While I’m away for a few days working as a volunteer writer and photographer for the 4th Karate-Do Goju-Kai World Championships in Rotterdam, I do have some interesting Dunglish news. Someone in the Netherlands is doing a Ph.D. project about Dunglish, and I am hoping to hear more about it when I get back.
‘Steenkoolengels’ or ‘broken English’ is a major topic at Dutch universities, irritating Dutch people and foreigners alike. Students get annoyed at having to be lectured in Dunglish, while teachers get annoyed at having to hear it from their students. Picture a Chinese student having to communicate to a Dutch teacher in English, both not very fluent, or two Dutch students forced to speak English to each other. Imagine an Italian student who took Dutch lessons only to find out that Dunglish was more popular. Picture a British student going mad trying to understand what these people are trying to say.
At the Delft University of Technology, there is even a ‘Worst Teacher Award’ (‘worst’ here meaning ‘sausage’, as in ‘bad’) for the teacher who produces the worst English (Dunglish) sentence. The winner of 2005 was “Donâ€™t let the cheese eat off your bread” and the runners up were “I have an equation picked from the sky” and “I tried to lead you around the garden”. Let the non Dutch people here have fun figuring out what was meant.
This has nothing at all to do with karate. Dewa mata (Japanese for see you later)!