Woof, Woof! Lost in translation

March 16th, 2011 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 16 (IANS) Henri, a black Labrador in Britain, stands still when any command is given in English and responds only to French. His owner said: “I get some very strange looks when I put on this French accent. People think I’m just being pretentious.”

Henri, 4, lives in Yorkshire with his English owner, but he was born and raised in France - and is having trouble learning a new language.

Henri’s master, Craig Burton, has to give instructions in French as English commands get lost in translation.

That’s not the end of the problem.

Henri ignores commands in French unless they are delivered in an accurate accent.

“When we are out on a walk I get some very strange looks when I put on this French accent and talk to Henri.

“People think I’m just being pretentious,” Daily Mail quoted Burton as saying.

“He (Henri) was brought up and taught in France so obviously everyone spoke to him in French, and he simply doesn’t understand commands or anything in English. If you tell him to do anything in English he just stares back blankly and doesn’t move.”

Once when Burton left Henri with his father “there were lots of problems”.

“Henri didn’t understand my dad, who is a Yorkshireman, trying to speak French to him so it was quite frustrating for my dad. The dog just completely ignored him, as he does when anyone speaks English to him. I think they were both relieved when I got back.”

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