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May. 3rd, 2010 09:33 pm
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This is one of those wretched days during which nothing significantly bad has happened but which one feels awful about anyway. Basically, a giant crisis of self-worth. Realistically, putting together an essay of any sort wasn't going to happen and I couldn't think of anything held in reserve, though there must be stuff somewhere around here...

But we're talking about our own awesomeness today, apparently. Nothing could be more contrary to how I feel about myself right now, which is probably the best possible argument for taking a shot at it, as recommended by [personal profile] annotated_em. This is actually enough of a problem for me that my first response is along the lines of, wait, what am I good at? What can I do? Nothing! & that I'm still struggling to move beyond that stage.

But let's try.


- I'm kicking arse at Swedish. I've gone from a handful of words and a few stock phrases in February (e.g. "Kan jag få en kopp te, tack" and "vill du har lite te?", because this is actually genuinely what our lives revolve around - go on, guess) to being able to carry out simple conversations and understand rather more complex ones. I've watched several films in Swedish and followed the plot and I've read a whole bunch of children's books. And you know what's even more awesome about this? I'm not being formally taught yet. This is how far I've got before I've had a single lesson. Jag är jättebra, faktiskt.

- I make pretty amazing chocolate brownies. At my previous workplace they were the stuff of office legend, and useable as bribes.

- My writing has a distinctive voice which feels like it's mine, and I'm proud of the degree to which I can convey mood and a sense of place. Right now I feel like my writing is really anchored in landscapes that are important to me and that it draws a lot from that, and I like that.


Well. I guess that didn't kill me.

Who'd have thought.

Date: 2010-05-03 08:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jetsam
Picking up a language without being taught is indeed pretty awesome.

Date: 2010-05-03 08:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jetsam
A long way and fast, by the sound of it. Getting your meaning across is probably by far the most important thing - you can always anchor the grammar later.

I hope the classes go well too :)

Date: 2010-05-04 07:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] unnique
You are indeed awesome! And there's the topinc for another post: Sweden's seven plurals! :D

Date: 2010-05-03 08:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annotated_em
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play with the new points system. :3

Date: 2010-05-03 08:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annotated_em
I am in so much awe of your language acquisition skills! They are awesome and formidable indeed. *sparkles at you*

And I love your writing: you're absolutely right; you do an amazing job of evoking mood that I'm supremely envious of.

Date: 2010-05-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] branchandroot
Learning a language by immersion is incredibly awesome.

And fantastic chocolate brownies make the whole /world/ a better place.

Date: 2010-05-04 07:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] love
Wow. You did in four months what has taken me four years. O_o

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