04 mai 2014

An Aha! Moment

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Fede, a Venezuelan student of mine, whenever he greets me, starts with “Epa, Ilan.”
Epa is an interjection, an expression of emotion, that is, frankly, almost impossible to translate. In English, what Fede means is a combination of hey, whoa, and howdayado, that is, a slangy form of greeting as well as a manifestation of surprise. More...

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