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Does anybody else who studies multiple languages...

 (which I’m assuming is the vast majority of people following this blog) go through waves in terms of their interests/ focus on one language. One month I’ll be so into one language and so motivated to study it, then suddenly I want to get back into another. I’ve been on Spanish for the past few months and today, suddenly I want to watch some Korean dramas and be all about Korean. I’m going to Mexico in less than a week but at the very moment, I’m thinking about when I’ll get to go to S. Korea. But this always happens to me. Sometimes it’s months, sometimes weeks. This is crazy! 

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ARAB LGBTQIA+ POSITIVITY

TO EVERY GAY, BISEXUAL, PANSEXUAL, ASEXUAL, AND/OR TRANS ARAB, OR ANYTHING ELSE,
YOU ARE VALID.
YOU AREN’T FAKING IT TO GO AGAINST STEREOTYPES OR REBEL.
YOU AREN’T A SHAME TO YOUR FAMILY.
YOU AREN’T A PREDATOR.
YOU AREN’T DIRTY OR GROSS.
YOU AREN’T “TRYING TO IMPERSONATE WESTERN CULTURE” OR “BEING TRENDY”
IT ISN’T A PHASE. AND EVEN IF IT IS, THATS OKAY.
YOU ARE AMAZING AND WONDERFUL AND SO SO VALID.

How to stick to learning just one language at a time

This is kind of a follow-up from this post. Over the past few months there seems to be an epidemic of people on langblr that find themselves unable to stick to one language, resulting in them not really making much progress at all. As someone who used to struggle from feelings of “There are so many awesome languages, how on Earth can I focus on just one?!” here are my tips to rid yourself of these compulsions, like I did.

Disclaimer: These are my personal experiences and my personal opinions. This only applies to people that want to try to stick to learning one language at a time. If it makes you happy to learn multiple languages at once, ignore these tips and this post.


1. Forget about becoming a “polyglot”

I think many enter this community after watching videos from the likes of Tim Doner, Benny Lewis, Luca Lampariello, etc. and (quite understandably) being very impressed by the ability of these persons to speak so many languages with fluency. I think this “party trick”-like aspect of knowing languages is what causes some people to treat languages as dispensable.

Shift your focus to learning a language because you love the language, not because you want to tell people you speak 10 languages.


2. There’s no rush

I get it, you just love Swedish, Russian and Greek. Just when you think you’ve settled on Russian, you remember a Swedish song you love, so you have to switch to Swedish. Then you read an interesting article about Greek mythology, and switch again to Greek the next month.

Just because you’re not learning the language right now, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to eventually.

If you choose Russian now, the Greek mythology will still be there for you to read once you’ve learned Russian first, and the Swedish language is not going to disappear in 3 or 5 years time. Everything you love about Swedish will still be there waiting for you. Ask yourself, do you want to fully indulge in Russian, then Greek, and then Swedish, until each language becomes a part of you, your life, and your soul? Or juggle them all at once and only get a small, shallow taste of each one week-to-week? Do you want to become long-term best friends with these languages, or long-term acquaintances?


3. Just because you enjoy something about a language, doesn’t mean you have to learn the whole language

Just because you love Korean pop, doesn’t mean you have to learn Korean. It’s ok to simply enjoy listening to the music. Just because you love the way the Arabic script looks, doesn’t mean you have to learn Arabic. It’s ok to just like one part of a language, and leave it at that. I remember I used to always get flooded with worry whenever I listened to Michel Teló, a Brazilian singer, because his songs always made me (think) I wanted to learn Brazilian Portuguese. Now, I realise, I really just like his songs. I haven’t learned Brazilian Portuguese and guess what? I’m still listening to his songs and enjoying them. It makes me feel kind of silly when I really think about it.

Think to yourself, do I really love this language as a whole, or am I just idealising it for one tiny part that catches my fancy?


4. Avoid langblr and “mob mentality”

Langblr is great, but, with any community, there are advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of langblr are obvious, but one big disadvantage is that it sometimes has a negative “mob mentality” effect. Complaining about one’s inability to stick to one language and spontaneously declaring “I have to learn x language!” whenever a language catches your interest for a split second, has certainly become a trend, and causes others to adopt this behaviour. Of course, it’s a bit dramatic to suggest you leave langblr entirely, but what I’d maybe do is unfollow blogs that tend to do this quite frequently, at least until you have achieved an amount of self-discipline that you’re confident will shield you against adopting the “Oh no, now I have to learn x language!” mentality.


5. Let the language choose you

This is probably the least helpful point, as I’ve discussed this with many langblrs whom I admire, and none have experienced this. But, since it affected me, I thought I’d throw it in anyway since there’s a chance that there’s another person out there who is like me.

I’ve never been able to learn a language by trying to force it. I didn’t start learning German because I wanted to learn a language and German seemed like a good fit; I chose to learn German because I wanted German. Over the past year I’ve tried to convince myself that I love Polish, or Russian, or French, or Italian. But the fact of the matter is, while I love some aspects of these languages, I still catch myself trying to convince myself that I want to learn Italian as a whole, not just because of Italian music. I have to convince myself that I love Russian all the time, not just when I’m in a particular mood. When I realised this, I was like “wtf are you doing?”. It seemed bizarre to me, and even more bizarre that it had taken me so long to realise. When I realised this, I also remembered that what is now my favourite language, Norwegian, I’d actually tried to convince myself not to want to learn. But the language forced itself on me, not I on it.

So ask yourself, do I really want to learn this language, or do I want to want to learn this language?


I hope that some of these tips have helped those of you whose wish it is to just stick to one language for at least a few years before moving on to another. Once again I’d like to add that no one is forced to follow these tips; they’re just what worked for me. Feel free to reblog with what worked for you, too!

anonymous asked:

SO many arab girls at my school are obsessed with south asian culture but refuse to talk about how south asians are abused in the gulf countries lol

the way arabs treat immigrants is disgusting and modern day slavery. they will run channels showcasing our art (bollywood movies, pakistani dramas, desi music etc…) but will exploit and abuse us for their own gain. lmao poc solidarity is such a myth and i hate when people group us all as one

Loanwords of French origin in Turkish Language

The French words started to infiltrate the Turkish language in the 1800s, when the administrative reforms (Tanzimat) started taking place in the Ottoman Empire. The extent of French influence was so much that the number of French loanwords was close to 5,000. Most of the French loanwords are still widely used in today’s Turkish.

Some of the words that are still used in modern Turkish together with their new Turkish counterparts:

Loanword | Turkish equivalent | Meaning in English | French

aktif            |  etkin                         | active                         | actif

direkt          |  doğrudan                 | directly                       | direct

doküman    | belge                         | document                   | document

egzersiz      | alıştırma                     | exercise                     | exercice

enteresan   | ilginç                          | interesting                 | intéressant

grup            | öbek                          | group                        | groupe

kalite           | nitelik                         | quality                       | qualité

objektif        | nesnel                        | objective                   | objectif

teori            | kuram                         | theory                       | théorie

provokasyon | kışkırtma                   | provocation              | provocation

rapor          | yazanak                       | report                       | rapport

proje           | tasarı                           | project                      | projet

plaj              | kumsal                        | beach                        | plage

orijinal         | özgün                          | original                      | original

paralel        | enlem                           | latitude                      | paralléle

medya        | basın-yayın                   | media                        | média  

Conquering a Village

The football team was the last standing free men in the village. A Christian village, under final siege by the Arab conquerors. The conquerors had quickly gone through the village, converting the white men and women and showing them their true roll in the world: to serve their Arab masters. They started with the soccer team. An attractive group, they used to run around with their cocks flopping around as they chased a ball.


Probably the queerest group in town, they used to have orgies in the locker room after a win, circle jerking their uncut cocks. They had girlfriends who loved them and they would sleep with out of norms, but they always had an affection for each other.  Then Arabs came. One by one, each was converted. They started with the team captain Jake. He was capture and bound. They stripped him down, revealing a 6-inch uncut cock with a long foreskin overhang. They told him that they were there to convert his town, it was inevitable that they would. Jake had two options convert willingly or have it forced into him.  “go to hell, I’ll never convert, you are all monsters”. Their leader, Ahmad, smirked and said “we will see about that” as his fellow Arabs forced Jake on his knees. Ahmad pulled out his 7-inch flaccid circumcised cock. Jake just stared in amazement. “what are you going to do with that? Let me go!” Ahmad bent down and looked Jake into his eyes and said “this is what I am going to convert you with.” He then turned Jake around, revealing a toned ass. He slapped his cock on Jake’s ass, giving him an additional inch and a half as he became fully erect. His cock curved straight up and had a jagged scar from his circumcision about ¼ of the way down. Jake’s cock moved and grew with each slapping of the Arab’s cock. He forced it into Jake’s white tight hole as Jake was forced onto all fours.

“ugghhhh” Jake moaned as he was entered. The other Arabs had all pulled their cocks out, each between 6-8 inches, all were circumcised and erect. “You will submit to us, we are your true masters. We will convert you and your friends. A new order, built by our cocks at the expense of your bodies” Ahmad said with each thrust. “Submit and take your place”. Jake was resisting. “I’ll never ugh join your ahhh tribe. I ahhhhhhhhh am a slave to no one.”  Jake’s cock had become completely hard at this point though. His foreskin had retracted while he was on all fours taking Ahmad’s cock as he pounded Jake’s hole relentlessly. The problem for Jake was, it felt so good. Ahmad’s curved cock was perfect for fucking. The angle allowed him to hit a boy’s G-spot just right and Jake was succumbing to his power. “ahhh, please don’t convert me, ahhhh fuck ughhhh” Zain, Ahmad’s right hand man was jerking his tightly cut cock, as all the others were doing, and noticed that the conversion was almost complete. A pool of precum was forming under Jake’s intact cock as each thrust by Ahmad pushed more of it out of his piss slit.  Zain looked at Jake, “It is time that you taste my Arab Muslim cock and complete your conversion.”  Jake was in too much pleasure to even respond at this point. Ahmad, with each thrust, was breaking down Jake’s upbringing, values, social expectations, and sexuality. They were being replaced with obedience, submission and pleasure.

With that, Zain opened Jake’s mouth, without much effort, and forced his cock into it. He began thrusting his cock into Jake’s mouth. The others began yelling “complete his conversion” “Submit and take your natural role white boy” “you are not worthy of our Arab cum” as Jake began sucking willingly on Zain’s cock, having him suck until his circumcision scar and back. “I will now fill your ass with my cum and complete your journey to our side” Ahmad said as he came. His holy semen spilled into Jake’s hole, reprogramming his DNA. Zain did the same. Jake did not spill one drop. They pulled their cocks out of Jake. He remained still. Eyes closed as he swallowed the remains of the cum in his mouth. He stood up.

“Thank you for that, sir. I had no idea how natural that was. Because of your superior cocks, I now know what true pleasure is.” The Arabs surrounded him. “will you submit and convert?” “yes, willingly. There is only one way and it is yours.” They looked at his soft foreskinned cock and said “you will have to convert your cock. As sign of obedience, you will be circumcised and foreskin removed.” He looked at them eagerly as he retracted his foreskin. “thank you sir. I will willingly submit my cock for circumcision and take on the brand of ownership by you.” “after circumcision, we will put your cock in a chastity cage, only to be opened if one of us, your superior Arab masters, wants to use your cock as a dildo. Otherwise, your role is to take our cock.” Jake had an erection hearing this. “thank you, sir, it would be my pleasure to serve my Arab masters in any way I can” “we will convert your friends and your teammate. They will submit, be converted, circumcised and be used in their natural place as servants for our kind. Your girlfriend will become a breeder” Jake began leaking cum out of his piss slit as he thought of all his friends and teammates, guys he used to fuck but now will be serving his new Arab masters, together. All of them presenting their holes with freshly circumcised cocks dangling as they take their superior master’s will into them. “now, take all of our Arab cocks in your hole as we circumcise you and finish your conversion.” “gladly sir” as Jake naturally got on his back, threw his legs up in the air and began getting gangbanged and his conversion was finished.

Three weeks later, his team – his buddies that used to circle jerk their uncut cocks and fuck each other had been converted. In the place of wild soccer boys were obedient, circumcised white slaves who only took Arab cock in them. They were now owned by Arabs and only served Arabs. Put in chastities so they could only receive pleasure when their Arab masters allowed it.

They were only too happy to share this pleasure with others, taking turns bringing friends to their Arab masters so that they could be properly converted. Their girlfriends had quickly disowned them once they too felt the power of a circumcised Arab cock in them. Women were separated and were now used to breed more Arab conquerors.

Having their holes drilled and the school had converted had been a natural process for the citizens. The more converted the more quickly it spread. Soon all had been bound and pounded by the Arabs and the mark of obedience imprinted on their cocks.  Now, they were obedient and conquered men, who presented their holes for their Arab masters as they pounded them for pleasure..

Across the field, the football team of 50 stood against the 10 Arab conquerors and their converts. Physically bigger than anyone on the other side, they believed that if they fucked free thought into the converts and Arabs, they could repel them for good and eradicate them. “this is it gentlemen, we will defeat these Arabs and keep this town a free-thinking place. No one is cutting our cocks into dildos. We will fuck free thought back into them and take back our town. Now everyone, let us go fuck those guys” With that, they ran towards the converts and Arabs, hoping. Resistance was futile. They didn’t succeed on one convert. Sure, they were able to fuck a few, but their uncut cocks were no match for nature. White men were destined to serve cut Arab cock. One by one, they were converted and processed. All fifty of them, never having sucked cock in their lives, were now natural bottom boys along with the rest of the white men who had held them down as their Arab masters instilled obedience in them. The quarterback took the longest to convert. Pounded for over three hours by the different Arab men. In the end thought, after being fucked, circumcised and converted his response was the same as all others: “thank you, sir. My place is to serve you, sir.”

Tbh the Muslim community is way too Arab-centric, Muslims worldwide expect Muslims as a whole even the non Arab ones to be aware of what is happening in Syria, Palestine, iraq etc… (Basically what we consider to be ‘Arab issues’, though it goes without saying Arabs aren’t the only ethnic group actually living in those countries) but Arab Muslims aren’t expected to know (or really I guess care) about the issues of non Arab Muslim majority countries like Nigeria for example (which just like Arab-majority, Muslim majority countries has had to deal with extremist groups of its own, namely Boko Haram) or Muslim majority South Asia and the non Arab ‘Muslim south asian’ fight for Kashmiri independence, or EVEN Muslim-majority Iran and the constant dehumanisation of its Shia and Persian-majority population. There’s also Burma (Myanmar) in east Asia where the Rohingya Muslim minority population of the country are experiencing what Rohingya themselves have described as a genocide at the hand of the many Buddhist extremist groups who also live there but I have yet to see anyone who cares about 'Muslim Arab issues’ also care about all those other non Arab 'Muslim issues’ I’ve just mentioned…. All I’m basically trying to say to all the Muslims who follow me (specially the Arab ones) is to please also take an interest in the struggles of other Muslim communities, As Arabs we’re not the only Muslims and actually (or should that be ironically) we’re a minority when you take into account all the non Muslim Arabs that exist and the fact not everyone in North Africa and the middle east even ARE Arabs (many are imazighen in North Africa’s case and in the middle east’s case many are actually Kurdish, Turkish, Persian, Pashtun, Azeri etc….) and obviously I don’t expect every Muslim to know everything about the struggles the people of every Muslim majority country face that’s near impossible but really it is fair that as Muslim Arabs we also bother to AT LEAST have a common (even if basic) understanding of the struggle of other Muslims the same way so many non Arab Muslims have bothered to learn a little about all of our 'Arab Muslim’ issues.

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So a drunk bi prince, a stone faced gay thief and an asexual wizard princess walk into a bar…

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For past few days I’ve been obsessing about Tanya Huff’s novel “The Fire’s Stone”. YOU SHOULD TOO. It’s available on Kindle! It’s available as an audiobook (which I listened to! It’s good!)! It has queer and POC characters!

The story itself is nothing new, but I don’t give a shit, it’s funny, warm, characters are lovable and gorgeous. Please give this book a shot. I don’t want to scream about it alone.

I’m really hoping my uni will offer Hebrew again next semester bc I really wanna learn it but I’m thinking of learning the alphabet on my own now? It’d be fun to be able to read another alphabet… and it’d make learning some words on my own before my uni offers Hebrew again easier… 

Why do people not trust Syrian voices? It’s anti-Arab racism. The western media stereotypes Arabs as terrorists, and the media uses this orientalist stereotype in their favour. No Arab can possibly be even used to the idea of democracy, basic civil liberties and freedom. They are naturally savages, so surely they need secular dictators to keep them in line! This is why all Syrian dissent are stereotyped as bloodthirsty terrorists, who cannot be possibly telling the truth because what do they know of democracy? Democracy is a concept that only belongs to the West, of course! They must be Islamist terrorists, that’s the only way Arabs can even challenge dictatorships in the Middle East. The racist media cannot possibly comprehend that free thinker Arabs exist, outside of the western construct. Does the western media ever mention Yassin al-Haj Saleh, a free thinker atheist secularist Syrian who staunchly opposes Assad? Of course not.

Whilst the western media does expose Assad’s evils, its message is often that the only way in which the problem can be dealt with is by western military intervention. The western media deliberately erases Syrian intellectuals and voices, merely reducing them to body counts. Syrians are barely interviewed, they are merely treated as a subject.