Language Learning: Different Scripts

If you’re learning a language with a different script than the English Alphabet, look and see if the app  WriteIt by Jernung has your script. It’s free, although you can purchase an upgrade.  I only have used the free version.  It shows the letter strokes in order, has sound, and tests.   I think the paid upgrade removes ads and gives you better customized tests, possibly other features. I am satisfied with the free download for use with my touchscreen android phone.

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That culture thing

This is only a topic I have mentioned multiple times before, but it comes up often and it still amuses me.

I’m teaching English conversation to a Korean couple (lovely people) and this week we worked on a few words related to common health issues, especially for the missionary community. =)  So of course, this included words like constipation, diarrhea, and so on.  We went over the words and then I said that while it was okay in the missionary/ex pat community, normally, Americans do not talk about this stuff and not in detail.

She looked at me in stunned amazement.  she was sure she didn’t understand me.  Then she thought I was joking.  I told her I was serious, we really don’t, and when other people do,  it makes many people uncomfortable.

“Why?’ she asked.  “It’s so important!”

I told her I didn’t know why we found it awkward and other people don’t.  IT doesn’t make sense, but it is the way it is.

“Oh.” she nodded and shrugged. “Custom.”

She might have murmured something in Korean under her breath, and it might have been translated as “Strange custom.”

Or maybe I was only mind-reading.

This is the same lovely friend that I embarrassed to the point of  shuddering goose-bumps by calling to my husband across a few meters of space at school, “Love you!  See you later!”  There wasn’t a crowd around, either, just two or three other people in the area.

Because you don’t say ‘I love you’ to your spouse in public like that. It’s awkward.


(she really is a sweet, sweet lady, and I shall miss her badly when we go back to the U.S.)


P.P. S. We are attempting to arrange our ducks in a row and work out an arrangement whereby we could continue to do some work for the school in the U.S. and come here for six months at a time instead of being away a year at a time.  There’s a lot of ducks to work out with that, so if you could pray with and for us that we are clear about where and how we can be used and work out next.  Thanks.

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When You Just Can’t Parody Anymore

I just finished a kindle book called The Narrative.  It’s parody, satire, or means to be.  It’s funny and it does poke enormous fun at the left, albeit not at all in a meanspirited way.  At least, I didn’t find it meanspirited. I found it down-right jolly.   But you’re only going to find it amusing if you already think the left is ridiculous.  It’s often heavy handed, but then sometimes it turns out what I thought was silly and over the top is pretty much straight out of real life.

One of the minor characters is a gal named Olive who has trained with GOO, the Global Outrage Organization, and learned some new protest techniques which the local protest leader is super excited about.  The group, hand in glove with a pair of reporters for the pet leftist network to film their antics,  goes to protest a local library.  The protest is over hiring a white male director (he turns out to be in a wheelchair, which surprises but does not stop them) and Olive engages in one of those new techniques- the voice grenade, which is just shrieking like a howling banshee for no good reason except to have a temper tantrum and prevent anybody else from speaking.  In several scenes in the book people respond to ideas they dislike by flinging themselves around and screaming like a two year old told it’s bedtime.  So over the top. Grown ups don’t act like- but wait.

See here- mind the sound, as there are a lot of F bombs mixed in the incoherent shrieking and howling.  Especially note starting around the 1:16 mark.


WATCH: Leftist Mob Screams At, Throws Drink On TPUSA’s Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens



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Ooops, he didn’t mean to say that


He accidentally said what liberals really do think:
A Santa Barbara city councilman inadvertently let slip the primary purpose of progressivism in 21st century America.

The city recently criminalized the use of plastic straws. Speaking to that issue, Councilman Jesse Dominguez said, “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”

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Where’s Your Compassion

A man illegally crossed the border with his daughter. The story I found today doesn’t give her age, but I have seen another story saying she’s 14. She was hospitalized for a TB issue, and then it was discovered she was no relation to him, and he’s been raping her. Her mother handed her over to the monster, saying he’d find a job for her in the U.S.

I am not in favor of taking children from their parents without a really good reason. I am in favour of taking children from rapists, whether they are their parents or not. I think if it turns out the parent is a murderer, that’s also a pretty good reason. I recognize that children are deeply traumatized by being taken from their parents. I also recognize that some children are continuously traumatized by remaining with their parents or people posing as such, and that children being brought across the border have often already been deeply traumatized by their parents’ decision to bring them out of their home, country, culture, extended families (and often removing them from siblings and another parent).  The journey itself is fraught with traumatizing experiences:

From Huffpo:
“According to a stunning Fusion investigation, 80 percent of women and girls crossing into the U.S. by way of Mexico are raped during their journey. That’s up from a previous estimate of 60 percent, according to an Amnesty International report.”
The same report says that they know this in advance, so many of the women and girls take birth control pills in advance. So the chances that the children crossing the border unaccompanied or with their mothers have not already been deeply traumatized by that journey itself are pretty much non-existent.

In short, what I wish were reality isn’t reality and isn’t going to be.

I’d like instant DNA tests and dogs that work like drug sniffers, only they sniff out an abused child inerrantly and instantly snuggle up to the child and snarl and snap off the fingers of abusers who come near- these dogs would also have an inerrant ability to recognize abusers on sight. Better still, there’d be no abuse in the world at all.

But we don’t have that world. We have this one, and we have to muddle through the best way we can in the one that we have. In order to deal with the one we have, we have to have clear and accurate facts about it, not hysteria and fake news posing as a ‘metaphor.’
Of the ‘thousands’ of children separated from their parents at the border (closer to 2,000) by Trump (I guess we’re never going to look at Obama’s separations)- 102 were children under 5. I’m not excusing it, but I do think some perspective is in order- 102 children is not the hundreds and hundreds of sobbing toddlers and babies in diapers which the media and Trump haters attempted to paint us a picture of. Certainly the children should have been treated better and certainly Congress needs to fix themselves, but just as certainly, Congress never will because it’s too valuable a tool for both sides.

A judge has ruled that the children must be returned to their parents by a deadline which the government missed, and the judge allowed a slight extension. 52 or 54 of those children are to be reunited by this week if I read the dates correctly (a few articles say 34 kids, but the majority put the number in the low fifties).

Of those 104, 1 can’t be reunited because the child’s parent is planning to live with a known child sex offender. On purpose. Knowing that the person they will live with has a record of sexually abusing minor children. One can’t be reunited because the parents have been missing for a year (so this child was not part of the 2,000 removed at all? IT’s a strange one, I can’t find much more about this one, except that several news stories report it’s possible this child and the child’s parents are legal citizens).

10 cannot be reunited because their parents are incarcerated. They can be reunited when the parents are finished with their sentences, so they are basically like thousands of other American children in foster care while their parents are in jail.

14, FOURTEEN will not be reunited because the adults are either no relation to the children at all, have credible and serious child abuse evidence against them, or have criminal histories of charges like rape, murder, kidnapping.

Over a quarter of the children under 5 cannot or do not need to stay with the adults they crossed the border with. That’s pretty high. For some of the remaining childen, DNA tests and background checks are not yet complete, so that number could be higher.

Of those remaining, for about a dozen, they will be reunited but the timetable is delayed as their parents were already deported, and I find that inexcusable and horrible, just as horrible as the reality that some of these children were being raped to pay for their passage, were being brought in by traffickers posing as parents. I see every reason for DNA testing and criminal background checks, but none for deporting parents without their kids.

In spite of finding out that some of the kids are not related to the person who brought them across the border and cases like the one at the top of this post, where they are being abused and exploited, the judge ordering the reunification has told the Trump administration to drop the DNA tests to expedite the process.

If traffickers and coyotes knew that DNA tests would be part of the crossing process, fewer of them would try it, and I think it’s important to do what we can to deter this exploitation of children.

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