In which pony play has its cuter side - SFW - Tactical Ninja
Apr. 24th, 2014
09:10 am - In which pony play has its cuter side - SFW
So the Finnish is progressing apace. I found a set of flash cards that is basically the Star Wars (the one with Luke) novel, broken into sentences. So I'm reading Star Wars, out of order, in Finnish. I am learning such useful phrases as "They've shut down the main reactor!" And "I was going to head to Toshi station to pick up some power converters." It's more useful than you think.
And no, I haven't yet come across "These are not the droids you are looking for" but when I do, you'll be the first to know.
I've also found this site - Easy News In Finnish. It's exactly what it says on the box, and has both podcasts and text. I'm focusing on the text at the moment. It takes me about half an hour to read it, but I'm now recognising enough of the words to give the other words context and glean broad meaning. I've learned about the early closure of Mt Everest, the early migration of birds to Finland, and the early ability of farmers to get out on their tractors. And also a plane crash of parachutists.
I also joined Speak Languages, a site that covers basic phrases and grammar and allows you to find 'language partners' that you can Skype with and write to for practice. I sent about four messages out and got one response, from a woman in her 60s who I'm now haltingly trying to communcate with. Her English is far better than my Finnish.
I also got several unsolicited messages from men, ranging from "You have Skype?" to "hi how r u??" None of them sent me penis pics, which is nice. But seriously, I have on my profile that I speak native NZ English and that I want to learn Finnish. These men between them speak Egyptian, Spanish, Hindi, and Japanese (none speak Finnish). While they are trying to learn English, I'm pretty sure "hi how r u??" is not an overture to converse in English about many and varied topics. I could be wrong, but I've received so many of those type of messages over the years, a significant percentage of which have resulted in penis pics if I responded, that I have my doubts. If any of them were Finnish speakers, it'd show they'd read my profile and had language sharing in mind. If any of them had acknowledged that our languages didn't match but they'd like to speak English with me anyway, I'd most likely be willing to help. I know "Hi, how are you?" is taught as a common way of greeting someone in English. But too many times it's been an overture to a conversation that ends with me going "Oh ew!" that I'm no longer willing to engage if it's not followed up with content that reassures me there's no over-familiarity or assumption going on behind it.
Call me judgey if you like, but I'm sticking with my 60-year-old native Finnish lady.
Meanwhile, last night I hung out with pombagira and as sometimes happens, we had a conversation that led to googling for pictures of pony play.
What, that doesn't happen to you? Sure it does! It goes like this:
Stuff article about Prime Minster's limo being egged because he rocked up to a housing estate in it --> Me referencing girding my loins to read the comments --> Literal meaning of loin-girding --> reference to dance belts --> mention of this uncomfortable-looking men's g-string:
--> discussion of why jock straps only have straps in the back --> suggestion that pony play may have something to do with it --> googling for pictures of pony play.
Sure, happens all the time, right? Anyway, eventually it led to this picture:
Which I call a success. *ahem*
I will be going to Fidels tonight. We have another public holiday tomorrow, this time to celebrate the English using the Kiwi and Aussie soldiers as cannon fodder in Turkey in World War 1. That's how I've always experienced it, anyway. It's often a polarising and divisive thing, Anzac Day. I try to stay out of it, but I appreciate the day off just the same.
By the way, for those of you who like the monsters, they have a Facebook page here. It would totally make their day if you went and liked them over there. ;-)