Question of the day.

What’s one thing you absolutely want to do, given the chance, before you die?

My answer:

It’s nothing unpredictable for people who already know me. The thing I particularly want to do out of the things I want to do before I die category, is to, hopefully, learn all “my” languages to such a level that I can understand them without too much difficulty. I don’t know how realistic it’ll be, given that some of my languages are extincting, or already extincted and revived, and thus the amount of resources available to learn them is limited in comparison to, say, English, or even Swedish, and also I don’t like the idea of having a very long life. Plus there are other problems, including, but probably not limited to: because I am blind, the amount of resources shrinks even more; I live outside of the territories where these languages are spoken and with small languages like that it is a big deal, it may be difficult to find native speakers online, for example I still don’t know any Scottish Gaelic native, or a Sami one; some of them don’t have their own Braille alphabet and I do find it a lot easier when I can read and write in a language and not only listen, some don’t have good speech synths or none at all, for example there’s no Cornish speech synthesiser ’cause it doesn’t pay off for sure to make a synthesiser speaking a language that was once dead and then resurrected but still has like 500 speakers, and there are probably more things that can get in the way that I can’t think of right now. So while I don’t really know how well that will go in practice and how much of it is actually achievable and how much is just Bibiel’s lovely little dream like a lot of things have turned out to be, I’m going to do what I can do to make it work and to learn as many of them as possible. I’m doing quite well with Welsh, which is an endangered language, even though the beginnings were quite hopeless and infuriatingly frustrating, but that has been the case with every single language I was beginning to learn, so I’m taking the risk by being carefully optimistic about the rest that things will go well after some initial significant upheavals. We shouldn’t forget that technology also keeps developing so who knows, maybe those resources which aren’t accessible for me now will become later on.

You? 🙂

14 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. It seems like it’s at least within the realm of possibility that technology will get better at languages, and perhaps play an important role in language preservation.

    There isn’t anything I feel like I really want to do before I die. I did a lot of things as I went along rather than waiting to do them later on.

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  2. That is an ever-changing idea for me. I know we don’t know when we will die and we are not promised a second from this very moment, so I guess I want to make it more of a habit to remember that and live accordingly.

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  3. I always wanted to visit Ireland. It’s a nice dream, but it won’t be realized. Travel is something that’s over for me due to health issues and finances. But it would have been just grand to see ye olde sod. Even though my people come from Wales, not Ireland. 😉

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    1. I’d love to go to Ireland as well, and Wales too, but don’t really know whether that will actually ever come true. The idea of travelling to all my favourite countries is super cool but the travelling itself is very tricky for all sorts of reasons.


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