A few days ago I found a page that had an mp3 version of a track that amused me when I first heard it - Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" and "Someday" edited and combined. They harmonise very well together, frighteningly well in fact. Read more about it (and listen to it) here
On Monday the only people who turned up for Korean class were me and our teacher, so we spent an hour or so talking about Korean food and British university marking systems. He also recommended a useful way of practising my Korean - keeping a journal each day. I'm considering doing this for Japanese as well, because my Japanese vocabulary is far better than my Korean vocabulary, while my grammar is probably more shaky. At least I have A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns
to fall back on. I'm also tempted to do this with all the languages I know, just to keep my hand in... but then I'd end up writing six short journal entries a day, and my hands have to have some rest at some point.
As if six languages (other than English) weren't enough, I'm tempted to learn Finnish. It's an agglutinating language, quite highly inflected as well (which somehow hasn't phased me, even though the way I've learnt about language typology usually separates languages into either inflecting, isolating or agglutinating), to the point of having fifteen nominal cases. Whee. Of course, these cases are in place of prepositions or postpositions, which makes sense. It's not an Indo-European language either, which makes it both interesting and difficult, though it does have quite a few loan words from Indo-European languages. There's an interesting introductory website
that I glanced at, but in order to actually learn anything I'd need a textbook of some sort. I'll wait until a reasonably cheap one presents itself, or I get one from a library.
勉強します。それにしても小説をよみます。その本の名前は『Gardens of the Moon』であって、作者はスティベンエリクソン。theblunderbuss
(So, let's start. I don't have a topic, but I'll talk anyway. Since I have homework to do, tomorrow I'm studying. Even so, I'll be reading a book. The book's name is 'Gardens of the Moon', and the author is Steven Erikson. theblunderbuss recommended the book to me.)
I'd add a Korean entry, as that was most of the point of doing foreign-language paragraphs, but it's far too late for me to spend half an hour slaving over what'll end up as two badly-written sentences.
내일아침에강의다니서, 오늘밤치금아요. (Because I have a lecture tomorrow morning, I'm going to bed now.)
And not a moment too soon, either. (I annoyed Semagic with this post - it won't let me enter something that's not UTF-8, and thus balks at the Japanese and Korean.)