Mhh, it depends on how I'm feeling.
The small village is somewhere I would go to retire from stress and daily activities, but I would enjoy that kind of holiday with someone I love.
The big city is more like an adventure, meeting new people, seing something new, or just being in a place where nobody knows me and I feel completely free. The sea is not really important. I live in napoli, I can go to the sea anytime I want, but I generally don't go swimming, I just enjoy watching it.
No, but I actually came across a card from cat Woman today with a scene from it and was thinking I might want to watch it. I usually hate the shows that "everyone talks about", it's a thing that just irritates me 😳
I kinda love/hate it. I love the feeling of freedom that travelling somewhere distant gives me, but flying can be very annoying with all the time wasted at security, the feeling of being stuck in a box on the plane...for some reason I enjoy walking in the airport, it really makes me feel like I'm "going somewhere".
Mhh yes, it's not like one of my favourite things to eat but I like them. I've only had them like 4-5 times though because they're not very diffused here, and sometimes they were definitely not done right. I assume they're not supposed to have a strong egg taste...?
You mean people from Iraq or the country itself? I'm afraid I don't know much about it, I don't know anyone from Iraq personally, all I know about the country is what we hear in the news and the only thing I can say is it mustn't be an easy place to live in.
I would love to get to know someone who actually lives there though, so I could get a more authentic idea of what it really is like. Are you from Iraq?
I don't live in Capri, I live in Napoli which is the closest city.
I like the weather, the food, the still strong bond people have with our traditions, the language, the incredible amount of history and cultural influences we had. The musical tradition, the folklore, the coffee, the chilled out and witty attitude we are well known for.
What I don't like? This city has been left to itself for too long. It's chaotic, there is no organisation whatsoever, public transport is a nightmare, most public services are non existent, everything has to be "oiled" with money to move along. People do not believe in the government and they have reason to do so, but they also don't take responsibility for their own land and get involved in the administration. It's like no one believes in the possibility of change, everyone is just living their lives "minding their own business" and accepting the precariousness of this life like there's nothing else. We have so much cultural, artistic and natural beauty that we could live off tourism and be one of the most wonderful places in the world, but we just don't take care of our land.
Alty, it's surprising how much Italian I understand, despite never having learnt a word of it. Knowledge of other Romance languages really helps you get the gist. I imagine that English is harder if you're starting from Italian.
Neutrally Interested, I would lay a hundred to one that there are people who care deeply about you: you just don't realise it yet. Keep going for their sake, even when you don't feel like going on for your own. And talk to someone face-to-face -- someone wise, someone you can trust. Everyone has dark times. Everyone feels hopeless and alone sometimes: at least, real people do. There's no shame in it. It takes courage to open up and be real.
Neutrally Interested, no, you shouldn't. You wanna know why? One simple reason: until you're alive, there's always a chance, however remote, that things could get better. The moment you die, that chance is gone, forever. Whether you believe in afterlife, reincarnation or just nothing, this life is gone and so are all the possibilities it held.
That's what I think about when I feel like that. That's what has kept me going since I was more or less 11yo. I hope it helps you too. And please feel free to contact me if you need to talk.
Thank you ❤ I always appreciate when people compliment me on my English, it means a lot to me.
Yes it is very uncommon and kinda difficult for Italians, mostly because we have localisation on everything, movies are dubbed rather than subtitled etc...so people have little to no motivation to learn English and the lack of exposure to the language, especially in early life, plays a big part.
Honestly I can say my English skills are mostly due to passion. I had a good teacher in junior school, she thought me the basics and she was kinda scary, so that helped eheh but after that, I just loved it so much that I kept studying it my whole life. I tried to find every possible way to improve my English: music, films, penpals etc... I think my obsessive compulsive personality also helped eheh, when I watch a movie I want to make sure I understand every single word. That means sometimes it took me more than one night to watch an entire film because I kept pausing and going back 😂
Alty, that sounds awesome! I care a lot about languages as well and I'm actually trying to learn Italian 😅My boyfriend is Italian and only a few of his friends are able to speak a little English. He says the same as you, but also he didn't have English in school! And it sounds like you did? Maybe there is a difference in schools.. He is only able to speak English because he was in USA for 3 years and had to learn it. I can honestly say I have never experienced any Italian write as good English as you. Bel lavoro! 👏👏
Sandrafox, really, he never studied English in school? How old is he? English is thought VERY BADLY in Italian schools but I think it has been mandatory for a very long time now...most people still get out of school without being able to speak it, because our English classes are a joke.
Alty, he is 33 years old, but even his brother who is 25 has only had English at university and only knows the very basic.. Yeah I get that if even your teachers are bad at english it is difficult for them to teach you properly, which I guess must be the problem?
And a new question for you; do you feel more Italians should learn English or more maybe you guys should stop to dub movies and in that way try to make people hear English or..? What is your opinion on this?
I think the dubbing really makes a difference, yes. The only countries that have dubbing in Europe, as far as I know, are Italy, Spain and France (maybe Portugal too but I'm not sure), and these are the countries where most people don't speak English at all.
It's also true that these are probably the few countries where the main language isn't germanic. Learning English for a German/dutch/Swedish speaker is easier because the languages have more in common, but in language learning, motivation is a key. As children we learn a language because we need it to communicate and understand others. If the only need you have is completing school homework, you will never really learn.
Another reason why I think it's really important to have movies subtitled rather than dubbed is early exposure: if you get used to hearing English since you are little, even if it's because your parents are watching a film that you can't understand because you're too young to read, you get acquainted to the sounds of the language. That makes it much easier to reproduce them later when you start studying it in school.
I also think that our teaching system is outdated, and that most teachers don't do enough to make their students really develop interest and understand the importance of speaking English, but I know that even with the best teacher, if all you have is those few hours a week in school, you'll never really learn much.
I agree with you as well on the motivation thing, if you are in a country where you are unable to talk to people unless you learn their language, you will learn faster and even better than in school. And btw, forget my last question in my previous response lol. You pretty much answered me here about the teachers ;)
Sandrafox, I wasn't talking about the education system per se, it's the teaching techniques that are outdated, at least for what concerns languages. I haven't been in school for over 10 years and I hope things are changing though.
I don't think they are.. My boyfriend has a pretty young colleague who just finished his first course of english. I met him a couple of days ago and since I thought that he was able to speak (at least a little) english, I slowly said "how are you?" He looked back at me like a deer caught in the headlights. My boyfriend later explained that his colleague "wasn't prepared to have to speak English" and that's why he wasn't able to respond. So for me it seems like the way some Italians learn English must be wrong in a way, because if you are unable to use it for a conversation, what are you gonna do with it? 🙈
Sandrafox, yes, A LOT of people have that problem here. They say "I understand English and I can write and read but I can't speak it". That's why I say the system is outdated. They're still teaching English like the it's some sort of exercise, like mathematics. The problem is the teachers themselves, most of the time, don't really speak that well and have hardly ever lived abroad.
purpletrain, that is interesting, so how did you learn English, for example? Just in school? What kind of lessons did you have, what would you do in class? Do Germans have opportunities to speak English in their daily lives at all, without travelling? For an Italian person living in Italy, it is very rare to need to speak English, unless they work with tourists or in international business etc...
Alty, I live in the German speaking part of Switzerland, sorry for the confusion. Firstly I wanted to learn English because I wanted to understand song lyrics. (I remember how I translated M.J. 'Dirty Diana' as a little kid with a dictionary. ) During obligatory school (9 years) I only had 1 year English lessons but during apprenticeship I took English classes by choice for two more years. Frankly, I don't remember how they teached us but I was motivated and so I've learned quite a bit there. In general people in Switzerland don't need English in daily living. I think it's about the same as in Italy. If you work in tourism or an international company you have to speak English, otherwise not. On the other hand I have to admit that a lot of people (including me) talk English if they talk to a person of an other part of Switzerland. My French is very bad and I can't speak Italian at all, so it's just easier for both if we use English.
Markus Prime, you have no idea 😂 and I was only 11-12 when I started, so many things I didn't know, and no Uncle Google to help me out.
My parents saw how much I was into English and by the time I was 14 (I think) they bough me a dictionary of American slang 😂
Alty, also, perhaps, because the range of native Italian accents is narrower than the range of native English-speaking accents? I don't know. What do you think? Your English is better than my non-existent Italian.
Markus Prime, actually we have a wide variety of local dialects/languages that are completely different from each other. People from Northern Italy would not understand me if I spoke neapolitan, for example. But when we speak Italian the differences are not as big.
Sorry guys. You become a legionary by helping plag grow. The devs decide who "gets in", so if you have ideas on how to improve or spread plag, bring them along in the legion candidates area. As for the benefits, it depends on your point of view I guess. Legionaries can access beta testing and have little previews of future developments of the app. Personally, I just like the idea of helping with the translation of an app :)
Obtiks, well, I think I've always had it, at least since I was 11 I remember having really dark moments. Sometimes it makes it hard to function. Live a normal life, go out, work etc...is there anything specific that you would like to know?
Obtiks, I think I realised it around the age of 14...I don't think anything caused it, I think I'm just "made" that way. It has become evident with puberty, because hormonal fluctuations severely impact my moods, but I don't remember being a "happy child" before...I've always been a bit gloomy and isolation was my natural state.
Obtiks, yes I have one younger brother. 14 is when I started missing school and being so anxious that I would spend the whole night awake. I remember having my first suicidal thoughts when I was 11. I just didn't understand what was going on and thought I was just shy and bullied.
Obtiks, mostly I worry about the next day, what I'm going to do, how I'm going to manage it, I don't feel like the world is broken, I feel like it's me who can't keep up with it, the world has a "structure", a way things must go and people must act, and I don't feel like I can keep up. I feel tired, and sad, and disgusted, and like I'm never gonna fit in and everything is just too heavy.
Describe my brother physically or his personality? He's the opposite of me, dark skin, curly hair, thin body. He has his own personality issues but I don't feel like it would be right to talk about it without him knowing.
Alty, aah, the burdens of fitting in.
I never tried to fit in, so i would not know.
I was just like, i did not care about what people thought of me, or talked about me behind my back.
Since I did not care, nobody really cared about talking behind my back either.
Also, I did not mean to pry about your brother.
Its just that my brother helped me through my dark times.
So i was kind of asking about your relation with your brother.
Obtiks, it has decreased on some aspects but others become heavier in time. I no longer worry about social life, doing what people do to have fun etc, but I can't afford that when it comes to working, so I'm still struggling a lot.
Obtiks, I have two jobs at the moment: I teach English in a primary school 2 mornings a week (5-9 year olds) and I work in a small company in the afternoon as a translator for international customers. How about you?
Obtiks, it's very difficult 😂 it's my first experience with a full class but I've found it harder than, say, teaching teenagers. You have to learn how to speak simply, make sure they don't kill each other, make the lesson interesting but simple. On the other hand they hardly realise it if you make mistakes 😂 but I think teaching primary school is the greatest responsibility a teacher can have. They have no other way to learn than to follow you. If you've a useless teacher in high-school, students can always find knowledge somewhere else (read books, talk, use the Internet). If you are a bad teacher in primary school, you're wasting the most precious time of their lives.
Areas are dependent on your location, so if you are using plag from Tokyo you will receive a notification that you entered the Tokyo area and you'll be asked to join in. There are apps on Android that let you spoof your location so you should be able to join areas using a fake gps position, but mine doesn't work anymore. I don't know if it's just my gps app or if plag has made this impossible for everyone.
Plenty. I dream of travelling the world, finding inspiration to write a book, finding love, learning all about new cultures and languages, becoming a cultural mediator. Right now I'm dreaming about moving back to London.
Mr.MMD, I make friends with people who share interests and values with me. If someone is nice enough, skintone is not something I need to "consider".
Never watched Manchester by the sea. Watched Titanic when I was 12, with my school at the cinema, so yeah, I probably cried.
There's too many 🙈 I can't resist anything made with potatoes 🥔 crisps, chips, mash, croquettes...and in general I would say that a simple plate of pasta with tomato sauce and basil will always make me happy.
Oh, good! I was wondering if you'd got bored, or put it in the past. What I was wanting to ask though... is there a question you've been waiting for someone to ask? Seems that could be an interesting topic.
Mhh...none that I can think of right now. Maybe there was some when I started this card but I honestly do not remember. I do like to be asked "original" questions, questions that make me think or tell me something about the person who asks, so I'm always pleased to get one of those.
Omg. I don't know. Everything and nothing. I tend to look at natural things more than anything. Plants, flowers, fallen leaves on the ground. And dogs! And children. I don't pay too much attention to people or shop windows. Most of the time I forget to look at the street lights before crossing. I prefer everything that is simple, raw and emotional rather than complex and rational. If that makes sense.
Sounds good to me. So would you say you've got a vocabulary of symbols, as it were? From my perspective, can you detect the visceral in the rational? Freebie: one of my favourite sayings, from an unknown Japanese scholar: what good is rationality? It cannot explain the irrational.
nunovo, what do you mean with a vocabulary of symbols? It's interesting you say that. I've got a very intense relationship with symbols, but I would like to know more about why you asked this specific question in relation to my previous statement before I explain it further. As for detecting visceral in the rational: I don't believe in rational at all. Anything that is perceived as rational from the outside is just a well bundled up package of drama in a tailored suit 😋
Alty 💕, it was the least cumbersome way of getting an idea across. If I were speaking, the words would have been different. So I'll try this way: the important ones, vocabulary and symbols, each have various denotations. My intent might use one, and your reading might use another. For vocabulary I might have used palette, or 'pattern language', or schema. For symbols, I might have used 'themes', or typology, our favorite objects, and so on. For example, you might have a deep attraction to oleander flowers for one reason, and to glass beads for another. You might interpret a scene one way or another depending on which was present.
nunovo, I think probably just early onset Alzheimer's 😂 but doesn't everyone have that vocabulary of symbols as you say? I can't imagine that anyone's head isn't filled with images and associations that are sometimes obscure to their conscious mind...the funny part of your last comment is that both of the things you mentioned make me think of the same thing: summer holidays with my family when I was a child 👶
there's a theme! :) As for everyone, I suppose everyone does, but very few people would be conscious, and even fewer would work with that set of symbols in an artful way. What really interests me here is that for a first AMA question, it's touched on something. My hunch has been confirmed, as it were. I'd be interested in examples of how you work with the patterns you observe.
that's intriguing, though I am also thinking I don't want to cross any lines into private sensitivities, given that we are hardly acquainted! I will PM just to say hello. Aside from that, I'd be happy to carry on chatting here. But about what? :)