Category Real World Words

Latinx, language “degredation”, and linguistic emancipation

How’s that for a loaded title?? Because it’s always a good time to talk about language and gender! Advertisements

Multilingual TV: is it really so hard, people? (a mini-rant)

Living with (someone else’s) Netflix account has been exhilerating – oh, the glorious world of easy-access television! (I’m very much a member of my generation: who even has a TV in their apartment, let alone actually pays for cable?). Thanks to this, I’ve been doing some exploring – which has had its ups and downs.

Epeolatry Sunday: Narcos, swearing in spanish, and some of the (many) reasons I yell at the TV

Today’s edition of Epeolatry Sunday is brought to you by the second season of Narcos. Briefly, for those of you who aren’t stealing someone else’s Netflix account, Narcos is a series based on Pablo Escobar and the Colombian cocaine wars. Every episode is chock-a-block full of wild 80s fashion, salsa music, seemingly endless drive-by shootings, and rampant […]

I couldn’t sleep last night because France

There’s been a lot of news articles going around about France’s new obsession with beach-wear. I will admit to not reading all of them, but I’ve read enough to be absolutely fucking fed up. I very literally woke up last night to pee and then couldn’t get back to sleep because somewhere between the bed […]

A mid-week language-learning rant: the B level plateau and the lie of “upper intermediate”

I’ve been doing some freelance writing lately and that took me into one of my favourite/least favourite corners of the internet: how to learn languages.

Language Death, Gretchen McCulloch, and Farewell to The Toast

Well, I’m not usually the first to hear the news, whatever that news may be, so it comes as no surprise that it took me a month to find out that The Toast is now defunct. I was never an avid follower of The Toast, but I liked what they did, was glad it existed, and […]

Homelessness, Architecture, and Liminality in Japan

I first encountered the architecture of Japan’s homeless while I was there in 2010. Even then, before I knew anything about it, I was struck by how thoughtfully built these shelters were. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan ahead, so none of theses photos are mine.