English as She Is Spoke: Being a Comprehensive Phrasebook of the English Language, Written by Men to Whom English was Entirely Unknown (Collins Library)
Publish Date: 2004-06-20
Author: Jos da Fonseca;Pedro Carolino
In 1855, when Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino wrote an English phrasebook for Portuguese students, they faced just one problem: they didn't know any English. Even worse, they didn't own an English-to-Portuguese dictionary. What they did have, though, was a Portuguese-to-French dictionary, and a French-to-English dictionary. The linguistic train wreck that ensued is a classic of unintentional humor, now revived in the first newly selected edition in a century. Armed with Fonseca and Carolino's guide, a Portuguese traveler can insult a barber ( What news tell me? All hairs dresser are newsmonger ), complain about the orchestra ( It is a noise which to cleve the head ), go hunting ( let aim it! let make fire him ), and consult a handy selection of truly mystifying Idiotisms and Proverbs.