Christopher Merle

Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, but first I need more coffee.

Category: Languages

Ich lerne Deutsch

I am using Duolingo to brush up and learn more German. It’s fun and I am learning but it is not an end in it self. I need other tools. I’ve started watching Babylon Berlin with German subtitles (watching with English subtitles is not conducive to learning the language). It’s amazing how much you can follow the story without knowing the language.

If you are a fan of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, you will recognize this reference. And now you know how to say it in German:

Die Antwort is zweiundvierzig. Was ist die Frage?

 

Ich mag Duolingo. Es ist sehr gut.


I like learning languages. I actually have a minor in Russian, but I’ve forgotten most of it (Я забыл как говорить по русски). I can still read it. I studied both Spanish and German in high school. I preferred German but was talked into taking a little Spanish. I also took a semester of Japanese at a community college. Other languages I have studied on my own: Scottish Gaelic and French.  I am not fluent in any of these. However, now is as good as time as any to become fluent in one of them. And German was my first (language) love. Ich habe Deutsch in meinem herzen. My second love is Scottish Gaelic. ‘S toigh leam Gaidhlig.

Bithidh sinn a’ phosadh

Bithidh Melissa agus mi fhn a’ phosadh an-diudh. An uair sin bithidh ceilidh mr againn.

I’m getting married today, for the second time. It’s Melissa’s second too. We’ve been together since the end of 2003. We are going to have a big ceilidh.

It will be a relatively small ceremony with a large reception. Since Melissa and I have everything we need, we’ve asked people just for the pleasure of the company and if they play or sing to bring their instruments and perform. Also, if they feel they must give something we’ve asked people to make a donation to TSHA in our names. THSA is Tulsa Speech and Hearing Access (its new name).

We have friends and relatives coming from as far as California, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The largest contingent outside of Oklahoma are coming from Texas. I think Melissa is going to have more people.

There’s no point in saying much of anything about our exes. One they might read this, and two they each have their own lives now. All I will say is this her ex is named Patrick and mine is named Patti which I thought was interesting enough coincidence to mention.

Back to the future. I know I marked this post Gidhlig and there isn’t much Gaelic in it, but wasn’t sure where else to categorize it. I do want to voice my opinion on marriage.

Only the two individuals involved can marry each other, the priest, the minister, the judge, or the ship’s captain don’t marry you. They officiate. It doesn’t matter if the state, the public, or your friends and family recognize it, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. So if two individuals choose to and marry each other then no power on earth can stop it. It doesn’t matter what religion they belong to, nor race, nor sex. So the law can recognize or not. There are certain legal benefits to being recognized, but that shouldn’t stop two people even if it isn’t.

So what I’m saying, it doesn’t matter what I think of gay marriages. It only matters that the gay couple marry each other. It’s the last taboo. Multi-racial and cross-religion marriages used to be prohibited either culturally or legally. But they happen now. What about polygamous, polyandrous, or polyamorous marriages? Some societies recognize polygamy. Are they actually marriages? If I can say gay marriages are OK, why not polyamorous? I’m still thinking on that one.

Uell, tha sin uile.

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