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le poi spofu fonxa ku'o selkei
The following description is the game that I will call 'Broken Phone'. This
will distinguish it from 'Chinese Whispers' which works on the same
principle but is the English-only. This game allows intermediate languages
that are not English.
The initiator of the game selects a passage in English, a list of players
and the intermediate languages. The initiator translates the passage into
lojban and sends it, along with the list of players and the languages, to the
person next on the list. All subsequent players translate the passage into
the specified language and pass it along to the next player. When the
last player completes their translation we compare the outcome with the
When one receives the text: translate the passage, send to the next person on
the list, cc it to the initiator. The initiator will give a summary at the
And suggests allowing oneself about a week to do the translation.
Unfortunately, this game is more fragile than Chinese Whispers in that if one
person is unable to manage a translation the chain will be broken, but that is
the price to be paid for being on the leading edge.
I feel that having players translate into their native language, especially
if they are only learning lojban, will be much easier than attempting a
translation to English. Hence, I will leave out Klingon for the time being,
unless it is explicitly wanted (I think that going through Klingon is likely
to have some very strange effects). The task of translating non-native
language into lojban is not as taxing as the reverse process.
The players are:
Name Address Native Fluent Other
---- ------- ------ ------ -----
And email@example.com English
Goran topic@STUDENT.MATH.HR Croatian English
Don firstname.lastname@example.org English Spanish
Chris email@example.com English Spanish
Iain I.Alexander@bra0125.wins.icl.co.uk English
Jorge jorge@PHYAST.PITT.EDU Spanish English
Dylan dpt@MATH.BERKELEY.EDU English French
Ivan IAD@BGEARN.BITNET Bulgarian(?) English Russian
Cyril * Russian English
Everyone is assumed to be proficient in lojban. One's native language is the
most desirable target for translation, followed by the fluent languages. The
other languages are appropriate only as the source of translation into lojban.
I will initiate a round of Broken Phone at the start of next week, to start
things rolling, using this order:
1. Don firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Jorge jorge@PHYAST.PITT.EDU
3. Chris email@example.com
4. And topic@STUDENT.MATH.HR
5. Dylan dpt@MATH.BERKELEY.EDU
6. Cyril *
7. Ivan IAD@BGEARN.BITNET
8. Iain I.Alexander@bra0125.wins.icl.co.uk
9. Goran topic@STUDENT.MATH.HR
If there is anyone who is interested in joining the chain, just send me your
details (name; email address; native, fluent and other languages) and I will
re-post this information to the list at regular intervals.
Don Wiggins firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyril, can you send me your email address as I haven't got it anywhere.