So least to say my studies are going well, but complicated. I really need to make friends with someone who speaks this language fluently because my American tongue is having a hard time picking up the tonal points on it’s own. I was told that the ear to mouth relationship with this language is totally different from American. I am trying really hard to get the pronunciations correct because this is one of those languages where a downward toned word is completely different from the same word with an upward tone. Shaping my mouth around those words is trickier than I thought it would be, which is new for me, I tend to pick up languages very quickly.
Ever since I was a kid language has fascinated me, the history of how we’ve gotten so many dialects is just incredible. Although we don’t know exactly where the origin of language started we do know that today there are about 5,000 different languages spoken through out the world today, a third of these being in Africa alone. Between those 5,000 languages they have been grouped into 20 different families which historians believe each family has a common ancestor of language. The most common language is Indo-European languages which have been around since about 2000 BC. The language I am studying is believed to originate from a group of Nomads from Southern Arabia. Historically speaking the place I am visiting was the hub for incense trade, which made it a very important part of language history.
So, if you know what language I am talking about and want to help me study comment below or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org!!!
Hello readers, I have news!!! I am taking my first international trip this upcoming year and so I’ve decided to blog about it and make it into a game. Where in the world is Nerdy Gypsy? I think Carmen SanDiego would be pretty proud of me, after all, this will be a guessing game. Each week I will be posting a hint of to where I am going for you guys to figure out my first trip, the tip will either be a picture or a description of where we will be visiting. Figured out where it is? Don’t spill it just yet! Email me your answers!
I am so excited for this trip I can hardly stand it, I’ve been waiting so long to travel the world and explore different cultures. I have a indescribable love for learning new languages and trying new food and for this trip I have two friends coming along and we are going to go see a relative of mine who is cool enough to let us crash at his pad (love you J!!!) During this trip we are going to try to visit two countries, I’ve been looking at the surrounding tourists attractions and there is so much to do. In one place we could hike and get a certificate for partial completion, in the other we could snorkel off the coast and see some incredible fish, one of the places has a magnificent waterfall. Okay, maybe more than one. The beach views are breath taking and the waters are so so clear. In one of the places you can even take mermaid classes and get your own tail!!!! I can finally be a mermaid!!!!!!
The process has been a little intimidating though, I’ve never booked a ticket that goes over the international date line. How do I do that? When I get home that’s me going back in time…. right? Again, thank Cthulhu for J, he’s done this so many time’s I’ve lost count. Between him and his sister I have two of the greatest travel gurus I could think of, they’ve been everywhere and ever since I was a kid I could not stop watching. He says I am going to love it there, apparently the weather is going to be like a Vermont September. I’ve started to learn a new language for the trip, I can only hope I’m good enough to speak it at least basically when I get there.
So there’s this week’s post!!! Tune in next week for further clues!