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Writing Prompt: You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other




First off you’re telling me that snark is not a super power? Well F*CK!. Now I have to rethink my entire existence…. this may take a while, because for real my mind is blown… BLOWN!

The options are great, but how come something like, “judging people silently with a single glance…. I got that one down pact….fine, FINE!! I’ll pick, “the ability to speak and understand any language “  There seems to be a certain freedom you have when you are a polygot, you can navigate between different cultures more easily, it my small amount of travel, I have found that people appreciate when foreigners know the language (or even have a tiny grasp of language ) of the country that they are visiting, and I always advise people to learn some key phrases…. just in case. 

Benefits  of your super power include:

  • Your interactions with people of different cultures go deeper
  • You feel a sense of connection with your heritage, history and family.
  • Your self-expression excitingly takes on a multitude of forms

In short I would be a bad ass in multiple languages..gosh can you imagine… Oh my goodness…. it’s my SUPER POWER!!

While I am passively learning Korean/Hangul I’m finding it somewhat frustrating because the spoken language I’m sorta getting, it’s the written language that has been just staring, I think it would be probably  because  Korean is an agglutinative language. And the verb information such as tense, mood and the social relation between speaker and listener is added successively to the end of the verb. This is in contrast to English which makes extensive use of auxiliaries to convey verb meaning. And there is not such thing as articles in the Korean language, so switching my sentence structure around seems inherently “wrong”. And while we are talking about learning other languages, I thought (probably for a half of a day )about learning Chinese, but it scared me to the point where I nearly cried)… okay so there are several different dialects .. but the tones, are what get me….so I let that dream go

But back to this super power, let’s be honest, we live in a world were there is a lot of conflict, I’m not saying that it would help, but being able to communicate with someone easily learning about their daily life and their struggles, opens up your world, it opens up the possibilities of what we can do (to help each other, and make the world a better place) And that’s probably the best super power of them all

(The Written )Language is strange yet beautiful… this is the same phrase in different languages

“one language is not enough”

один язык никогда не бывает достаточно

ett språk är aldrig nog

één taal is nooit genoeg

ett språk er aldri nok

et sprog er aldrig nok


하나의 언어는 충분히 결코




“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.”

Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein



Until next time; let’s practice our super powers,

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It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World




Writing Prompt: How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?



I love texting, it’s easy and convenient. but unlike some people I learned the hard way that it’s it’s a difficult concept or it takes more than 3 passes to convey a message then you need to pick up the phone and call. In the past I admit I have been one of those people who will write a freakin’ essay to a person, but as I get older and my tolerance goes down I don’t want to read it (more than likely the text is going to be broken up in pieces, and it may not come in the correct order) and I love my thumbs to much to write all that crap.

I think as a rule of thumb when you need to convey emotion it’s better to call the person, the written word is subjective, and if if the words are clear and understandable sometimes it’s difficult to figure out the tone of the message.. the same goes with online communication.

Honestly I think people text too much..

Here are some interesting facts about people and their texting habits

  • The average person responds to a text message in 90 seconds, compared to 90 minutes for an email.
  • Over 97% of text messages are opened, while only 22% of emails are opened.
  • 90% of all text messages are read within 3 minutes of their delivery
  • There are over 5 billion mobile phones worldwide.
  • Over 86% of Americans own a mobile phone.
  • 91% of all US mobile users keep their phones within arms reach at all times.
  • Over 68 million people are frequent text users.
  • Only 43% of smartphone users use their phone to make voice calls but over 70% of smartphone users text.


Until Next Time

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