I'm a 25 year old amateur linguist from California (though my mind is always in Japan).

AMATEUR (n.) 1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem "lover."

I am fluent in Japanese and Spanish, but my favorite languages are Japanese and Russian which I can read and write. Mandarin, Korean and German are interesting as well though I only know basic greetings.

I follow many fandoms, most of which are British and Japan-related.

I post & reblog mostly concerning my three favorite characters: Severus Snape, Sherlock Holmes and Spock.

I also love these actors: Hugh Jackman, Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman and Mads Mikkelsen.

☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆
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I love how Spock is familiar with Human classical fiction like The Three Musketeers. In this episode, “The Naked Time”, he refers to Sulu as D’artagnan after he appeared on the bridge with a fencing blade. 

Also, Spock is just generally awesome! All he had to do is use the Vulcan Pinch while Kirk was trying to do what? Choke Sulu?

hello-language-that-is-all:

cosmogyros:

struggles-of-a-polyglot:

How dare the German word “fast” not actually mean fast

warum bedeutet das englische wort “also” nicht also

Let’s start a list of foreign words we hate!

Welsh at = English “to”
Welsh afraid = English “unnecessary”

German gift = English “poison”

German dick = English “thick”

German stark = English “rigid”

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In einem kleinen Dorf wohnte einst ein Mädchen mit dem Namen Barbara. Barbara war in der ganzen Gegend für ihren ausgezeichneten Rhabarberkuchen bekannt.
Weil jeder so gerne Barbara’s Rhabarberkuchen aß, nannte man sie Rhabarberbarbara. Rhabarberbarbara merkte bald, dass sie mit ihrem Rhabarberkuchen Geld verdienen könnte. Daher eröffnete sie eine Bar: Die Rhabarberbarbarabar.
Natürlich gab es in der Rhabarberbarbarabar bald Stammkunden. Die bekanntesten unter Ihnen, drei Barbaren, kamen so oft in die Rhabarberbarbarabar um von Rhabarberbarbaras Rhabarberkuchen zu essen, dass man sie kurz die Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren nannte.
Die Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren hatten wunderschöne, dichte Bärte. Wenn die Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren ihren Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbart pflegten gingen sie zum Barbier.
Der einzige Barbier der einen Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbart bearbeiten konnte, wollte das natürlich betonen und nannte sich Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbier.
Nach dem Stutzen des Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbarts geht der Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbier meist mit den Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren in die Rhabarberbarbarabar um mit den Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren von Rhabarberbarbaras herrlichem Rhabarberkuchen zu essen. By ancient German proverb (via polylingualistic)

Ah, German! Such an agglutinative language! German makes the world of linguistics go round ;D

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jaclcfrost:

having a crush on both a character and the person who plays that character is just like

prepare for trouble

and make it double

Wolverine & Hugh Jackman
Hannibal & Mads Mikkelsen
Sherlock & Benedict Cumberbatch
Loki & Tom Hiddleston
Severus Snape & Alan Rickman
House & Hugh Laurie

One of my favourite German words: verschlimmbessern.

hello-language-that-is-all:

wennedenkstisehzuspaet:

It’s like a morphological ‘fusion’ of verschlimmern ‘to make worse’ and verbessern ‘to improve’.

It means to make something even worse while trying to improve it.

The fact that this exists.

…But in doing so they only made matters worse.

I have always loved German, and this word makes me love it even more. I hope to use verschimmbessern in a legitimate conversation someday ;D

whatthefuckisfootball:

An England fan throws a paper airplane from the top tier of Wembley and it hits one of the Peru players | view from the crowd

This was a historical and monumental feat in the world of aerodynamics, one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen

OMG! Those fans must have been so bored! Actually, so does the Peruvian guy, he’s just walking backwards, hoping the ball will come his way…

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hello-language-that-is-all:

estifito:

valerie-an:

Very serious info session for out of staters

Waaaaait… I didn’t know “jimmies” was said outside of Philly (although here it’s any type of sprinkles, not just chocolate)

Pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd.

I use the expression “I’m bummed” as well as “What a bummer!” I thought it was a West Coast thing. 
Bubbler and jimmies sounds rather silly though o.0

hello-language-that-is-all:

estifito:

valerie-an:

Very serious info session for out of staters

Waaaaait… I didn’t know “jimmies” was said outside of Philly (although here it’s any type of sprinkles, not just chocolate)

Pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd.

I use the expression “I’m bummed” as well as “What a bummer!” I thought it was a West Coast thing.

Bubbler and jimmies sounds rather silly though o.0

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ben-c:

I’m back bitches

and lucky for you shits I get paid next week and have nothing to spend my money on so here ya go

let’s fuckin do this

please read this shit or u will prob miss smth important actually no u most likely wont its all v basic but im fucking funny so read it anyway

as always, if there’s an item you don’t want, or something you’d rather have, yes I will substitute unless I’ve already ordered the thing

alternatively, if there’s a thing you don’t want, you can opt to have it sent to someone else

ok anyway here we go with the list that’s always the same in every giveaway except if I don’t write it down ill get a million asks about it

fucking dumbass rules I shouldn’t have to write down:

  •  yes u have to follow me im building an army
  • reblogs and likes both count duh
  •  I’ll ship anywhere
  • giveaway blogs are fine I literally don’t care
  • reblog as much as you want once again, shockingly, I don’t care
  • if u have any questions feel free to ask me!!
  • but if they are already answered anywhere in this post I will probably give a frustrated sassy reply that will slightly offend u
  • be careful
  • I will sass u the fuck out
  • its what I do
  • its who I am

the things in the thing:

  • cool ass motherfucking vintage camera I found on sale look at this motherfucking thing holy shit
  • the 4th doctors scarfthis shit is 6 feet long I do not mess around let me tell you son
  • sherlock seasons 1-3 dvds (yes I can order in whatever region u want)
  • sherlock bag
  • tardis converse (yes of fucking course I will order them in custom size for the winner don’t even fucking ask)
  • doctor who charm necklace
  • A CLOCK WITH ALL THE DOCTORS ON IT THIS SHIT IS SO COOL DON’T EVEN PRETEND YOU DIDN’T GET AT LEAST A LIL EXCITED 50 YEARS OF TIME AND SPACE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO ALLOW THESE 12 DOCTORS TO BE ARRANGED INTO A PERFECT CLOCK SHUT THE FUCK UP
  • one of my favourite book trilogies hell yea look at this golden work of literature you can be fandomy and fucking cultured. (yes everyone who reads is cultured. it’s the law.)
  • SUPER CUTE ASS MATCHING MOON NECKLACE AND EARTH RING THESE MOTHERFUCKERS ARENT EVEN BY THE SAME PERSON BUT THEY MATCH SO FUCKING WELL I HAD TO INCLUDE BOTH      

and as usual additional thingies:

  • if this gets 5k notes I’ll add a book of the winners choice
  •  if it gets 10k I’ll add any one season of a show of the winners choice on dvd/bluray
  • it if gets 25k I’ll add a gay ass painting of whatever the winner wants (keeping in mind that I cannot draw everything) (but I CAN draw gay porn) (eyyy)
  •  if it gets 50k I’ll add any item from thinkgeek.com that’s 25$ or less
  • if it gets 100k I’ll add 2 concert or play tickets to the live performance of the winners choice

yes the list is cumulative

no don’t ask me what cumulative is jesus christ just google it

do you know how many asks I always get about that shit

same with asking where I got certain items just reverse image search them omfg

why don’t you people ever use google it iS THERE FOR A REASON okay im sorry im done

ahem

okay

this is gonna end on july 1st because that is both my country and my dog’s birthday (we all know my dog takes precedence here)

good luck cuties

friendly reminder that you are wonderful and a lot of people love you probably

I had my first dream with Mads Mikkelsen in it! It was outside by a large bridge where people were gathered and I saw him sitting on the curb drinking. 
I sat down and said, 
“Hi.” 
He responded with, 
“Hello.”(≧∇≦)
People were taking pictures by the bridge and I said, 
“Let’s take a group picture!” 
So everyone but Mads grouped together and I said, 
“Wait, we have to get a picture with him!” (pointing at Mads). 
Some people said, 
“Who is that?”
I replied,
“He’s a famous Danish Actor. He plays Hannibal on NBC.”
All I got were blank stares (o_0)

I imagine he looked like he did in The Hunt (Jagten), which is a great movie that you have to watch on Netflix right now ヽ(´o`;That may be the reason why no one recognized him from Hannibal (and his three-piece suits). 

My dream occurred between 2 and 6am this morning and when I woke up I saw that I had a new follower: Mads-Mikkelsen-Rules, which made me so happy because Tumblr appreciates Mads Mikkelsen unlike the real world. ☆〜(ゝ。∂)

I had my first dream with Mads Mikkelsen in it! It was outside by a large bridge where people were gathered and I saw him sitting on the curb drinking.
I sat down and said,
“Hi.”
He responded with,
“Hello.”(≧∇≦)
People were taking pictures by the bridge and I said,
“Let’s take a group picture!”
So everyone but Mads grouped together and I said,
“Wait, we have to get a picture with him!” (pointing at Mads).
Some people said,
“Who is that?”
I replied,
“He’s a famous Danish Actor. He plays Hannibal on NBC.”
All I got were blank stares (o_0)

I imagine he looked like he did in The Hunt (Jagten), which is a great movie that you have to watch on Netflix right now ヽ(´o`;That may be the reason why no one recognized him from Hannibal (and his three-piece suits).

My dream occurred between 2 and 6am this morning and when I woke up I saw that I had a new follower: Mads-Mikkelsen-Rules, which made me so happy because Tumblr appreciates Mads Mikkelsen unlike the real world. ☆〜(ゝ。∂)