> Listen, I'm all for multiculturalism (in spite of being a so-called melting
> pot American, I speak another language fluently and can sort of read and
I'm with you here. Last month I coordinated the involvement of
the Scottish Clans in Nova Scotia at G-7 Summit site, Odyssey 21 -=- that
sounds impressive, but it's not so much that, but the purpose and the
results of this site, which was none other than the annual Multicultural
Festival, called Celebration '95. Clan MacKay has been representing the
Scots <mostly Highland Clans> since the early 1980s at this annual event,
and in latter years have been joined by others.
There are many who feel that it is at this multicultural event
that we find the people eager to learn of whatever Scottish heritage they
might have. Those going to the Highland Games and Festivals tend to
already know it, and are busy being very proud of it in detail. Also,
the Highland Festivals and Games attract parents and friends of
competitors, tourists and very few else.
But I digress a tad.
> those who may be upset if a translation is not provided. So, before any
> further disparaging remarks are made about mono-lingual people, please bear
> in mind that the opportunity or the ability to speak another language isn't
> granted to everyone. A courtesy of a translation would be nice, and for
> those who like to take a stab at reading a post in a language they aren't so
> familiar with, well, don't read the translation.
Excellent! One qualifying point to this, would to put the
English translation at the very end of the post....down below any
signature blocks we may be flying....so that nothing is seen but the
<usually> Gaelic text .... only if a person wants an English translation,
does s/he take the trouble to scroll down and read it.
It would be best to resist the temptation to read the English
translation right away, and so provide a comfortable challenge to those
of us who might wish to pit our wisdom and wit against the puzzle another
language always provides.
My $0.02 worth!
Caid Mille Failte! from Halifax, Nova Scotia
Janet MacKay -=- <*> -=- [log in to unmask]
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