foreign holidays

winter weather in korean ☁️

words:

  • 날씨 (nalssi) - weather
  • 겨울 (gyeoul) - winter
  • (nun) - snow
  • 눈송이 (nunsongi) - snowflake
  • 얼음 (eoreum) - ice
  • (bi) - rain
  • 폭우 (pogu) - heavy rain
  • 폭풍 (popung) - storm
  • 안개 (angae) - fog

phrases:

  • 오늘 날씨 좋죠! (oneul nalssi jocho) - today the weather is good!
  • 날씨 나쁘죠? (nalssi nappeujyo) - the weather is bad, isn’t it?
  • 날씨가 춥죠? (nalssiga chubjyo) - the weather is cold, isn’t it?
  • 날씨 좋아요 (nalssi johayo) - the weather is good 
  • 날씨 추워요 (nalssi chuwoyo) - the weather is cold 
  • 눈이 모든 것을 덮었습니다 (nuni modeun geoseul deopeotsseumnida) - the snow covered everything

questions & answers:

  • 날씨가 어때요? (nalssiga eottaeyo) - what’s the weather like?
  • 내일 날씨가 어떨까요? (naeil nalssiga eotteolkkayo) - what’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?
  • 요즘 날씨 어때요 (yojeum nalssi eottaeyo) - how’s the weather these days?
  • 눈이 온다 (nuni onda) or 눈이 오고 있어요 (nuni ogo isseoyo) - it’s snowing
  • 비가 와요 (biga wayo) - it’s raining
  • 얼어 붙어요 (uruh buteoyo) - it’s freezing
  • 좋아요 (johayo) - it’s good/ i like it
  • 추워요 (chuwoyo) - cold/ it’s cold
  • 흐려요 (heuryuyo) - cloudy/ it’s cloudy
  • 바람 불어요 (baram booruyo) - windy/ it’s windy 
  • 맑아요 (malgayo) - it’s fine/ clear

you can use 너무 (neomu) or 아주 (aju) for all the phrases above: 
너무 추워요 (neomu chuwoyo) - it’s very cold
아주 추워요 (aju chuwoyo) - it’s so cold 

Bit more about Japanese culture and anime...

There was some interest after this Inuyasha post. Thought it would be cool to go more in-depth and relate it to anime, so next time you watch something you can go, “Oh yeah. That happens over there.”

Originally posted by sam2119931

No, THAT doesn’t happen in Japan.

As a word of caution: I grew up near Tokyo in the 90′s, when the economic bubble had burst but your average family didn’t feel the effects until later. Culture may have shifted slightly after the economic downturn (I know there’s a more nationalistic undertone now, like most of Asia), and everything I say will not apply to all of Japan. Places like Sapporo and Ōsaka have their own distinct cultures, like how New York and Texas are uniquely different.

But since most anime are set in or are geared towards the Tokyo crowd, I have a good idea of the cultural influences. Especially when relating it to Inuyasha, which was published and set in the 90′s (at least in Kagome’s modern time).

Originally posted by 19-de--fevereiro

Memories~

Also, what I’m about to say below is about Japan (Tokyo). Please don’t start applying it to other countries in Asia, or you will be laughably misled.

Additionally, I’m not some researcher who did extensive study on my own culture. I’m just relating to y’all my background, experiences, and the little bit of knowledge I’ve gleaned from my memories of living there as a little girl, as well as from stories shared by my parents.

Suffice it to say, you should not cite me for your research paper.

Originally posted by emiria

You’re on your own, suckers!

I didn’t want to bother making multiple posts, so this is gonna be looooong. It’s not all roses either. If you have this fantastic, perfect vision of Japan, turn back now! You hear me?

Now then.

Are you ready, kids?

HERE. WE. GOOOOO!!!

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anonymous asked:

HEY LOVE (i hope your sitting because this will be a rollercoaster) I was thinking about writing a story about a boy going on like a culture exchange thing and living at a girl's house, the only thing is he only knows basic english so i was just wondering how i would go about it? like how would i be able to convey his thoughts and actions and even the dialogue (the girl will also be learning his native language) i hope this makes sense ;-;

HELLO DARLING <3  That sounds super adorable!  Language barriers between characters force you to be more creative in how they communicate, and therefore, how their relationship develops.  It’s definitely an undertaking, but once you’ve gotten used to using non-verbal methods of description and communication, it’ll feel just like any other story you’ve written.

Writing Characters with Language Barriers

I’m assuming that as your story progresses, your characters will learn enough of each other’s language to communicate a little better – but until then, you can make use of…


Body Language

Body language is the obvious first answer to writing without deep dialogue.  When two people with a language barrier try to communicate, there’s a mental process – scrambling to think of a way to describe something, trying out a few words, then resorting to hand gestures and using objects.  There are two types of body language:

  1. Conscious body language – which the two characters may use to communicate with each other when words fail them.  This kind of body language includes facial expressions, hand gestures (some informal sign language?), physical displays of affection (platonic or romantic), or using/pointing at inanimate objects to convey their meaning.  Remember that the more tired or distracted your characters are, the more difficult it will be to remember words or phrases in each other’s languages – so they’ll be more dependent on physical signals and tone of voice.
  2. Subconscious body language – which all characters use, but often goes unnoticed.  When your characters are communication without words, however, they will be more aware of each other’s small tics – their accidental facial expressions, nervous body itches, affectionate stares, frustrated jaw-grinding, and the alike.  When writing from the POV of Character A, allow them to examine Character B’s eyebrow twitches, falling gazes, and face scratching.

Here is a book I recommend for expanding your body language terminology.


Actions (speak louder than words)

If your characters struggle to explain concepts more complex than eating or sleeping, or emotions deeper than happy or sad, it’s doubtful that waving their hands will help them very much.  Instead, there may be opportunities to cut dialogue out of the equation – Character A knows they won’t be able to explain a concept, so they… show rather than tell.  This will result in a few things:

  • Gestures – Think about it: when a person is in love with someone and they don’t know how to say it, they tend toward romantic gestures instead.  This is the same for two people who don’t know how to verbally express complex emotions – like growing friendship, thanks, guilt, sympathy, etc.  Gifts, songs, games, special meals, and cards can help to express emotion or explain foreign holidays/concepts.
  • Assumptions – When Character A knows that they won’t be able to explain something to Character B, they may engage in preemptive behavior – foregoing conversation and skipping right to handling things.  Instead of asking B if they know what a cheeseburger is and if they’d like to try it, they may just order one for them anyway.  This can sometimes result in secrets, too – knowing that Character B won’t understand why they offended someone at the party, A might lie and say nothing was wrong.  These secrets may be intended to spare the other person or to take advantage of the other person.
  • Leaps of Faith – When all else fails and two characters just can’t understand each other, they make take a leap of faith and trust each other implicitly.  They give up on trying to understand each other’s words and instead trust intentions.  This is where verbal communication ends and actions begin.

Dialogue

And lastly, there is a way of handling dialogue, even when your characters’ mutual vocabularies are limited.  My advice would be to, as non-condescendingly as possible, think of complex thoughts in terms of how you would explain them to a child.  This isn’t a slam on your characters’ intelligence – but children do have limited vocabularies, so this is a good reference.  If there are words a small child doesn’t understand, you may explain it with smaller words – or if you don’t have enough small words, you may include gestures or noises.

For instance: the odds are, your foreign speaker will mainly know action words and conventional phrases (like “thank you” and “good morning”), as well as things like night and day, breakfast and dinner, cat and dog – things you might learn from experience, or a language class.  So when your English-speaker wants to explain a term like “hangover”, they may have to use “drink” and put a hand to their head symbolizing a headache.  This is easily communicable, but not directly.

The goal here, though, is not to over-explain or belittle the non-native speaker, on either side.  If Character A does make Character B feel embarrassed or unintelligent, Character B shouldn’t let this go unaddressed.  Otherwise, this can feel like a slap in the face to readers of Character B’s race/culture.  The best way to learn what words a foreign speaker should know is to try taking beginner’s (or even advanced, depending on the extent of the character’s learning) classes in a foreign language.  Take note of the kinds of words and phrases you learn first – for example, in my Spanish class, I first learned things like, “Where are you from?” and, “I ate soup for dinner.”  I learned numbers 1-20 and the days of the week, and how to ask where the bathroom was.  I probably wouldn’t be able to understand the answer to that without hand motions, or probably half of the words in your response, but hell, I knew that phrase!

In summary: decide how extensive your character’s second language is, then use the words they know + sounds and motions to communicate.


That’s what comes to mind right now, but I’m sure there’s much more I’ve yet to cover.  If any of my followers has anything to add (maybe from experience?) be sure to jump in!

Thanks again, anon, and happy writing :)


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

it’s so late and i should get some proper rest but i can’t sleep and i also cannot get the image of harry and eggsy, resting comfortably on the sofa with eggsy’s head in harry’s lap with the fire lit next to them and JB curled up at eggsy’s feet while one of the two hums along to cheesy christmas tunes

The Fourth of July

Originally posted by abovethethroat

Sherlock Holmes

Although this holiday was foreign to Sherlock, he insisted on celebrating it with you. The two of you bought small fireworks, sparklers, and food for the BBQ. Sherlock rolled your eyes and grumbled as you invited people to the BBQ, insisting that it would be much nicer with only two people. However, when the BBQ started, you saw a small smile ghost over Sherlock’s lips. He wrapped his arms around you and pressed a kiss to your forehead as John and Mrs. Hudson tried to set off the fireworks. You watched as Mycroft walked around passing out sparklers and snuggled further into Sherlock’s embrace, perfectly content. 

Originally posted by sherlockspeare

John Watson

John Watson didn’t mind celebrating the Fourth with you, however, he hated the sound of fireworks. Last year, the two of you had gone back to the States to celebrate with your family. It was fun until the fireworks started lighting up the sky, sending John deep into his own mind with thoughts about the war. The two of you decided that this year, you would celebrate the Fourth at 221B. John lazily draped his arm across your waist, pulling you into his warm embrace. He placed a small kiss on your lips and muttered a quiet, ‘I love you’ before getting out of bed and grabbing the sparklers. You followed soon after, grabbing his hand and following him to the front steps of your shared flat. John held a sparkler in one hand and you in the other, as the two of you spent the last few hours of your holiday playing with sparklers and stealing kisses.

Originally posted by alksontini

Jim Moriarty

Jim Moriarty never really celebrated holidays until he met you. Now, he celebrated them all, looking for any excuse to spend entire days with you. When the sun started setting, Jim took you out for a boat ride on the River Thames. He packed a few of your favorite dishes, champagne, and a few sparklers. You smiled as he grabbed your hand, letting the boat slowly drift as you stared at the Palace of Westminster in awe. The beautiful lights bounced off of the water, illuminating it even more. When you told Jim how wonderful the night turned out, he pressed a kiss to your lips and told you that it wasn’t over yet. Jim motioned for you to look over at the parliament buildings, and soon, red, white, and blue fireworks were pouring out of the top. Jim let go of your hand and pulled you back against his chest, placing a kiss on the top of your head as the grand finale began. 

Six Months After

Everyone talks about Exchange. They talk about the phases you go through –Excitement–> Hardships–> Boredom–> Missing home at the holidays –> Re-birth–> Exchange becomes your life. 

What about the phases when you get home? Those are important too and can leave you feeling just as many emotions.


1-2 months after exchange: Ups&Downs

Being home is exciting. You are re-discovering your old life, but with new eyes. You re-discover certain comforts of home you were missing for a year. Most days. Some days. Other days you question weather you are really “home”. You miss exchange. You want to go back. Every day you feel different. 


3-4 months after exchange: Re-building

This is the stage in which you re-build your life. If can be frustrating, but over-all exciting. For those of us who went straight to college, it’s nice having something new to do. It’s like adventures on exchange again. After all, how many exchange students actually do well with routine?

But it will be hard. People will get annoyed, they won’t understand that 4 months ago still feels like yesterday for you. They won’t understand that your version of “homesickness” is different than theirs. They might be able to drive home on the weekends, or look forward to break, but you’ll be counting change wondering how long it will take you to save up for a plane ticket “home”. Your homesickness will only ever be “half” clenched.  


5-6 months after exchange: What is home?

This is the stage, right as the holidays are approaching. The excitement to celebrate the holidays in a traditional way is exhilarating, after all, you feel as if it’s been 2 years since Christmas. Yet something feels wrong as your find your self longing to spend the holidays in the way you once did. As in you did, one time. You can’t stop talking about traditions that aren’t yours. “Home for the Holidays” is a confusing phrase that has a strange meaning to you. Everyone has been busy will school and you talk to your friends less, but miss them just as much if not more. Photos start appearing, “One year ago today”, and you spend an entire day looking through all your photos, wondering how time passed so fast.

Everyday exchange passes through your mind, every hour actually. And you feel mute. Like no one will listen. Like those you do talk to don’t understand what you are talking about. Exchange is like another life, hidden inside you. People talk about “home” when they get “homesick”. You find your words and thoughts split between too places, and no one wants to hear about your year in Italy because you seem to full of yourself, but people can talk about home and no one would suggest that they think they are better than others. You fight the urge to mention that you didn’t live in Rome or Florence. You find yourself stuck in a life you aren’t able to exist in.

And you like your life in your home country. You like being at school in your native language, you are happy with your growth and progress, you have a better idea of your future.

You like having friends who speak your language, but yet you still find yourself struggling to be understood. You like that you’ll be going home soon, but you are still asking yourself, “what is home?”

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO A CERTAIN @burbled​ -it keeps unlinking your name >:(
Okay; I think it’s staying, now.

Anywho! Merry Christmas, Pika!! You’ve been a good friend and a good dork for a long time, now! I’m so sorry for being M.I.A. with everything going on (and freaking echofon dying!!), but I appreciate the support you’ve given over the years and would like to thank you for being my friend.<3

I needed to draw these babes because they are precious, and Noli… needed to be drawn with a fluffy animal. It was 500% necessary. u_u (Also heck I could draw her hair for ages and be happy)

I hope you have a great Christmas!!! throws ribbons everywhere

Let’s Save The World

Pairing: Avengers x reader
Summary: the holidays have arrived and despite being with family, work seems to never stop
Warnings: swearing


Family dinners had been your least favorite thing in the world. Everyone would ask questions like, when are you going to get boyfriend or how’s school going or are you looking for a job yet and to be honest, you couldn’t answer any of them or the ones that followed. None of them knew you switched to online schooling and none of them knew you worked for the Avengers. You had met Tony when he came to talk to one of your classes in college and while he tried to flirt, you shot him down quickly. But not quickly enough. He took a liking to you and introduced you to the others and it was clear, you were meant to be there. And while you had no special powers, you were well taught in different fighting styles and proved valuable to the team. And your knowledge in science and technology had Bruce and Tony keeping you constantly busy in the lab. 

Yet as the holidays finally made their way, you were slowly dreading the return home to face your family. And despite your protests, you were forced to return to them for the holidays. You’d much rather spend it with those back at the tower who had no one but each other to celebrate with. Yet there you sat, talking with your family and answering questions the best you could about your life and your schooling. But as you began eating, you could hear the news play in the background on the kitchen tv and suddenly you were standing. Without fully realizing it, you were walking to the kitchen and turning the volume on the tv up.

“Everyone shut up,” you snapped, silencing the twenty something family members you had. You watched the tv, watched as some form of alien tech wrecked havoc across the globe and you cursed to yourself. Your family just had to live in one of the cities that was being terrorized. You were already making your way to the door without having to see the other Avengers already getting to some of the scenes.

“Y/N! Where are you going?” Your mother called after you as you grabbed your coat and the car keys.

“Stay here, lock the doors and don’t do anything to get yourself killed,” you demanded, leaving without another word. Dialing Tony’s number, you turned the car on, cursing as you got voicemail. You tried again and to your fortune, he picked up.

“Y/N. I’m assuming you saw the news?” Tony asked, his voice calm as it always was when danger threatened the lives of thousands.

“Tony, what the fuck is going on?” You asked, bypassing cars and weaving your way through the streets. You had to get home, home had your weapons, your motorcycle. The gun in your purse wouldn’t do you much good against foreign tech.

“Holiday surprise. Sam and Steve are already on one of the quinjets, Natasha and Clint are on another. You don’t have to worry, we’ve got this,” Tony tried to reassure.

“You got this my ass. They’re in my city, threatening my people. Hell yes I have to worry. I told you the holidays are the worst." 

"You’re overreacting.”

“Overreacting? Tony, there is a fucking alien invasion. I’m not overreacting, I’m being realistic." 

Despite not being with him, she knew Tony was rolling his eyes. "Listen, just be careful kid okay?" 

"I’ll be fine. Now, let’s go save the world." 

Christmas Memories

Summary: (Post-curse and post-poisoned heart issue). Alice, while flipping through the Christmas Movie laden channels, thinks back on her real and fake childhood. (Curious Archer mostly, but with some KnightRook feels… maybe!)

Warning: I just got back from my friends house. It’s roughly 6ish in the morning as I post this (no sleep for me apparently). I typed all of this on my phone while I was still there, and to top it off i was still slightly drunk while writing it (which probably explains the feels in this one). So be warned, there more than likely will be mistakes (I tried, but i blame autocorrect). I’ll go back and finesse this later… maybe… if I remember (or if I feel it needs it). @killianmesmalls  you’re the reason behind this idea (even if I don’t exactly follow your head canon to a tee here, lol). Enjoy!


Christmas Memories

“—Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

“Shitter was full!”

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

Alice sighed as she continued to flip through the holiday movie channels at random.

It was Christmas Eve day. Sure, it may not have been ‘the’ day, but it was still a day jam-packed with childlike anticipation, merrymaking and yuletide cheer. It was another day to spend with friends, family and loved ones, to share in traditions of new and old, and create fond recollections to look back on for years to come.

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Brazilian Mythos and Folklore

As someone who’s Brazilian but can’t find anything about Brazilian creatures and mythology around the witchy community - and I think that shouldn’t be happening, because Brazil is a huge country (and I mean it, it is fucking huge), with different cultures all mixed together, we have a lot of good stuff to share, and I don’t think we should be ignored. -, I’ve decided to write a series of posts about our tales and stories, that are influenced mainly by the beliefs of our native Indian people, African people, and European people.

So let’s get to it: 

Saci Pererê

Usually depicted as an one-legged black boy, with holes on the palms of his hands, who wears red shorts and a red hat, and who’s always smoking a pipe, Saci Pererê is one of the most iconic beings in the Brazilian folklore.

Saci can be viewed as evil and malign, or as just a silly prankster; he likes to hide children’s toys, braid horses’ manes, spill salt, make the milk go sour, curse chicken eggs so they never hatch, set farm animals loose, etc. To avoid him doing such terrible things, you should leave him gifts an offerings, such as tobacco for his pipe and cachaça (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane).

Saci’s hat is magical and can help him appear and disappear as he wishes, and it is said that he comes and goes from a dust devil. The lore says if you can grab a hold on Pererê’s hat, you can make a wish and he is forced to grant it to you, and he has to obey you for as long as you have his hat, but if he manages to escape, hopefully you treated him well, because if he likes you he might become your friend, but if he doesn’t he will most likely hold a grudge.

If you are being chased by Saci, to escape you can either jump a water stream (if he follows you he will lose his powers), and/or throw ropes with knots on the ground, because he has to stop and untie them one by one. 

It is also said that Saci isn’t just one particular being, but more. It is said a Saci is born from the seventh segment on a bamboo stem.

The origins of this myth are said to be Native Brazilian, with the Tupi-Guarani mythological creature Ŷaci-ŷaterê; an one-legged child, with bright red hair, who casts spells and breaks the silence, later adapted and modified by the African people who were brought as slaves by the Portuguese, hence why now he is depicted as a black kid.

Trivia

  • October 31st is not Halloween in Brazil, but the Saci’s day. A day to celebrate Brazilian culture and folklore, instead of following the foreign holiday. However, not many commemorate it.

(I do not own the picture)

New Year’s holidays in busy Tokyo? Learn Japanese to explore and enjoy your experience!
Hello. こんにちは
What is your name? お名前は何ですか?
My name is _____ 私の名前は _____
How are you? お元気ですか?
Thank you. ありがとうございました。
Good-bye. さようなら。
The bill, please 領収書をお願いします
How do I get to the airport? どのように空港に着きますか?
I need a city map. 私は都市マップが必要です
I need a taxi. 私はタクシーが必要です。
How do I get to the station? どのように駅に着きますか?
What time is it? 今何時ですか?
Do you have a vacant room? あなたは空き部屋がありますか?
Is there a youth hostel nearby? 近くにユースホステルはありますか?
Is there a restaurant nearby? 近くのレストランはありますか?
I’d like an orange juice. 私はオレンジジュースが好きです。
I’d like something without meat. 私は肉がないものが好きです。
I’d like some mixed vegetables. 私はいくつかの混合野菜が好きです。
I am here on vacation. 私は休暇中です。
Can I take photos? 写真を撮ってもいいですか?
How much does it cost? それはどれくらいしますか?
Do you take credit cards? クレジットカードは使えますか?

anonymous asked:

why not on the same flight???

Hard to keep denying a relationship when you’re cuddled up on a flight together to a foreign country during the holidays, no? Unless getting caught like that is their plan….

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All about Easter in Germany!

A Brit in Germany explains German Ostern. 

This week I’m looking at how Easter is celebrated in Germany - including special food, customs and tons of vocabulary. Joining me are stone rabbit and stone bird. ;D

☆ Mini Deutsch dictionary:
Alles über Ostern - everything about Easter
Ostern - Easter
der Gründonnerstag - Maundy Thursday
der Karfreitag - Good Friday
der Karsamstag - Holy Saturday
der Ostersonntag - Easter Sunday
der Ostergottesdienst - Easter mass
der Ostermonntag - Easter Monday
die Osterwoche - Easter week
die Osterkarte - Easter card
das Osterrad - Easter wheel
der Osterbrunnen - Easter fountain
die Ostereier - Easter eggs
der Osterhase - Easter bunny
das Osternest - Easter nest/basket
der Osterstrauch - little branch or bush with eggs hanging on it
der Osterzopf - plaited bread
Osterlamm - cake/bread in shape of lamb
das Osterbrot - Easter bread
die Osterglocke - daffodil
Frohe Ostern! - Happy Easter
das Ostereiersuchen - Easter egg hunt”

Der Osterhase (Easter Bunny) is a German-Lutheran tradition - it started in Germany in the Middle Ages. Read more about it here.

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to: @campgold from: @anewbeginningagain

Dear Campgold, It was lovely to have the opportunity to learn more about you and I admire your optimism as it comes across on your blog.
I hope this present from me to you will light up your day and bring a smile to your face. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for being so kindhearted since it’s your generosity that allowed me to watch figure skating most of this season (the struggle is real for us foreigners☺).

Have a great holiday with your boys 🎅🎄xoxo, anewbeginningagain

Having A Crush On A Foreigner (BTS)

You could make a reaction BTS when they find their ideal type, but it is foreign and is just holiday in your country? thanks ^^


(gif credit to the original owners)

Rap Monster:
I think he’d be visibly frustrated. He wouldn’t say directly what it was so people would be curious as to what’s wrong. It’d also be annoyed at himself for falling for you so quickly, especially someone he may never see again. By the end of the holiday, he’d be honest with his feelings to you. Your reaction would help him decide whether to pursue it or not.

Originally posted by rapmunsta

Jin:
He would be a little sad, but like RapMonnie, wouldn’t express why he was acting the way he was. He’d try to be a little optimistic and would really hope it’d work out between the two of you.He’d tried to find out as much about you as he could and enjoy every moment you spent together. When he had to leave, however, he would be a little crushed.

Originally posted by daesbulge

(he’s ruining me again wtf)

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A Holiday Tradition

@thequiethealer || (x)

Holidays were… foreign to Lerith. Slaves didn’t get to participate in anything except cooking and serving. They didn’t exactly have money for presents or any sort of thing like that. So seeing all the decorations and festivities going on was… almost exciting. Sure, Lerith stayed to the sidelines and out of the way most of the time, but sometimes in the morning he could stand in the main hall to admire the glittering decorations. Something about Satinalia day soon.

Of course, he didn’t realize just what he was standing underneath until he felt warm lips press against his cheek. Immediately the mute stiffened with a hand going up to where those lips had been and a turn revealed…

…Nelras? On his pale skin, it was easy enough to see the pink show in his cheeks. [What kiss for?!] his hands immediately signed, not thinking in a moment that the Inquisitor might not understand

Nelras drew back quickly, suddenly realizing he might have frightened the other elf.  Lerith was still rather skittish, and an unexplained kiss to the cheek had to be a bit of a startle.

While he couldn’t understand the hand signs, he still had a reasonable idea about what Lerith was saying, or rather, asking.

“My apologies, I did not mean to startle you.  It is a human tradition, for the holiday of Satinalia.  The cluster of herbs above you is a part of the tradition.  When someone stands beneath it, someone must give them a kiss.  If two people are caught beneath it, even by accident, they too must kiss.  Typically onlookers demand it be on the lips, but I did not wish to do so without permission.”

He reached up and tugged at one of his earlobes nervously, worrying he might have offended Lerith.  “I was excited to try the tradition.  I forgot you may not have heard of it.  Please, accept my apologies if I have upset you.”