Greetings … I have to tell you that I sometimes find it necessary to make clumsy attempts at writing to certain individuals in languages other than English.
I know a few words and simple phrases in several languages … but only enough I fear to get me into trouble … rather than out of it. There are of course a few universal words such as Hi, Coca-cola and Bobby Charlton but these are rather limited in their use I fear.
Fortunately … I have a friend … a useful and very understanding friend called Babel fish.
I recently had occasion to communicate with Anatoly Karpov, the world famous Russian chess grandmaster. He is ranked as one of the greatest players of all time. I thought I would try writing a brief communication in Russian.
Мое имя Kris белое и я сочинитель живя в Scotland.I хочу написать письмо к гу-н Anatoly Karpov.Do вы говорите английскую язык или я пробуете написать в русском. Хорошие желания Белизна
I received an email back a couple of days later in English saying that English was just fine.
Out of sheer curiousity I re-translated my amazingly brilliiant attempt at Russian back into English :
Greetings My name Of kris is white and I writer living into Scotland.I I want to write letter to [gu]- n Of anatoly Of karpov.Do you you speak English or I try to write in the Russian. Good desires the whiteness Kris