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Sorry "google translate" people, I agree with #66. @#39 There are languages that use other symbols than the english language, so #39, not all keyboards have the bloody language on it, so translating it is going to be a tough one..

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Well, use google translate on things that have English characters. If op's parents decide to write in Arabic then op should just ask them or take the grounding.

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Google translate recognizes things like n for ñ and stuff. Unless OP's parents write in Arabic or some shit, he/she should be fine. Most if not all European languages use more or less the same characters.

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Doesn't Microsoft Office (and equivalents) have letters from multiple languages under their symbol function? Which should get the OP the Greek and Russian alphabets, and letters with accents. There's also some Arabic symbols on there, but I don't know how accurate they are or anything as I don't know Arabic. So the OP could try copying and pasting, don't know how well it would work, and I don't know about any Chinese or Japanese symbols, but it's just a thought. Though it would probably be better in the long run for the OP to confront their parents in a relatively sensible way about it. Otherwise this might just get worse.

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There are enough languages with Latin alphabets. Other languages, you can look up a picture on Images for their alphabets, type in equivalent words in Latin characters (example, agape), and then Google Translate will say "Did You Mean: (αγαπη)". Like a charm.

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It is good to be multi-lingual, but in Europe the countries are so small that it would almost be a necesity to learn their language. In the USA almost everyone speaks english so there is not much need to learn a new language

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Plus the American education system is crap. I took Spanish for over 10 years (induing college) and can barely speak it. And that's a very common story for most people I've ever met (in the US)

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Ya no offense 67 but over ten years and you couldn't learn one language? That doesn't seem very realistic and one instance doesn't prove that the whole educational system in America is screwed up. And in this instance is say it was you who has the learning disability, again no offense meant.

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The problem is that most people don't get taught using immersion (not water boarding), so they end up talking to other kids who are learning the language instead of native speakers. When I was talking spanish, our teacher would only teach Castillian(?) Spanish, while the neighborhood had Cubans and Puerto Ricans. Of course, the neighborhoods were isolated and didn't interact much.

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OP is Australian. Please note the little details before jumping to conclusions? Also I pressed YDI for this one because it seems to me that there's a discrepancy between the OP's lack of interest in learning a new language, especially in am environment where both his parents seem to be language and foreign culture enthusiasts. That's just me though...it was probably unfair. It just seems like a bit of waste to me.

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PHASE 1: Say, "the winner is the one that writes in a language so obscure I can't translate it and do my chores." PHASE 2: Behind their back, go to a linguist expert and find what language they're in, and translate them. Or talk to as many people as you can so they can translate it. PHASE 3: Do all your chores perfectly for a few days. If you don't have access to perfect translation, screw up the amount of chores equally. I'l leave you to figure out how to do this. It ain't hard. PHASE 4: After those few days, go to one of your parents. Offer to pretend not to understand anything they wrote, thereby proving them the cultured one, for 20 dollars and mitigation of all punishment resulted. After a few hours, go to the other parent. Say the same thing. Pocket the cash. PHASE 5:The next day, screw up all your chores but one for each parent. Flip a coin. Heads for mom, tails for dad. This decides whose chore you screw up, therefore making them win, and simultaneously leaving you with no guilt. Announce the parent that "won". OUTCOMES: 1: Losing parent calls you a traitor in front of the other. Now you explain why they called you a traitor, and tell the snitch parent: "Look at you. Paying 20 dollars over a silly argument that you used me as a guinea pig for. It's a good thing you lost, maybe you learned something." Walk away as you wink at the other parent, implying "If you so much as threaten to ground me, I'll spoil this victory for you." You pocket 40 bucks, or 20 if the snitch keeps complaining. 2. Losing parent calls you a traitor in private. Say, "You let me keep the cash, or I'll tell mom/dad that you tried to cheat. You deserve this for using me as a pawn in your stupid argument." You pocket 40 bucks. 3. No one says anything to you. Pocket 40 bucks. If the losing parent complains, refer to outcome 2.

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...Seriously? There's a fucking rule on how long a comment has to be? Jeez, no wonder the internet gets a bad rap for lowering people's attention spans. However, on a more serious note, if you don't have the intelligence/patience/attention span/whatever to read a long comment, just move on to one that's more on your level (be it mind set/intelligence/humour etc).

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Regardless of the length of the comment, I think at most 2 Phases would've been enough. Phase 1: Say, "The winner is the one that writes me chores in a language so obscure I can't translate it and do my chores." Phase 2: Find a way to translate at least one and declare the other the winner. Or just tell them you're defeated and they both one. 14's convoluted plan was worthy of a Disney movie. I'm curious though, OP, how many languages do your parents know?!

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