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tarvos
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 Message 1065 of 1511
15 January 2014 at 9:39pm | IP Logged 
Today was mostly Hebrew, yesterday was mostly job stuff (but managed some Korean on the
train). Maybe tomorrow I will be able to continue my march towards language fluency, in
Hebrew!

Not so much going on, in other words. I started the iTalki language challenge and I have
plenty of classes and ideas planned. It will be good. Improvement is being made.
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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1066 of 1511
16 January 2014 at 11:15pm | IP Logged 
Today I planned to study, but nothing came of it and I ended up just working and doing
other things. Among these other things was a revelatory discovery - I mentioned in
passing to someone that I used to write poetry years ago. I haven't written anything in
years. Mostly because poetry is related to mood (and mine has to be dark to write) but
also because my life changed for the better at that point. So I stopped, and I haven't
written anything of note for years now.

However, the mentioning made me trawl through the archives of my poetry document (which
I found intact). I remembered the poetry I had written, but looking through it you are
looking through a mirror which shows something or someone that should have been you,
but is not you. So I read through them and constantly had the feeling of "was this me
who wrote this? Did I do this?".

But now for the linguistic aspect - the interesting part of my poetry is that, clearly,
I must have had a deep-seated hatred against my native language at the time, because
all of the things I wrote (with one or two exceptions) are written in English (although
I used a few Latin quotations). I cannot cite the whole document to you (150 pages - I
don't believe it myself)

but I'll give you one poem I wrote that I liked:

The Way I Die

I watched the last eagle fly into the sky
spread your wings, my friend, before you fall
swerve around the cities before you hit the wall
and just before you're taken down by their guns
you'll scream: "please tell me this isn't the way I die"

or you could be on the beach tanning in the sun
maybe you'll even go for a swim in the sea tonight
don't notice the tsunami they predicted for you
don't start sprinting until the waves run you through
you'll scream: "why does this have to be the way I die?"

or maybe the bullets fly at you left and right
clad in green you fight in some deserted dry plain
with only hostility and burned down oil rigs to gain
they'll shoot at you 'cause you don't fight in God's name
make you scream: "don't let this be the way I die"

and I hope you're not 90 sitting on an old bench
stuck with diabetes arthritis and a filthy stench
they'll feed you liquids but you don't taste the mess
body too broken down to feel your children's caress
only whispering: "might this be the way I die?"

so when it's time for you to leave this rotten land
I hope you'll think of the very last words I said
maybe you'll have a fate beating some of the best
but don't think you'll be laid gracefully to rest
burning you'll howl "Why can't I decide the way I die?"
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Via Diva
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 Message 1067 of 1511
17 January 2014 at 4:07am | IP Logged 
You haven't told me that there are 150 pages, hehe.
Speaking of poem, one can cry after that. Stunning.
I don't have the actual hate towards my native language, but I wish I could use English that... somewhat artistically someday. Though I'm more of prose-writing person.
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 Message 1068 of 1511
17 January 2014 at 6:52am | IP Logged 
That's a beautiful poem! I wish I could write poetry like that.
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tarvos
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 Message 1069 of 1511
18 January 2014 at 10:21pm | IP Logged 
Thank you!

Lately I have managed to get through quite a bit of Hebrew, and spoken fair amounts of
Russian, and also read some Korean sentences - but fairly little else. I'm getting lazy :
(
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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1070 of 1511
19 January 2014 at 3:19pm | IP Logged 
Today I did the damnedest of things - I wrote an application letter in Russian. That is
the first time I did something like this, so I enlisted someone to help me correct my
Russian, but I wrote it nonetheless. Anyways, the position I applied to is in
Novosibirsk, so if I get that then Siberia it is!

(And I prefer Siberia to Moscow so I'd be totally okay with that).

Now time for some Hebrew.
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tarvos
Super Polyglot
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Joined 2817 days ago

5310 posts - 9398 votes 
Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1071 of 1511
20 January 2014 at 2:11pm | IP Logged 
Jag har nu också spelat in ett inlägg på svenska. Jag har blivit inspirerad av folk här
som studerar danska - vilket är rätt jobbigt för mig att förstå, särskilt eftersom jag är
utlänning - men vad vet jag verkligen om det?

I alla fall:

http://vocaroo.com/i/s04NZQJ6dsKv
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renaissancemedi
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 Message 1072 of 1511
22 January 2014 at 9:02am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
Thank you!

Lately I have managed to get through quite a bit of Hebrew, and spoken fair amounts of
Russian, and also read some Korean sentences - but fairly little else. I'm getting lazy :
(


How on earth did you get to remember all the hebrew letters and how long did it take you?
I mean to really, automatically recognize and use them.


Sorry, I got a bit frustrated. I am starting with Hebrew and you seem to be the only other member studying it.



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