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Let's Be Honest About Lying, Shall We?

A couple days ago, I told a Nigerian engineer to "Work online. Use freelancing sites. Lie about the country you’re in. [...] There’s a big stigma against Nigeria. That’s just reality, and you need to deal with it."

A reader replies -

I feel for this guy but I am surprised you recommend lying. There has to be another way. ... I have a problem with lying, period, and perhaps I’ve misunderstood Sebastian but I think he stands for straightforwardness.

Let's talk about this straightforwardly, like adults, like grown-ups.

Most people won't do that. It's inherently weird. Most people don't own up to the fact that they lie, yet almost everyone does so. A lot, actually.

Day Ten: English to Chinese Interpretation

On Lost in Translation

Yesterday I attempted to translate one sentence of a historical speech by Amelia Earhart, but didn't even make it through the sentence. It's interesting to note that the accent and the way people phrased their sentences back then was so different from the way we speak today. Listening to her, I had no idea where she was going with her sentence, but there was also no way I would be able remember everything she said if I had waited until she had finished her sentence.

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