1: What is your native language?
2: Have you learnt any other languages? If yes, what are they?
3: Have you ever read a book in a foreign language?
4: Did you learn any languages at school? If yes, what were they?
5: What is the prettiest language?
6: What is the ugliest language?
7: Have you ever made up your own language?
8: What languages do your parents speak?
9: If you were granted a wish that allowed you to instantly be able to speak any language, which would it be?
10: Have you ever tried to learn sign language?
11: Have you ever watched a movie with subtitles in a different language, or vice versa?
12: Choose a Scandinavian language you’d like to learn.
13. Choose a Slavic (eastern European) language you’d like to learn.
14. Choose an Asian language you’d like to learn.
15. French, Spanish, Greek - which is the best?
16. German, Dutch, Italian - which is the best?
17. Have you ever been embarrassed by a native speaker of the language you are trying to learn?
18. Name a dead language that you wish to make a come back.
19. What is your native language / homeland famous for?
20. What language is overrated?
21. What language do you think is too intimidating to learn?
22. What language should more people speak?
23. What language uses the prettiest alphabet?
24. What language uses the weirdest alphabet?
25. Try to find some foreign currency in your house. Where is it from?
A/N: Thank you to all those who followed me and read my first fic! I’m thinking of doing a part two to this one, so if you like it, let me know!
Your fire escape had always been your favourite part
of your apartment. Situated outside your
bedroom window, you had spent countless hours of your life lounging on the
metal steps, reading a book or catching up on some homework. Last summer, you had wound a string of fairy
lights around the rails, which were coated in shiny dark paint. Your landlady had protested at first but,
after you proved that they weren’t endangering the use of the fire escape in
any way, she had let you keep them. The
small victory had brought a smile to your face, and now your escape was even
cozier than before, and was still just as cozy a year later. This year’s summer brought scorching heat and
clear nights, and you spent most of your free time out on your escape, trying
to catch a breeze.
You sat on your fire escape now, wearing a lightweight
hoodie and pajama shorts, doodling in a journal. School was out for the week and tomorrow didn’t
require a six am wake up call, leaving you free to stay up late and admire the
Queens skyline at night. It was nights
like these that you loved the most; nights that seemed like they were pulled
straight from a movie scene, with stars that glimmered like flames, a full moon
bigger than you had ever seen before, and the sounds of the city mixing in with
the quiet melodies that drifted out of the speakers propped up on your window
sill. You would be content for the rest
of your life if you could keep moments like these forever.
1 . Life is Beautiful ( 1998 ) 2 . The Lives Of The Others ( 2006 ) 3 . The Intouchables (2011) 4 . Amélie (2001) 5 .
8½ (1963) 6 .
The Sea Inside (2004) 7 .
Raise the Red Lantern (1991) 8 .
To Live (1994) 9 .
La Dolce Vita (1960) 10 . Good Bye Lenin ( 2003 ) 11 .
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Thanks to the fabulous ElenaC we can continue to enjoy the best figure skating commentators in the world, the wise, the funny, the Hanyu fanboys, the italians Max Ambesi and Angelo Dolfini.
She already uploaded the 4CC programs and as always the comments are fantastic but fair. I can particularly recommend the Free Skate, because you just know it blew their fucking minds and they don’t disappoint. XD
M - “And now, it’s the turn of Hanyu Yuzuru, the alien from Sendai.”
After the popped 4Sal…
M - “And now?”
A - “And now let’s see what he decides to do…”
As Yuzuru starts to change his program…
A - “Tries the Toeloop again! Quad toeloop, double toeloop! We are practically at the end of the program!”
M - “He’s improvising.”
A - “Yes, it was supposed to be the second 3A there.” checks program. “Yes, it was supposed to be an axel euler salchow combination.”
I drew my first impression of him before but today I asked what were there first impressions of me. When I first met my boyfriend, he was wearing black scarf and black jacket, so he looked like a bear.🐻
Italian Eurosport commentators on Yuzuru Hanyu’s winning performance at GPF 2014 [x]
“Such a pity for that lutz, because it would have really silenced all the sceptical people around him. Well he silenced them anyway, and it’s better for them if they start dedicating themselves to something else, like marbles, bowling, horse back riding (beautiful!) and leave figure skating, because those who question Hanyu don’t understand anything about this sport.”
THE GOLDEN QUARTET: SULEYMAN I, HENRY VIII, FRANCIS I, CHARLES V. Never before had the world seen four such giants coexisting. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, these men held Europe in the hollow of their hands.
Do you want know Italy? Do you want see the deep contradictions of this country and his beauty? I’ve choosen 22 movies that, according to me, show my country without explanations or something like that.
Obviously, this is a personal and non complete list. Let’s begin.
Il Gattopardo - The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti, adapted from the novel of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.)
Why you need to watch: the birth of Italy in 1861 and the first political class of the new nation.
Il Portaborse - The Yes Man (1991, Daniele Lucchetti)
Why you need to watch: political class of Italy 130 years later, and scandal of “tangentopoli”.
Divorzio all’italiana - Divorce Italian Style (1961, Pietro Germi)
Why watch: there is not law in Italy before 1970 to get divorce. If I need divorce, how can I get it? This movie show this.
C’eravamo tanto amati - We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974, Ettore Scola)
Why watch: this movie talks to your heart. Illusions of youth days, love, friendship, political involvement, and evolution of three friends through the years.
“We tought we could change the world, but the world changed us”
Diaz - don’t clean up this blood (2012, Daniele Vicari)
Why watch: also this is Italy. Brutality reaction of police during riots against G8 of Genova. “The most serious suspension of democratic rights in a Western country after the Second World War.“ (Amnesty International)
Il giovane favoloso - Leopardi (2014, Mario Martone)
Why watch: the story of the best italian poet. This is enough to watch it.
Parenti serpenti - Dearest Relatives, Poisonous Relations (1992, Mario Monicelli)
Why watch: a malinconic movie about christmas. A typical southern Italy family reunites in the native home in Abruzzo for Christmas Seasons. The most poisonous dark comedy made in Italy.
Romanzo di una strage - Piazza Fontana: Italian Conspiracy (2012, Marco Tullio Giordana)
Why watch: the most turbolent years of Italy. Terrorist attacks of marxists, red brigade, anarchist, fascists, and golpe against the goverment.
La meglio gioventù - The Best of Youth (2003, Marco Tullio Giordana)
Why watch: the story of two brothers trough the most important events of Italy from 60s to 2000.
La vita è bella - Life is Beautiful (1997, Roberto Benigni)
Why watch: a wonderful and humoristic tale of a jew librarian during holocaust who wants preserve his son from horror of Lager. Italian movies can shows malinconic things with a taste of humour, and comic things with a taste of malincony.
Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976, Luciano Salce)
Why watch: one of my favourite comedy. The frustrating life of an employee during 70s.
I soliti ignoti - Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958, Mario Monicelli)
Why watch: a group of crooks decide to rob a pawnshop with a perfect plan. The life in slums of Rome.
Johnny Stecchino - Johnny Toothpick (1991, Roberto Benigni)
Why watch: a comedy about mafia in southern Italy. Because to destroy Mafia; also a laugh can be powerful.
Ladri di biciclette - Bycicle Thieves (1948, Vittorio de Sica)
Why watch: one of the most famous italian neorealist movies. How to start again with the background of ruined nation after WWII.
Accattone (1961, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Why watch: It’s a story of grit, that is thrilling and fascinating in equal measures, and with the stamp of a great director.
Scialla (Stai sereno!) - Easy! (2011, Francesco Bruni)
Why watch: to be an adolescent in Italy during 2000s.
Roma, città aperta - Rome, open city (1945, Roberto Rossellini)
Why watch: how was the Nazi occupation of Italy.
Il grande cocomero - The Great Pumpkin (1993, Francesca Archibugi)
Why watch: How children were treated in italian asylum and how this is changed. Real life of a doctor who changed this.
Totò, Peppino e la… Malafemmina - Totò, Peppino and the Hussy (1956, Camillo Mastrocinque)
Why watch: one of the best ever made comedy of Italy.
Mediterraneo (1991, Gabriele Salvatores)
Why watch: “for everyone who wants to escape”.
Non essere cattivo - Don’t be bad (2015, Claudio Caligari)
Why watch: to understand how is live in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia.
La mafia uccide soltanto d’estate - The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (2013, Pif)
Why watch: to understand that mafia is not tourism, is not folklore, is not culture, is not fascinating.
I recommend to watch italian movies in original language with subtitles. Listen the orginal voices of actors its a completely different thing.
This is an open list, I am sure I forgot something. Advices are wellcome.
Hey guys, if you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be??
I'm not sure I like the thought of settling down somewhere permanent... I would be fine living like this in the ship, travelling the universe helping people.
Wow,,, that is like a way deeper response to this question than I was expecting. I was thinking more like 'somewhere by the ocean' or 'a planet full of cute girls'
I'd live in a volcano.
What??? No. Keith. No one would ever want to live in a volcano.
I would. You said anywhere in the universe. I'll live in a volcano.
But.... That doesn't even make sense! It's so hot. You would literally melt!
Well I'd like to live on a grassy, peaceful planet.
What's so 'hm' about that???
Oh no, it's just, I thought you'd want to live somewhere really tech-y. Lots of computers and stuff like that
Well maybe I'd want to take a break from all that once in a while; somewhere green and quiet...... And I mean, I'd take all my equipment with me too of course. I can take all my equipment with me right??
Wait, does this mean we'd all be living on different planets??? Because I'd want to live on the same one as you guys.
Because I could totally find a planet with a volcano-
Keith is not living in a volcano!
-lots of grass, and like a space station for Shiro or something.
........... Actually.... That kinda sounds like Earth doesn't it? I think... That's still where I'd pick to live.
Doesn't hurt that it's got the best Italian food in the galaxy.
Everyone, collectively groaning:
Based on the now infamous Lion Quiz in the Voltron Guidebook