selected fruits (bc they have the more german-german names, u know, not a… basically generic name like kiwi etc): Apfel, Birne, Pfirsich, Banane, Erdbeere, Johannisbeere, Pflaume, Dattel, Himbeere, Ananas, Trauben, Limette, Zitrone, Orange/Apfelsine
i rank the name not the taste!
Apfel (apple): very basic name, not at all fancy but the “pf” is a nice touch. i give it…. a 3.8/10
Birne (pear): a good name! used in various phrases as well, eg: “sich die Birne anschlagen” (to hit ya head), “Glühbirne” (lightbulb), i give it 5.9/10, a good name for a pear shaped fruit
Pfirsich (peach): Pfirsich, or as the southern would call it: Pfirschig. quite tricky with the “s” and the “ch”, gives the whole name an air of fanciness. 7.5/10
Banane (banana): BORING! 1/10
Erdbeere (strawberry): an earth berry? no thankx, eat ya own dirt, 1.2/10
Johannisbeere (currant): whomst is this Johannis and how do i meet him? 6/10
Pflaume (plum): the most wholesome name!!!!! tbh!!!! Pflaume sound so round. so juicy. 10/10. famous namebearers: Kai Pflaume
Dattel (date): i do not like the name of this fruit :/ Dattel…. not a good name. not a good name. at most a 2/10
Himbeere (raspberry): who is HE, who is HIM? anti feminist icon Himbeere 0/10
Ananas (pineapple): a nice name. has produced this 1 iconic joke: Was wird aus Anna im Regen? (What becometh of Anna in the Raineth?) –> Ananas aka Anna nass (Anna wet) iconic, 10/10
Trauben (grapes): 1 grape is not 1 Traube. 1 grape is 1 Weinbeere. 1 Traube is 1 whole buncha grapes. but the word Trauben? i like it, 7.7/10
Limette (lime): a good fucking name! fancy! i give Limette a wholesome 10/10 and on the fancy scala a 6/10
Zitrone (lemon): those yellow fuckers. theyre like bananas but evil. the name is nice tho, i really enjoy the “Z” because it makes it fancy. a wholesome 8/10
Orange/Apfelsine (orange): technically, a basic name. Orange. but Apfelsine? which basically (is dutch i think????? dont quote) means Apfel aus China (apple from china) and that gives the thing a whole other dimension tbh, 7.9/10
I hope everyone who bitched about Jimin posting in the fancafe while on tour and said he didn’t like intl fans is really proud of themselves. He’s acknowledged intl fans and asked people to translate stuff so many times in the last couple of days; he obviously feels guilty. He even had Hoseok do that live with him so be could understand and interact with the intl fans. You guys really made him feel bad.
Not every idol can read/speak/understand English, languages are hard. Some people really struggle with learning second languages. And honestly I don’t think idols should be required to learn English or Japanese or anything else if they don’t really, actually want to. That kind of expectation is just too much, imo. We should take it as a nice surprise when an idol knows a second language instead of an expectation or a requirement. And on top of that, what is getting upset with an idol for communicating in their own language with fans who speak that language suppose to do exactly? Yelling at him doesn’t make him suddenly capable of understanding everything you guys type at him at lightening speed. It just hurts his feelings.
And of course he would feel home sick. He’s in a foreign country, eating foreign food, surrounded by people he can’t understand. If I remember correctly Jimin was the one who got homesick the fastest on Bon Voyage. He loves his country and there’s nothing wrong with that. He’s a homebody, so sue him.
Anyway it’s like 4am, I’m emotional, and him asking people to translate on ch+ for intl fans made me :/ :/ :/ because he shouldn’t have to worry about that. He’s a good kid and he doesn’t deserve to be spoken to that way by people (his fans) who are suppose to love and support him. I love armys, but honestly I don’t think you guys realize how spoiled we are. Your expectations are unrealistic.
There are fandoms out there that can’t even find an eng sub of a five minute clip of their group months after it’s aired. We get twenty subs uploaded to YouTube in a matter of hours. Armys work hard for each other and it makes BTS seem more accessible than they actually are, but please remember to respect the members in real time when English isn’t always an option. I hope that makes sense?? Like don’t let the ease of accessibility make you forget that, in the moment, you are dealing with real people with feelings who might struggle to understand you.
In short; please don’t be selfish and always remember to respect the members. They love you and they work hard for you. They deserve to be spoken to with care.
my pals on the lancecord asked me for some tips on cuban spanish so i thought i’d share them here too for all you lance writers. i’m a cuban voltron fan who doesnt want to live in fear of bad spanish in nearly every damn fic and im trying to be the change i want to see in the world. so feel free to message me if you have any questions about lance’s culture bc this is nowhere near being comprehensive at all.
lets get into the stuff google translate can’t teach u!
i don’t know anyone under the age of 60 who says “dios mio.” lance definitely would not, unless he is doing an impression of his abuela.
things that sound more natural than dios mio: ave maria, ay dios, por dios, AY POR DIOS
more commonly we exclaim “coño!” for anything. shock/anger/awe/etc. if the reaction is negative, it’s just coño. if the reaction is positive, we drop the first syllable and draw it out like “‘ñoooooo”
we exclaim “pinga!” or “cojone!” or “pinga cojone!” as a negative reaction more commonly than any translations of omg too
“de madre” is something we usually exclaim as a negative reaction. it can be yelled or sighed or grumbled. usually has a frustrated or incredulous connotation
“wepa!” is a sound we make as a positive exclamation.
we say “‘ueno” like the verbal embodiment of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (it’s bueno with the b dropped)
other things that sound really stiff for cubans to say is like, “hola, como estas?” i mean, you say it to people you’re not on a casual level with. to friends/family these sound more natural:
“que bola asere” is how we greet our close friends
“que bola” or “que vuelta” is how we say hey
“oye” is hey! but not as a greeting, as an exclamation. something you would say before a greeting or on its own when surprised/offended/trying to get someone’s attention/etc
common insults: cabron/cabrona, mojon, comepinga, comemierda
common pet names for anyone: flaco, nena, mojon, mi socio, corazon
“asere” is our word for “bro” that no other country uses (1000% what lance calls hunk)
we also have a tendency to call our family members by their relation+their name, such as “my Tio Jimmy called” or “Abuela Carmen is making food.” i think this is when we have big ol families and just saying tio or abuela isnt specific enough
also this isnt spanish but i s2g so many bilingual cubans i know use the word “fire” almost constantly to describe something awesome. so i think thats a small cultural thing that communicates lance is cuban without having him speak spanish. (ex. “omg that’s fire” “hunk makes fire tacos” “pidge is fire at fixing stuff” “can you play that fire song?”)
now here’s a bunch of stuff that’s just my opinion
I think it’s most in character for Lance to drop Spanish words only one or two at a time into English phrases, since that’s how he uses it in canon (“Hasta la later, Keith!”). A couple of quick examples off the top of my head -
tremendo/tremenda - an adjective for huge. “You’re being tremendo sore loser, but okay.”
todito/todo - means everything. you can use them one after the other for extra drama. “I forgot todito, todo, about calculus immediately after passing it.”
These sound like really natural ways to drop Spanish into conversation without being forcedif you keep it to a minimum. I aint here to tell u how to write your lance but i beg you - Please show restraint and don’t try to use all of these tips at the same time!!
I recommend following latin internet personalities (like jaxxgarcia or mr. red) to pick up their Spanglish phrasing if you’re really into that. please don’t try to make up your own. it’s never as cute as you thought.
if you’re writing full on spanish for more than a word or two, please do not ever make Lance speak it “accidentally” (or even worse, on purpose) to someone he knows doesn’t understand the language. that’s really rude and alienating and it’s so against lance’s character to isolate himself from others like that when he speaks fluent english.
other times Lance can toss a spanish word in without sounding forced is if he’s namedropping cuban things! Try looking up some of our
food (ropa vieja, pan con lechon, arroz con leche)
drinks (materva, iron beer, malta),
films (juan of the dead, azucar amarga)
or music (celia cruz, marc anthony, juanes*) and have lance mention them by their spanish name if the topic comes up.
*not all of these musicians are cuban, but they’re some of the most popular amongst us. i’m simply naming artists i think lance is most likely to enjoy considering his age and personality.
speaking of music, we have very specific dance styles that are pretty cool and almost mandatory to learn at a young age. cubans in general love to party, and to host large family gatherings which easily morph into parties, and basically any social event seems awkward if there’s no one dancing at any point.
what I’m trying to say is Lance definitely knows salsa or merengue moves.
I don’t love to party and I’m not a good dancer and I don’t like dancing, but I know salsa anyway because I had to be in the environment my whole life. always exceptions, but the majority of cubans grow up knowing how to dance and it looks more or less like this:
(no offense, but you’re a fool if u wrote a dance au and didn’t have lance whip this out. i purposely looked for videos that reflect what average people dance like, but professional salsa is insanely cool)
and one last opinion for the road:
Voltron takes place in the future, so I like to dream of Lance being born in a world where Cuba’s free from communism. If you’re doing a Voltron AU that takes place nowadays, please don’t write about Lance’s experience in Cuba if you aren’t familiar with what it’s like to live under a regime like that. It’s very bleak and textbooks don’t cover half of the fucked up things that those who live there actually have to go through.
Lance could have been born in Cuba, but raised somewhere else. Miami would be my recommendation because it’s our second homeland and it means he would have been raised surrounded by Cuban culture without the governmental oppression. But Cubans are absolutely everywhere, so it’s equally believable that Lance’s family could have immigrated to Pawnee, Indiana. Even in Voltron canon, I think it’s likely Lance moved to America at a young age because he clearly has a native fluency in English.
edit: I have a cuban things tag now if you’re interested in finding out more cultural details!
These two snippets from the YELL FOR Free!ES & HS! pamphlet had me laughing out loud, so naturally I have to share! Thank you @aliasanonyme for getting this for me! <3
Makoto: The training camps were really something, both last year’s and this years.
Haruka: And we had a joint training camp with Samezuka this year, so they really kicked it up a notch.
Rei: I wouldn’t describe it as “really something”, it’s more like…
Makoto: It was a disaster… an all-boys school can get pretty wild.
Nagisa: But wasn’t it like super fun!? The King’s game plus pillow fight tournament!
Rei: I didn’t expect it to last through the night. We were told off by Amakata-sensei the next day, who said “staying up late is detrimental to beauty!”
Nagisa: It was really funny~! Especially Sou-chan’s order when he was King~!
Nagisa: Awwww c'mon, it’s no big deal? You guys and Rin-chan looked really cute in the photos, y'know~?
Makoto: Don’t even think about showing them to anyone else!
Ai: In which case, speaking of traditions, the cultural festival’s…
Rin: Hey! Sto-, stop right there, Ai…!
Momo: Yeah, Ai-senpai! For next month’s cultural festival, I’m totally against the swimming club’s tradition of holding a Maid Cafe from Hell!! I don’t wanna wear a maid uniform-!! I wanna be a butler like the third years-!!
Ai: What are you talking about, Momo-kun? Look at me, it’ll be my second time dressing like that. Besides, Those maid uniforms were designed and redesigned by all our senpais from years past, they are the gems of their labor soaked in their sweat and tears…!
Momo: That makes it even worse-!
Sousuke: So what you mean is, Rin also wore the maid uniform when he was in second year.
Nitori: Oh, would you like to see? Rin-senpai was really amazing last year…!
Rin: Don’t you dare! Anyaway, why would you have those pictures? I’m so sure I’ve deleted all the data…!
Ai: Hehehe, amateur mistake, Rin-senpai. I took some pictures with a film camera as well.
Rin: Film…!? Shit, why didn’t I think of it…
Sousuke: Ai, develop one of those pictures for me, it sounds like fun.
The visual states that the movie, titled Dead Apple, will be airing early spring 2018 (estimated to be around late January to March). The movie will be centered around ability-fought battles. On the visual reads: “Scars that never disappear, those are abilities.” A short trailer to the movie was also released and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/WBO5U_3TH9M
[translations] 2017.03.25 NCT DREAM fansign at Daegu fan accounts
1. OP asked if Jeno has other wishes, Jeno says he hopes to win number 1 on Music Bank [JENOLEE423]
2. OP wanted to say many things to Haechan but she was flustered and forgot everything. OP told Haechan she would be going overseas for some time, so she won’t see him and will miss him a lot, please cheer for me. And he said,”Do your best alone!!” [livluve]
3. Chenle has mentioned that Mark and Jisung are both cute, so OP asked whom Chenle thinks is cuter, Chenle said it’s Mark hyung. [NCT_YOON5959]
4. OP asked Haechan what kind of scent do they use in his and Mark’s room recently. Haechan (shyly): Rose, rose scent. OP didn’t get to ask for the brand they are using T_T [99markleemh]
5. OP: You once said if there was a middle school rapper you would like to appear in it right? Jisung: …. yeah haha OP: Who would you want as your mentor if that really happened? (OP thought Jisung would choose a non-idol rapper) Jisung: Mark hyung!! [hixiu0326]
6. Jeno mentioned when DREAM went to the filming site for High School rapper he was more nervous than Mark.. Donghyuck was about to faint, Mark didn’t even cry but Donghyuck almost cried [DongMark_HAE] -i’m fainting too-
7. OP asked Mark who in Gangseo team is he closest to. Mark,”Uh… No matter who it’s Yoonho?” [dearmymark0802]
8. OP: Jeno what are the merits/demerits of having Renjun as the roommate? Jeno: He’s quiet OP: Is that a merit?? Jeno: ^^ OP: What snacks do you like? Jeno: Gummies.
9. OP: Jisung aren’t you the tallest in NCT Dream. *Jisung smiled* Any secrets to your tall built? Jisung: You just need to reborn [JENOLEE423]
10. OP asked Mark if there’s any rapper he would like to produce songs with, Mark answered Gaeko [nct_sidoo]
11. Jeno said that he looks old/mature. Because OP was too nervous all she did was stare at Jeno. After Jeno signed the album, she realized Jeno wrote “XX-Noona”. OP,”But I’m the same age as you..” So Jeno erased the Noona and wrote XX-ah~ [yellowmark802]
12. OP: Mark says you cook well Haechan: (Shrunk a little and laughed) OP: What are you the most confident in cooking? Haechan: I make really delicious ramyeon! (suddenly became confident and sat upright hahaha) The secret to a delicious ramyeon is bean sprouts.. [nnaximin]
OP: Song you been listening to recently? Jisung: (BTS’s) Spring Day *Jisung wrote noona on the post it note when he was supposed to write it on his photo* OP: Ah! Don’t write it there (post it)! Jisung: Ah! Gosh (ERASES IT) OP: ???? [HAECHANO6O6]
14. OP: What if the younger members aren’t listening? Renjun: (looks at Chenle and did a thumbsup) They are obedient! [saltXcaramel]
15. OP: If Jisung is going to sell Bungeo-ppang in the future, would you sell cream puffs too? Jisung: Nope~ OP: Just red beans? Jisung: Yeah, everything else are just so-so (shakes head) OP: How about pizza? Jisung: Not my style either [saltXcaramel]
16. OP: If you had to give a Korean name to a cat or a dog, what name would you give it? Chenle: Uh………………………. Jisung!! (and he laughed) [nnaximin]
okay first things first: i love and support everyone equally in bts but i feel i need to get this off my chest. can we just appreciate Kim Namjoon?
can we appreciate how much he’s done not only for bts, for the boys, for bighit, for kpop, for his family but for his korean and international fans as well?
like without him bangtan wouldn’t exist. well maybe it would but not in this kind of form. and let’s be honest; this bangtan is the best bangtan.
he’s such an amazing leader too. he’s always there for the other members whenever they’re sad, exhausted, in need of positivity, feel like giving up… they always have a shoulder they can lean on and it’s Namjoon’s. he always makes sure that everyone is okay, everyone is happy and everyone does their best and works hard. he’s the one who always wants the boys to be a part of english conversations to so he helps them with their english whenever he can. he translates english stuff to korean so the boys won’t feel like they’re left out of something. he protects his bandmates at all cost but he also scolds them if they’ve done something wrong (lol papa Joon has no chill)
he proved that just because you’re coming from a small company, you can still make a name for yourself in the music industry. after all: not the company but your work will affect people.
because of Namjoon bts didn’t stop until they became the first kpop group to win an award, break a voting record with 300 million (!!!) votes but still staying the same humble guys they really are. they proved that a simple group that has an amazing leader at front is capable to do anything. buf ofc all 7 of the boys needed to be a part of this to make it work. y'know TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK❤️
can we also appreciate that RapMon proved his family that they made the right choice that day when they allowed him to be a musician instead of making sure he cares about university and stuff. he proved that his family made the right choice because now everyone knows who bts are and with this he shut every hater’s mouth.
and now comes the most important thing: THANK YOU NAMJOON. Thank you for always talking to us i-fans in english, for teaching the boys english, for translating english speeches to korean so your k-fans can understand you as well and basically for inspiring us. For never giving up on us. For always being there with us. For saving our lives. For taking care of us. For talking to us through your lyrics. For never taking a step back whenever you experience hate, a bad scandal or something tough. Thank you for supporting us, loving us, for empowering us to be stronger, to be more confident. Thank you for telling us not to give up on our dreams, never be affraid to try out something new.
Thank you so much for everything, Kim Namjoon. You saved our lives and you changed our lives. Thank you for being the best leader and taking care of our boys. ARMY LOVES YOU RAP MONSTER❤️