January 2011 is almost over. I’ve posted every day, so I’m keeping up the WP-challenge The Daily Post — so far, so good. I quickly looked through my list of posts for this past months. There’s been a lot of talk about the blogging itself, but also about weather. «This week’s snow storm» will arrive some time Wednesday. I took this picture on the first day of this month, which obviously was New Years Day. Not much snow then! It’s from a cute little place south of here … Chance Harbour.
When these remaining eleven months are over, I hope to have found a couple of subjects to write about … something that could actually interest people … make them come back and perhaps even interact. They always tell you «write about something you know well».
Well … there are things that I know really well that I absolutely do not want to write about. I do know, however, what it’s like to live in a foreign country … a different continent, even. Still, after seven years, I often think about subtle differences.
I do also know what it’s like to live with and speak my second language. Episodes of loss of words are getting farther and farther between, uncertainty about some expressions and idioms still remain. Pronunciation too.
One thing about English, that I’ve learnt, is that there’s no such thing as taking pronunciation for granted, when I read a word. I have a good example of that … the word AWRY.
I’d read that word many times … I knew what it meant, no trouble there …but luckily for me, I’d never felt the need to actually use it in speech. I would have pronounced it like “awe-ri”. 🙂 Don’t remember now how it came about … how I found out how it’s really pronounced — maybe I heard it on TV or something, but I started to laugh out loud when I realized.
Sometimes, it’s the other way around … words that I’ve heard hundreds of times, I would never take a guess on how to spell. Take the word “subpoena”, for example. How many times had I not heard that on crime shows on TV and never paid much attention to it because I knew well what it meant. It was quite the surprise to me when I finally saw it written.
This picture was shot two days after the first one.
Flickr is a well organized and user-friendly website, so I brought up my January photos there. There’s a tremendous amount of ducks and squirrels 🙂 but that’s what I like to do the most … shoot pictures of birds and animals. I wrote a post about it, one night when I couldn’t sleep.