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Safety Information [Jan. 15th, 2008|03:10 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Sitting on the shuttle last night, the girl next to me was on the phone speaking every other sentence/phrase/word in English vs. Russian, switching to English for technical things and certain idiomatic expressions.

Normally I'd just put on my headphones and listen to music but a) the English/Russian thing was amusing and b) she had a cute voice as well, so "eavesdropping" (if you can call it that when the person's directly beside you) was quite bearable.

Her phone call involved discussing sorting strategies for a toy website she made as a Ruby learning excercise:

http://safetyinformation.org/

Quite amusing.

I almost forgot to write about it, but then I saw this on reddit today:



:-)
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[User Picture]From: k0t_igrun
2008-01-16 08:37 am (UTC)
so you are in Russia right now about some SUP business??
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-01-16 05:40 pm (UTC)
Nope, still in California.
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[User Picture]From: lyzz_ard
2008-01-16 11:10 am (UTC)
I guess you haven't heard the conversations between Russian techheads such as sysadmins, coders etc when they talk about (or in the heat of) their work - that's the strangest ever mixture of spoken Russian, technical English, Japanese and (often obscene) Russian interjections :)
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[User Picture]From: schernyshev
2008-01-16 03:18 pm (UTC)
Many Russians in US speak this way, especially software developers who rarely bothered to figure out Russian "alternatives" for computer terms (usually those Russian "alternatives" are ugly as hell).

I live in pretty large Russian community in New Jersey and everybody speaks this way, even those who have poor English knowledge - some words and idiomatic expressions are just easier in English and more precise.

It's great to hear that you liked it ;)
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