Friday, March 25, 2011

Languages

In my opinion the master of languages is J.R.R. Tolkien.

What he did with his creation of actual working languages was a miracle.

In my books I don’t have any specific foreign languages that need to be interpreted, but I do have people with accents and unique phraseologies. This distinguishes my characters from each other and gives a sense of who they are.

Another author who used this same concept was J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series.

Here are a few lines from her books. See if you can match up the character to their quotes:

Severus Snape

Albus Dumbledore

Mad-Eye Moody

Harry Potter

Aunt Petunia

Hagrid

Hermione

Ron

Luna Lovegood

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1. “Is that my Dudders?”

2. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

3. “I say there are spots that don't come off.... Spots that never come off, d'you know what I mean?”

4. No, I think I'll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up.... It always does in the end.

5. "He was my mum and dad's best friend. He's a convicted murderer, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though...keep up with news...check if I'm happy..."

6. "Brilliant! It's Potions last thing on Friday! Snape won't have the time to poison us all!"

7. "Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!"

8. “What's comin' will come and we'll meet it when it does.”

9. “The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.”

10. The ceiling isn’t real. It’s bewitched to look like the night sky. I read about it in Hogwarts, A History

11. "Ah, shut up, Dursley, yeh great prune."

12. "Ah, go boil yer heads, both of yeh,"

13. “Cause I'll look like a bloody idiot, that's why.”

14. “Blimey, Harry. You've slayed dragons. If you can't get a date, who can?”

Answers:

Aunt Petunia= 1

Albus Dumbledore= 2

Mad-Eye Moody= 3

Luna Lovegood= 4

Harry Potter= 5, 6, 7

Hagrid= 8, 11,12

Severus Snape = 9

Hermione=10

Ron= 13, 14




11 comments:

  1. First, I LOVE your header image! And second, this was a tough exercise--matching up the lines. Maybe it's too early for me!

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  2. I had difficulty matching up the the lines, but I did find it very interesting all the same,

    Have a lovely day,
    Yvonne,

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  3. LOL, I had fun trying to match those up! Very cool.

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  4. Great fun trying to match them. I only knew 2 or 3 though, but still great fun!

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  5. The philosophers stone is one of the movies on my computer so some of the quotes were not too difficult but others not so good I'm afraid.
    By the way thanks for the award, it came as a surprise and is my first, thanks. I'm a follower now just so you know. Geoff.

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  6. Fun idea for a post and I also LOVE your title image.

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  7. Tolkien was indeed the master! Fun quiz.

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  8. That was fun! I think I've read the books too much... it wasn't hard enough! LOL

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  9. The phrasing is unique. Interesting. I need to read a Harry Potter book. Love the movies.

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  10. Thank you for the Creative Blog award! I love the artwork on your site! It's very inviting!

    Monti
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