As I travel around, I collect currency for my dad and sand for my cousin, but besides the names of authors, I haven’t really gotten psyched about collecting anything myself except crazy assault stories.
However, I might start collecting languages. Specifically, recordings of people speaking different languages. I think it would be interesting to collect (and post) recordings of the same 5 questions or statements in a host of different African (to start) languages.
The first question is, What would be interesting to hear expressed or said in lots of languages?
That’s a bleg from the Magic Man of international development. My suggestions follow.
May the force be with you.
Excuse me, but is that a banana in your ear?
What happens in [place name], stays in [place name].
No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!
You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Well, who the hell else are you talkin’ to? You talkin’ to me? Well, I’m the only one here. Who the f–k do you think you’re talkin’ to?