problem is the eastern languages are full with metaphors. sort of like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58_xp8dGy5Q
asian are a bunch of dangerous buggers. can't trust 'em. one moment you ordered mu shu pork, the next moment to got mu gu gai pan or worst, poo poo plater! *urinating dog urinating dog*
turtles are not physics; elephants are.
*sorry for folks who aren't terry pratchett fan*
As we can see in the STNG ep, metaphorical communication is very inefficient, requires an initially concrete, descriptive, objective vocabulary, and demands rather tightly shared experience. Not good for transmitting new information.