Several of you responded to my French in my last blog, by entering comments in French. Well, I guess I asked for it. I don't actually speak a word of French! I was just trying to be cute, and I used Yahoo's Babel Fish translator. But I'm finding out that doing that, can get you into trouble. Caroline pointed out in an email, that my use of the word baiser, can often be interpreted as rude! I never knew. Now I'm mortified that someone who does understand French, will think the wrong thing. To show you how imprecise the Babel Fish translator is, I copied Lisa's French comment, and pasted it into the translator, and here is what I got:
Lisa's comment - Salut Melissa, l'anniversaire Heureux. Je suis si content que vous avez commencé votre blog et estimez vraiment votre amitié. J'espère que nous avons beaucoup ans plus heureux partageant notre xx des vies
Babel Fish's translation - Melissa hello, l' happy birthday. I am so content that you began your blog and estimate really your friendship. J' hope that we have much happier years dividing our xx of the lives
Thank you Lisa, for giving a far better translation - Hi Melissa, Happy anniversary. I am so glad that you started your blog and really value your friendship. I am hoping we have many more happy years sharing our lives. xx
I think I'll refrain from trying to be cute from now on, and just stick English! But thanks just the same, for the lovely replies, French or not!