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It really depends on the word/meaning you're trying to get across. If it's 'frown' why translate it when you can just frown? If it's 'contrived', why spend valuable class time trying to explain it, probably unsuccessfully, when you can just translate it? Traditionally, translation was standard, more recently some schools zealously prohibit the use of the students' first language. Common sense and intuition usually find their place somewhere in the middle. Translating all the time can become a lazy habit, while strict enforcement of non-translation can lead to frustration and lots of small lost learning opportunities.
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What a great song. I hadn't heard it for years, thanks. And I'd never noticed until now that they lifted a lyric from Graceland by Paul Simon.

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Nice video. If you're wondering about the accent it's West Country - either Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset or Bristol.

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Not a comment on content, but please - pro-NUN-ciation not pro-NOUN-ciation. Ironic given the topic. Reminds me of an-ex colleague who was always talking about his Master's thesis on pro-noun-ciation. How I wanted to correct him but never dared, so I couldn't resist when it's not face to face.

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Another shit bully presenter - why do US shows have to have so many of them? Is it to keep it tense, kind of host-trolling? The only one who seems to think there is nothing bigger than himself is Hannity.

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How is that not a profile match? They look very similar. Why would you say 'But he did not look like the umbrella man', when he did?
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But if it were canned laughter, which apparently it isn't, would you like it? Secondly, is there an easy way to differentiate between canned laughter and audience laughter on a video which represents people in places which obviously have no audiences?

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Think I lived in that country once. Is it still the same?

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Trying to get in on a fake passport - ooh, that's naughty; lying to an immigration official - ooh, it's getting serious now; giving an obviously false date of birth - listen, we are a serious border agency doing a serious job and we are here to make a difference. Now, would you like asylum? How's about a nice little London flat while we send someone round to talk to you? OK, see you in two weeks then. 

Why even bother checking the passport? Should have just waved him through without any checks at all, the result would have been exactly the same. People really get paid for this?

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Why would Britain want to bring down 'socialism' in Venezuela if it in fact it is less socialist that neo-con Britain? Do they have universal health care, universal unemployment benefit and universal child benefit in Venezuela after all these years of a 'socialist' government? I think not.

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What an obnoxious, arrogant, abrasive bully. I suspect there is an inverse relation between the volume of his horrible voice and his IQ. Hitchens just wanted to be able to participate but this joe guy had oviously already decided that that wasn't going to happen, so is totally rude to him, treats him with an utter lack of respect and then tries to make out that Hitchens was rude and so is "sorry that we had to see that". Well, I'm sorry that we had to see that too. Fire him!

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In fact he does look like the 'umbrella man'. Did you look at the photos you posted?
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