How to overcome irrational language fears

https://blog.thelinguist.com/the-mind-the-brain-and-language-learning

For the longest time I had an irrational fear of offending people with my language skills. To this day I don’t speak if I can get away with it. This is due to my childhood but also many subsequent incidents. However, this does not mean I am incapable of speech or that I don’t understand other people when they speak. I’m slowly overcoming all of my childhood fears about being inadequate and growing into the adult I’m meant to be. If I can do it then surely everyone else can also accomplish all that they set out to do. It just takes time and patience as well as hard work. These are not always around in a great abundance. Therefore we have to make the most of the resources we have. With the desire to change you can achieve much more than just having the talent for something. Attitude and motivation are key factors here.

This is inspired by one of Bogdan ‘s many questions on the blog over at Pointless Overthinking . You should check out the daily question that turns up about 6pm. It may vary where you are but it’s always at the same time without fail. It’s one of the constants of blogging here on WordPress along with several articles by Cristian Mihai as he does have 4 blogs.

Best wishes

Angela

A view of Greece from a native

https://efisoul63.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/aigina-spring-raining-time/

Efi has some very good posts to read but I thought since it’s the weekend you guys in the blogosphere deserve a respite from the intense intellectual stimulus I have subjected you all to so far. So here is Eli chilling out with a bit of Greek mythology added in for good measure;)

I am also in Greece right now so the blogging schedule and my ability to contribute to this might change quite drastically. The content may too.

I will be spending a lot more time outside away from technology and the internet isn’t as reliable over here as it is in the UK. I will also be doing a lot of physical work so I doubt I will have the energy to contribute here either. This is just to let you know that I haven’t forgotten, dropped off the face of the planet or anything else you might think has happened to me.

Hoping to still keep in contact with you all although on a reduced schedule.

Angela

Hope you all are well

Angela

A little art to ease you into the weekend

https://efisoul63.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/francesco-del-cossa-allegory-of-april-triumph-of-venus/

A post that is a little easier to digest than some of the others that I have posted this week.

Eli writes some good posts on a variety of topics but I don’t think a lot of people get to see them. Therefore I’m doing my bit so that more people learn from her wisdom.

Hope you all had a good week

Angela

Immersion

Last night I got chucked in at the deep end in terms of understanding fluent fast colloquial Greek speech. It is so much easier to understand when the speakers have a good command of the language so both there accent, manner of speech and grammar are on top form. I spent an throughly enjoyable couple of hours listening even though I mostly knew the content of the stories already. I think this helped along with English interludes and the occasional picture.

I still have much to learn here but I have most definitely crested that hill and I saw a picture recently that said that if your thinking of giving up remember that the fruit is the last thing to grow on a plant. Ie it takes a very long time to see your efforts being rewarded but when they do it’s so sweet.

Thankyou for all your efforts and keep going as you will get there!

Best wishes

Angela

Another SA reblog because I couldn’t help it

http://sententiaeantiquae.com/2019/04/08/on-reading-and-writing-for-pleasure/

I love reading these posts about the Ancient Greek literature as you get the real deal. It’s not lost any authenticity due to translation so it’s the closest you can get to being in Ancient Greece itself.

Have you read any works of literature in the original language?

Best wishes

Angela

To be like everyone else or not? – Reblog

https://quirkydragon.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/to-be-or-not-to-be-mainstream/

This is another blogger who has some quality posts to read. This is again long but worthy of your attention when you get the time.

I’ve only just come across this blogger but I’m sure there will be many more posts that will interest me in the future.

Another inspiring blogger

http://breakawayindividual.com/2019/04/05/breakaway-individuals-throughout-history-the-individual-the-trailblazers-you/

This is another person that I like to read as they post about intellectual topics that don’t get enough coverage on here. They are often in depth articles do you gotta be in it for the long haul.

None of this tldr bs.

Is there any blogs that you would personally recommend I read?

Be well

Angela

The difference between written and spoken language

http://sententiaeantiquae.com/2019/04/07/the-difference-between-dialogues-and-letters/

I rather liked this post because while I can be quite pedantic when it comes to written language; I’m not always quite so when it comes to speech. I can of course be informal in writing and formal in speech if the occasion commands it.

Do you have any such conventions in your language?

Best wishes

Angela

Verbal triggers

I can speak Greek but I need certain triggers to be able to say what I know and actually communicate with people. If the right situation doesn’t occur then that program doesn’t get loaded and we get nowhere. I also have to like/care about you or want to impress/show off to you. If your not interesting to me in some way then forget about it. I’m gonna make my excuses and leave where possible.

This is true of me in English too. I’m entirely capable of having a conversation about anything here but I just have to be motivated sufficiently to do so. Otherwise I’m probably not going to say a word and if forced well you better like bad jokes.

Have you ever come across these types of scenarios before?

Best wishes

Angela

Pammakristos (Greek autism charity)

This is the website that deals with severely autistic children in Greece which helps lots of children to lead better lives. People are born, live and die with autism. It gets better as you get older as you learning coping strategies and become more independent but the ability to revert when tired, ill, overwhelmed, stressed etc remains.
I’m sorry that the website is in Greek and there is no English equivalent hence it goes through Google Translate here but they can’t do everything.
I found this quite an interesting read yesterday. Sorry for the quality.

Best wishes

Angela