A real Tower of Babel

Article published on May 10, 2006
Article published on May 10, 2006

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If, during breakfast at home, an Italian were to ask us for burro while pointing to the butter, it would probably sound Chinese to us Spaniards.

But what for the Spanish sounds Chinese; for Italians sounds Arabic, although to the French and the Greek this incomprehensible muddle also sounds Chinese. However, if an Englishman were to hear the Greek saying that something sounded Chinese, he would probably respond that to him it really sounded like double Dutch.

To top it all, if a Finn were to pass by and hear all this, he would settle the discussion by adding that everything the others were saying sounds Hebrew to him.

By the way, to a German, this Tower of Babel would sound Spanish!