foreign offenders

anonymous asked:

Hey so um your post making fun of the misuse of english slang by foreigners offended those who don't really speak english that well. I know you guys are all pretty accepting of the minorities and underrepresented but i thought that your post could be very easily have been taken the wrong way.

Ah shit. Yeah, I absolutely see where you’re coming from with that. The intent of the post was more people who know American English and not British English and misuse things like ‘bloody’ as a curse word or have the characters say ‘mom’ or things like that, not specifically people who don’t speak English as a first language, but the wording’s a little too ambiguous, that’s my fault. Sorry about that, I’ll delete the post.

anonymous asked:

i do think 'islamophobia' (though then using the word is intellectually dishonest) in the sense of anti-muslim sentiment that's related to the fact that most of those who are at least muslim on paper (or once were) aren't white exists.. and i feel kind of torn. because on one hand, i want islam in europe to be restricted - especially for the welfare of girls/boys/women of muslim backgrounds, on the other hand i feel like the right-wing doesn't care about us and just uses us as a political pawn.

Isn’t weariness of increasing Islam just common sense -beyond left or right wing?

I don’t think it’s necessarily ‘right wing’ at all to admit we could stop mass immigration for a little while, that we could stop putting ourselves in danger just to not ‘offend’ foreigners. That we really don’t “““need”““ this, that it doesn’t make us “““enriched”““.

I know plenty of people who don’t consider themselves right wing, but feel the same way. 

If you strongly believe in things like equality, freedom of religion, gay’s rights, women’s rights, minority rights, etc, then you need to also admit to yourself that in most of the world outside of the West, those are strange or even unwanted concepts, and that by importing millions, we import that exact aversion to those things we here hold sacred.

So in that sense, shouldn’t it be more important to self-identifying left-wingers to be weary of mass immigration of Muslims -It’s their ideals and peers that are coming under fire most- and shouldn’t we finally detach specific labels from a question that all of us face just the same?

At the end of the day, a big boost in Islam in the West -like is underway now- will be negative for most of the native population, while only being a positive thing to those who would otherwise lose wealth over the ‘demographic decline of the West’. We need to think of ourselves and what we are worth in term of cultures, norms and values, and not what we are worth in terms of numbers and wages.

gekiaii  asked:

Hello, I've been learning Japanese for a long time now and I've become really frustrated with textbooks. A lot of the things the books teach I rarely see elsewhere and Japanese really don't speak like that. Do you know any sources or things I can do to still learn Japanese but without being so dependent on textbooks? I'm an upper beginner by now, but definitely not intermediate yet. I'm sorry if you got this twice btw

Sorry! I’m in a pre-JLPT haze at the moment, so have been neglecting messages.
The stuff you see in textbooks, especially at beginner level, tends to be very polite (so as to prevent foreigners from inadvertently offending people, especially in the workplace). I can understand why this would frustrate you.
I think has some nice stuff that is more conversational and Tae Kim’s guide to grammar is also honest about what is and isn’t everyday spoken Japanese.
HelloTalk should help you make friends and start conversations, however basic they are and HiNative should help you get answers to any specific questions you may have. Skype and Line are worth exploring too, to find conversation partners.
Delvin Language uses real Japanese video to help you learn vocab and hone listening skills, so that may suit you. It’s wonderful, and free too.
One of the best sources of everyday Japanese I’ve found that is relatively easy to understand (though still probably above beginner level) is Chibi Maruko Chan. This is not what you may think of when it comes to anime, it’s much more akin to The Simpsons than Akira. The characters use real, everyday Japanese, and the stories center around family and school life. I think it’s cute and funny, there is a massive amount to watch too. Another similar show is Sazae San, the longest running TV show on earth (I think).
LingQ has some helpful podcasts, some of which are for beginners, that are more conversational than formal.
Erin’s Challenge may also be suitable for you, as a beginner, though I’m not sure how formal it is, the story centers around an exchange student at school, so it seems like it may have less formal and more practical Japanese.
I will always recommend WaniKani and TextFugu, because I really believe they’re good, practical resources and are both designed for self study (a rarity). They have free trials, so you can check them out with minimum risk.

Hope some of these resources help. Good luck!!!!

If anyone has used anything that sounds like it may suit @gekiaii then please comment! Thanks!