So Much Is Lost In Translation

A problem with not knowing language….

So Much Lost in Translation

I. Lost in Translation

There is so much lost in translation,

a slew of misinformation,

when shopping local stores

lost on all shopping floors

never finding missing equation.

 

I could have worked for the CIA,

great government job with decent pay,

there is no translating,

my gibberish is grating,

I have no idea what people say!

 

The one thing gathered from teaching,

I feel this is not overreaching,

I should have learned Spanish,

barriers to vanish,

my teaching could have been for reaching.

 

I took adult classes in Hebrew

a change of pace to learn something new

I even made flash cards

to add to my discards

had to drop this course after a few.

 

After spending some time in Asia,

I suffer from language amnesia,

thought I learned one word here

or another word there

the language I learned was fantasia.

 

Those years of University French

I still feel like I’m stuck on the bench

to point out ne parl par

instead of where’s the car?

my tongue twists like a turn of a torque wrench.

 

A problem with not knowing languages,

my French is a mouth full of lozenges,

whats worse is my German,

an attempt at Russian,

each word to cause a trained ear anguish.

 

My apologies to the whole world

how your languages come out all gnarled,

I want to be worldly

and come off as friendly,

till language ignorance is unfurled.

Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry.I currently live in Washoe Valley NV with my family.I am excited to share my poetry and my writing and I hope that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I currently live in Washoe Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing and I hope that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

3 thoughts on “So Much Is Lost In Translation

  • March 10, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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    Nicely penned verse, Jamie, and I like the humor attached to a difficult subject: languages. I always had trouble learning new languages and wish I could be fluent in French, Spanish, and a few others. I enjoyed your poem. Well done.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 6:42 PM
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    Nicely penned. Languages can help us communicate but it is difficult learning to be fluent in more than one and we often become like a traveling UN picking up a bit here and a bit there. I took French in high school and still know a few words here and there, then came Spanish which is now mixed in with the French and tried to learn German three times. The two languages I am fluent in are English and Latvian.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 8:50 AM
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    Thank you Phyllis and Rasma for stopping by and reading about my struggles with language. I think some of us just have more skill in languages then others and I am not one of the skillful ones. Jamie

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