Saturday, October 24, 2020

Been a while

 Sorry dear reader(s), it's been a while. War and Peace is dragggggggging. Almost 50%. Meanwhile had to read something different so I quickly read Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds, one of my favorite hard scifi authors. Permafrost was a quick read, which I needed. Highly recommended.

Besides W&P just started Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. Needed something in the 100-199 for my Dewey Decimal challenge. It's ok. I've got a funny running review going that I'll publish when I'm done. 

Language-wise, just submitted the first homework for Lesson 6 in Coptic. I dropped the Hittite class. It was too much with the Coptic. We finally got to independent pronouns so can say things like I am an angel of God (ⲁⲛⲅ̅-ⲟⲩⲁⲅⲅⲉⲗⲟⲥ ⲛ̅ⲧⲉ ⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ). We'll be on this lesson for three weeks, then apparently the real fun starts with verbs!

Still learning Sinhala from my lifeguard friend. Phrases are coming more naturally, but haven't been swimming due to an injury, so I'll have to review before I go back to the pool on Monday!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Code-switching sh!t

 Was riding along in a truck today with a man from eastern Africa. He was talking with another woman from the same place. The language they shared was either Somali or Afar, I couldn't tell for sure. 

Crux of the issue was that some laundry bags went missing. Or, rather, they were transported to another laundry facility in error. This man thought my bag was the only one. Nope. The woman stopped us from leaving, shouting and holding more laundry bags. 

My friendly driver started yelling at her, more like with her, I'm sure about these bags ending up in the wrong place. I was listening to their language when in the middle of these discussions I heard "What is this shit?" 

So, either there are words in Somali or Afar that sound like /wʌt ɪz ðɪs ʃɪt/ or my friend was code-switching. Granted, his love of that phrase (he said it at least half a dozen times in one conversation) may simply be borrowing, vice code-switching (or code-mixing), but still, it threw me for a loop and I've been giggling all day. Nice to have a laugh daily!

The Double, by Jose Saramago

 This is my first Saramago that I've read. My wife loved  Blindness . I couldn't get into it years ago when I attempted it. But this...