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Take that, Rosetta!

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment

If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us TONGUE.

Voila, Je peux parler francais.

Yes, if I could wake up and speak fluently in a foreign language – it would be french. I learnt french in school for 3 years and am familiar with the basics. We learnt about the french culture and some of the beautiful historical monuments.

I have not visited France and would love to be able to communicate fluently.

Parlez-vous francais?

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New age SMS lingo

May 29, 2013 2 comments

2 b or nt 2 b” This was how a student pulverized Shakespeare in an examination answer sheet.

SMS lingo has now begun creeping into the answer sheets, assignments and even record books! So much so that school teachers are compelled to tell kids that the usage of such language in their exams means lower marks and could even result in flunking

When young we learnt to appreciate poetry and literature in school.  It was  a delight to read poems by Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats. There have been huge strides in technology ,because of which our children are today exposed to the latest gadgets.  They have the virtual world at their fingertips.  They are adept at searching for information, messaging, video chats and social media.  Inspite of all this , I think that the modern day child is more  at  a disadvantage than an advantage.

The biggest disadvantage is the use of new age lingo or sms texting.  This became a fashion because of the ability to be connected with your network on the go. Children today use language like: Yolo, lol, rofl, brb, wtf, wanna, lv, ppl, btw to convey their message and if you are not familiar with these words you are not cool.

In my opinion, this is murder/butchering of the English language.  How can you stand ‘thought’ being spelt as ‘thot’ or ‘between’ being spelt as ‘btwn’.

With the advent of twitter and facebook, this lingo is finding extensive use and slowly it has begun to find its place in school examination papers.

Children today are so distracted with the numerous gadgetry around them that they have no time.. no patience to appreciate the beauty of the language, diction, articulation and phonetics.  They just want to use brief sms lingo.  Very soon this will turn into a whole new language and our Oxford dictionaries have to keep pace or come up with an SMS dictionary.

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The beauty of metaphors

April 8, 2013 1 comment

apple of eye

A metaphor is defined in the dictionary as a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance , in other words an implied comparison.

Some examples of metaphors are:
the apple of my eye
broken heart
rollercoaster of emotions
its raining men etc.

Metaphors allow us to think out of the box and compare one thing to another in a totally different context.  They help us to get a break from structured thinking and think visually or creatively.

In the above examples , ‘apple of my eye’ is used to refer to someone dear or adorable.  Similarly  ‘rollercoaster of emotions’ suggests mood swings like the ups and downs of a rollercoaster ride.

A metaphor allows us to weave our words and use creativity to convey a better understanding.  Instead of saying he is happy , when we say he is feeling above the moon – it signifies a feeling of being elated and excited.  Metaphors create impactful statements which remain in the mind of readers.   They make use of vivid imagery to convey to the reader a picture rather than a bland statement.

Other figures of speech like simile, hyperbole, alliteration etc also help us to add depth to the meaning of our words and create an impact on the reader.

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