233 folks came to the blog yesterday from Google Sweden. What does this mean? I don’t rightly know. But as a linguist, I am going to try a little experiment. I am moseying over to Google Sweden. My first observation, it is interesting that they are featuring Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) on the masthead here, but not on the English version:
I’ll head over to the News section. Hmm, trying to remember which button was the News button on the English Google, I click on Nyheter. (A quick check on Google Translate tells me I got lucky.)
Okay, I see this article Rebellgrupper i Mali kan falla på eget grepp. Hmm, this piece is about a rebel group in Mali. I’ve done enough stories on jihadis. What else we got?
Bomb vid shiamoské dödade 45. Okay, let’s do this. A bomb at a Shia mosque kills 45? I think that is a probably a good gist. (I don’t speak Swedish, but I think that is pretty straightforward. I’ll head over to Google translate to check my gist. Yup, got it. Not that that was challenging.) And although I just decried any articles on jihadis, it seems that jihadis are in my future. (It is strange, no, that the only two Swedish articles I pull up are both on testy rebels? I’ll bet I was searching in the jihad section.) The article is from a place called Aftonbladet:
The Aftonbladet kind of reminds of the Sun. It has the same sort of look. Let’s get into the article:
Bomb vid shiamoské dödade 45
KARACHI. En misstänkt självmordsbombare attackerade shiamuslimer när de var på väg att lämna en moské i Karachi på söndagen. Minst 45 av dem miste livet.
– Det var en kraftig explosion i ett tättbefolkat shiadominerat område, sade polisbefälet Shabir Ahmad Sheikh.
Enligt polisen dödades minst 45 personer och ytterligare 149 skadades. Polisen misstänker att militanta sunnimuslimer låg bakom dådet. Om det stämmer är det i så fall ytterligare ett tecken på att religiöst betingade attacker ökar.
Okay, let’s try to gist this thing. We already have the title, right? A bomb at a Shia mosque kills 45. Pretty easy. Let’s get into it. Karachi. Easy. A suicide bomber attacked a shia mosque near Karachi and 45 people lost their lives. The explosion occurred in the Shia dominant area, overseen by Shabir Ahmad Sheikh. 45 dead with 149 injured. The people mistook the attackers for Sunni Muslims. (This does not make sense. Perhaps, the police identified the attackers as Sunnis?) And the attacks are part of a pattern of religious attacks in the area.
Let me plug it into Google Translate and see how I did. Here it goes:
Bomb in Shiite mosque killed 45
KARACHI. A suspected suicide bomber attacked Shiite Muslims when they were about to leave a mosque in Karachi on Sunday. At least 45 of them lost their lives.
– It was a powerful explosion in a densely populated Shiite-dominated area, said police officer Shabir Ahmad Sheikh.
Police said at least 45 people were killed and another 149 injured. Police suspect that militant Sunnis were behind the attack. If it is true, it is so, yet another sign that sectarian attacks increases.
Got some, missed some. See, the life of an ex-linguist is an exciting one. I used to work for a Senior Chief who would go in and take all sorts of language tests on languages he did not know. Like Icelandic. And, while he never passed, he could at least score in the advanced beginner category. After all, language is nothing but code, right? Maybe I’ll take the Svensk test next.