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This is a post I saw yesterday on Tumblr. I don't think it needs any… 
15th-Jul-2013 02:14 pm
wonderful wonder
This is a post I saw yesterday on Tumblr. I don't think it needs any introduction.

how language works

A few of us tentatively asked this person for clarification, and received confirmation that s/he honestly didn't realize that 1) people in other countries besides Australia can speak English, 2) it's possible to type in more than one language, and 3) the Internet does not automatically translate everything into English.
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17th-Jul-2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Im not sure what to say to that other than wowzers.

Though Ive noticed a lot of people just assume that everything is magic on the internet. Elves, fairies and unicorns make it work.
10th-Aug-2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
The internet, and computers in general, is completely different than everything else in the world. It doesn't require electricity to operate; machines can talk to each other without being connected; photos can be manipulated to show things that weren't in view of the camera lens. It's all magic.
17th-Jul-2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
This person needs to go back to grade 1 and start their schooling all over again, preferably in an education system which concentrates on the teaching of literacy, numeracy and concrete facts.
17th-Jul-2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. Heh.
17th-Jul-2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Wow indeed! No wonder I didn't understand the question at all at first.
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17th-Jul-2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
OP here. For those who aren't familiar with it: the person who made this post was referring to a common phenomenon on Tumblr, when users blog something like this:

"In France, we don't say 'I miss you'. We say 'Tu me manques' which literally means 'You are missing from me'. I think that's lovely."

Mr. or Ms. Stupid wasn't able to understand how in this case the "Tu me manques" could stay in English while the rest of the post got magically converted from French into English by the Internet. Because of course no French person could possibly know enough English to write the example post above and even include a phrase in their own native language as well! *facedesk*
17th-Jul-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
(Update: I checked out her blog and realized she is genuinely just confused and well-intentioned, and apparently very uneducated. So I ended up writing as straight-faced and kindly a response as possible, explaining the basic functions of languages and the Internet to her. At the end of my explanation, as an example, I wrote in seven languages and two exotic scripts. Now I'm wondering if that was a good idea... I haven't heard back from her yet, and am starting to entertain the possibility that my multi-lingual example might have exploded her head.)
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22nd-Jul-2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
I love playing with Google's (and others) translators like that, specifically running stuff through several different languages to see what it ends up as. Kind of like a game of telephone with my computer. ;)
30th-Jul-2013 07:42 am (UTC)
Pics or it didn't happen
20th-Nov-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
I was a responder to this question, too. I facepalmed, literally.
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