Maybe when you read the title of this post you thought I was going to go on about how silly it is to learn a language that so few people speak and that is not so useful outside of the Low Countries. I sometimes had the feeling when I first came here, especially during the frustrating days, that I was putting a lot of time and effort into a rather useless pursuit. Depending upon where that tricky creature called life decides to take me in the future maybe my knowledge of Dutch will prove useful, or maybe not. It’s hard to know, but that’s not really what this post is about…
Along the journey of acquiring some proficiency in this mysterious little language there have been lots of laughs. Anyone that’s started out on the monumental journey of learning a second language can attest to the fact that it always challenges you to see things from a different perspective… to break out of the linguistic norms that have structured your life and thought processes up until the present and to begin to realize that not only are there many different ways to express your thoughts and feelings, but there are also many different ways of living life.Read More
During the last weeks I’ve been adjusting to a new schedule at university and attempting to get everything organized to pave the path for another semester of learning. As a literature student, naturally I have a lot of things to read. The reading list is quite full and just seems to keep growing. Studying literature is quite different than some other courses since the reading must be done on a certain schedule or the lectures don’t hold as much meaning as they potentially could. Here’s a quick look into a fraction of the reading I will be doing in the coming months.Read More
I bring you this very quick message to announce that OppositeOcean will be very quiet in the coming weeks. I’m taking a little hiatus from the blog to focus on studying. I’m really enjoying reading all the comments and messages that you all have been leaving recently. It’s wonderful to know that my stories are reaching people and being enjoyed. I look forward to bringing you more after surviving yet one more exam period. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
(Please kindly excuse any delays in responding to your comments and emails, I will get to them as soon as I can dedicate proper time to responding. Thank you for understanding.)Read More
Let’s be clear, unicorns unfortunately do not exist and neither does Dutch, my friends. Perhaps you’re saying “no way” and typing “does Dutch really exist” into the google search bar right now. If you click search, Wikipedia will try to inform you that it does indeed exist, but I’m going to tell you why it doesn’t.Read More
On Tuesday I finished my last exam of the semester and it already feels like I’ve been done for weeks even though it’s only Friday. It’s a wonderful feeling now to choose whatever I want to do with my time instead of racing against the clock to try and remember one last piece of information that could prove crucial but then rarely ever does. This week is one comprised of two very contrasting extremes. Sunday night I was awake late, reading and rereading the syllabus for the exam that was to take place on Monday morning. I rushed home after that exam to study for the Spanish literature exam that was to take place on Tuesday. From Tuesday evening on I’ve been carefree and finally can do what I want without any feelings of guilt.Read More