I think the most painful realisation comes when you find that you cannot speak your mother tongue as well as you do the language of the land where you grew up. My English is evidence of this. When something as simple as a colour, or the name of an animal in your mother tongue leaves you dumb. Yesterday I could not find the world for ‘turtle’ in Somali, only after my mother reminded me, did I recall knowing it.
We betray our mother tongues, for the languages of nations who will never fully accept us. We let the strangeness infest our mouths until we forget how to accommodate our original tongues.
mother tongue, Farah Gabdon»(via spanishzzombie)
A couple of days ago I went to a university applicants day at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) and went to three language taster sessions, the first one was Mandarin and I soon realised it wasn’t for me I completely get pin yin but the actual characters are so hard to recognise let alone associate tones to.
The second was Arabic and having learnt how to write and read Arabic but never the actual meaning, it was fun I understand conversational Arabic and tbh I would probably sign up for the class.
The final taster was Swahili and it was amazing the tutor was really good, we started of introducing ourselves in Swahili and it was so cool how so much words were similar to Somali. The tutor Donovan told us about how he began studying Swahili at SOAS and is now a teacher there he even has his own book on colloquial Swahili. I was funny watching people struggle to pronounce words which me and my friend (Also Somali) picked up or even understood.
This whole experience made me want to immerse myself into languages, I mean my mum understands and speaks five languages (Somali, English, Italian, Spanish and Arabic) having done Spanish GCSE and forgotten everything as well as understanding but struggling to speak Somali fluently I would love to learn a Asian/African language. If I end up at SOAS I will definitely take up a language.
(I also went to a talk for History which is the course I have applied for and also randomly ended up at a law seminar)
when ur parents go out food shopping
I was actually watching this yesterday and I found out birds eat baby turtles *cries*via beckettbitches
omg this iranianathiest guy is going to give me a heart attack, why is he all up in the somali tag, your giving me high blood pressure just leave somalia alone!
now how do I block this obnoxious guy with his torso on full display smh
Flirtation is an understatement.
Dawkins, in a recent rant on Twitter, admitted that he had not ever read the Quran, but was sufficiently expert in the topic to denounce Islam as the main culprit of all the world’s evil: “Haven’t read Koran so couldn’t quote chapter and verse like I can for Bible. But [I] often say Islam [is the] greatest force for evil today.” How’s that for a scientific dose of proof that God does not exist?
A few days later, on March 25, there was this: “Of course you can have an opinion about Islam without having read the Qur’an. You don’t have to read “Mein Kampf” to have an opinion about Nazism.”
It’s an extraordinary feat for an Oxford scholar to admit that he hasn’t done the research to substantiate his belief, but what’s more extraordinary is that he continues to believe the unsupported claim. That backwards equation — insisting on a conclusion before even launching an initial investigation — defines the New Atheists’ approach to Islam. It’s a pompousness that only someone who believes they have proven, scientifically, the nonexistence of God can possess.
Go team GB
So happy Lizzy Yarnold won gold on the skeleton (yesterday)!
The winter Olympics is only available on interactive, lol it’s so irrelevant in Britain