Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Off Topic

I'm really good at learning new languages for about a day, maybe two.

50 comments:

sandybrook said...

I knew French Spanish and Pig Latin not to mention Spanglish and English and Ebonics when I was younger and wanted people to like me better.

Riven said...

I took French for 4 years then switched to Japanese because I wanted a challenge.

Renoblondee said...

I'm terrible at it.

Seven of Eleven said...

But you only need one!

LERNU!

Violet said...

I got an O'level in Latin back in the day. I can recite verbatim (see what i did there?) the English translation of The Ilead. Useful.

Riven said...

Ok really I just wanted to understand why anyone would create tentacle porn. 6 years of study and I am still no closer to understanding. I mean bukkake is at least about control and power dominance, but my cultural anthropology studies provide no insight into the prevalence of tentacles.

Cleodacat said...

I was raised in Germany (military) and am a Spanish/Russian major.

MontanaMarriott said...

I am great with languages until I meet a native speaker then I get intimidated and will not say a word, lol. Then there are times I will mix up my Spanish with my Portuguese or Italian

Riven said...

@Violet Ergo, you are classically educated, yes?

Brb swooning at the Latin.

Cleodacat said...

OT, I'm spending this week at home instead of my vacay. One of my wolfhounds developed epilepsy last Thursday. So I'm spending my time monitoring her and posting with ya'll.

Seven of Eleven said...

Aw, Cleo, I'm sorry. :( Is it treatable?

WritergirlinLa said...

^ French, German, English and Latin.

Violet said...

@Riven. I was going to study Classics at Oxford. And then I realised I was thick. Better to spend my brain power perusing gossip sites instead.

@Cleo - hope your dog's ok. I love wolfhounds.

Cleodacat said...

Symptoms, yes. Vet put her on phenobarbital with testing to check her blood for "therapeutic" levels. Of course my brain was thinking, she probably wants to make sure it's not going to human use. Thankfully Czarya has been seizure free since Friday morning (Fingers crossed).

Cleodacat said...

Thanks Violet!

Gayeld said...

I grew-up in the San Joaquin Valley, so I know some Spanish words, but forming coherent sentences beyond "mi hermana es loco," forget it. I can barely manage English somedays.

Seven of Eleven said...

@Gayeld, neither can E!

TalksTooMuch said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, Cleo! How is she doing?

TalksTooMuch said...

I've always wanted to learn Italian. I blame Maeve Binchy

Cleodacat said...

So far, really good. I let her play with the other Borzoi yesterday. She's back to bullying her brother Ilya.

Feedly said...

I never got it either but I always assumed it had something to do with being an island nation and having so much dependence on the ocean, like The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife.

Harry Knuckles said...

Didn't know about tentacle porn. Looks like I've got a new hobby.

Kristin (Wiglet) said...

Sorry, Cleo. Hope your pup gets better.

Sass71 said...

Good luck with your pup, Cleo!

MeanieRhysie said...

Good luck with your fur baby, @Cleo.

8=====D aka Lil Tool. KermitGosnellKnobJockey said...

Tentacle porn is because in Japan, penises cannot be displayed. In order to avoid censorship, they invented squid shaped aliens which made love to the girls.

I don't speak any language at all correctly, as you can read.

aemish said...

I know some Korean..

Kun dingy naka naka cho sum nee dah

"I like the way your butt wiggles when you walk"

:p

Sherry said...

Cleo hope your dog gets better. Scary to see a large dog seize no doubt.

I try at French. It's pretty shitty.

#Gitit said...

Took French in high school. German in college. German was better, although not by much.

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Sillygurl said...

Well look at you! You can always fall back on those skills in hard times!! Reminds me of Mrs Brady translating jive in the Airplane movie!

Sillygurl said...

I just apologize profusely for destroying their language while trying to speak it. Like its rude to not try to learn the language but I feel like I'm disrespecting it more by trying to speak it. Can't win.

BeckyMae said...

I can swear is seven different languages....does that count?

LowKey said...

I've had several dogs with epilepsy, Cleo (1 mixed breed and 2 Italian Greyhounds) and I've had 2 other IGs that had occasional seizures but not frequently enough to be medicated.
The epileptic pups all responded very well to phenobarb. Only side effect was weight gain.
Best wishes to your hound!

LowKey said...

I'm jealous of your mad swearing skills, BeckyMae!

I'd like to learn Finnish. I love Finland.
And German so I could understand Rammstein. That's a good reason, right?

Riven said...

@Harry I hope it's included in my obit that I introduced someone to the concept of tentacle porn lol

Harry Knuckles said...

Riven, this tentacle porn is insane! Fucking Japan, they really do some weird shit over there! Years ago I had one of the Japanese channels on my cable package and I would just sit there for hours in a cloud of cannabis smoke watching these totally undecipherable game shows full of naked girls doing things with brooms and bicycles. It was great.

Melissa of Grand Island said...

That is very very cool!! Love this!

Harry Knuckles said...

It counts with me, BeckyMae. Can I impose on you to list "fuck off" and "asshole" in as many languages as you can?

Melissa of Grand Island said...

"Older" Island girl, has been taking Exams this week. She's in elementary school. Her final, for language, is a 3 day final..poor thing has one day of questions, one day of essay writing and one day of "conversation". I'm amazed at what she has learned. Love her school, worth every penny. Figured a would say something nice about learning a language in school, since I took 4 years and could tell you nothing. She's going to try to use it when she goes to volunteer. Makes me smile. Thank a teacher when they do a good job!!

BeckyMae said...

@lowkey Finland is awesome! I went a couple of years ago and it was a crazy place, everyone looks a bit like an elf and the language is indecipherable!

@Harry I'll make it my mission to learn that in all the countries I go to in Europe this trip! I already know it in Greek: agamisou

BeckyMae said...

That's just the 'fuck off' part...usually followed by 'mallaca' which means wanker.....it got me into a bit of trouble in my youth when I lived on the Greek Islands for a while ;)

Melissa of Grand Island said...

Love this!!! Your very cool!

LowKey said...

Harry, there's a site, I think it's youswear.com, where you can look up swears in all sorts of languages.

Harry Knuckles said...

Got it, LowKey. And a nice girl like you shouldn't even know about bad places like this!

Harry Knuckles said...

Thanks BeckyMae. Looking forward to your filthy report.

Gayeld said...

@Seven. It's a highly overrated skill, anyway. I find growling menacingly usually makes most people go away and them you don't have to speak to them.

Riven said...

@Penisusernamethingy This! Thanks so much, I can't believe I forgot about Japan's nudity restrictions for peen. It's kind of amusing that Takashi Miike can shows the most horrid shit like a man birthing a fully formed adult but hide yo peen, hide yo balls.

Riven said...

@Harry I recommend Happiness of the Katakuris for some A-grade Japanese WTF-ness. I focused on Japanese horror films for my thesis paper and had to watch about 200 films of some really crazy shit. If you ever want a recommendation I can give it lol.