Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Top 10 Languages Spoken In The World

10. French Number of speakers: 129 million

Often called the most romantic language in the world, French is spoken in tons of countries, including Belgium, Canada, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Haiti. Oh, and France too. We're actually very lucky that French is so popular, because without it, we might have been stuck with Dutch Toast, Dutch Fries, and Dutch kissing (ew!).

To say "hello" in French, say "Bonjour" (bone-JOOR).

9. Malay (Indonesian) Number of speakers: 159 million

Malay-Indonesian is spoken - surprise - in Malaysia and Indonesia. Actually, we kinda fudged the numbers on this one because there are many dialects of Malay, the most popular of which is Indonesian. But they're all pretty much based on the same root language, which makes it the ninth most-spoken in the world. Indonesia is a fascinating place; a nation made up of over 13,000 islands it is the sixth most populated country in the world. Malaysia borders on two of the larger parts of Indonesia (including the island of Borneo), and is mostly known for its capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

To say "hello" in Indonesian, say "Selamat pagi" (se-LA-mat PA-gee).

8. Portuguese Number of speakers: 191 million

Think of Portuguese as the little language that could. In the 12th Century, Portugal won its independence from Spain and expanded all over the world with the help of its famous explorers like Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. (Good thing Henry became a navigator . . . could you imagine if a guy named "Prince Henry the Navigator" became a florist?) Because Portugal got in so early on the exploring game, the language established itself all over the world, especially in Brazil (where it's the national language), Macau, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique.

To say "hello" in Portuguese, say "Bom dia" (bohn DEE-ah).

7. Bengali Number of speakers: 211 million

In Bangladesh, a country of 120+ million people, just about everybody speaks Bengali. And because Bangladesh is virtually surrounded by India (where the population is growing so fast, just breathing the air can get you pregnant), the number of Bengali speakers in the world is much higher than most people would expect.

To say "hello" in Bengali, say "Ei Je" (EYE-jay).

6. Arabic Number of speakers: 246 million

Arabic, one of the world's oldest languages, is spoken in the Middle East, with speakers found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Furthermore, because Arabic is the language of the Koran, millions of Moslems in other countries speak Arabic as well. So many people have a working knowledge of Arabic, in fact, that in 1974 it was made the sixth official language of the United Nations.

To say "hello" in Arabic, say "Al salaam a'alaykum" (Ahl sah-LAHM ah ah-LAY-koom).

5. Russian Number of speakers: 277 million

Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Yakov Smirnoff are among the millions of Russian speakers out there. Sure, we used to think of them as our Commie enemies. Now we think of them as our Commie friends. One of the six languages in the UN, Russian is spoken not only in the Mother Country, but also in Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the U.S. (to name just a few places).

To say "hello" in Russian, say "Zdravstvuite" (ZDRAST-vet- yah).

4. Spanish Number of speakers: 392 million

Aside from all of those kids who take it in high school, Spanish is spoken in just about every South American and Central American country, not to mention Spain, Cuba, and the U.S. There is a particular interest in Spanish in the U.S., as many English words are borrowed from the language, including: tornado, bonanza, patio, quesadilla, enchilada, and taco grande supreme.

To say "hello" in Spanish, say "Hola" (OH-la).

3. Hindustani Number of speakers: 497 million

Hindustani is the primary language of India's crowded population, and it encompasses a huge number of dialects (of which the most commonly spoken is Hindi). While many predict that the population of India will soon surpass that of China, the prominence of English in India prevents Hindustani from surpassing the most popular language in the world. If you're interested in learning a little Hindi, there's a very easy way: rent an Indian movie. The film industry in India is the most prolific in the world, making thousands of action/romance/ musicals every year.

To say "hello" in Hindustani, say "Namaste" (Nah-MAH-stay).

2. English Number of speakers: 508 million

While English doesn't have the most speakers, it is the official language of more countries than any other language. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. We'd tell you more about English, but you probably feel pretty comfortable with the language already. Let's just move on to the most popular language in the world.

To say "hello" in English, say "What's up, freak?" (watz-UP-freek).

1. Mandarin Number of speakers: 1 billion+

Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet, China. Beating second-place English by a 2 to 1 ratio, but don't let that lull you into thinking that Mandarin is easy to learn. Speaking Mandarin can be really tough, because each word can be pronounced in four ways (or "tones"), and a beginner will invariably have trouble distinguishing one tone from another. But if over a billion people could do it, so could you. Try saying hello!

To say "hello" in Mandarin, say "Ni hao" (Nee HaOW). ("Hao" is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

How To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity

1) At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on & point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

2) Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.

3) Put your garbage can on your desk & label it “IN”.

4) Develop an unnatural fear of staplers

5) Reply to everything someone says with, “That’s what u thinks?”

6) Don’t use any punctuation.

7) As often as possible, skip rather than walk.

8) Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer.

9) Sing along at the opera.

10) Find out where your boss shop & buy exactly the same outfits. Wear them 1 day after your boss does. (This is especially effective if your boss is of the opposite genders.)

11) Send e-mail to the rest of the company to tell them what you’re doing. For example, “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom, in Stall#3.”

12) Put mosquito netting around your cubicle. Play a tape of jungle sounds all day.

13) 5 days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party because you’re not in the mood.

14) Call the psychic hotline & don’t say anything.

15) Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Hard.

16) When the money comes out of the ATM, scream “I Won!”, “I Won!” “Third time this week!!!”

17) When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling “Run for your lives, they’re loose!”

18) Tell your boss, “It not the voice in my head that bother me, it’s the voice in your head that do.”

19) Tell your children over dinner, “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of u go.”

20)Every time u see a broom, yell “Honey, your mother is here!”

Sunday, 14 February 2010

It's Chinese New Year, baby!

Happy Chinese New Year to my family, friends from MS & also ATI College & Chinese community worldwide. May the Year of Tiger brings fortune to you all! Gong Xi Fa Chai!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Explaining Evolution

One day, a 6 years old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children.

The teacher asked the little boy:

Teacher: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?

Tommy: Yes.

Teacher: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?

Tommy: Yes.

Teacher: Go outside & look up & see if you can see the sky.

Tommy: Okay. (He returned a few minutes later) Yes, I saw the sky.

Teacher: Did you see God?

Tommy: No

Teacher: That’s my point. We can’t see God because He isn’t there. He doesn’t exist.

A little girl spoke up & wanted to ask the boy some question.

The teacher agreed & the little girl asked the boy:

Little girl: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?

Tommy: Yes.

Little girl: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?

Tommy: Yesssssss (getting tired of the question this time).

Little girl: Did you see the sky?

Tommy: Yessssss

Little girl: Tommy, do you see the teacher?

Tommy: Yes.

Little girl: Do you see her brain?

Tommy: No.

Little girl: Then according to what we were taught today in school, she must not have one!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Consider This!

If u can start the day without caffeine,

If u can get going without pep pills,

If u can always be cheerful, ignoring aches & pains,

If u can eat the same food everyday & be grateful for it,

If u can understand why your love one are too busy to give u anytime,

If u can overlook it when those u love take it out on u, through no fault of your something goes wrong,

If u can take criticism & blame without resentment,

If u can face the world without lies & deceit,

If u can conquer tension without medical help,

If u can relax without liquor,

If u can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If u can honestly say that deep in your heart u have no prejudice against creed, colour, religion, or politics, then my friend…

U are ALMOST as good as your dog!