G’day. namaskar. slamalaikum. Ave. Ohayo gozaimasu. Greetings in English, Bangla, and two other languages I’ve studied in my impetuous and impertinent youth decades ago; Latin in high school; Japanese during my days as a diehard anime fan in the late eighties and early nineties. Needless to say, I’ve lapsed in fluency in both over time. Like my Japanese teacher in community college once said, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Mrs. Sayoko, you were, and are, so correct.
This week, I’ve a few more pieces that I’ve uploaded to my deviantART profile while I try to make time to study this morning and the next. But first, a few points on my study…
At this moment, I’m working on an issue which has long plagued my study of languages in recent years, particularly with the three languages I’m working with now: low confidence in my command of them despite any actual ability, and an irrational reluctance to “show off” when posting on my progress. I find this annoying, as it delays the crucial publishing of the Lost in Translation series on this blog, and impedes accurate perception of real progress in all of the three.
There’s also a dangerous tinge of perfectionism there as well. Bad Troythulu! Irrational thinking!!
But I want what I post on them to be the very best I can do. Most important is to be accurate, even given local variations in native speakers’ use due to regional differences (like the distinctions of use for speakers in West Bengal and Bangladesh, respectively). That last is most important, but also important is to allow myself to make mistakes during the learning process. For instance, I still sound just a little like a stereotypical foreigner in a Bengali comedy, with my pronunciation of consonants like ত, থ, দ, ধ, ট, ঠ, ড, and ঢ, though less so as I manage to squeeze in some practice. Proper aspiration of the consonants is coming much easier than before, and currently I’m figuring out the intricacies of the dialogue I’m on. I’m not moving on until I finish it and can fully, fluently, and accurately answer the quiz at the end of the unit.
So, here are the images. I had a lot of fun working with these, and new presets came out of the deal along with the pics. Here’s to conquering my perfectionism so that I can get those study updates finished. After all, I believe that strong claims require strong proof, and nowhere is that more obvious to me here at my workstation at this wee hour of the morning.
Stay awesome, people.
All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, as long as proper credit is given for them.