Again, this week, after a bit of a break, I’m participating in Share Your World.
A class you wish you would have taken?
I wish I could take classes from all my languages. I don’t mean at college or anything, just some sort of good courses, that could be relevant to me and accessible to me as a blind person, whether online or somewhere in my area, I don’t care if individual or in a group. I am mentioning this because as much as it isn’t particularly difficult to find an accesible course online in such languages like English, Swedish, Dutch, or even Finnish if you’ll try a bit more, with the rest of my favourites you have to really try hard, be patient and inquiring, and very determined, to actually find something. I find it an absolute miracle that I’ve found that Welsh course I’m doing right now, that it is so accessible, simple and effective and with such a supportive community, and moreover, that the same people also created courses in Cornish, Manx and Dutch, so that I don’t have to look for another place, also I’ve had great friends from Wales outside from that community who helped me a lot particularly at the very beginnings. But if you think of another favourite languages of mine, like Faroese, Sami, or Frisian, or Scottish Gaelic, or Scots or Shetlandic, or Irish… uhhhh things get tougher. The consolation may be that many of the languages I love are more or less related, so maybe it won’t all be that scary, I wouldn’t like to give up just because something isn’t accessible online. So yeah, I just try to not think about that right now, maybe until I’ll start to learn them I’ll find some good place for myself, or someone eager to help with those extremely rare, extincting languages. But other than languages, I’d love to learn about Celtic and Nordic cultures, and I’d love to take classes in playing Celtic harp. And if I were sighted, I’d want to be a neurosurgeon, so anything on that topic too.
Are you scared of heights?
Yes. I used to be very very very like VERY scared of heights, now it lessened kinda on its own so it’s easier, but I still am.
Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?
Absolutely not. My cooking always ends up with a catastrophe. You rather don’t trust me with it. Last time I tried to magnanimously help my Mum make a big family dinner earlier this year, I ended up with two fingers bleeding quite massively, I mean maybe not really bad, but bad enough that you wouldn’t think I’ve just grated them accidentally instead of vegs. I have a rich history of similar and worse cases from the times when I was at the boarding school.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
Misha, writing, blogging, progress in my languages. Good session with the therapist, and that we got along and have similar opinions on me changing therapists. That I translated my previous music crush’s another poem, I’m still over the moon about that. That I had a beautiful dream the other night involving my current music crush. (God, my crushes, what I’d be without them) That we had a cool day on the beach with Mum and Zofijka. And that I’m doing fairly well emotionally and that my anxiety has lessened a bit more since that dreadful nightmare I had.
6 thoughts on “Share Your World.”
That’s awesome that yoou found such an accessible Welsh course. I would also sitll love to learn more languages. I currently speak only Dutch (first language), English, a bit of German and a tiny bit of French. May I ask, can you recommend a good online course in Swedish?
Aw that’s bad about your bleeding fingers from cooking. That thankfully never happened to me, but I cannot cook very well either.
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That’s still a lot I think, as for the languages you can speak, I’ve heard that people in the Netherlands are pretty multilingual in general, while to give you some comparison about 40 something percent of Polish people are monoglots, and our language education is pretty shitty.
As for a Swedish course, well I was learning with a teacher since the beginning, we stopped like a year ago and now I am able to communicate pretty well, so I’ve never needed any actual course myself, I was lucky to get all the resources from him, right now I’m mostly using stuff entirely in Swedish but aimed for learners to gain some new vocabulary or grammar skills or I read boks for kids or anything in Swedish actually, from newspapers to blogs, and also write with some Swedish people from time to time.
I know about various courses, but I don’t have much experience with them myself.
I’ve heard that they have a good course for beginners on learningswedish.se, also The Swedish Institute has some free course as I’ve heard. Folkuniversitetet has courses on all levels from what I’ve seen recently, I’m thinking about starting something on there to become an advanced speaker. I have some Swedish textbooks in PDF, entirely in Swedish, but very easy, and with mp3 files with them, so I can share if you’re interested.
If you plan to learn Swedish I am happy to help you with some resources or with learning itself if you’d need. 🙂
Oooh, language classes. That’s a good choice!
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I think so too. 😀
Thanks so much for sharing with us this week. 😀
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My pleasure. 🙂