23 October 2008

Yet another one? - to make it half a dozen.

Before going to the main topic, I shall write down a small thing.

On 17th of September, I was coming to the 3rd floor of my department building in the elevator (Lift). One side of the lift is a huge mirror. On that mirror, I found some dirt. On inspection, I realised that it was the oil from someone's head - when that someone had leaned back on the mirror and had rested his head there.

Well, nothing to do with me. I just left it. (The mirror is in the picture below -- the ghost like person is none but -- yours truly ;) )

After two days, in the lift, I saw the same thing. Then I realised that the cleaning people haven't cleaned it yet. So, it was 19th of September. I just wanted to know how long will it be there.

On that oily patch, I wrote "19" with my finger - so that the date will stay there every day and I'll not have to keep a count of it. (This theory simply is wrong - I have to keep the count in my mind.)

Anyway, the point is that I made a mark "19" on it.

And that is still there -- today being 23rd of October -- meaning, it is/was there for one month and 6 days. I don't know what are these cleaning people doing!

Well, coming back to the title. If I am not very much mistaken, I started my German course in October 2006, that is to say, I have been doing German courses for the past two years. And yes, I am enjoying the fruits of it. I am able to express myself better, I don't feel like an illiterate anymore, I can slightly flirt, my confidence has been boosted big time, I started a German blog etc. etc.

Again it is another October. Yes, on 22nd of October 2008, I have started to go for a French course (beginner's level). The first class was not bad at all.  This course is offered in the university and the teacher was really very sweet and wonderful.

Once I learn French too, then it will be the 6th language in my collection. Well, I almost never speak in Hindi for my accent is good enough to make any hindi-loving person have a broken heart! ;) .. but I count Hindi, as I can understand/read/write Hindi and also speak actually *well* with the wonderful mallu-accent!

Even though I fluently speak Tamil, I am an illiterate if you consider my writing/reading skills. Still, I do count Tamil! :)

Other languages being Malayalam, English and German. Not bad for a *young* fellow like me right? ;)

Give me another two years and then you'll see me speaking a little bit (very little bit) of Spanish as well... which is in the list of languages to be learned. :)

Signing off, Sands.

PS: The other day, I told my dad that my German has improved by leaps and bounds. Then he asked me - "So, Tamil or German -- which one is more easy for you?". I said, "of course Tamil". Then he laughed.. and said - "Ha ha .... now, I know how much your German must have leaped".

With a single sentence, he managed to crush my pride... by saying both my Tamil and German are bad! :( :( :(

Smart fellow, isn't he? ;)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

5 languages... great !!
In which language do you think ?
Shall we need a language to think...

A Liberated Soul said...

You made me laugh Sands - the line 'the ghost like person is none but yours truly'.

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

@anonymous...

Thank you...!
that 5 languages... great !! in your comment says that the entry has served its purpose -- "showing off" ;)

and coming to thinking... There is no language for thinking...

Thoughts happen deep down somewhere inside the mind and they take the shape of words .. when they come out. :) ... that is my personal case.

and yeah... when it comes to us.... yes, sure *we* need a language to think! :)


@ Soul..

:) - but that's true! :)
[a cold morning (6:30) in march 2008]

Anonymous said...

Hehe.. The pic reminds me the dead body in the movie "Dhanam" (hope u had seen it)...

Well.. People collects stamps, coins and pics.. Seems, like you are into the hobby of collecting languages

@ PS: That is really funny..

Vivek.

ഗീതാഗീതികള്‍ said...

'the ghost like person is none but -- yours truly'...
That goes without saying.....

That dirt being there for a month - Really I feel proud! (as a Malayali)...
Cleaning the body (bathing) is ofcourse a daily chore for a Malayali, but cleaning the premises is something not included in the daily chores. Germans follow suit! Is it not something that a Malayali to be proud of?

Sure, your pa is a smart person. "Pride goes before a fall." Not heard?

O.T. I too learned some German from your blog. Remember my comment on your german post? But not yet reached to that level of.... ( guess)

Asha said...

hehe.. sadanandan uncle THE star!

Srishti Padathiyaar said...

It was great going through ur blog!!
I laughed a lot n now feels really better!!

I'll follow you from now on ..:)

A Liberated Soul said...

How are u now? Awaiting ur new post. TC!

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

@All...

Sorry for the late reply..

@ Chechi...

:)

@Asha...

vendaaa tto...

@Srishti

Thanks for the comment. It is kind of news to me that there are things to make you smile and laugh.
:)

@Soul
I am doing good, have put the new post.