as one of ours!

Don't be so sure about the first part. You make a good point about the second part, though.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2013, 10:08:06 AM »
1 & 2 simply because it looks like them :)

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2013, 10:44:04 AM »
Somewhere, of course in the South, they are complaining that the schools are teaching kids Spanish.  That is the mentality we are dealing with here in the states.  The school in my little town is getting a foreign exchange student this upcoming school year.  He is from Germany and speaks several languages.  Man, is he going to be a fish out of water here.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2013, 10:52:46 AM »
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2013, 01:13:28 PM »
A person who speaks many languages:  Multilingual

A person who speaks two languages:  Bilingual

A person who speaks only one language:  American
It doesn't make sense to let go of something you've had for so long.  But it also doesn't make sense to hold on when there's actually nothing there.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2013, 01:19:28 PM »
A person who speaks many languages:  Multilingual

A person who speaks two languages:  Bilingual

A person who speaks only one language:  American

I used to be able to speak four languages, but, after a long time of not speaking French, now I can only understand it when spoken to me (slowly) and when written.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2013, 08:57:04 AM »
I think I've waited enough time. The winner is... Anfauglir!

I'm going to guess sentence, as in for criminals.

Next word: Frase

Meaning in English:
  • Pie
  • Phrase
  • Sentence (in the sense of a group of words)
  • Good (the adjective)
  • Good (the noun)
  • Nothing
  • The second and third options
  • The fourth and fifth options
The truth is absolute. Life forms are specks of specks (...) of specks of dust in the universe.
Why settle for normal, when you can be so much more? Why settle for something, when you can have everything?
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2013, 12:45:33 PM »
Interesting game you have here, One. I'll play, thanks.

Next word: Frase

Meaning in English:
  • Pie
  • Phrase
  • Sentence (in the sense of a group of words)
  • Good (the adjective)
  • Good (the noun)
  • Nothing
  • The second and third options
  • The fourth and fifth options

(Inserts word into brain, engages main "FIND MATCH" lever. Watches little wheels, springs and counterweights spin furiously, trying to associate input with poorly-remembered Spanish vocabulary. Sparks, smoke, grinding noises ensue. Finally, big pink neon sign buzzes and lights up: NADA. ZILCH. ZERO. JUST GUESS ALREADY SO WE CAN MOVE ON TO SOMETHING MORE PRODUCTIVE, LIKE CATCHING UP ON http://cuteoverload.com/)

My blood sugar is still a little low, so I'll go for the top of the list. Seldom met a pie I didn't like.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2013, 01:18:51 PM »
Well it's pretty similar to the french for fresh and strawberry so I'll go with "pie",  my second choice is phrase because of the similar letters.
It doesn't make sense to let go of something you've had for so long.  But it also doesn't make sense to hold on when there's actually nothing there.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2013, 02:24:43 PM »
Everyone loses. It's "sentence".

Short explanation:
"Frase" is what we (or at least my English teachers) call a "false friend". It looks and sounds very similar to "phrase", but, in fact, "phrase" means "expressão" (expression) or "ditado" (saying). AFAIK there is no direct translation for the term; it's either "expressão" or "ditado", depending on the context.

Next word: "Mente"

Meaning in English:
  • Depth
  • Mint
  • Mind
  • (He/She/It) lies
  • (Imperative) lie
  • The third, fourth and fifth options

I gotta say, I'm surprised anyone even posted. I had been wanting to start this thread for a few weeks, but I was unsure of whether anyone would accept the idea.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2013, 08:11:08 PM »
You believe evolution and there is no evidence for that. Where is the fossil record of a half man half ape. I've only ever heard about it in reading.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2013, 03:42:35 AM »
mind because it shares letters with mental?(!)

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2013, 04:44:23 AM »
It's "sentence".

I knew that.

Then guess. Don't just come here after it's all over and say that.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2013, 04:05:07 PM »
I shall guess mint.
It doesn't make sense to let go of something you've had for so long.  But it also doesn't make sense to hold on when there's actually nothing there.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2013, 06:48:45 PM »
It's "sentence".

I knew that.

Then guess. Don't just come here after it's all over and say that.

Please only post one per day.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2013, 06:51:05 PM »
mind because it shares letters with mental?(!)

It's a tough one because it shares the same characteristic with lie in French too.

Mentir = to lie
mental
menthe

I'd go with the last option. But, I think it's a trap.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2013, 01:34:05 PM »
Ambassador Pony wins.

There's actually a joke that was going around a few years ago, revolving around the meaning of the word "Mente", about our previous prime-minister, José Sócrates. It only works in Portuguese, but I'll translate anyway. It goes more or less like this[1]:

[picture of Newton]
Mente génia (Genius mind)

[picture of Einstein]
Mente brilhante (Brilliant mind)

[picture of José Sócrates]
Mente muito (lies a lot)

Next phrase: Olhos que não vêm, coração que não sente.

Meaning in English:
  • Take a long walk off a short pier.
  • Beat around the bush.
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

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 1. I shortened it a bit because I can't remember it that well.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2013, 02:43:53 PM »

Next phrase: Olhos que não vêm, coração que não sente.

I'll guess.....

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  • Out of sight, out of mind.

What do I win?
Actually it doesn't. One could conceivably be all-powerful but not exceptionally intelligent.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2013, 02:46:23 PM »
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What do I win?

Assuming you guessed correctly, you win knowledge. Unless you want a hug or something. I can do that too.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2013, 03:55:37 PM »
Next phrase: Olhos que não vêm, coração que não sente.

Meaning in English:
  • Out of sight, out of mind.

vêm strikes me as the portuguese version of the spanish verb Ver, to see.  Sente is a lot like "sentience", so, relating to thought and the mind.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2013, 04:04:37 PM »
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What do I win?

Assuming you guessed correctly, you win knowledge. Unless you want a hug or something. I can do that too.

You're omnipotent, and all I get is a lousy hug? No wonder I don't worship you.  ;)

And I didn't exactly guess, I used pretty much the method screwtape described.

edit to add: Also, it's the only phrase that has the same word twice.
Actually it doesn't. One could conceivably be all-powerful but not exceptionally intelligent.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2013, 04:08:52 PM »
You're omnipotent, and all I get is a lousy hug? No wonder I don't worship you.  ;)

Ever been hugged by an omnipotent being? It'd be the best hug of your life, but, since you don't want it... I won't hug you.

And I didn't exactly guess, I used pretty much the method screwtape described.

My point remains.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2013, 05:02:30 PM »
A priest tried to hug me once. Just once[1]

Deductive reasoning is slightly better than guessing, no?
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Actually it doesn't. One could conceivably be all-powerful but not exceptionally intelligent.

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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2013, 05:05:46 PM »
Deductive reasoning is slightly better than guessing, no?

Which is irrelevant to my point, which was an answer to your asking what you'd win if you guessed (or deduced) correctly.
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Re: Guess what that word/phrase means in English
« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2013, 05:18:29 PM »
"Out of sight, out of mind" is my guess, assuming that I am reading it like I would Spanish.
Extraordinary claims of the bible don't even have ordinary evidence.

Kids aren't paying attention most of the time in science classes so it seems silly to get worked up over ID being taught in schools.