it’d be cool to speak like 20 different languages & keep it a secret from everyone & then during a time of crisis, u could speak some fluent russian to some russian guy holding a gun to your head & all your friends will be like daaamn
This bc I’ve always tried to learn Russian.
It’s also very funny to listen to someone talking in another language and then address what they were talking about after they have been going on for a while.. xD (It’s even more funny if they were talking about you) Ahahaha, never assume a person doesn’t know how to speak your language.
This is Japan in a nutshell. Forget all the crazy stuff with the weird tv programs and the cosplaying—that’s just the outer shell that gets attention because it’s unusual. This, this is the beauty of the country. I’ve had little grandmothers chase me down because I dropped my shinkansen tickets. In amusement parks, the attendants do their upmost to get lost items (usually cardigans or kids’ shoes) back to the owners—before the owners even realize they’d lost said item(s). I’ve had complete strangers not only give my thorough directions but have offered to drive me to the place I needed to go.
It is so, so, so hard to go back to the States after you get the J-treatment. I mean, Japan has its downside (“What is this madness you call pizza???”), but the general attitudes of everyone—even the so-called hardcore yankees (two of whom who, on a blazing summer day, helped me find one of my schools when I was heinously lost in the labyrinth that is the neighborhood in which said school is located)—is the epitome of the mindset that I wish everyone would adopt. Because yelling at people gets you nowhere. And being able to empathize with people kinda helps make this country a really nice place to live in.
I completely relate to and agree with this.. I have also had ordinary citizens run after me because I accidentally left my train ticket, and my friend had someone chase after her when she forgot her ipad. Japan is definitely not just anime, manga, cosplay, pop culture, and so on - it is a place with a low crime rate, people who are very kind and sensitive toward others, and quality customer service, among many other things. It can be hectic like a Tokyo pedestrian crosswalk, or it can be calm and meditative like a Buddhist temple. It is an artistic country of great variety, academic prowess, and business acumen.. but at the end of the day it’s just a nice place to be. This is the part that is hard to get across when people ask me why I like Japan.
(Source: s-nn-mero, via fuckyeahjapanandkorea)
I won't change for you. →
I think love is finding someone who takes all the pieces of who you are – the broken, the shiny, the weird, and the lovely – and asks you to share them with him brazenly and without apology. It’s about finding someone who accepts you for everything you are at every moment, even if it’s not your best moment.
^ Wise words for the day
Can we talk again about the fact that Disney does an incredible job of translating songs into Japanese??!? I think this will be a great new resource for studying language.. especially since Disney songs are catchy, already familiar, and slow enough that you can hear the words clearly. (: Check these out -
"I am unsettled by how rarely we consider ideals nowadays. Everything is not, in fact, terrible. Everything is not, in fact, gone to shit."
Preston (from A Deeper Story)
Forgive the crass wording, but I liked this quote, because it’s the truth. As long as God is in the picture, everything is *not* terrible.. and for that reason, this really stuck out at me.