Will you tell us a joke?
Sure. I’m not the kind of person who would tell loads of jokes from the top of my brain but Zofijka is, and here is one she told me today:
Two guys are waiting for a bus at the station. A foreigner comes and asks a question in English. No response. He tries German… No response. French… No response. Spanish… The same. One guy says to the other: “See? Maybe we should start learning languages”. “Why? He knows four, and doesn’t have anything out of it”.
Your turn. 🙂
What are you most proud of yourself for?
Honestly I’m not proud of myself particularly often, it’s a bit of a weird feeling to me, but I’m trying to be more often, even if I’m just forcing myself to feel it because I think I normally should. If I do more or less genuinely, it’s usually because of my linguistic achievements. Like the one I’ve posted earlier today, in one of my song of the day posts, when I was able to understand a larger portion of spoken Norwegian for the first time. I’m proud of myself for learning English mostly on my own, of course I’ve had it at schools for years but I’ve only really learnt it when I started teaching myself, schools are rubbish at languages, and I’m proud of how quickly and how far I’ve gone with it, though I have a feeling like it’s not exactly something that I’ve achieved thanks to myself – my level of fluency, that is, and the pace of my English learning. – I mean of course as a Christian my way of thinking always is that we should be thankful to God for our talents and that without Him we wouldn’t be able to do anything, and of course I wouldn’t achieve quite as much if not all my pen pals and other online friends and such, because it’s the contact with the living language that matters, but I feel like I’ve got more than just an ear for languages. When I look back at my English journey, it feels like a miracle, because of how quickly and unefortlessly it happened that suddenly I was able to think in English with no problem, in some instances that comes to me even easier than in Polish, or without realising it instantly that I’m thinking in English, and suddenly I’ve got quite an English accent that a lot of Polish folks say is British. You’ll hear so many stories of people – whether linguistically gifted or not so much, but still trying to learn a language – putting so much hard work into their learning, or at least having some fancy methods that work for them or that don’t work. Neither was true in my case. It was similar with Swedish as well, though only to some point, I still don’t consider myself fluent in Swedish though my Swedish is good and definitely comunicative. I wonder why Welsh is such a slippery slope then. I’m not used to that hahaha but I mostly like it, I’ve got something to occupy my brain with. Oh gosh! I nearly forgot! I have a news for you people! Does anyone remember my “Reasons Why I’m Learning Welsh” post? One of my reasons was that I wanted to learn to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch properly and by heart, just for fun and for quirkiness’ sake (Llanfair Pg is a small town in north Wales). For a long time I was only able to read it fluently, which was still a huge thing for people who knew it, but not for me, because after all I knew Welsh phonetics and then it’s easy to read pretty much anything in Welsh. But, just today, I came across Llanfair PG somewhere and tried to say it just from my head without looking at it and… I just got it right. I did it once again and I got it right, and then I looked it up online to make sure I really got it right, and I did! now I can say it. There is such a Polish website called Nonsensopedia, aka encyclopaedia of humour, and they say something like even if you poop your pants here and now, you won’t say it. I’m not sure what has pooping to do with that but I assure you I didn’t poop while saying that. 😀 Isn’t that a reason to be proud of? I’m not a Welsh native and I said Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch about 5 times today and didn’t poop. Yay me! 😀 And stupid Nonsensopedia, maybe the person who wrote that article just had diarrhea, and thus really lacked sense of humour! I just wonder why it took me that long, but I guess if I really did work hard on it I could nail it much earlier. I like it though how spontaneously it came. So typical of my brain. 😀 Now I guess I need a new Welsh goal in place of that.
How about you? 🙂
What’s the greatest trip you ever took?
That would be my week long trip to Stockholm. I’ve written about it many times so I won’t again, but that was simply wonderful, albeit very challenging and extremely emotionally exhausting.
What are your plans for today?
It’s 6 PM already here, and, especially that today I’ve been awake since before 7 AM, I’m not having much planned for the rest of the day. I am hoping to catch up with all my overdue blog posts, eat something, have a shower, go to bed, and do some Welsh before sleep. If I’ll find the time maybe I’ll pop in to Dreamland for a little while with some good music, and I’ll probably spend another little while with Zofijka before she goes to sleep.
How about you? 🙂
If you could design a city or the place where you live, what would you create?
I don’t think I’d change much. Perhaps I’d make sure there is free Internet across our town, create more local shops, and some restaurant. There are a few restaurants but I think there could be something more sophisticated but also with good food. We have one place very close to us, it is a pizzeria and they have loads of good food, and then there is another one that is in hotel, it is incredibly luxurious and rather expensive, but the food only looks good and tastes rather bland. I’d like to have an international food shop here, we used to have foodtrucks coming to us regularly but now it’s not as often. My Mum says there’s a big need for a good confectionery. We have a family park here, and I’d invest more in it, and I think it would be nice if the confectionery was there. Also I’d try to make the town more accessible for people with all sorts of disabilities. It’s hard, because sometimes when you want to make something accessible for example for wheelchair users, like lower curbs, it becomes more difficult for the blind who walk with white canes and need them to orientate, and vice versa. But I’d just try as much as possible to make it friendly for all disabled people, and despite our town isn’t very big, we have quite a lot of them.
How about you? 🙂
Hi guys. 🙂
My question for you today is more of a fill-in, actually.
In the event of a storm we should always…
…make sure we have something, or someone, that will help keep us sane and won’t let the storm hit us too hard. Or if the storm does hit, it’ll give us at least a little bit of stability that we can keep in our lives.
What do you think? 🙂
Hi people. 🙂
My question for you today is:
Where have you been?
I’ve been to Dreamland last night, finally. It wasn’t a very restful night for some reason but I did get some sleep and am not a Zombie anymore.
I’ve been living here where I live for almost 4 years now. Unbelievable! And what is more unbelievable when I look back at it is how quickly I adapted to living in this house. I’m very happy that I no longer live on the same backyard with my Mum’s family, and that we live in such a lovely place. In a town, where everywhere is near and you’re anonymous, but almost like in the countryside – on the outskirts and a lot of people are actually farming here so it doesn’t feel like a real town, not in our area of it anyway. –
I’ve been to four foreign countries in my life, not that many I guess. Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech and Sweden. All apart from Sweden were only day trips, but I enjoyed staying in all of those.
I’ve been to loads of wonderful and scary places in my brain world, and I’m sure there are still many that I haven’t discovered yet.
How about you? 🙂 Feel free to answer this question in whatever way you like. 🙂