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randomhouses From: randomhouses Date: May 26th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Question that the Internet couldn't answer for me: Were the Daleks speaking real German? Because Yahoo! Babelfish doesn't agree with the translation of "Exterminate!" But yes, that part was awesome, and is it sad that the plot of the next chapter is immediately where my mind went when they aired that episode?

Yep, we had to spread the Donna love to more Doctors before letting her get her hands on Ten.
stillbrainfried From: stillbrainfried Date: May 26th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
So I had to go and watch Dalek and Bad Wolf in German to find out what they say in the synchronization. The catchphrase is "eliminieren" in German - that would be "eliminate". No one would ever say "exterminieren" as they did in JE. Maybe "terminieren" but that would not only sound too much like the Terminator but also have a double meaning (to schedule sth).

And the old woman at the castle near Nuremberg wasn't a German actor - the accent was wrong, although not bad. You could hear that the writer wasn't exactly familiar with German as well because he used tenses like he would do in English which can sound a bit weird in German. For example, we often use what you would consider present perfect to express something that was finished some time ago (in which case you would use simple past)...
randomhouses From: randomhouses Date: May 29th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! It's always fun to hear a native speaker explain how someone butchered their language. There totally needs to be a Who/Terminator cross-over. Or at the least, Daleks invade California. I'm a little disappointed exterminieren isn't valid, but oh well.
stillbrainfried From: stillbrainfried Date: May 30th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Now you put this scene in my head where the Daleks are invading a film studio and everyone just says something along the lines of "Not another cheap sci fi movie..."

As for the language thing: I think it must be worse for you - with bad English being the international conference language ;-) I mean, look at Mr Westerwelle (our secretary of state). He did this interview in English and everyone in this country was either embarrassed or breathless from laughing. I think nowadays he sticks to German ;-)
randomhouses From: randomhouses Date: May 30th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha, when I first looked up the Daleks before watching the show, I had no clue how anyone could take them seriously.

LOL, now I'm looking up Youtube videos of him. It's
great. One of the top videos is a BBC reporter trying to make him speak English and him refusing. :)

To be honest, I have little sympathy for native English speakers being annoyed with bad English simply because so many (in the United States at least) seem to think that everyone should speak English perfectly and with an American accent and it's some failing on their part if they don't. It's called diversity--deal with it and try learning a second language yourself.

Sorry, that's a bit of a personal peeve and an exaggeration. I guess my takeaway is that bad language skills can be fun and embarrassing but should never be a point of contention and in ordinary situations (politicians don't count!), shouldn't be used to make people feel bad

Also, I wonder what it'd be like if we still used French as the international standard. :)
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