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Which language(s) do you currently speak? If you could learn only one other language, what would you choose, and why?


Spanish and English! I use these two every day.

If I could only learn one other language... wow, is that a torture! Not counting the ones I'm studying now (I'll be liberal here - French, Russian, Hindi, Navajo, and Arabic and Icelandic), I think I'd say Japanese.

But really? One language is not enough.

Is your name Ben?
Today, we're going to talk about the intonation of Russia. Examples from russiononweb.com.

Declarative Sentence: The tone starts out high and falls.

The following sentences have a high pitch on the first word and then fall brusquely for the second word.
Там дом. Там дым. Там он. Тут дно. Тут она. Там дуб.

The same applies for these. However, for "Там батон", the pitch starts out low and the rises and falls on the final syllable. On "Она была там", the tone rises on the last syllable of the first two words and then drops for the last word. The last two sentences do not vary much in intonation.
Там гора. Тут банан. Там батон. Она была там. Там окно. Клуб был там.

Interrogative Sentence: The tone is low in the beginning and rises sharply on the last word.
In longer sentences, the important object rises in pitch. "Это твой дом?" has a rise on твой. The intonation is similar to a somewhat surprised "This is your house, isn't it?"
Это он? Он там? Мост там? Восток там? Там гора? Там овраг? Там глубоко? Это твой дом? Это твой стул?

The other structures are missing sound samples, so this is all for now. :( The samples are here.
It's about time that I became systematic in my language learning goals. As such, I have decided to log my progress here every day in order to be able to convince myself that I can learn languages on my own.

This log will focus solely on Russian.

Current goals for Russian include:
-Being able to recognize what case a noun is in without looking it up.
-Understanding perfective and inperfective verbs in the context of work
-Being able to read children's works without using a dictionary
-Reaching an acceptable of pronunciation that is not readily recognizable as a foreign accent

Today, I learned about the INSTRUMENTAL CASE. It is as follows:


For male nouns, add -ом for most nouns
ём
if it ends in stressed ж, ц, ч, ш, щ, or stressed й and ь
ем
if it ends in unstressed ж, ц, ч, ш, щ, or unstressed  й and ь 

For female, nouns, replace а with -ой for noun ending in 
replace stressed я with ёй
replace unstressed я with ей

For neuter nouns, add -м

For plural nouns, lok at the nominative singular form
if it ends with a consonant/ if it ends in а/о, add/replace ами
For the  soft sounds, use ями


The INSTRUMENTAL CASE is used to express the means by which something is done. For example, "I eat by means of a spoon."  is "Я ем ложкой". To express 'with' as in 'accompanied with', you would use с + the INSTRUMENTAL CASE. "Coffee with milk" would be "кофе с молоком".

The INSTRUMENTAL CASE  also has the curious function of expressing your job. If you want to say "He works as a consultant", you would say "Он работает консультантом".

The pronouns are

Мной
- Me
Тобой - You
Им - Him/ It
Ей - Her
Нами - Us
Вами - You (plural)
Ими - Them


There are other uses of this case which I shall cover here as I advance.

Oddly enough, having noted down what I learned seems to be useful in cementing it. It makes me feel better about knowing the instrumental case, which is a case I long avoided studying just to spend time perfecting the accusative, dative, prepositional (I spent a lot of time on this one!), and genetive (studying this thing is like a masochism tango) cases. Hopefully, I'll be able to do this more often since it makes me feel good. :) Of course, I'll be writing this down in print so that we can all enjoy my 'SUPER AWESOME MAMBO TANGO FOXTROT RUSSIAN GUIDE' and I can use it as a reference.

Next time, I'll go other the prepositional case and hopefully, something new. Ha, now I know why people keep these logs. :D


The instrumFFi
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Mar. 31st, 2009

http://student.bmj.com/issues/02/07/news/223.php

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/08/AR2008100802928.html
"In 1950s Dutch society, most young people began having sex when they were in their 20s and were married or engaged. During the 1960s, unintended teenage pregnancies rose alarmingly. Seeing this, family physicians and clinics were quick to make contraceptives easily accessible to youth. Dutch teen pregnancy and abortion rates are now among the lowest in the developed world.

National surveys show that most Dutch parents accept that young people choose to have sex in committed relationships during their later teens. Research I conducted found that a majority of Dutch parents are even willing to permit such couples to spend the night together in their homes, but only when they see that they have formed a loving relationship, feel ready for sex and understand how to use contraception responsibly. By accepting teen sexuality within these parameters, Dutch parents can stay involved, monitor relationships and urge proper contraceptive use.

This shift from a "marriage-only" to a "love-only" sexual ethic happened because parents, aided by honest and informative public conversations about sex, grappled with how to marry their aspirations -- about the children they wanted to raise and the relationships they wanted to foster -- to times that were changing. The result is an environment in which young people receive support from parents and other adults as they learn about relationships and wise sexual choices. "


http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:Ax0Dg1BWNzAJ:www.amsa.org/pdf/teen_pregnancy.pdf+netherlands+teen+pregnancy+rates+1950s&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1718946/posts

Now in Technicolor~

Yo, it's me again. Does anybody read this? No? Great!

Wow, I'm lazy.

Um.

Current obsession: languages.
French.
Russian.
Icelandic.
Hindi.
Cornish.
Zulu.

I;m learning the first two. The last 4 are a bit hard to find resources for. D<
I used to be an Iceland junkie, but the lack of anything Iceland is disappointing. ;_;
I'm putting Icelandic off until after Russian.
Speaking of which, Russia is ~awesome~. So awesome, that it deserves to have tildes around it. ~Russia~
Why Hindi? WELL I have a friend who knows Hindi, so it would be cool to speak Hindi to her. Plus, it's useful and stuff. It's also different.
Cornish just because. It needs more love.
Zulu because Africa is sadly overlooked. It's all "Europe this" and "Asia that" and "America now". Prft.

If you can help me learn any of the languages listed above, uh, please message me or post or something.
kthxbai.

Whoosh.

Not as happy as the picture indicates, but whatever.

I'M BORED. I don't have photoshop or Vegas and I can't make Videos so now I'm BORED.

I had this great idea for a video.

It opens with Pink Floyd's 'Have a Cigar'. Then when it says
"Come in here dear boy have a cigar, you're-"
It cuts off and then we here THIS:
"Close! But no cigar!"

THEN we open with the O RLY factor's signature opening: my dad playing comfortably numb on guitar while a sped-up version of Dancing Queen plays in the background.

Then we go with a mixture of old and new scripts. Because the past O RLY factors not counting the first really sucked. The new script is better, though.

I'm inspired.

BUT I CAN"T LOOK INTO IT BECAUSE I HAVE TO WORK ON THE FRENCH FAMILY THING AND ELISHA OTIS ARGH GSAHGVEWUARFV Q362T5R Q328

Sorry. I needed to scream on the internet. I'm such a loser sometimes.

001 Beginnings

PS: I'm posting this on Fanfiction.net, too. That is where I will link the prompt table to.
Title: How it came to be
Fandom: Super Smash Bros
Characters: The cast
Prompt: 001. Beginnings
Word Count: 819
Rating: G (for later prompts, it may get up to PG-13. Why? Well, check when the prompts go up.)
Summary: Master Hand suggests his idea to the executives at Nintendo. It's only wih some modifications that they might accept it...
Author's Notes: This is the first one. Hopefully they get better. Took 30 minutes to write. I tried to picture a glove talking to the executives of a company in my head, but that didn't work. Therefore, Master Hand shall have two forms - his human form and his glove form.

001. Beginnings

“Mr. Hand, I am sorry, but this is idea is insane.”
“It’s impractical. It would never work.”
“Who would you get for this? Who would buy this? This is different. How do we know it’s not gonna flop?”

The very, very white man backed off. The table full of corporate heads wasn’t as accepting of his idea as he thought they’d be. They were rather hostile, to tell the truth. How could he not have foreseen this?

“Guys, you…” He looked around. He had problems explaining his own idea to himself, and why it would work. How could he explain to all the strangers in the room who weren’t ready to accept change? It didn’t help that the room was barely lit, the people’s faces were obscured by shadows, and that it was too cold for his liking.

“You can’t understand, but I know it would work. You have to give me time to fiddle with it, to see just what more I can add. It’s just a skeleton now, but if you gave me time-“

“You basically want us to give you the rights for our biggest star to experiment with some crackpot fighting thing in hopes that someone will appreciate it,” another voice sharply interrupted. Despite the coolness, Mr. Hand was sweating heavily. If it didn’t work out with these guys, it was all over…

“W-w-what if it wasn’t just with, with Mario?” he asked. No one objected. “What if it was…an…an all-star thing where the… they all came together and people could see…they…” He looked around quickly. “They’d see…Pikachu…fighting with Link on…on the Great Fox!” he improvised. No one responded.

“The fans, they… they have been wanting to see this for…for a very long time, and it would really be treading new waters…opening up new ideas, and… you have to see the possibilities for this thing.”

One woman cocked her head to the side. “What, say, console, do you plan to release this idea on? The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is nearing the end of its lifetime. We are readying the release of the Ultra.”

In a normal situation, he would have laughed that someone actually said the full name of the SNES and called a system that everyone and their mom knew was gonna be called the Nintendo 64 by an outdated codename used for the sake of ‘hiding information’, even though the company itself announced the name.

However, this was not another situation. He felt the sweat build up on his brow.
“I was, actually, it would have been planned for the, for the Super Nintendo Entert-tainment System, but if you want something to come out soon for…for the Ultra, you can feel free to switch the project over. I guarantee it would be no effort for me.” Mr. Hand nervously smiled, knowing that a lot of the work he had gone into making his Mario fighting game on the SNES had just gone done the drain due to panic. He was lying through his teeth to make sure that his idea would be accepted, and in a different way than he envisioned. When he got home, there would be a lot of changing to do.

“…A release for the Ultra, you say?” she responded. The people all looked at each other, then turned to him. “Could you please leave for a minute?”

“Oh! S-s-sure, no problem, absolutely, anytime, I’ll be waiting outside, don’t worry, I’ll be fine.” He quickly left through the door.

Exactly one minute later, he was called back in. “Master Hand, come back in.” The very pale man went back through the door.

The man at the very back of the table stood up. Hand flinched. The guy was an anonymous shadow to him – the dark obscured every feature of him and rendered him a faceless silhouette.

“Mr. Hand, we have discussed your idea of the crossover fighting thing amongst ourselves.”
He’s going to reject it, Hand thought in a panic. All that work, all that fudging, for nothing. He’s going to. I may as well save him the trouble and leave now.

“So long as some modifications are made, we will allow you to experiment and broadcast your idea.”

Master Hand may have fainted at that very moment. “R-really? Modifications of what sort?”
The man grabbed a piece of paper. “For one, we dislike the name. It’s boring, it’s unnatural, it’s too serious. It goes against everything Nintendo stands for.” The white man shuddered.

“The franchise will be known as something that makes people go, ‘Hey! I know that’. It will be recognizable. It’ll touch on its roots as that Mario thing you wanted but at the same time, expand in new directions. It will be great.

“We’ve talked with our advertisement guy here, and he’s got a tentative suggestion. I seriously love it, though. How do you feel about, say, ‘Super Smash Bros.?’ as a title?”

~~
Aaand that's it. Reviews would be appreciated.

Fanfic 100 - I'm doing it.

I need an excuse to write. :D

Quite obviously, I've claimed Super Smash Bros - the general game. Yes, I think I got the whole thing. Whoo.

Now I'mma copying and pasting the prompts here.
001.Beginnings. 002.Middles. 003.Ends. 004.Insides. 005.Outsides.
006.Hours. 007.Days. 008.Weeks. 009.Months. 010.Years.
011.Red. 012.Orange. 013.Yellow. 014.Green. 015.Blue.
016.Purple. 017.Brown. 018.Black. 019.White. 020.Colourless.
021.Friends. 022.Enemies. 023.Lovers. 024.Family. 025.Strangers.
026.Teammates. 027.Parents. 028.Children. 029.Birth. 030.Death.
031.Sunrise. 032.Sunset. 033.Too Much. 034.Not Enough. 035.Sixth Sense.
036.Smell. 037.Sound. 038.Touch. 039.Taste. 040.Sight.
041.Shapes. 042.Triangle. 043.Square. 044.Circle. 045.Moon.
046.Star. 047.Heart. 048.Diamond. 049.Club. 050.Spade.
051.Water. 052.Fire. 053.Earth. 054.Air. 055.Spirit.
056.Breakfast. 057.Lunch. 058.Dinner. 059.Food. 060.Drink.
061.Winter. 062.Spring. 063.Summer. 064.Fall. 065.Passing.
066.Rain. 067.Snow. 068.Lightening. 069.Thunder. 070.Storm.
071.Broken. 072.Fixed. 073.Light. 074.Dark. 075.Shade.
076.Who? 077.What? 078.Where? 079.When? 080.Why?
081.How? 082.If. 083.And. 084.He. 085.She.
086.Choices. 087.Life. 088.School. 089.Work. 090.Home.
091.Birthday. 092.Christmas. 093.Thanksgiving. 094.Independence. 095.New Year.
096.Writer‘s Choice. 097.Writer‘s Choice. 098.Writer‘s Choice. 099.Writer‘s Choice. 100.Writer‘s Choice.


I'll be starting now. >D
The Brawl soundtrack is AMAZING.

No wonder it's the only thing those troll reviews didn't dare touch. The Pokemon music is like, Marching Music. It's epic. ;-; It's orchestrated and doesn't suck (often people think orchestras are the key to a good song. It only ends up bloating a good song on many cases).

The Star Fox music is like this: DANCE REMIX.
Yeah. The Star Fox 64 Music is now remixed for dancing. That was so unexpected. And works quite well. I love it. The Star Wolf theme is orchestrated and it's absolutely lovely.

The Mother Theme of Love is amazing. It's like some sort of power ballad or rock ballad. It's really nice and up-tempo.

The Ridley music is dangerously threatening. I can't wait to do the Ridley Boss Fight in the game with this music. ^^

The Jazz rendition of the Meta Knight ship thing is fantastic. It's about time we got some jazz in here.

I don't care much for the opening theme. It sounds too cynical and caustic. It didn't have the uplifting feel that Melee's did, with that fantastic string intro and then the soaring flute part... the latin choir doesn't help, and it sounds kind of depressing, actually. The a capella part near the end is where things start to pick up, and from then on it's acceptable. I now wait for a disco remix.

So yes. Buy Brawl so we can get a Soundtrack. The music is just so glorious and fantastic...it's an eargasm.

Whining about the Roster

Spoilers for SSBB ahead. Don't read if you don't spoilers.

Super Smash Bros Brawl was released in Japan a few days ago, and the whole roster was leaked a logn time before that. On GameFAQs it was the infamous '35 Character roster' and most everyone hated it because it was so dissapointing. And unrealistic. Wolf was in but Krystal wasn't? ROB was the 'WTF Character'? Freaking Toon Link? Was that supposed to be CD-i Link? XD

Well, the 35 Roster was true. Ridley was a boss. Krystal was a cameo in Lylat Cruise (THANKS FOR MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT KRYSTALS VOICE ACTOR AND REMOVING THAT YOU WERE VOICING KRYSTAL IN BRAWL COUGH COUGH). Insert other expected character here that didn't make it.

I am disillusioned with it. I know I will love this game, but the roster has left a sour taste in my mouth.

Why?

Well, first of all, many characters were cut from Melee. Why do this? They already added clones, so why not bring back the clones from Melee and pad out the roster and make it bigger? Mewtwo, Roy, Dr. Mario, Pichu (we dunno if Young Link = Toon Link). Also, we have 2 Fox Clones, amounting to three characters from the same series with similar movesets. Falco has a Landmaster as his final smash. Falco says in SF64 something like 'You'll never catch me in one of those, I'll always be in the skies.' It's so out of character for him to have a Landmaster. And if Wolf has a Landmaster...yikes. Does Wolf even know what a Landmaster IS?

Metroid and F-Zero still have one rep. Zero Suit Samus? Why not Ridley? The whole of GameFAQs and Smashboards could come up with a moveset for him and yet professional developers couldn't? I don't understand this. Also, F-Zero deserves a 2nd Rep. Earthbound/Mother and F-Zero have been on the same page for two games, and considering that F-Zero sells more and has more games than Mother, it should have at least gotten the infamous Black Shadow (Wonkykong you are evil) with Ganondorf's old moveset. Oh, and Ganondorf should have gotten a different moveset.

R.O.B. as the surprise character...ouch. Only reason I excuse this is because the Aincent Minister IS R.O.B. and I think that makes for an excellent plot twist. At least Sakurai put him to good use. ;) I got over R.O.B. quickly.

Ness and Lucas should have had more differences, but considering that there is a backlash against both for being so similar (Ness in particular, since everyone expected him to be gone what with 'up until now' and Lucas having all his moves) so I'm just glad Mother got 2 reps. ;o;

Lucario, I don't have much of a gripe with. Uh, yeah. He stole like, 3 moves from Mewtwo but that's it. I guess he's got Mewtwo's spirit. I never cared much for Mewtwo so I didn't mourn much, but I know there he had his fanbase.

And...yeah. That's it. The way the characters were revealed was the worst part. If we got stuff like Wolf, Ness/Lucas (close to each other, not Lucas on his own), Toon Link and Falco early on, then we would have been like, 'OMG' at Olimar (whom I adore) and Pokemon Trainer and would worship the roster.

But the rest of the game is pretty good. SSE is very promising (loving the cutscenes - expect to see AMVs from me!), but only 4 bosses from any Nintendo Series - Ridley, Rayquaza, Porky, and Petey Pirahna. Sorry, but what happened to 'personal burdens and history'? I dunno. It WAS kind of suspicious Petey was the only one updated as a Boss, and we didn't see it coming. But as I said, the rest of the SSE makes up for this. The Ness/Lucas scene is so awesome.

Who's Taboo?

The worst part is that there was only .5 new female characters. HALF A CHARACTER. And it was basically Samus as a walking sex statue. Can you see why I'm pissed? We got half a character when we could have gotten Krystal or something. OMG the whole thing is now a huge sausage party ><. They were doing so well in Melee.

I guess this can be summed up by saying, 'We had a fantastic start and a wild ride, but we found our (final) destination was different than expected.' I WILL love this game (and I am having a party for it on release day <3) but I have a bit of a problem with some of those things. I do know Sakurai and the team worked hard on this, and they will have earned my 50 bucks on March 9th.

To tell you the truth, the guys who did the best job are the musicians. I want this game's soundtrack. They SHOULD have a soundtrack. Please?

Oh, and epic job on the 'tea time' thing. Tea time! Heh.