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Aug. 23rd, 2015

04:23 pm - In other news...

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- I am packing for the Netherlands.
-- I did many loads of laundry today.
-- I have a 180 day unbroken streak of practicing Dutch on Duolingo.

- I have read so much fanfiction lately.
-- Also even some pro fiction which is much rarer for me but I had a lot of time and these ebooks that I bought but never read.
-- Overwhelmingly looking up rare Marvel pairings like Thundershield (Captain America/Thor) and Nick Fury/Anyone (I particularly like when people write him with M from MI6 or Kate Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT).
-- I often seem to enjoy the process of having opinions about which ones are good more than I end up enjoying the individual stories. I find sorting and ranking things soothing.
-- I continue to find increasing evidence that my strongest and hottest fetish is for clear or clever negotiation. SO HOT.

- I stayed up too late last night watching the Hugos livestream.
-- and picking over the detailed voting statistics.
-- I sometimes have fun having opinions on the internet recreationally, again due to the sorting and ranking aspect.
-- Blocking annoying people on the Twitter #hugoawards hashtag was immensely satisfying from that perspective.


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Date:August 24th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Netherlands and sorting!
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Date:August 24th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
The Netherlands? I knew nothing of this!

And wow, you've been practicing Dutch? One of the things that blows my mind about the Netherlands is how very, very well every Dutch person I've ever encountered speaks English.
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Date:August 24th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
That's because if Dutch is what happens if you take the average of English and German, both in grammar and vocabulary.

There's a Dutch dialect called Flemish that is the average of Dutch and German. The south end of it is mutually intelligible with German. I believe there may be an English-mutually-intelligible corner of Netherlands Dutch.

I am told it will be completely impossible for me to practice my spoken Dutch except for saying things in Dutch, having the shopkeeper grin and speak English to me, and continue doing my best to respond in Dutch. :P

I'm going for two weeks, departing on Saturday! That is why I did all the laundry.
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Date:August 24th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
I believe there may be an English-mutually-intelligible corner of Netherlands Dutch.

Perhaps you speak of Frisian. I would think, though, that given the amount of vocabulary & grammar that English has absorbed from Norman French over the last thousand years, that mutually-intelligible corner may no longer be so.
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