Archive for November 3rd, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hermit: Languages of the World in the Light of the Coming of the Great China. Lesson 1: Swedish

Hello Children,

Hermit the Harmonious Dragonfly

Hermit the Harmonious Dragonfly: Hej Kinakännaren

even in places as remote as a country named Sweden, a barbarian country in the back of beyond which to my knowledge never had tributary relations with us, there are now China experts (中国专家 or 中国通). They are usually referred to as

kinakänna ren

in that place. kina känna ren is indeed Swedish and translates China knowing people.

But some bad elements in Sweden may also translate kinakänna ren as Panda-Huggers School or jättepanda kram ren (拥抱熊猫派). Of course, in our much older language, we would rather call them han jian (汉奸), if they weren’t in fact kina känna ren.

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Related: What lies between Chinese Writers and the Nobel Prize, or Sweden is Eurocentrist, Fools Mountain, October 20, 2009

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