FEATURE: Juggling a cacophony of tongues, UN interpreters avert linguistic disaster

There are 10 comments on the United Nations story from Oct 18, 2013, titled FEATURE: Juggling a cacophony of tongues, UN interpreters avert linguistic disaster. In it, United Nations reports that:

Highly skilled interpreters perform a vital service at UN meetings, where delegates come together to present their views in one of the six official languages or in their own tongue.

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Bronzilla

Thessaloníki, Greece

#1 Oct 19, 2013
"As Mr. Fahr took up the story:“Once, I think in the General Assembly, somebody was speaking at an incredible speed and one of the things he said was the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the interpreter, pressed for time, just said Macedonia.

“Greece was up in arms, very, very angry, and I just literally ran to the General Assembly hall and I sat behind the representative of Greece and I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "

"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "

"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "

"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "

"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "

"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "

"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
The Ovchar

Toronto, Canada

#2 Oct 19, 2013
Greece crys like a baby and required a huge pacifier...

Get over it Greece...you will be dragged kicking and screaming towards a civil society...

The natural and unforced use of Macedonia and Macedonians to describe us cannot be stopped and replaced by an awkward acronym.

Natural Macedonia and Macedonians ...forever.
Bronzilla wrote:
"As Mr. Fahr took up the story:“Once, I think in the General Assembly, somebody was speaking at an incredible speed and one of the things he said was the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the interpreter, pressed for time, just said Macedonia.
“Greece was up in arms, very, very angry, and I just literally ran to the General Assembly hall and I sat behind the representative of Greece and I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
"I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake. "
Kop

Dunstable, UK

#3 Oct 19, 2013
The Ovchar wrote:
Greece crys like a baby and required a huge pacifier...
Get over it Greece...you will be dragged kicking and screaming towards a civil society...
The natural and unforced use of Macedonia and Macedonians to describe us cannot be stopped and replaced by an awkward acronym.
Natural Macedonia and Macedonians ...forever.
<quoted text>
when was there a time they didn't cry

“Makedonia Vergina Sun”

Since: Jun 08

Thessaloniki

#4 Oct 19, 2013
Kop wrote:
<quoted text>
when was there a time they didn't cry
Im not crying, never did, my family is not crying, my relatives are not crying, my friends are not crying, why should we? We are proud Greek Macedonians.

Are you sure you're not looking at yourself in the mirror when you talk about crying?
The Ovchar

Toronto, Canada

#5 Oct 20, 2013
In your world the baby that cries the loudest gets the milk...

Whaaaah Whaaaah Whaaah!

Like a spoiled child this Grease nation is.

My family is directly from Aegean Macedonia under greek occupation and we don't appreciate these squatter asia minor refugees calling themselves Greek Macedonians...unless of course they have married local stock and have had offspring...who of course would be exempted from that rule.

EDEN DEN E SEGA

Macedonians retain their dignity by not crying the loudest as it is just not our way.

Greeks on the other hand will cry at the drop of a pin.

You know what I am talking about.
entatiki wrote:
<quoted text>
Im not crying, never did, my family is not crying, my relatives are not crying, my friends are not crying, why should we? We are proud Greek Macedonians.
Are you sure you're not looking at yourself in the mirror when you talk about crying?
CANADEZOS

Scarborough, Canada

#6 Oct 20, 2013
The Ovchar wrote:
Greece crys like a baby and required a huge pacifier...
Get over it Greece...you will be dragged kicking and screaming towards a civil society...
The natural and unforced use of Macedonia and Macedonians to describe us cannot be stopped and replaced by an awkward acronym.
Natural Macedonia and Macedonians ...forever.
<quoted text>
TO EVERY ACTION THERE IS AN EQUAL FORCE OF REACTION!GYFTOVULGARE==> >AS GREECE IS AROUND YOU WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO MONOPOLIZE & MISAPPROPRIATE THE UNDISPUTED HELLENIC NAME OF MACEDONIA TO IDENTIFY YOUR SLAVOBULGARIAN IDENTITY OF SLAVIC ORIGIN!WITH THE INTENT TO IMPOSE TERRITORIAL CLAIMS ON HELLENIC SOIL!
The Ovchar

Toronto, Canada

#7 Oct 20, 2013
You just remember that...

Karma is the REACTION and your Greece is only starting to feel the REACTION to the treachery perpetrated against the Macedonians by Greeks this past century.

We survive to tell the story...

You just remember that...
CANADEZOS wrote:
<quoted text>TO EVERY ACTION THERE IS AN EQUAL FORCE OF REACTION!GYFTOVULGARE==> >AS GREECE IS AROUND YOU WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO MONOPOLIZE & MISAPPROPRIATE THE UNDISPUTED HELLENIC NAME OF MACEDONIA TO IDENTIFY YOUR SLAVOBULGARIAN IDENTITY OF SLAVIC ORIGIN!WITH THE INTENT TO IMPOSE TERRITORIAL CLAIMS ON HELLENIC SOIL!
kop

Dunstable, UK

#8 Oct 20, 2013
entatiki wrote:
<quoted text>
Im not crying, never did, my family is not crying, my relatives are not crying, my friends are not crying, why should we? We are proud Greek Macedonians.
Are you sure you're not looking at yourself in the mirror when you talk about crying?
not only you aren't greek but you aren't also macedonians, you should range the name to northern greece because thats what it is, you can't even afford a mirror, you are waiting from germans to bring you one
CANADEZOS

Scarborough, Canada

#9 Oct 20, 2013
The Ovchar wrote:
You just remember that...
Karma is the REACTION and your Greece is only starting to feel the REACTION to the treachery perpetrated against the Macedonians by Greeks this past century.
We survive to tell the story...
You just remember that...
<quoted text>
GYFTOBULGARIAN LYIN BASTARD==>>YOU SURVIVED TO BE HUMILIATED&DISGRACED BEFORE THE WORLD==>>SOON YOU WILL BE RENAMED!WHERE ALL YOUR YUGOCOMMIE LIES WILL BE EXPOSED&DIGRACED BEFORE THE WORLD!!AGAIN AND AGAIN!

“Makedonia Vergina Sun”

Since: Jun 08

Thessaloniki

#10 Oct 21, 2013
kop wrote:
<quoted text>
not only you aren't greek but you aren't also macedonians, you should range the name to northern greece because thats what it is, you can't even afford a mirror, you are waiting from germans to bring you one
Hi Kop,

Glad you are participating in this enlightening and intelligent conversation. Since I don't have a mirror please post your face so we can all see and wish what we would like to look like. I'm sure your proud face will not disappoint us.

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