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languages

I love languages.  I love them so much that I think I am going to take only 13 credits next quarter and spend some time learning some languages on my own.  I've recently found that there are a lot of resources on the University of Washington website through the Language Learning Center that I have access to because I'm a UW student.  There are actually a few really helpful free online language resources as well.  The elanguageschool series at: http://www.elanguageschool.net/ is quite helpful.  The BBC series is also pretty good.  < http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ >.  I should probably look into getting some books from the library too.  Right now, my language interests are:  Swedish, Korean, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese.  Plus, I need to be working on my Java coding skills and on Python as well.  I should find some way to make myself schedule at least some of these things into my schedule for next quarter.  Wow, how busy I'm going to be... but not to the people who only see what is on my schedule.  What a shame I didn't take Portuguese last quarter because I can't start on it now...
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The New Year

This year, I expected New Year’s Eve to be so/so and hum drum because I decided to spend it with my 8-year-old brother and 15-year-old sister.  I could’ve gone to a party with my older cousins and their friends, but I chose to stay with my siblings.  I’m actually really stayed though, because I got to take my teen-angsty sister Yeon Sue out to Starbucks and hang out with her to show her that I really do care more for her and I would choose her over a night of drunkenness.  She has bad memories of me abandoning her to go do fun things that really seem to have scarred her, so I’m really glad I was there for her last night. 

I sat in a sauna with my mom and sister for a while before my mom left for the late night church service and I sat to watch the ball drop on TV with my little brother, Jean Young.  It was 11:00 our time and I was sitting there in front of a tiny 13” TV in nothing but a towel waiting for my turn in the shower, but all the more memorable, right?  When Yeon Sue got out of the shower, I had to tell her she missed the ball drop and she was really bummed because she’s never seen the ball drop.  Good thing they dropped it again at midnight our time.  I got to be there for both of my siblings’ new year’s ball-droppings this year.  (I guess it only makes sense for both balls to drop, right…?)  The ball surprised me a bit this year for some reason.  I’m sure I’ve watched it drop on TV before, but in my mind I had a picture of this giant lit disco ball falling from the sky at 9.81 m/s or whatever gravity’s speed is.  I imagined it making some sort of halting impact and tons of confetti flying everywhere, but the ball actually drops over the course of a minute.  It’s kind of a shame, but it must be safer, lol.

After the… ball-droppings, I spent some time watching Fergie sing her new hit song that really is sort of like a revamped ‘50s song… she was doing the twist and all.  Then, Yeon Sue and I watched the lead singer from Plain White Ts sing ‘Hey there Delilah’ pretty terribly but it was cute in its terribleness.  (Jean Young was conked out by then.)  We watched fireworks being launched off the space needle (on TV, of course) and that really seemed structurally unsound to me, but I guess we’ll see. 

After all that, Yeon Sue and I watched part of Sopyonje before falling asleep.  After she fell asleep in my lap on the couch, I told her she should go up to bed and sleep and I expected her to whine and yell at me for waking her up like she usually does, but she got right up and went to bed.  I was surprised. 

I then watched this Sopyonje movie for a little longer to analyze the English subtitles and I realized how much you have to give up in the translation or else you won’t be able to read it quickly enough.  Things are left out and cool complex Korean idioms are changed to simple English phrases.  I didn’t know whether to feel special for being able to feel the movie, at least partly, in the way of a native Korean or to hate that meaning is lost in translation.  I think I fell somewhere in the middle where I accepted that things have to be altered to facilitate slow readers. 

After my linguistic undertaking for the day, I spent some time on the UW Undergraduate Advising web page and I found another major I want to pursue.  Ironically enough, informatics looks super interesting to me now.  It may sound boring, but it’s actually really interesting and deals with information on the web and inter(intra?)personally.  How’s this sound… A double degree: Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics, Bachelor of Science in Information Science and a Minor in Swedish.  That’s pretty good.  I think I’ll do that.  I’ll study abroad Jan-June next year and take five years of college… sounds good to me.  Maybe I’ll actually decide to do the full year after analyzing my graduation plan.  Still don’t know if I want to go to Göteborg, Stockholm, Uppsala, or Linköping, so that’s something I need to decide pretty quickly.  I’m leaning toward Göteborg, but that idea is not solidly grounded in any way.  Well, the drama series I’m watching is set in Goteborg and I think there are lots of classes in English.  Maybe… 

Well, that’s talk for another blog. It’s rather late (5:18am) so I really should get a few hours of sleep.  I’m headed back to my apartment today.  I plan on setting up my new printer in the non-existent space in my room and doing some school planning… or a whole lot of nothing.  I deserve it though.  Last quarter was a bitch.  Ooooh, yeah… I said it.  It was a bitch.

 

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going home

 well, I finished fall quarter last wednesday and I have been spending the last couple days for myself here in Seattle, but I'm headed home today.  My parents have been trying to get me to come home as soon as possible, but I just let them know I will come home on my own accord.  I mean, I'm an adult now and I have a life and things to take care of too.  Just wait though, I'll go home and they'll expect me to work at the restaurant all the time and try to keep me in Yakima until the day before school starts up again.  I wonder if I'll have to spend new year's in Yakima.  That always sucks.  Maybe I'll try to get back up to Seattle for New Year's.  Thing is, school doesn't start back up until January 7th, but I guess my parents don't know that.  The thing is, if they ask I wouldn't lie to them.  I try to keep it real between us at all times.  We'll see though.  Vi ska se vad ska hända.   
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"hello world!"

Hello, livejournal!  How are you?  
Good?  That's good.  Better now that I'm a part of your world?  That's what I thought. 

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