04 tpl 16-2.qxd
lmost everyone has heard the hymn, “Amazing Grace”: “Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! For I was lost, but now am found, Was blind but now I see.” Translated into Choctaw: Shilombish Holitoba ma! Ish minti pulla cha, Hatak ilbusha pia ha Ish pi yukpalashki. Translated from Choctaw back to English: My Holy Spirit! Thou must come, We are suffering men. Bring us joy. This exercise illustrates the difficulty of actualll communicating strange ideas to or from people who...