Author Topic: A Russian anecdote, what do you think about it?  (Read 785 times)

Offline Rock100

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A Russian anecdote, what do you think about it?
« on: June 15, 2020, 09:54:06 AM »
Hi. Russians like anecdotes and do not know foreign languages. But they do create anecdotes in them. What do you think about this very one in English? How do you find it?
Two Russians meet in London and have the chat:
-- How much watch?
-- Six watch.
-- Such much?
-- For who how.
-- Finished MGIMO?
-- Ask!

(MGIMO is a Russian university that teaches diplomats and specialties like that)

Offline waive15

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Re: A Russian anecdote, what do you think about it?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2020, 06:12:31 AM »
Hi, Rock100,

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Casablanca (1942) - What watch?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th0G8rkhBqg

/it is probably a good idea that one presses the subtitles button/

"You will get along beautifully in America."  :)
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The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
   Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
   Do good anyway.
 If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
   Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
   Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
   Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
   Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
   Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
   Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
   Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
   Give the world the best you have anyway.

Kent M. Keith



P.S.
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Think big anyway.
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Give the world the best you have anyway.

« Last Edit: June 16, 2020, 06:22:01 AM by waive15 »

Offline Rock100

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Re: A Russian anecdote, what do you think about it?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2020, 09:49:13 AM »
> Casablanca (1942) - What watch?
Really? I have never heard about it, thank you. Not bad at all though a little bit incorrect IMO. The correct question is “Which watch?”.
Nevertheless I do believe the anecdote is much better. “What watch?” (or rather “Which watch?”) is the educated Russian, almost a kind of a posh Russian. “How much watch?” (or rather “how much time?”) is the much more redneckish one. We were vigorously corrected at school or by parents: “How much watch?” “No, no!!! Which watch!!!”. One of the aims (not the main one) of the anecdote is to portray the grotesque of being the graduate of the best and highest ranked university and talking like a peasant. But I have never expected such a thorough analysis here indeed. So, please, never mind.
I will read your answer as the anecdote is a kind of known by the native English speakers. Though their thoughts about it are a kind of secrete or extremely negative to express them and remain polite.

> The Paradoxical Commandments
Yeah, right. I do believe the key point is not to “overplay it” or “not to play it too far”.