Posted at 6:43 pm , on November 27, 2013
I don’t really need anything for Christmas, I’m pretty much just so excited to see my family and be in Mazatlan again, but I decided to make a list anyway just in case someone was trying to shop for me and was at a complete and total loss for ideas.
I actually do kind of need a new purse, mine was $20, I’ve had it for 3 years, and it is basically being held together by super glue and hope at this point, but I can’t find anything I like nearly as much.
The bag on my list is gorgeous, but I would probably get it and keep it in my closet for a few more months until my current one finally gasps its last breath. We’ve been through a lot together, even casually glancing at other purses feels a little bit like cheating.
Posted at 9:01 pm , on November 19, 2013
One of the great things about the university I attended was it’s multiculturalism. There were students there from over 100 different countries, so we were learning just as much from the other students as did from the teacher.
In one of my international communication classes we had a lot of interesting discussions about the ways that different cultures communicate differently, not just in terms of speaking different languages, but also non-verbally, and in the way that we hear sounds.
Babies in different countries cry differently, based on the language in the country where they are born. When asked what sound a dog makes, the students from North America answered with some version of “ruff ruff”, while a girl from Thailand described it as a completely different sound.
While it is possible to generalize words from one language to another, there are many words from other cultures that have very precise meanings that there is no English equivalent for. I always love to learn about words like this, even if I can never remember them later.