Wednesday, March 29, 2006

谈话不烹调米。

Tan hua bu peng diao mi.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Mostly Torn said...

Sorry about the short post with no explanation. At work an email newsletter is sent out periodically and it always starts off with some sort of inspirational quote. Today's newsletter contained the quote "talk does not cook rice". I immediately started joking around with my coworkers asking them if they knew that talk does not cook rice. Apparently, I'm the only person who actually reads the newsletter, as no one else had any idea what I was talking about. They just thought I was doing my usual nonsense. And meanwhile, no rice was getting cooked.

In any case, I thought it might be fun to try to translate the quote back into Chinese, which is what the subject line of this blog entry is. (The other text is roughly how to pronounce it phonetically, although I left out the accent marks for the tones.) I'm not sure how accurate the characters really are since I just used some translation software on my Mac dashboard, but a friend at work who is from China was able to understand it, so I suppose it isn't too far off base. Putting it into a Google search for that exact string yields no results, however. So I definitely don't have it word-for-word exact with the Chinese. Either that or it could be that it's not really a Chinese proverb.

Anyhow, I thought it was an interesting quote.

henry rhombus said...

I propose putting that saying to the test. If we talked close enough to the rice -- and for long enough -- I'm sure we could generate enough therms to alter the rice in some manner.

Next we'll get a bunch of straws and a camel...

Mostly Torn said...

Hey! As a kid I remember playing that game a my grandmother's house. Whenever we went to visit, all the kids would be banished to the basement. Fortunately, there were lots of toys and games down there to keep us occupied. I'm pretty sure one of them was some game about putting straws on the back of a camel until it broke. The camel was in two pieces held together by an internal rubber band. I don't remember much else about the game, though.

shiloh351 said...

I remember that game,too! And the part about being banished to the basement..... Were we that bad???
Remember the states game? I liked that one,too.