"I felt like I was fluent in that language, but then I watched a foreign film without subtitles and realized I am not fucking fluent in that language”: an autobiography
ugggh this is the worst feeling everrr
This has been my week, except insert “translate grant proposal involving algorithm design, experimental cancer therapies, and medical equipment into foreign language.” Whenever I feel like I’m almost fluent, it’s like Lucy yanks the football away.
What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide
Some Ukrainians insist the show is funnier when dubbed in Ukrainian rather than Russian. In the recent crisis in Ukraine, much has been made of the country’s language divide.
reading a foreign language: yeah
writing in a foreign language: ok
listening to a foreign language: wait
speaking in a foreign language: fuck
(Source: donkos, via anotherdamnpolyglot)
how to achieve fluency in any language: reset your definition for fluency to a simple description of how your language skills are now. only know the words for ‘yes’ and ‘no’? that’s good enough. time to tell everyone who asks that, yes, you are fluent in Gujarati
I’m fluent in binary.
woah what. what interesting looking rabbits?
yeah my parents wanted to give me another name - rozálie (which I think is cute) but it wasn’t allowed back then
Wait, (probably obvious answer/ dumb question) why weren’t your parents allowed to name you whatever they wanted…?
I’ve heard that in the past, there was a requirement that children had to have “real” Czech names from a list unless the parents could provide a compelling reason (e.g. one of the parents was a foreigner) for an exception.
Laskyjedneplavovlasky and I both have stories of telling some Czech person our name and having them go, “Nope, that’s not a name, what’s your real name?”
But also, that is basically my little sister’s name, and she’s about your age, and she got a lot of shit for it from Twilight fans when that came out (apparently it’s the name of a vampire character?)
“In 2009, an exhaustive study published by sociologists at Princeton Uinversity found that when measured on an all-things-being-equal basis, Asian Americans were required to score at least 140 points higher than whites on standardized tests, in order to qualify for admission into top universities.”
— Discrimination against the Chinese in America (via miumiumiao)
(Source: chinesewomenunited, via baseln)