Yep, I’m Still Here

November 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff, Issues, Life, School) (, , , , , , )

I don’t know why, but I have had the hardest time writing on my blog recently.  My life really can’t be that boring…

Ok, keys.  Last week, I went through no fewer than 3 sets of keys in the course of the week.  I locked my keys in the car… It took my 20 minutes to find the spare… I forgot about a set of keys in my jacket pocket… I left a set of keys in my weekly packing… I have since found all my keys and always have access to three copies.

Cabbage.  I want to know whose stupid idea it was to put cabbage on sandwiches.  Nasty!

In super exciting news, Griffin (Phoenix’s half brother) was born this past weekend.  He is super cute and friendly.  Pictures of both boys here.

Let’s see… what else.

In about 2 weeks I’m going to see the TransSiberian Orchestra (it’s a rock orchestra that does a christmas tour every year).  Here is their 2009 Promo:

It’s a lot of fun!!!!

My internship is wonderful! I really can’t say more about it, but I’m working with a great group of people on some really neat things and I’m greatly saddened by the fact that it is already half over.

I’m still backlogged with school.  Six things I absolutely must do this week (write a paper, turn in a paper, register for classes x2 schools, get an extension form signed, write contracts for 2 classes).  Everything else can wait a little bit.

In my study of German, I am now learning country and language names, which are actually kinda neat, because they are really similar to English, but just different enough that they sound really neat.  For example Ich bin Amerikanerin.  Ich spreche Englisch. However, my spelling still stinks.

I really can’t think of anything else to write right now…. I’ll try to write more often!

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School

July 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm (Fall 2009, Life, School, Summer 2009) (, , )

I take classes year round (the summer would be so boring otherwise…..).  But I don’t know why, I love this time of year when the new school year is just starting.  I don’t know, somehow its just so exciting 🙂

It also helps that I just got notification that I got a scholarship ($1000 per semester, renewable for 6 semesters) from Phi Theta Kappa.  Not too shabby.

Also nice that I just ordered some stuff to practice my german (it was exciting that I understood enough to navigate Amazon’s German website).  It should be here in 8-12 business days. Yay!

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Cop Talk and other Languages

April 9, 2009 at 6:09 am (Fun Stuff, Life) (, , )

So, I was thinking today…… (and is you read my blog, well usually my other blog, with any regularity, you’ll notice my interest in language) What really counts as a language?

Well, Merriam Webster defines language as follows:

From Anglo-French langage, from lange, langue tongue, language, from Latin lingua

The words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community.

So, by that definition, in addition to the 116 “official” languages (according to wikipedia), there are thousands of languages used by all the sub-cultures of the world.  Then wikipedia went on to say something completely fascinating:

Every minute the number of languages change because either speakers of one uncommon language die, or a child who will learn to use language in a different way than his/her parents is born.

I mean, it makes sense that languages come and go, but the idea that languages evolve simply by a child learning to use language in a slightly different way is really interesting.

Anyway, with this idea that every subculture (see I did learn something in school) has its own language, I guess I would consider myself to be fluent in two languages and currently studying two others.  Obviously (at least I hope so) my native language is English.  Not the most interesting language, until you start getting into the different dialects.  This map shows the 26 (plus Alaska and Hawaii) generally accepted English dialects.

This website then goes into details of the slight variations of each dialect – from different pronunciations to different words.  This website also has a lot of interesting information about American English dialects.

Then, there is cop talk.  This is the language of a subculture.  But it is no way universal among all police department; different departments use different codes (the basis of this language), and therefore have slightly different languages.  This language is mostly English, but there are enough codes and phrases mixed in that it can be difficult for people unfamiliar with the language to understand.  For example if you’re familiar with cop talk, something like “running code to a 962 where the driver is 692” may make perfect sense, but if you’re not, you may know that was “an emergency (lights and siren) response to a car accident with injuries where the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Ich studiere auch Deutsches. Dieses ist mein zweites Semester. Ich habe Rosetta Stein benutzt, weil es nicht eine Kategorie gibt, die an meiner Schule angeboten wird. Ich werde wirklich ziemlich mit dem Programm beeindruckt. Vor kurzem erhielt ich Art von festem auf einer der Lektionen, weil, indem die Rechtschreibung auf Deutsch, nicht groß ist, und das Programm lässt Sie nicht fortfahren, bis Sie eine Lektion führen. Meine Hoffnung ist, nach Deutschland zu reisen und muss nicht hoffen, dass die Leute dort Englisch sprechen. (Ok, so my German isn’t that good yet, I am hoping the online translator is at least close in their translation… I’ll try to check it tomorrow…)

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Two Observations

September 25, 2008 at 4:57 am (Fall 2008, Life) (, , , , )

This semester, I am finally learning German.  Such a lovely language.  And, I don’t think I will ever cease to be amused by the fact that German is the only language where every noun is capitalized.  Also, I love the word Äpful cause it is so much more fun to say than apple.

On WordPress, I can see what searches lead to this particular blog.  I think its fun to try those searches myself to see what else might show up.  For example, today someone searched for “because I am a college student” with these results.

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