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  • hardie karges 2:03 pm on August 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , English language, ,   

    Yangshuo, China: Paradise Lost, Innocence Regained… 

    20180712_074435But you can’t swim in that river again…though you can try…and you should…but it won’t be there, not like you remember it, anyway. Everybody’s gone elsewhere, just like they always do, and those that stay behind are not necessarily the ones you want to see, anyway. Everything changes, all the time, by habit, and tradition, if not by design. The little things that endeared you to the place are the first things to go, being that they were so hard to define anyway, more phantoms of consciousness than features of existence, the mind easing itself into submission…

    It’s not often that I get to re-visit a place I used to go, used to know some twenty years ago, or even ten, but it’s usually interesting when I do. Sometimes things seem little changed. Other times the changes seem drastic, especially in America, which is known more for its changes than its pro-active response to them, more often than not seeming more like blind flailings than direct failings… (More …)

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    • Esther Fabbricante 6:24 pm on August 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      How you come up with such descriptive writing is phenomenal!!

      Esther

      • hardie karges 10:41 pm on August 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Esther. I’m having trouble sharing this one to FB, so wasn’t sure you’d see it…

    • Daniella Romano 5:19 am on October 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Your writing is beautiful. Really captures the place. Crazy that you visited twenty years ago, it must’ve changed so much, but I’m glad that you got to experience it again!

    • hardie karges 5:27 am on October 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Please stay tuned for more…

  • hardie karges 1:42 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chinese, English language, Malay, , shoegaze, Singapore, Tamil   

    Singapore: singin’ no blues in four languages… 

    Singapore has always had an image–I mean identity–problem. I mean: what do you do when you’re a tiny city-state slash ex-Malaysia cast-off slash Chinese immigrant magnet slash ex-Straits settlement British crown colony commonwealth cultural mash-up without comparison in the modern world? For starters, you speak English, boldly and proudly, and hope for the best. After all, what choice do you have? (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 10:01 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Manglish is a new one to me, like it … always stimulating to hear dialect versions of one’s own language, as these nice clips show.

      • hardie karges 1:18 am on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, you gotta’ keep up with the provinces; that’s the cutting edge of language and culture–sometimes…

        • davekingsbury 5:59 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink

          The border is always more interesting than the capital …

  • hardie karges 9:04 pm on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: English language, portmanteau, words   

    Every Foreigner’s Favorite English Word… 

    Every foreigner’s favorite English word in the USA, I’d say, is ‘gonna’, that is: ‘going to’, pronounced ‘go-na’, really a non-word, contraction of course, but almost portmanteau in its muncha-buncha-crunchy-wordbits for lunch, add ketchup and serve between sliced bread… naah… I think I wanna’ go out fo’ dinna’ so I go-na’…

     
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