Friday, May 18, 2012

Two Travelers Meet Inside a Phrase-Book

“My name is Carmen,” she said.
     “The Post Office is over there,” he replied.
“Thank you!  It is one o’clock.”
      “Goodbye! How are you?”
“Do you speak English?”
     “The stranger is weeping.”
“My factory is on fire. No thank you.”
     “Excuse me!”
“That dog is frothing at the mouth.”
     “You’re welcome.”
“My passport lies under your thigh.”
     “Where is the hospital?”
“The train leaves in ten minutes.”
     “Please put this on.”
“Will the coup d’etat last all week?”
     “Yes, the museum is my cousin.”

—Hans Ostrom, 2012
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