Through Cee’s questions.
How many languages do you speak?
English and Tamil fluently.
I love to speak in Hindi, although I am not very good at it, my main problem is knowing the gender of nouns – nouns in both English and Tamil are not associated with gender, so, using gender address for inanimate nouns is an alien concept to me. I have the same problem with German as well. There is largely no logic to the assignment of gender to nouns as well.
I have a serious problem with people mocking those who speak an alien language with mistakes. When I was in grad school, there was a Tamilian girl, who would make it a point to speak in Hindi with the North Indian friends. There was a Bengali girl who was pretty snarky about G’s Hindi, and I thought it that was unfair. I once told her that G is making an attempt to learn and practice a language alien to her. Has she (M) even bothered to speak in anything but Hindi? Needless to add, M stopped talking to me.
Back in grad school, a friend tried to teach me Telugu, I learnt it enough to understand when someone talks, but I can’t talk. It is my dream to be able to talk in German some day.
I love languages. All of them. Even the click languages. Especially the click languages.
What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?
Reading: Eggs, beans and Crumpets (PGW), for the umpteenth time.
Last night we watched the movie, Vertical Limit during family time. On a regular basis, I follow “The Big Bang Theory” although it has lost all its juice.
Listening to Silence.
Eating: I had sathu maa kanji (a protein gruel thing) for breakfast this morning.
What was the last photo you took with your phone?
This was taken in the beach last weekend.
What is your favorite time of day?
Any time I am working – on my job, on the blog, on the yard, in the gym.
Least favourite time: Any time in the kitchen.
Grateful for: A peaceful week.
Looking forward to: Getting a lot of work done.