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English to Danish


Finalists:2

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The problem of being awkward with introductions is not, for many, an “unusual situation.” You may find that you are often uncertain about whether to introduce someone using their first name, last name, or both; about whether to use a qualifier (“this is my friend, ______”); even about whether or not it is in fact your responsibility to introduce two people in a given situation. But all of this is small potatoes compared with the seemingly inevitable mingling nightmare of having to introduce someone whose name you have forgotten.

It’s one thing to forget someone’s name if you’ve met them only once or twice, or if you haven’t seen them in a while. But all too often it’s someone whose name you really should know, and who is going to be insulted to find out you don’t. In other words, a faux pas in the making.

This is absolute agony when it happens, and I’ve watched hundreds of minglers try to deal with different ways, ranging from exuberant apology (“Oh GOD, I’m so sorry, JEEZ, wow, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten your name!”) to throwing up their hands and walking away. But there are better ways to deal with this kind of mental slip. Next time you draw a blank while making introductions, try the following ploy:

Force them to introduce themselves. This is the smoothest and most effective way to handle your memory lapse. When it’s done well, no one will ever suspect you. If you have forgotten one person’s name in the group, turn to that person first and smile. Then turn invitingly to a person whose name you do remember and say, “This is Linden Bond,” turning back casually toward the forgotten person. The person whose name you haven’t mentioned yet will automatically (it’s a reflex) say “Nice to meet you, Linden, I’m Sylvia Cooper,” and usually offer a hand to shake.


Entry #788 - Points: 0
Marianne Dahl
Problemet med at være lidt akavet, når man skal introducere andre, er for mange en "ikke ukendt situation." Man oplever ofte, at man er usikker på, om man skal introducere en anden ved at bruge deres fornavn, efternavn eller begge dele; eller om man skal bruge en lille indledning (“Det er min ven, ______”); også selvom det faktisk ikke er dit ansvar at introducere to personer i en given situation. Men det er ingenting i forhold til det mareridt det er, når man ved et selskab skal introducere Show full text

Entry #1217 - Points: 0
PCovs
At have det svært med introduktioner er for mange ikke "usædvanligt".
Man er måske ofte usikker på, om man skal bruge personens fornavn, efternavn eller begge dele; om man skal tilføje noget ("det er min ven, ______"); endda om det rent faktisk er ens ansvar at introducere to mennesker for hinanden i en given situation. Men det er alt sammen vand i forhold til det mareridt, der tilsyneladende er uundgåeligt: at skulle introducere en person, hvis navn man har glemt.

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Hilde Granlund
Synd det var så få skandinaviske bidrag. Vil gjerne gi en liten stjerne i boka til denne oversettelsen, som jeg synes var best av de to danske. Ingen av dem er dårlige, men denne ligger nærmest originalen, syns jeg - likevel uten at den virker påfallende "oversatt".
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