Of course, "learning" a new language implies that I'm actually learning something. When in actuality, it's just me staring blankly at the teacher and drooling on myself in confusion. To add insult to injury, my niece and nephew are in Mandarin immersion and are picking up the language faster than Superman can fly. They like to regularly correct my pronunciation and tell me how wrong I am. Have you ever been schooled by children? IT. DOES. WONDERS. FOR YOUR. SELF. ESTEEM.
I've spent the last week watching a lot of awesome Chinese martial arts movies to see if my mandarin lessons have been paying off. Turns out that Chinese actors like to do this completely ridiculous thing where they talk at a normal speed. It's absurd. I mean, if these actors thought about anybody other than themselves, they would know to speak really slowly (like one word every 20 seconds) and enunciate. REALLY ENUNCIATE. Course, it would make movies like 16 hours long, but it's only the polite, right thing to do.
Seriously though, I LOVE Chinese movies, especially martial arts ones. These actors defy gravity (who needs Elphaba?!) and contort their bodies in ways that make my body hurt just thinking about it. They're amazing! I often think about becoming as awesomely limber and fit as them. Then I realize it would interfere with my very strict regimen of eating unhealthy foods and being lazy so I just go back to my candy. EH.
Anybody else learning a new language too? Got any tips for me?
|Incoming from Nora|
|Mail from the new married Natasha!|
|A letter from Santa...I mean Veronik.|
|Mail from Vanessa for Armitage Place!|
|Elves hard at work from Nicole|
|A postcard from Marissa|
|A week without mail from my Sushi is no week at all!!|
Since it's the first week of December, I decided to use all my Holiday/Winter themed envelopes while it was still appropriate. Course, I could have sent them out in the middle of July just to be randomly trippy (and that certainly seems like something I would do), but I figure that people should be appropriate at least once a year. So this is my time.
|Blitzen, Donner, Rudolph, and um, er... Steve? I dunno, it's a lot of names and they're hard to remember so... the aforementioned reindeer plus a bunch of other ones are coming for Katri!|
|Snowy trees for Jay|
|Cold Hands, Warm Heart for Jona|
Oh, and one quick shop announcement: I only have one pack each of the Skeleton Keys and Sheet Music envelopes left so if you were eyeing them, be sure to pick them up before someone else does! I don't know when they'll be in stock again.
And that's it from me, have a happy week everyone!