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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

 

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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

-一种语言是远远不够的

하나의 언어는 충분히 결코

ภาษาหนึ่งจะไม่เพียงพอ

一つの言語は十分なことはありません

 

“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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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Random Questions

Happy Monday everyone. Before we begin Sarah is raising money for Family House, here is a link to the Jamberry party page .  30% of all sales will be donated to Family House. So you can get pretty nails whilst helping a great cause.

 

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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Random Questions

If you’ve taken part in Friend Makin Mondays before then you are familiar with the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to read and comment on a couple of other posts. Once again yours truly supplied the questions… so if you want to participate or submit questions…. check out Sarah’s page

 

1. Would you rather go without television or fast food for the rest of your life? I can give up fast food …. I don’t think that I have ever eaten it for the taste, I think more than anything I eat for the convenience of it. Plus there are tons of copy cat recopies online, if I was really jonesing for something in particular. But television… you have got to be crazy… we recently changed cable providers and the time in between was hell…

2. Would you rather have permanent diarrhea or permanent constipation? Neither sounds like a party… and unfortunately I’ve has both. This story is TMI so you might want to pass this question. Right after my liver transplant I was on some heavy duty pain medication and I hadn’t had a bowl movement…at this point it was nearly two weeks, and I had stopped eating because I honestly felt like there was no more room in my body to hold anything. I called my transplant coordinator (who is a nurse who is your “call to person”) and told her my issue. And she said something to me that I will never forget (I should also say that my mom told me to do the same thing) she told me to stick my finger up my butt and proceed to “scoop out the poop” I told her under no uncertain terms would my finger be scooping out my crap… so she proceeded to prescribe me a hospital grade laxative and within the next 12 hours I felt an urge…. it was not pretty. first of all I’ve super sore in my stomach area from the surgery…and since my abdomen muscles were cut, they are pretty useless and I can “push” it was painful, there was a lot of sweating, a lot of cursing, and I think I might have left gouges in the sink” I walked away from that experience totally know what it feels like to give birth… that is something that I NEVER want to experience again…so my long winded answer is I’d rather have diarrhea (which would probably kill be due to me going into shock for the dehydration… what the hell was I thinking with this question?

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3. Would you rather be handsome/beautiful and dumb or be ugly and really smart? Ugly and smart…. or in my case passable attractive and smart as a whip Smile

4. Would you rather be always be cold or always be hot? I walk around feeling cold all the time so its not big deal to be could you imagine walking around being hot and sweaty all the time.

5. Would you rather be deaf or blind? I would rather be blind. Music in particular is very important to me, but I think I there are things in the world that I would rather not see anyway.

6. Would you rather eliminate hunger and disease or be able to bring lasting world peace? Hunger and Disease. Who knows maybe if the worlds most vulnerable people would feel more empowered if they had their basic needs met…. But as long as there’s me an earth there has been war… so I’m not sure that world peace is even achievable.

7. Would you rather be stranded on a deserted island alone or with someone you don’t like? I need human interaction, even if it’s from someone that I can’t stand. I figure that if we are there long enough we are gonna have to communicate…. plus that whole “live together, die alone”… we gonna have to depend and trust each other to survive… besides once we get recused… I’m sure we won’t want to see each other anyway

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8. Would you rather see the future or change the past? Neither, I think things are meant to happen, and if I went back and changed the past, I wouldn’t be the person that I am, the lesson I learned would be for nothing.  There are times when I think , “it would have been nice to get this diagnosed earlier, maybe I wouldn’t have ad to go through this or that”… but I feel like there is a bigger meaning behind my struggles.

9. Would you rather be three inches taller or three inches shorter? Being nearly six feet tall… TOTALLY… I would probably look thinner too… and I’m all for that!

10. Would you rather wrestle a lion or fight a shark? Considering both option may leave me seriously mangled and deformed I’m gonna simply say I don’t care…

As the Thai people would say….จนกว่าจะถึงเวลาถัดไป

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