March 31st, 2014

pigtails

Anteeksi, minulta pääsi pieru

As you can see, I am now progressing to short sentences in Finnish. I have no illusions about my ability to create them, but I am beginning to be able to decipher them with the vocabulary I have. That one up there says, more or less:

"Oops, I farted."

I quite like the phrase program I'm using. These words are far more useful to me than "Where is the ticket counter?" I am also learning such gems as "Which is the best beer?" and "It wasn't me."

But the best bit is that I'm starting to get a grasp of the in-between words, the ones that make the nouns and verbs and stuff make sense. You know, like the ones that mean did you, are you, what is, where is, is it, me, you, mine, yours, that sort of thing.

I'm guessing that at some point I'll have to start constructing them but right now I'm happy knowing when someone's admitting to blowing off. Yep.

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For those who actually give a shit about that, there'll be a draft proposal out in about a week for comment and feedback. For those who just want a burn to go to, it seems the idea of dropping to every two years has been forgotten now that folk are stepping up to do the work.

Also, it was quite nice to spend a weekend practicing my friendly-skills for Foo, which is a bit more daunting because I'm not as familiar with the territory, and will have more people. But I do remember how to converse apparently. That's good.

Hey, maybe I could try conversing in my stilted Finnish! "Hei, olen Wendy ja haluan tehdä juttuja. Anteeksi, minulta pääsi pieru. Odotta.. en se minä ollut..."

*ahem*

I'll totally be a hit with the geeks.