The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Friday, December 05, 2008

Lost in translation.

It is amusing, sometimes, to speak to those who are new to English. On occasion, the mistakes made can be quite hilarious.

Once, I asked a classroom of Asian students to name someone who was famous for being the worst at something. One Chinese boy rose to the challenge.

"That famous tourist..." he began, clutching after a name.

"Famous tourist?", I echoed, puzzled.

"Yes." He said, more sure of himself, now. "Famous tourist: Bin Ladin."

"Osama Bin Ladin?", I found myself laughing.

"Yes, the famous tourist." He said, still unaware of why I laughed.

"Terrorist...not tourist."

At least, he tried, however, to answer the question. His answer conjured a comic image of Bin Ladin, with a camera, touring the world's tourist spots. That is what I call hiding out in the open.

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