Friday, February 4, 2011

Lost in Translation: A Poem in Nepali

 In Patricia McCormick's Sold, the main character, Lakshmi, learns to speak and understand a few key phrases in English.  It is this knowledge that helps her to escape from her life as a sex slave in India. For today's poem, we are going to incorporate some phrases in Lakshmi's native Nepali with those in English.

Basically, the vision of this poem is that it could serve as a little message from Lakshmi to someone who could help her. Using basic Nepali language, write an 11 line poem where Lakshmi tells the reader that she's in danger and that she needs help.

Format:

Line #1: Nepali phrase
Line #2: English translation of the Nepali phrase

Line #3: Nepali phrase
Line #4: English translation of the Nepali phrase

Line #5: Nepali phrase
Line #6: English translation of the Nepali phrase

Line #7: Nepali phrase
Line #8: English translation of the Nepali phrase

Line #9: Nepali phrase
Line #10: English translation of the Nepali phrase

Line #11: Line in English (What she really wants to say but can't with her limited understanding of English)

Please type your poem in a Pages document and send it to me this period. I will be conferencing with you over your Words, Words, Words common assessment papers during this time.

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