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Urgh’s invention

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Write a piece of fiction describing the incident that gave rise to the phrase, “third time’s the charm.”

Urgh was very tired of carrying heavy weights from one place to another dragging them with a wooden platform and ropes, when he stepped in a cylindrical stone, his big right foot slipped and he fell down with din. Arg! he said looking at the guilty stone. He got up very angry and continued pushing his load . suddenly he noticed that the platform passed easily over the round stone. Next time he was carrying a big load, Urgh took the same way and was careful not to stumble upon the same stone, but he was sure to make pass the platform over it and again he found it was much easier to push the weight because the stone was rolling beneath. He stopped took the stone and said: Uh?. Third time, Urgh went directly to the spot where the stone was and brought it home. His neighbours were laughing at him for carrying so much extra weight, but he didn’t care. He began to think hard and to go out to the mountain in search for bigger stones. Then he started carving the stones to make them perfectly round with a little hole in the middle. He just had invented the wheel. Like many others, he was a misunderstood genius. According to Wikipedia his invention wasn’t generalised until many millenniums later when other men invented the chariots with wooden wheels.

History of Language.

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Ah! fluency

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If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

I  would like to wake up and be fluent in the languages I speak. I can understand at least five languages without problems but I’m not fluent in all of them because of lack of practice. Ah! Fluency. What a difficult goal.

Just to answer the prompt: A language I currently don’t speak? I would probably choose German and use it to enjoy vocal classic music. Operas, operettas, oratorios and lieder. I love them. And I hate to depend on the translation. It distracts me from the music. I would like to experience the feeling that is hidden in understanding the meaning of the words along with the music. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss…

I can follow Italian opera, English music, Spanish music, French music, But I cannot follow German music the same way because of the language.

Because I live in Pamplona, Navarre, close to the Basque land, as a second choice I would choose the basque language as a cultural interest. It’s a strange language, of an unknown origin, spoken by a minority in my community. I tried to learn it years ago without success, because those years I decided to focus in my English and I quitted. I remember that the time I spent learning basque was very interesting. My goal was to understand and be understood. Now I only remember some basic sentences.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll try again. I like to learn languages. It’s like discovering new worlds. But right now I guess it would be better to revisit my old known languages to improve my skills before trying new ones.

Daily Post: Take That, Rosetta!.

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Determination

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Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

No time. A lot of things to do off-line.

No inspiration. Feeling that everything I do is wrong.

No good health

No good English

I do not need reasons to unplug, I need determination to do the contrary every day.

I do it because I feel I’m in contact with all of you and otherwise I’ll be in a much smaller world.

I enjoy your company. Being part of this community of bloggers.

This is why I plug-in every day and check the daily prompt. This is why I try to read your posts and see what you have to say about the topic of the day. Learn from you. Take the challenge and write in a language I love but is not my first language. All to communicate with you.

I have a lot of reasons to unplug, but you are the reason because I will not.

Daily Prompt: Bloggers, Unplugged.

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Let’s talk, no matter how

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file0001152650686The language of the future: what will it be like? Write an experimental post using some imagined vocabulary — abbreviations, slang, new terms.

I’ll pass. I can’t even keep pace with today’s abbreviations, so I don’t feel like making predictions about how the language will be in the future. Call me a dinosaur, but I have to ask about the meaning of LoL and things like that. I can’t read a SMS or other text messages by my nephews and nieces without a translator.  For me it is like chinese. 我无法跟上今天的缩写,俚语,新词汇,所以我不知道该怎么写了一篇关于未来. (I hope the translator worked).

Seriously. I have no imagination for this. Languages change with society uses and I can’t preview how society will be a century from now. I hope will be respectful with the traditions and the richness of the language.

I know the language is alive and will evolve. I don’t know how will evolve the spoken language. I guess humans will always need words to organize and express their thinking. Even when it’s difficult to do so. I seriously hope people will continue to try to find the right words to express their ideas no matter how difficult they are, now and a hundred years from now, for the good of humanity. Better talk and try to understand each other than fight. We have too much wars and fights and too much need of serious talks to stop them no matter how the languages evolve.

Daily Prompt: 2100.

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Without adjective

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Is political correctness a useful concept, or does it stifle honest discussion? 

Political correctness has a problem. It’s political. And today in politics is hard to find honesty. I can’t see why we can’t talk or write using simply a “correct” language without adjectives. And if it’s not only correct but brilliant, better. Forget “political”. Political is boring. Be correct, respectful, creative, honest, brilliant if you can.

Daily Prompt: P.C..

Related article.

http://josephrathjen.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/the-facade-of-politically-correct/

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A Real Live Universal Compatible Translator

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We have a lot of things and technologies to communicate but thousands of languages to misunderstand each other. I think each language is a precious cultural heritage to its people and humanity. But it is sad to go to another Country and be unable to talk and understand properly.

It would be a good thing to have some sort of  live universal translator we could take with us when we are walking out, talking with somebody, compatible with others, containing all the known languages, so we could understand everything immediately. And I’m not talking about a gizmo that would make us look at a screen to search for a text and a bad translation. I’m talking about something intuitive, instantaneous, able to give you the possibility to chat with another person in two languages without getting tired at the third sentence. Obviously, to make this work,  the other person have to have a compatible translator too. This way you will be able to talk, understand and listen at the same time the sounds and emotions of the languages of other people. Maybe is an old Idea. Maybe is on the go. Who knows!

Daily Prompt: The Next Big Thing.