Cute Sign Language Illustrations By Alex Solis

A for Apple

B for Bear

C for Cats

D for Dog

E for Elephant and Eagle

F for Fox and Fish

G for Gorilla

H for Hippo

I for Iguana

J for Jaguar

K for Koala

L for Lion

M for Monkeys

N for Narwhal

O for Octopus

P for Penguin and Pig

Q for Quail

R for Rabbit

S for Skunk

T for Turtle and Toucan

U for Unicorn

V for Vampire

W for Walrus

X for X-rays

Y for Yak and Yarn

Z for Zebra and El Zorro

Third Culture American Black Girl
  • History

Well, for my entire life I had known I was American and I’d considered myself an American. I was born in North Carolina, and lived with my paternal grandmother in New Jersey up until I was about four and my dad had finished up his final tour with the US Army and retired. From four to around twelve/thirteen, I lived with my family in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, UAE. And due to troubles at home, I moved back to the US a few years ago (by myself) to eventually live with my paternal aunt. 

  • Home/Family life/Friendships 

I forgot to mention before that I’m also an African-American. I bring this up now because while living in the Middle East, this wasn’t shoved down my throat.A few weeks ago, a white classmate of mine was literally surprised that I(an African-American person) had not heard of slavery until the fifth grade while living in the Middle East, when our teacher had read a story about Harriet Tubman. I remember a lot of my friends-and a lot of my classmates-saying that they hated George Bush, asking for my opinion, and me finding myself with nothing I could say. I was proud to be American, and we’d always considered ourselves Americans, without question, so that’s how people would perceive me and my family-as Americans. I wasn’t the only military brat at my school-I had friends from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Germany, Poland, England, Quatar, England, and so and so on-and this was never seen as strange. My friends would ask me about my family and what America was like-but that was it. In short, I felt like an equal amongst my peers in a way that I can never really find in the US outside of being in a community with other people of color.

My stepmother is Eritrean, being born in Eritrea, which is a country in Asmara, which is a country in Africa. She speaks English, Tigrinia, Armaric, and Arabic, so there was always at least three languages around the house, and I have a good grasp of Tigrinia and Amaric, even if I can’t speak it like used to when I was younger. I can read and write and Arabic(we had to learn in school) and I can remember helping my stepmother out with her English writing and syntax whenever she had to write something down.

I communicated with my most of my dad’s side of the family in English. I’d spoken to a friend recently(she is an Muslim Arab-American), and we talked about issues that only we, as “third-culture kids” could relate to(feeling that birth-country isn’t necessarily “home”, having five countries on your passport, fear of losing a language if you don’t speak it enough, ect) It was fun and wonderful.

  • Beauty Standards

I love my skin, to be honest, always have-it’s this weird light-to-mid brown shade and really, it wasn’t all that different from any of the other kids at school, or from my family for that matter. My father was this big, burly dark-skinned guy, and my stepmother was this bronze/high yellow lady and two of my sisters have the bronze skin tone, and one my sisters has the dark skin that my father has. And one of the greatest thing-we were always told we were beautiful. My skin made me feel this great connection between myself and my family.My skin was never the problem, but apparently my weight was.

My stepmother made it a point for me to keep up with my own weight, would point out that I was fat/getting fat from eating bread, drinking milk, still eating after a certain time, ect-even though, in retrospect, I was probably at a pretty healthy weight for an average twelve-year-old girl, and was no more that three pounds above my BMI. There was this one summer that we spent with my step-relatives in Eritrea, and my sisters and I had all lost a lot of weight due to the fact that we had to ration out food(and the fact that I really didn’t like peanut butter sandwiches).

After getting back home, I was glad to have the steady flow of food again, but my stepmother said that my ribs showing a little through my belly “looked good” and that was losing the figure I’d gotten from all the running around and the lack of food I’d gotten from Eritrea. I was nine. I’ve been battling with body issues a lot over the years, and while I’m generally OK with my body now, I can help but pinch at the thin layer of fat that I can find on my sides and on top my belly and secretly wish it was tighter.

My height and my chest have also been a source of embarrassment for me-especially growing up. I attended private school from 1-6 grade, and my first private school had swim classes. I can remember crying everyday before changing into my swim suit because, yeah, my chest had developed and this was embarrassing when girls were to busy scorning me and/or ogling enviously at my boobs."YOU’RE SOOOOOO LUCKY" they would croon as I held my boobs tight, holding back tears, getting upset once I get home because I’d have to wear bras that were way too small for me.

As for my height-by the time I was fifth grade, I was taller than my teacher. It came to point where my dad had to snap at me to stop slouching. “I see to many tall people-especially girls-who keep tryna make themselves look smaller-STAND UP.” I didn’t meet anyone my height in the Middle East until sixth grade. It felt nice not to be the odd one out for once.

  • Things I’d like to see more of
  • I’d like to see more people of color in fiction, and especially fantasy and scifi because I’m tired of people saying that in  stories that involved magic and robot brown people are “unrealistic”.
  • I’d like to see more women of color in fiction, especially in fantasy and sci-fi because it would be great to have a protagonist that looked like me show up more in the books I read.
  • I wish people would stop portraying the Middle East as countries that just filled with Bedouins and deserts.
  • I’d like to have people stop portraying Muslims/Arabs/Arabic as a “weird potential terrorist language/potential terrorists”
  • I’d like to see more YA with women of color who are uncomfortable with their growing bodies-and not just of their skin tone.
  • Stories with third-culture kids that grew up in the “foreign” country they live and aren’t fish out of water.
  • Any suggestions for sources/books that, you know, have any of these elements would be much appreciated.

moinhodomundo asked:

When I was learning English I was always taught to use "it" when referring to animals and fetus, or "they" for gender-neutral nouns (like "teacher", "person" etc) and that's way better I guess but reading the questions you get makes me wonder if people really do that when speaking :/

That is the correct way to do it, I believe.  But patriarchal concepts of gender effect the way we refer to beings in general or when we don’t know enough about them.  Animals are assumed male until proven otherwise.  Police officers become “policemen” and fire fighters become “firemen” even when women are present in those groups.  Even the Judeo-Christian “god”, who is a being considered to be beyond gender or physical body, is referred to as a male.  It’s, again, pervasive.

dat-impala-tho asked:

Hey, i have a question. I have identified my self as queer for a while now, but still don't know the full definition. Do you know? By the way, I love your blog!

anywhalee also just asked this: okay, I’m gay and I know what most of the LGBTQA+ are but I’m still confused on what queer means. I thought it was a homophobic slur.

So I am answering both of you in one!

Okay, so. There are approximately one bazillion definitions of queer out there. As far as I am concerned, anybody who is not cis and straight can consider themselves queer. Some people believe that any kind of defiance of hetero/cisnormativity in identity, expression or relationship can count as queerness, and while I appreciate that in theory, I’ve seen it result in stuff like straight and cis women who say they’re queer for dressing butch, or cis and straight man/woman couples who consider themselves queer for saying “partners” instead of “boyfriend and girlfriend.” And while those things are cool and fine, they don’t result in systemic oppression, so they’re not really queer in the same way. Does that make sense?

For the second question: To some people, yes, it’s a homophobic slur. To others, it’s a reclaimed identity term that’s appealing partly because of its shaky history and difficulty to define. For example, some people believe that the LGBTQPIA+ acronym is long and confusing, they don’t care for other acronyms like MOGAI or GSM, and they like having one word that encompasses virtually everybody. But other people don’t like the word “queer” at all because of its history as a slur and therefore wouldn’t want to be included in that umbrella. See what I mean? Also, opinions on “queer” tend to be generational, with younger folks being more open to using the word than older people. Whether you use it or not is 100% personal preference, though it is becoming increasingly mainstream. 

I love talking about “queer” so much. 

if you know gendered language is potentially triggering then why are you still using it and expecting people to call you out on it. People may feel too uncomfortable to call you out on this bullshit, because they don’t want to be THAT person. I’m looking at all you reblogging shit like: “If I say dude, and that triggers you don’t hesitate to call me out on it.” how about you just don’t fucking say dude if you don’t know if the person is or is not okay with it.

Merry Christmas!

When you’re learning a new language, it’s always fun to learn how to say something along the lines of ‘Merry Christmas’ - you may be very new to the language, or you might have been learning for years and just never around people at the right time of year to learn, or you might even be somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Christmas and have to come up with your own phrase.

This website lists translations of the phrase in ‘all languages’ - at 122 they’re still quite a few thousand languages short of ‘all’, but it is a delightful list.

Some, like English, might use slightly obscure words - it’s only really at Christmas we are likely to use the word ‘merry’ so much.

It’s also fun to see which langauges use words based on Christmas. I partiularly like Maori (meri Kirihimete) and Mizo (Krismas chibai) where the modification of Christmas (we assume with something like ‘merry’ or ‘wishes’) is in different orders.

Many European languages have words for Christmas like Italian Natale, Spanish Navidad and Polish Narodzenia, which are all cognate with English natal or birth (i.e. post-natal) - birth coming from Proto-Germanic, and natal being a more recent French borrowing. 

Final Christmas greetings in Auslan - the word for Christmas is the same as beard, in reference to the bearded Santa Claus.

prince-of-shit asked:

I'm going to go ahead and warn you for the usage of slurs before I ask this question. Do you think that ownership of the word "faggot" by the LGBT+ community is a right? My non-heterosexual friends and I call each other "fag" all the time as a joke (I'm pansexual with heavy homosexual leanings), and it doesn't offend us when we use it between each other. Is this something that the entire community could adopt? Do you think it's a word we can all own?

I think it is a privilege more than a right, and I don’t think it’s a word the entire community will ever own. I say privilege because it’s a word that has to be used with caution, even/especially in queer circles, and just because you can use it, doesn’t mean you always should. If you and all your friends are cool with using it colloquially to each other, that’s great and you can, but it might still be extremely hurtful and even triggering to some people. I know of folks who believe strongly that the whole community should reclaim the word, to the point of being mean to people who are uncomfortable with it. So obviously, that would be a very uncool way to approach it also. Because it’s such a loaded word with a toxic history, I do not think it will ever be universally accepted or reclaimed — at least not in our lifetime. But if reclaiming it brings strength and solidarity (or even just entertainment) to your friend group, you are totally within your right to do that, as long as you don’t impose on anyone else’s feelings about it. I hope that makes sense! 

anonymous asked:

Not that it's an excuse, but it's really hard to unlearn gendered language and it's really hard to catch yourself and that's why people ask others to call them out. Now, if people ask to be called out and make no effort to watch their language, then they are just being dicks and don't actually care. But learning to say they when 12 years of schooling pounded in he or she is tough

know what’s tough? always having to hear gendered language and constantly being triggered by self-congratulatory "allies" who claim they recognize gendered language as bad, and that calling people “dude” and “bro” can be triggering, but still use it when talking to people and expect those people, usually marginalized by gender, to pick up after them and clean up their language for them.

Reasons to become a conference interpreter

The opportunity to speak your foreign languages every day, and to socialize with people from around the world


You’ll be able to travel to more countries in one week than most individuals do in their entire life


There is no shortage of work


You only need a Master’s degree after your undergraduate education


You’ll get to attend some of the world’s largest and most popular events


Free room service when you’re on a “mission”


Your salary as a staff interpreter is pretty darn good


Interpreters with English as their mother-tongue are in high demand


The chance to speak and interact with world leaders


And be their voice to the entire world


The adrenaline rush is addictive


Your homework will consist of reading the newspaper, watching movies and listening to music in your foreign languages


You can be a freelancer and make your own schedule, charge your own fee and live wherever you want


The chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s injustices and contribute to their resolution



HAPPY HOLIDAYS! So, I was going to make one of these a long time ago but I was literally too lazy but because of school ending and it being the holidays I figured I should make one now since I literally have nothing else to do. I’m probably going to forget some people on this so sorry about that but if I’m following you then I honestly love your blog so much and seeing your posts on my dash always makes me happy. I also want to thank anyone who follows me for putting up with me because my blog has honestly changed so much since when I first made it and some of you have stuck with me throughout all that. I love you all so so much and I hope you have a great holiday season.

abc// alfie-enoch / allisonartgent / allyida / ashleybensons / bllankspace / blomskvist / bluemavor / buckysbarnes / captinamerica / chrispratt / clarkegrifin / cobie-smulders / cyberqueer

def// danedehaan / danedeyaan / daniels-gillies / dylans-obrien / emilysgilmores / emmysrossm / everdeenes / everdeenkattniss / femslashqueen / findamy

ghi// gwenstacye / harrysstyles / iamnevertheone / iangaellagher

jkl// jakesgyllenhaal / jaredpodalecki / jayhalstead / jessiepinkman / jonescastillo / knopetastic / kylebraxton / laurrelcasttillo / liamdunbar / lydiamarthin

mno// maliahales / markoruffalo / mcvoys / mygreatestsin / nataliedermer / nickfurys / obrozey

pqr// peterparquill / reginageorges / ronesweasley

stu// scottallisons / skyejems / spencestobes / stevebrogers / stilezs / stilinskis / stonerclone / superclones / thatsickbeat / tylersmccall

vwxyz// vanessayves / wesleygiibbins / wildedreams / wolfstrk / yeamarvel

I’ve learnt to completely channel out people who say “I’d rather learn one language really well than learn multiple languages” because I’m sick of having to explain that those two situations are not mutually exclusive 


The Seeker by Thricedotted

The Seeker is a project by Thricedotted submitted to NanoGenMo, the yearly event of generating a novel with code. This submission is more than the generated novel, as Thricedotted hints, it is “at once an algorithm, an agent, a protagonist, a narrator.” The process parses text from WikiHow, deconstructing it and outputting written and visual ‘logs’ enriched with ASCII aesthetics. It operates in three modes WorkScan, and Imagine. In Works mode, it scrapes concepts about human activities. In Scan mode, it searches plain text “memories” from a seed concept encountered during Work. It then uses the concepts it didn’t recognize from Scan mode (censored out in its logs) to Imagine an “unvision” around the seed concept. The code and documentation is available on github


Hi, i’m Izabella and this is my first follow forever! I recently reach the mark of 1,500 followers (thank you so much for that, I still can’t believe!!!!), so I decide to make a simple, but very meaningful follow forever. All the blogs I listed are GREAT and if you don’t follow them you should really do it now. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015!Sorry if I forgot someone, y’all are all special to me and has a place here in my heart :)

Mutuals are in bold ♥

A to D :

azaeliabanks | blankspaceharry | caguileracholtrps | dirrtylady | dirrty-pop | divascreech

E to L :

fighterarmy frootsmas | gagasareola | hybridlotus-x | iwillseethroughtherain | i-slay-for-xtina ladyxperry | lanascola

M to S :

madamebabyjane | miss-aguilera | mrrsfightermrsqueenxtinanhiquynhnckiminajs | pleasebemyperfectioon | queenxtinas | sexmasdreams

T to W :

thatdisneylover | thatxlavenderxblonde | thelegendxtina | theonlyfighter

X to Z:

xlera | xtinadirectionminaj-70xtinagif | xtinaparadise | xtinapl | xtinathequeen