October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
Here is a language plant in Portuguese. Can you work out the quotation, and a translation?
“Não tenhamos pressa,
mas não percamos tempo.”
José Saramago, 1922 – 2010
“Let us not rush,
but let us not waste time”
José Saramago was a Portuguese poet and Nobel Prize winner.
Present the language plant to the class. Can your learners work out its translation? Which words directly translate into English? If you have Portuguese speakers, what do they think is a suitable translation?
What quotations or proverbs exist in your learners’ language(s)? How do they translate?
Thanks to Cecilia Coelho for supplying this quotation.