"The urn of language is so fragile. It crumbles and immediately you blow into the dust of words which are the cinder itself. And if you entrust it to paper, it is all the better to inflame you with, my dear, you will eat yourself up immediately."
Jacques Derrida, Cinders (via heteroglossia)
TED-Ed explores how languages change and evolve. Pair with the animated history of the English language and the somewhat scandalous story of how Darwin revolutionized our understanding of why language exists.
(via Open Culture)
in french we don’t say “i love you”, we say “vous recevez une heure supplémentaire dans la piscine à balles” which roughly translates to “you are my sun, my stars, my everything” and i think that’s beautiful
So many ‘in French we don’t say’ posts and I LOVE THEM ALL
bad-puns-are-cool said: Kummerspeck is also the extra rolls of fat you get after eating too much comfort food ;) x
See, I love that they have a name for that, that’s so cool (: x
supercrazypurplegirl said: 11, 15
11) Favourite word in your target language?
Trying out Irish with Duolingo and I like pronouncing the word for water:
German: Kummerspeck = sorrow bacon
(Comfort food) because ‘sorrow bacon’ is pure poetry.
15) Have you ever tried to listen in on conversations?
Only like, always. (-: I went down to a London for a job open day once, and sat in the park listening to all the tourists’ conversations in different languages. Wish I was in London..
Just got into the Level 2 class for BSL, and it’s really hard not to watch conversations to see if I can recognise any signs.
It is probably rude to listen in to any conversations, but perhaps if I had a super power it would be the super discreet ability to Listen In On Conversations In Other Languages.
How about you?
Thanks for taking the time to ask, have a great day for the rest of it (: