Literally

What if every time you used the word “literally” incorrectly or unnecessarily, someone died (literally rather than figuratively)? We’d be extinct by the end of the year!

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#WordsofWisdom … in Other Languages

You know you spend too much time studying languages when you answer “Keyfa haluuk?” with “io sto bene”!!!

Those who can’t do- teach. Those who CAN do- CAN’T teach.

#wordsofwisdom #fromships

Haaaaaave You Met Ted?

Remember that post I wrote a few weeks ago? The one about choosing one word to describe yourself? This one here (in case you missed it). I had always used the word “eclectic”, sometimes even “eccentric”, to describe myself. In the post I also decided the word “genuine” would be a good fit. Recently, thanks to my aforementioned watching too much TV, I learned a new word that fits pretty perfectly: “anhedonic”. According to the dictionary, it means “lack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it”. Basically, it means you’re never happy. Not necessarily in the slit-my-wrists-depressed sort of way, but in the nothingisevergoodenoughalwayssearchingformore kind of way.

an·he·do·ni·a [an-hee-doh-nee-uh]

Noun PsychologyLack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it.
Origin:
1895–1900; < Greek an- an-1+ hēdon ( ) pleasure + -ia -ia
Related forms
an·he·don·ic [an-hee-don-ik], adjective
Example:

Ted, if you wanted to be married by now you would be but your not and you know why? Because you’re irrationally picky, you’re easily distracted, and you’re utterly anhedonic.”

That’s me!  I mentioned before my personality similarities to Dr. House, but scratch that. I am Ted Mosby. I have only just started watching How I Met Your Mother from the beginning (after a year of harping from my friends), and at least through Season One, I have found what is somewhat the story of my life. Although, if you read this blog, you would probably think that TV is the story of my life. Funny thing is– I don’t watch that much TV. 

A Nerd by Any Other Name…

Like all good observations this one comes from a random background story.  I was trying to write a thank-you email for a job interview and I wanted to reiterate how my “nerdy” tendencies would make me a great librarian.  I knew “nerdy” would not be an appropriate professional word, so I used the thesaurus to find a better term.  Turns out there is no better term because “nerdy” does not mean what I always thought it had.

I always thought it meant someone very intelligent and knowledgeable and simply lacking social skills.  The negative connotation always came from the fact that people were jealous of a nerd’s intellect.  According to the thesaurus, however, “nerdy” means almost the exact opposite.  It means someone/thing tasteless, foolish or imbecile, a buffoon.  The negative connotation should actually be placed in the fact that “nerdy” is something not to be taken to seriously.  I suspect the only person who may have known this was Shakespeare, for he always made The Fool his wisest character.

I only share this with you because I have always considered myself a bit of a grammar nazi and I hate when people misuse the word “ironic”.  Now I will hate when people misuse the word “nerd”.

See for yourself: NERDY in a thesaurus

Rosetta Stone what?

Allora, alors, ثم , so…. for those of you who don’t know me, I like learning languages (have we not already established my high level of nerd?).  And if you saw my post a couple weeks ago (this one) I planned to study the main three I know (French, Italian, and Arabic) on a regular schedule.  Well we all knew that wouldn’t actually happen.  I am, however, refreshing all of my French as I may or may not have claimed to be fluent in it for the sake of getting a job (after twelve years of studying it I should be able to say I am fluent!!!)  Plus, I am teaching one of my friends across the country French, which helps me remember everything too.  (And I have found I enjoy making lessons for it… maybe I would make a good teacher…)

In any case, I long ago discovered that I will never be entirely proficient at anything as once I have learned what I feel is “enough” of something, I get bored.  So instead, I have decided to learn a little bit of EVERY language.  Well, every major language anyways.  Starting with the six languages of the UN (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin).  If I can learn the five most essential phrases in every language (Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank You, Excuse Me) I  will consider myself successful.

Mind you this is all a hobby.  You’d think there would be a bigger job market for people with such linguistic skills, but not so much.  At least not that I’ve been able to find.  And no I can’t join the military.  Already checked, too many medical conditions.  (Which, by the way, my “eating healthy” plan did not help but in fact, made worse!)

Anyways, we shall see how it goes.  The problem with self study is I tend to get distracted and then forget everything I have learned.  So if anyone wants to help me with any languages, I will gladly accept (I recently lost my Arabic teacher, so that would be especially helpful)!  I could stand to learn a few curse words too 😉

I do have a method in mind for actually completing this plan, and when I finish I will post the final result!  (Note: I did not say how long this might take…)

Plan for Bettering Myself

In my efforts to make myself better, and feel better (physically and emotionally) I have developed a weekly regimen for bettering myself.  Ideally, I would love to be like ladies of some means in Victorian times where all I would have to do is study arts and languages all day long.  Unfortunately, I have to actually work for a living.  However, I have included language studying as much as possible as it is the only useful skill I have developed to hopefully obtain a career.  I have also included dancing, as it is my preferred means of physical exercise.  Perhaps eventually I will be able to squeeze in piano or guitar, as I have tried on numerous occasions to learn both.  The dietary idea came form some research I did as to why I always feel congested.  I knew dairy was a huge culprit in causing congestion, but I had no idea that so was Gluten and Refined Sugar.  I do not find myself string enough to give up any of these entirely, especially not working in the restaurant that I do, so, I have decided to give up one at a time, one day a week.  Hopefully minimizing them in my system will help me feel better, especially coupled with eating healthier in general.

And without further ado, here is my plan:

Jenna’s Plan to Better Herself

Day of Week

Dietary

Exercise

Study

Other

Thursday

Dairy Free Day

Line dancing

Arabic

Friday

Work

Saturday

Dancing

Religion/Torah

Work or Theme Park/Events

Sunday

Swing

Monday

Gluten Free Day

Arabic, ASL

‘Castle’ night

Tuesday

Vegan Day

Yoga/ Swing

Arabic, French

Tutor

Wednesday

Sugar Free Day

Yoga

Arabic, Italian

Grocery Shopping

*Items in italics are not definitive and depend on work schedule/funds

You will notice that weekends are pretty lax.  This is mainly because this is when I am busiest and lack time to really eat, let a lone study anything.  And when I do have a weekend day off, I am usually spending it at a theme park or other event where I do not wish to limit my gastronomic choices.  I have also tried to include some socialization time so as not to further my depression.  Dancing involves socialization, as do theme park days (usually).  And I have scheduled a TV show night with my little brother to help with family bonding.

All of this will probably be constantly changed and edited, but I hope to keep you updated as to how well it works and perhaps you can try making one for yourself 🙂

En Français (Je m’ennuie)

Je me sens comme écrire en français par un raison que je ne sais pas.  Alors, je vais écrire ce poste de rien d’importance, mais – en français.  Je n’ai pas écrit en français depuis beaucoup de temps, alors, j’espère que ma grammaire est bien.  J’ai besoin d’apprendre beaucoup de la langue encore.  La mêmes avec l’italien.  C’est un peu difficile quand on n’a pas personne avec qui de practiquer.  Il n’y a pas beaucoups de francophones en Floride, et moins de personnes qui parle l’italien.  Maintenant, j’apprends l’arabique, de qui plus de personnes parlent (mais pas autant  l’espagnol).  C’est tous pour maintenant.  Je voudrais pouvoir de penser en français encore, et  écriver un poém en français.

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