Results 1 to 7 of 7
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: May 2007
    • Posts: 78
    #1

    "play someone"

    Hi,
    I was wondering if you'd nicely help to understand the meaning of the bloded part of this quote:

    My professor would say that in America there's this sort of racism against Asians where they say, "Oh, you know, they all look alike." Yet that's actually proved beneficial because you can play someone who's Japanese, as you do in Memoirs of a Geisha.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #2

    Re: "play someone"

    Acting.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: May 2007
    • Posts: 78
    #3

    Re: "play someone"

    Thank you but I still don't get the meaning of the sentence

  1. Roman55's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Feb 2014
    • Posts: 2,310
    #4

    Re: "play someone"

    I am not a teacher.


    It means that if you're not Japanese, it doesn't matter! You can still play/act the part of a Japanese because 'they all look alike', so no-one will be able to tell the difference.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #5

    Re: "play someone"

    Presumably the person is some other type of (East) Asian. But the "typical" American would not really notice that a Korean, for example, was playing Japanese.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: May 2007
    • Posts: 78
    #6

    Re: "play someone"

    Thank you!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,499
    #7

    Re: "play someone"

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] Does "Basketball is the sport I most often play" sound right?
    By azhu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 18-May-2014, 10:32
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-Oct-2013, 08:01
  3. "I'll be Anton the Man" from The Good Doctor (play)
    By eclaire1004 in forum Text Analysis and Statistics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-Jul-2013, 18:14
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-Jun-2013, 16:52
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Apr-2009, 17:56

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •