Thursday, April 03, 2008

Same sky: Telling porky pies

Another quick entry for my list of "how amazing" intercultural translations ... in the Business English class I'm teaching, I suggested telling white lies as a possible strategy to use when negotiating. (Of course, that's the textbook's idea, not mine). I asked the class if anybody knew what a "white lie" was.

Berna, a Turkish student, looked at me for a minute, then answered, "In Turkish we tell pink lies. Maybe they're the same?"

Turns out they are, in fact, the same thing. We English speakers tell boring old white lies, but the Turkish jazz it up a bit with some pretty pink. Isn't that neat?

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