the everyday adventures of sabrina

i'm happy, hope you're happy too

I arrive in The Hague, NL on Wednesday, 2 July, for my new adventure. In het nederlands!

And that is that.

in which ik ben gek–

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Obviously I’m an American, and I’ve always spoken English, but I’ve also always loved learning other languages (ik houd van talen; j’aime bien des langues) and what no one tells you about learning multiple foreign languages is how they all get bundled up in the “non-mothertongue” section of your head and they just kind of … leak.

So, I’m studying Dutch now, but I’ve studied French, German, and Spanish in the past. I’m trying to focus on Dutch, but the process that happens, when I get to something I don’t know or I’m more familiar with in another language, is that I grab the nearest not-English thing I can think of.

This leads to conversations with myself like:

Ich brauche….nee, dat is Duits… ik heb nodig de quelque chose… nee, dat is Frans… Ik studeerde depuis j’au eu negen jaar… wait. Shit. Start over.

Thankfully I didn’t study Latin for more than a single 12-week quarter, and that mostly for etymological curiosity than anything else, otherwise I’d be completely screwed. God, I wonder how real polyglots do it. I feel so grappig right now!

So, last year I decided to learn Dutch, and I traveled to the Hague to take my two week vacation as an immersion course, and I promise to say more pithy things later, but all you really need to know of what I’ve learned at this point is this:

MEER SNEEUW, MEER SNEEUW, MEER ^*&(&^*(*)&(^*&^*&%^% SNEEUW!

IK WIL DE LENTE!

today’s cute animal

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Look, sometimes you’re working super late and a rsync is taking for freaking ever and you pop on youtube and start looking for cute animal videos. Don’t judge me!

LITTLE OWL, HOW DO YOU LOOK SO ANGRY AND SO CUTE AT THE SAME TIME?!

NYR: Quit posting all the silly stuff only to Facebook. Poor sad abandoned blog needs love too!

This is my official link of the day. It’s the world’s happiest turnstile!

via Metro.