Archive for the Language Category

From the dream journal of jaynova…

Posted in Dreams, Language on 27 December 2009 by jason

I am talking to Jayson Shenk on the phone. I have heard that Chris Seaman is in town, and I’m supposed to hang out with him, but I change my mind and decide to walk to Shenk’s.

Suddenly, I am in a classroom, learning about “foreign languages.” I’m having problems, because the class is about all sorts of languages, and even though each student only has to learn one, the class is overwhelming. Fatima, a girl I know from my job, is in the class, too, and she asks me something, but I can’t hear her. The instructor tells me I must remember the name of Russia’s ancient capital, and I write “Кразкиыл,” or Kraskiul.

What I did yesterday (Or, alternately, how I’m spending my summer vacation)

Posted in Exercise, Food, Language, otter, Television, Writing on 12 May 2009 by jason

OK, so yesterday, I put forth a number of goals that I wanted to accomplish this 3 weeks. Here’s what I did yesterday:

1) I wrote about 700 words, give or take, including yesterday’s blog post. Not the 1000 I had hoped for, but I think that I have more direction today.

2) I bought a Russian language book/cd set. I was going to get the Spanish one, but the Russian one had a 5 dollar rebate, so coupled with the coupon I had, I got the whole set for about 18 dollars. After studying it yesterday for about an hour, as well as looking at it this morning, I think I’m starting to get the pronunciation of the Cyrillic alphabet.

3)I ate some Raisin Bran. I ate some yesterday, and I ate some today. Go me.

Besides this, I still had time to get a workout in, and I watched the entire first season of The Sarah Silverman Program (a birthday gift from the otter) while cleaning my apartment. So I’ve been surprisingly productive on my first day of vacation. We’ll see how today goes…

Operation: Rebirth

Posted in Books and Literature, Food, Language, Writing on 11 May 2009 by jason

Well, the semester is over, so I’m on a three-week, unpaid vacation. I could sleep this time away, but I won’t. Instead, I’m using this time to get into some good habits. Here’s what I plan on doing:

1) Write 1000 words a day. They don’t have to be 1000 words towards one project like NaNoWriMo, but I want to be productive.

2)Eat cereal for breakfast. I’ve been eating Pop Tarts for breakfast every morning, but the gelatin in them is offensive to my vegetarian sensibilities.

3)Spend some time on line this week looking for contests to enter short stories into. I need to get published again!

4)Try again to learn a foreign language. Maybe Spanish, as it would be useful, or maybe Russian, as I have a couple of books in Russian, and I think it would be cool to eventually be able to read them.

So we’ll see if I even accomplish any of these goals, or if I do what I normally do in times like these and veg out in front of the XBox.

A Proud Parent?

Posted in inturwebs, Language on 30 January 2009 by jason

Well, I’ve adopted a word. It’s a sweet little bundle of…um…letters. I am now the proud parent of the word “drollic.”

So, what does it mean? Well, according to the OED (or the Oxford English Dictionary, for those of you not on a three-letter basis with the book):

Drollic, a.

Of or pertaining to a droll or puppet-show.

I like puppets, so we’re a perfect match!

What was that? You’d like to adopt a word, you say? Well, then you need to go to SaveTheWords.org, register (for free), and pick your word!

You can expect to see Drollic showing up in future posts here at the Most High and Holy!

Learning to habla spanish

Posted in and other fun, Education, Language on 29 September 2008 by jason

I’ve decided, quite at random, to learn spanish. Or is it Spanish? I can never remember if languages get capitalized. Anyway, I’ve just started, so the only thing’s I’ve learned are:

* That upside-down punctuation can go in the middle of a sentence
* That “v” is pronounced as a “b.” I’m having trouble wrapping my tongue around that.
* That I can not roll my “r”s. At all. Does anyone know if that cripples me?

I’m learning from a book that comes with cassette tapes, which I think will be better than a class because I can go at my own pace. Wish me luck!

Weekend Adventure

Posted in beer, Language, otter on 21 September 2008 by jason

On friday, the otter, her sister, her sister’s boyfriend from Poland, and I took a trip to Sandusky to drop said polish boyfriend off at Cedar Point, where he works. I had met him on a few occasions, but this trip was the first time I got to really talk to him. It turns out that he’s a really cool guy who has lots of stories about the world, as he likes to travel.

We ended up getting a hotel room so that we could all hang out (and have a couple of beers) and spend a little more time with him before he goes back to Poland (we probably won’t see him again until next year).

Anyway, I’m just using my blog to give Simon a shout out.

So “Do widzenia!” Hopefully, we’ll see you soon!

(I’ll let the otter tell you about how I made the girl at Taco bell cry…)

“Do you say ‘hello’ to the floor for me, like Fox?”

Posted in Language, Movies on 30 September 2007 by jason

A Wicked Deception, by Blame Society Films. Good stuff.