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Gil
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I am trying to negotiate the purchase of some engine parts out of a Fiat from a seller on ebay Germany. Am struggling using babelfish. The seller does not understand English.

I desperately want to make this work out as I need this part for a 66 Abarth and the parts I need (cam and distributor) are NLA and impossible to find used.

TIA,

Gil

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That's way better than babelfish. Still some things that don't quite make sense. It also depends on how correct the German spelling is too or if there are typos.

I think the seller tried to use the word "carton" but tried to use his interpretation of it and it came out as "kartoon".

I am kinda worried he thinks I want the whole engine or maybe the friggin' vehicle!

Yup, good 'ol cashola always works. I actually offered him almost as much for the parts as he wanted for the whole vehicle (it's actually a van). I sure got a reply PDQ. And he doesn't know I'd possibly pay several times that for the parts.

Gil

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Might try contacting the Foreign Language Dept. at a local college and see if you can contact the German professor(s). I used that method to communicate with the woman who became, and continues to be for the past 33 yrs., my wife. I returned to Eugene, OR from a trip to Mexico where I'd met her.

She didn't speak any English and I spoke no español, so, I contacted the Foreign Language Dept at the University of Oregon and got a teacher who came over to my house several times and translated over the phone for me. He eventually joined me when I drove back down to Mexico and was instrumental is facilitating our early conversations.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Bob Napier

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I am trying to negotiate the purchase of some engine parts out of a Fiat from a seller on ebay Germany. Am struggling using babelfish. The seller does not understand English.

I desperately want to make this work out as I need this part for a 66 Abarth and the parts I need (cam and distributor) are NLA and impossible to find used.

TIA,

Gil

Gil, send me an email, I can help.

Dieter

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