Misty Mountains - Howard Shore
The other half! Only about a month away now!!!
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After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.
Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?
The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.
She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,
Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.
She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.
Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.
Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.
She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.
To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.
And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.
And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,
With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.
And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.
Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.
They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.
Not everything is lost."
Americans pronouncing it ‘Noo-tella’ as if it were made from fucking hazelnoots.
I learned today what humility means. It is the idea that having learned so much, understood so much, and thought so much, that I can still be wrong. I also learned that Nutella was created in Italy so the Italian pronunciation of the word is associated with the product name. Nutritionally speaking however, it does contain hazelnuts which do contain the word “nut” so the error is understandable. You call it Nutella, that’s fine, we know what you mean. But for god’s sake shut up about it.
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i’m gonna cry men are such a sad joke
WHAT IS EVEN ATTRACTIVE ABOUT THIS. ITS LIKE “TWO GIRLS GETTING PAID TO HOLD A BASEBALL BAT??”
IS THIS WHATS REQUIRED TO GET STRAIGHT MEN TO EAT YOGHURT?
oooooo yeah so sexy lick that boomerang some more mmm i really crave yogurt now oh yeahh
hooooooly crap. #notbuyingit
A part of me is like Why are they licking things… it’s unhygienic. I mean they’re using the phone incorrectly, and I suppose it makes sense to put a sandwich near your mouth, if it were elsewhere I would worry. But in what world do the last three have any business near one’s mouth. Also if you have a hook for a hand, how exactly are you going to hold a spoon. Only a gifted human could eat a yogurt with a spoon, single-handedly (with one hand, not by one’s self). And as confused and irritated as I am with these advertisements, I would love to see a skillful one-handed consumption of Stupid Yogurt - sorry, Powerful Yogurt. Wouldn’t buy it though.
I live in a house that is broken, leaky and cold and I hate it. No one has ever told me that I could live elsewhere, no one has supported the idea when I bring it. So I soldier on. I make my living space the most effective, comfortable, hospitable place I can… and life is ok. But some days, when the winds blow harshly, or the rain falls bitterly, I am reminded that my house is broken. Then one day a man comes along and says, this house is not fit for you, we must build another house. I do not believe the man, I cannot believe him because what he says is outlandish and wrong! How does one even build a house? The house is bigger than me, the house has existed for years, and it will continue to exist… I cannot imagine anything else. But he takes me outside and points out to me all that is wrong with my house: the roof needs patching, the insulation is peeking out of battered walls, the windows are missing panes. And I am reminded of all the times the landlord said he would do this and do that, and how I believed him. But things wouldn’t work out, and I would complain, and then they would be ok, and insidiously they wouldn’t. Now the man poses a question, can you see it, what the world could be like… what it should be like. And in my head, the blueprints of a life worth living begin to take shape. It’s not the house I see in my dreams, but a warm bed, in a dry room, with a cozy fire. And who doesn’t want that? I cannot see the road that leads home, but I believe it is there. No longer does my house seem insurmountable, because I have the audacity to see it for what it is, a cross dimensional notion that answers lie elsewhere. I turn my back on the house, and walk bravely, if not foolishly, to the horizon.
Many years pass and I see my house again, but it isn’t my house. It isn’t anyone’s house. It sits in a museum, free for all to see, the remnant of a bygone era of struggle and toil, upon which the future was to be built.
Oh what a time to be alive, seated at the pinnacle of human endeavor, but are we so different from them? Those that built the house…
- A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
- A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
- Read Real Japanese Fiction
- GENKI: Integrated Elementary Japanese I and II [beginners]
- An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
- Tobira (Gateway to advanced Japanese)
- TextFugu [an online textbook]
- Heisig’s Remembering Kanji
- Basic Kanji Book Vol.1
- Kanji in Context
- Shadowing: Let’s Speak Japanese! (Beginner to Intermediate Level)
- ALC (I use this everyday)
- Goo dictionary
- WWWJDIC (with audio clips)
- JWPce (downloadable dictionary for Windows)
- JEDict (downloadable for Mac users)
- Idiomatic Expressions
- Zokugo-Dict (slang dictionary) [Japanese only]
- Idioms dictionary [Japanese only]
- Counters dictionary
- Hovering dictionaries:
→Rikaikun for Chrome
→Rikaichan for Firefox
→Floating Dictionary for Mac
- Current Affairs dictionary
- Imiwa? (a dictionary for the iPhone)
- Tagaini Jisho (downloadable for Windows, Mac and Linux)
- Nihongodict (also an app. for iPhone and Android phones)
- Jisho (I use this for spelling kanji for if I can’t read it)
- Yamasa (I use this for learning to write)
- A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters
- Handwritten kanji search
- Associative Kanji Learning (stroke orders)
- WaniKani (reviewed and explained here)
- Hukumusume Fairytales
- 竹取（Bamboo-Cutting） (vertical writing)
- 吉田秀幸の日記（Hideyuki Yoshida’s Diary） (recipes)
- Chokochoko’s reading texts to help with JLPT
- TED Talks (with Japanese subtitles and transcripts)
- Learning through Films [Japanese subtitles/scripts]
- Blue Sky Library (public domain books, explained here)
- Japan-Guide [for getting Japanese penpals]
- 原稿用紙の使い方 (How to write an essay with Japanese writing paper)
- Shiritori (Japanese word-chain game)
- iTalki [similar to Lang-8]
- 手書きブログ (Blogging by hand)
- Afternoon Hirusagari
- Jet Daisuke
- Analog TV Forever (collections of adverts)
- Real Japanese Studio
Japanese sign language.
- Holy crap Japanese
- Nihongo ga Suki
- Jumpstart Japanese
- Japanese Idioms
- Nadine Nihongo
- That Japan Addict
- A Little Help with Japanese
- Japanese through Fandom
- F-Yeah Native Japanese
- J-Vocab of the Day
- PuniPuni Japan
- ぶらりめし [Japanese only]
- Peaceful Chef [Japanese only]
- Japanese Revision (my blog for intermediates)
Those studying in Japan.
- Lots of threads with a variety of resources for Japanese learning
- JLPT Resources
- Anki (flashcards for your computer, phone and online)
→Yomichan (plug-in for Anki)
- Quizlet (flashcards)
- DJT and Okra’s pastebins (lots of resources and textbooks for download, etc)
- Japanese.Livejournal (including tips on using IME)
- Human Japanese (for PC and phones, excl. Linux)
I’ve added even more to the list since I first posted this and am continuing to add new things to it. So, I thought I’d re-post it. As always, if anyone has anything they would like to add, let me know!
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