politics of the english language

When you think you’ve finally found an asexual character, but then the writers reveal that the character isn’t ace:

Originally posted by nateburr1

ID #61352

Name: Ren
Age: 17
Country: Australia

LOOKING FOR A PERSON TO DEBATE ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF MORALITY WITH UNTIL 3AM?
I’m your girl!

ABOUT ME:
Hey! My name is Ren, I’m 17, and I’m from Australia. I’m an ambitious, driven and passionate young woman with a love of learning.

I’m still in school, so I spend much of my time studying -but I don’t mind. I enjoy it. When I’m not studying, I’m hitting the gym or reading the words of a nineteenth century German philosopher (Nietzsche or Marx? You’ll never know!)

I’m emotionally inept but have a knack at solving other people’s life problems. I would describe myself as intelligent, logical and a little bit stubborn. The combination of these traits creates a mess not many wish to tamper with, but I hope that some poor, lonely soul out there will be intrigued.

I love debating and learning new things. I’m very interested in politics, philosophy and psychology, but I’m also learning a few languages. My native language is English, but I’m also learning Italian and Japanese. I’m much better at Japanese than Italian.

Preferences: I’m looking for fellow intellectual. I don’t care what you look like, where you come from or how you identify. I don’t care if you’re 15 or 50. I’m looking for a mental sparring partner, someone who challenges my world view and encourages me to learn new things. I post this in the hopes that I will find someone that I won’t get bored of -relationships are hard to maintain when you have the emotional capabilities of a goldfish. I would prefer to email at first and then move on to an instant messaging platform. If I really enjoy your company, and you just so happen to live in Australia, I wouldn’t be averse to phone calls.

Dreaming in Gujarati

The children in my dreams
speak in Gujarati
turn their trusting faces to the sun
say to me
care for us nurture us
in my dreams I shudder and I run.

I am six
in a playground of white children
Darkie, sing us an Indian song!
Eight
in a roomful of elders
all mock my broken Gujarati
English girl!

Twelve, I tunnel into books
forge an armor of English words.
Eighteen, shaved head
combat boots -
shamed by masis
in white saris
neon judgments
singe my western head.
Mother tongue.
Matrubhasha
tongue of the mother
I murder in myself.

Through the years I watch Gujarati
swell the swaggering egos of men
mirror them over and over
at twice their natural size.
Through the years
I watch Gujarati dissolve
bones and teeth of women, break them
on anvils of duty and service, burn them
to skeletal ash.
Words that don’t exist in Gujarati:
Self-expression.
Individual.
Lesbian.

English rises in my throat
rapier flashed at yuppie boys
who claim their people “civilized” mine.
Thunderbolt hurled
at cab drivers yelling
Dirty black bastard!
Force-field against teenage hoods
hissing
F****ing Paki bitch!
Their tongue - or mine?
Have I become the enemy?

Listen:
my father speaks Urdu
language of dancing peacocks
rosewater fountains
even its curses are beautiful.
He speaks Hindi
suave and melodic
earthy Punjabi
salty rich as saag paneer
coastal Kiswahili
laced with Arabic,
he speaks Gujarati
solid ancestral pride.
Five languages
five different worlds
yet English
shrinks
him
down
before white men
who think their flat cold spiky words
make the only reality.

Words that don’t exist in English:
Najjar
Garba
Arati.

If we cannot name it
does it exist?
When we lose language
does culture die? What happens
to a tongue of milk-heavy
cows, earthen pots
jingling anklets, temple bells,
when its children
grow up in Silicon Valley
to become
programmers?

Then there’s American:
Kin'uh get some service?
Dontcha have ice?
Not:
May I have please?
Ben, mane madhath karso?
Tafadhali nipe rafiki
Donnez-moi, s'il vous plait
Puedo tener…..
Hello, I said can I get some service?!
Like, where’s the line for Ay-mericans
in this goddamn airport?
Words that atomized two hundred thousand Iraqis:
Didja see how we kicked some major ass in the Gulf?
Lit up Bagdad like the fourth a’ July!
Whupped those sand-niggers into a parking lot!

The children in my dreams speak in Gujarati
bright as butter
succulent cherries
sounds I can paint on the air with my breath
dance through like a Sufi mystic
words I can weep and howl and devour
words I can kiss and taste and dream
this tongue
I take back.


Shailja Patel, Migritude (2010)

I’ve Been Reading  Instruction For American Servicemen In Britain 1942

So Instruction For American Servicemen In Britain 1942 is a reproduced typescript of what was giving to men going over to Britain to help ease friction with the populace. And I thought I would share my favorite parts of the text.


You will naturally be interested in getting to know your opposite member, the British solider, the “Tommy" you have read and hear about. 


BRITISH RESERVE, NOT UNFRIENDLY. You defeat enemy propaganda not by denying that differences exist but by admitting them openly and then trying to understand them. For British are often more reserved in conduct than we. On a small island where forty-five million, each man learns to guard his privacy carefully- and is equally careful not to invade another man’s privacy.

So if Britons sit in trains or buses without striking up a conversation with you, it doesn’t mean they are being and unfriendly. Probably they are paying more attention to you than you think. But they don’t speak to you because they don’t want to intrusive or rude.


Another difference.The British have phrases and colloquialisms of their own that may sound funny to you. You can make just as many boners in their eyes. 


DON’T BE A SHOWOFF. The Britsh dislike bragging and showing off. American wages and American soldier’s pay are the highest in the world. (This line about American pay and how you should not flaunt it is said so many times in this book that it’s hilarious.) 


THE BRITISH ARE TOUGH. Don’t be misled by the British tendency to be soft-spoken and polite. If they need to be, they can be plenty tough. The English language didn’t spread across the ocean and over the mountains and jungles and swamps of the world because these people were painty-waists.


You won’t being able to tell the British much about ‘taking it.’ They are not particularly interested in taking it anymore. They are far more interested in getting together in solid friendship with us. So that we can all start dishing it out to Hitler


THE BEST WAY to get on in Britain is very much the same as the best way to get on in America.  The same sort of courtesy and decency and friendliness that go over big in America will go over big in Britain. The British have seen a good many of Americans, and they like Americans. They will like your frankness as long as it is friendly. They will expect you to be generous. They are not given to back-slapping, and they are shy about showing their affections. But once they get to like you they make the best friends in the world


KEEP OUT OF ARGUMENTS. You can rub a Britisher the wrong way by telling him “We came over and won the last one.”


Once again, look, listen, and learn before you start telling the British how much better we do things. (This is the best line) 


The British don’t know how to make a good cup of coffee, and you don’t know how to make a good cup of tea it’s and even swap.

Palavras políticas portuguesas Portuguese political words

Oi! Hi! A lot of these words were pulled from Duolingo but I sort of simplified their list and only used nouns that I noticed a lot when reading newspapers!! These helped me a lot please enjoy :)

(o) governo - government 

(o) presidente - president

(a) guerra - war

(o) ministro - minister

(a) segurança - security guard

(o) político - politician 

(o) congresso - congress 

(a) justiça - justice

(o) exército - army

(a) campanha - campaign

(a) democracia  - democracy

(a) oposição - opposition

(a) violência - violence

(o) líder - leader

(o) prefeito - mayor

(a) constituição - constitution

(o) discurso - speech

(a) declaração - declaration

(o) diálogo - dialog

(o) candidato - candidate

(a) presidência - presidency

(a) prefeitura - city hall

(o) orçamento - budget

(a) estratégia - strategy 

(o) governador - governor

(a) aliança - alliance 

(a) corrupção - corruption

(a) negociação - negotiation 

(o) déficit - deficit

(o) embaixador - ambassador

(a) pobreza - poverty

(a) riqueza - wealthy

(a) estabilidade - stability

(o) inflação - inflation

(a) aprovação - approval 

(a) lei - law

(o) senador - senator 

(a) diplomacia - diplomacy

(o) estado - state

(o) voto - vote

(a) igualdade - equality 

(o) escândalo - scandal

(a) independência - independence 

(o) partido político - political party

PT-BR -> EN-US

ID #18386

Name: Evan
Age: 16
Country: Canada

Hey!
I’m a Canadian high school student preparing to graduate looking for a pen pal because I love learning about new cultures and I think that communicating via actual letters is really cool! English is my mother tongue, although I am fluent in German and would love to learn some other languages from around the world. I love Game of Thrones (the books though, haven’t even gotten halfway through but so far they’re great), well really I love books in general, video games (mostly arcade style games though) and travelling whenever I get the opportunity. I also like reading and discussing about science and the environment, as well as a little politics and religion.
I myself identify as Atheist/Agnostic but I’m more than happy to have some some cool discussions with people of any faith.

Preferences: I prefer someone between 16 and 18, gender doesn’t matter. As long as we can speak the same language and you’re open minded it’s all good :)

Made this meme to explain the five forms of the Dutch ‘you’.

Je is the informal, singular you.

Jij is the informal, singular you with emphasis.

Jou is the informal, singular you if it’s the direct or indirect object. For example “to you” would be aan jou. It’s like the French toi (à toi) or the German dich/dir (für dich/an dir).

Jullie is the plural you.

U is the polite you, like vous in French and Sie in German.

All these words are very necessary. I stole the template from this.

See my German version.

“DYING METAPHORS. …There is a huge dump of worn-out metaphors which have lost all evocative power and are merely used because they save people the trouble of inventing phrases for themselves. Examples are: Ring the changes on, take up the cudgel for, toe the line, ride roughshod over, stand shoulder to shoulder with, play into the hands of, no axe to grind, grist to the mill, fishing in troubled waters, on the order of the day, Achilles’ heel, swan song, hotbed. Many of these are used without knowledge of their meaning (what is a ‘rift’, for instance?), and incompatible metaphors are frequently mixed, a sure sign that the writer is not interested in what he is saying.”

-George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

♡ hi everyone.

my name is JM and I’m from Poland. I’ve known about the studyblr/langblr community for a while now, but finally decided to join in.


♡ languages

  • my native language is Polish
  • I’m fluent in English
  • I am currently trying very hard to learn Italian and Korean
  • languages I want to learn: Russian, Finnish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, French… 

♡  i like…

  • music and art (my sideblog @ohzyx)
  • politics
  • fashion
  • books and movies

♡ i don’t like…

  • The Chainsmokers 
  • buzzfeed
  • mint ice cream

♡ some of my favourite studyblrs/langblrs:

@klangpath @tbhstudying @yeol-kong @studyable @happilystudy @eastudies @somestudy @professionalprocaffeinator @stuhdys @studyesc @italiano-inglese @emmastudies @studydiaryofamedstudent @loudlytransparenttrash


if you have any questions about my country or want to improve your Polish let me know - I will be happy to help!

I hope that becoming a part of this community will help me stay motivated and inspired :)

  thank you for reading and have a nice day! 

p.s: reblog or like, I need more langblrs and studyblrs to follow

ID #45548

Name: Emma
Age: 14 to be 15
Country: Norway

I really to get to know new people, and I am very awkward, short and gay.

I like memes and Theatre and music. I am also kinda intrested in politics, even though I am very bad at actually debating and discussing it. I like learning languages, and I can speak Norwegian, Swedish and English. I am currently learning both German and Russian. (I can understand written danish too btw.) I am also very intrested in learing how it is to live in other countries, and their culture and stuff.

My current intrests are Hamilton(even though I have never had the chance to see it…), Shakespeare, Hetalia(I know, don’t judge), draw(I’m not very good….), space, almost any type of music, SKAM and fashion I guess…

Preferences: pretty mutch anyone, but be openminded and not over 18. And I also swear a lot….

For about the hundredth time: people who work in retail deserve MEDALS

So, Okay. As I always say, My first language is not english, That means?
I don’t have to work my comics with english. (duh!)
If you want my comics translation version, YOU ASK ME POLITELY​ like please or something I don’t know, make your magic

why am i write this post? cuz I’m really tired about english version, translation blah blah things. no one, no one ask me politely and directly their wish.

I always say this, hey! ENGLISH is not everyone’s first language. surprise, surprise.

ID #35216

Name: El
Age: 18
Country: Sweden

Hi, I’m El and I’m currently living in Sweden but I’ll be moving to the U.K. next year to attend Uni. I’m really into languages and literature but also politics, horror movies, cryptids, true crime, makeup, spoken word poetry, cooking, and hockey to name a few things. I just want to get to know some people I can chat with about everything from music recs to recipes to hopes and dreams! And in return for your friendship I can offer some pretty cute pictures of my dog in the snow, so get in touch if that sounds like an A+ deal.

Preferences: 17-25 y/o and LGBTQ+ friendly! I’d wanna chat online first but I’m definitely open to snail mail too!