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How a French native speaker put me to shame

Alright guys, I got a hella embarrassing story to tell you but maybe you’ll find some fun in it

So last night I was working on a project for my Web Design class. As I was working on it, I got a phone call from my dad at work (he’s a restaurant owner)

Now, prior to that, I made a presentation for my French class about my dad and while everyone in my class is learning how to describe people, I’m way ahead of that so that I could extend on anything I needed to in French without having to read off of anything or spend any time wondering what to say. My teacher was surprised at how fluently I was reading and how well I translated my extensions without reading off of anything, and obviously that made me proud of the time I spent using other resources to learn French this summer, so I told my parents about it

Now, back to the phone call: My dad tells me that there’s someone I need to talk to and before I even get the chance to ask who it is, some guy is speaking to me in French

I was so shocked that my dad even knew a French speaker that i was quiet and for the most part I didn’t understand a thing he said

Like he was speaking so fast that I only caught on a few words AND I MEAN THIS CONVERSATION WENT WELL OVER TWO MINUTES

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW EMBARRASSING IT IS TO HAVE SOMEONE ASK YOU QUESTIONS IN A LANGUAGE YOURE LEARNING BUT YOU CANT UNDERSTAND WHAT THEYRE TRYING TO SAY SO YOU STAY QUIET AND AFTER A BRIEF MOMENT OF SILENCE THEY KEEP GOING ON AND ON FOR /TWO MINUTES/

Those two minutes felt like three millennia for me

I would occasionally say things like “Mon français est terrible mais je fais un effort” but for the me most part, that was it

And it pisses me off that i was so quiet because I know more than that and I have the ability to tell him I know more than that but I didn’t and arrrghhh. My dad probably told him about my presentation and, knowing my dad, he probably went as far as saying I’m fluent in French

I’m just so embarrassed. Christ

Do any of you have a similar story you want to share that could hopefully make me feel better? I haven’t stopped thinking about it and my face is still red haha

Sometimes the language you don’t speak, speaks to you. Shanghai Calling (via neyugnretep)

(Source: autumnisheree, via language-obsession)