Archive | November 2016

2 years later..

Hey there, if someone is still reading this!

It’s been a WHILE since I last posted in this blog and things have changed. 2 years ago I was about to leave for my exchange year, I wasn’t fully ready for that experience and the first few months were almost a nightmare, but in the end it ended up being the best thing I’ve ever done and Malaysia feels like a second home. I won’t write too much about it because I really don’t feel like to and because it is not really the point of this blog post. 2 years later I have changed and looking back at the posts in this blog, I think I did for the best. These two years were packed, between my year abroad and graduating high school my mind was focused on different things and I literally drifted off the whole “trying to be a polyglot” thing. Not that I’ve lost my interest in languages, it is very much still there and I can proudly say that Malay is now part of my “language list”, but my approach towards languages is completely different now and still I am trying to make it fit into my current life. After graduating high school with 100\100 I was confused. I’ve never really talked about it in this blog but I have I huge passion for drawing and visual storytelling, literally I could stay hours doing it, it is my passion and I would love one day to have a job in the artistic field. This summer was difficult under many points of view because I cannot afford art school and I felt terrible, I still feel it is very unfair that I worked so hard during high school, that I have a basically perfect student curriculum and received no merits whatsoever for my scolastic archievements. Anyways, 2 years ago I would heve probably complained about it forever without actually do nothing to get where I want to go. And here comes the whole point of this blog post, I am not the same anymore and it is difficult for me to keep a blog that carries so many memories of the “old me”. Not that I have completely revolutioned my mind, I am still the same but take all of the thoughts that I had 2 year ago and put it into an almost 20 years old person with a bigger baggage of expirience on their back. I am writing this with no nostalgia, I like the person I am now and I kind of admire the 16 years old me who wanted to be the best despite all the problems they were facing. Now I write to you from England, where I hope I have a better chance to make my dreams come true, and step by step I know I can do it!

I actually don’t know if I want to keep on with this blog. I kind of  want to but at the same time I don’t, I feel so far away from the whole concept of this blog but at the same time I missed sharing my journey through learning new languages. So far, all I can say is that I cannot really promise anything to you. If I will continue please feel free to follow me and share whatever with me. If I won’t, well thank you for reading it so far, if you are interested in the more artistic\cultural side of the internet me you can follow me on instagram @benniederhamster !

Thank you for reading untill here, I hope you all are having a nice day!

~Bennie

 

P.S.

Just because this is still a language based blog I thought I could do a little update to my languages list, just for fun!

Italian – native speaker

English- still struggling a bit with some points but I guess I can say I am fluent, I understand and speak without problems except few mistakes.

Japanese- It has been ages since I last opened a Japanese text book and actually spoke it but I can still understand most of it without problems. When I listen to songs in Japanese I get like 85% of the lyrics sometimes. Movies, I can understand most of the spoken conversations. Still I need to brush up a lot.

Korean- Same with Japanese honestly, maybe a little bit less. I’ve finished an intermediate level textbook and read manhwas with little difficulty but still I feel very much like a biginner.

Malay- I am intermediate. I understand it almost completely except very specific vocabulary. I can speak it with very few problems, even if sometimes I mix it with Manglish.

Chinese- No news on this side. If a programme on tv is subbed with hanzi I can get most of what is being said(power of the kanji!), and some bits of spoken. I cannot speak it very well though, tones are still a pain in the …

French- Studied that in school. I am very much school level at it. I can understand it, spoken and written but my pronounciation is awful and my vocabulary limited.

German- See above with French.

 

 

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