8))) Jag talar och förstår svenska. Jag är inte så bra, men jag försöker.
I mostly need vocabulary ;___; So I'm really hopeful about it! Plus this academic year I'll be taking language tutoring on the side, so hopefully I'll be beyond proficient by then 8))
If you decide to learn Swedish we should practice together!
:))) Swedish! Or Finnish, it was dependant on how much learning you said happened. Since I already know a good base of Swedish.
However unfortunately I've realized camps only go up to 18, and I'll be 19 next summer! (May try to pursue counselor job??)
Norwegian is gorgeous though! And yeah. Language>math any day. Ugh. Numbers are incredibly haard for me to memorize, but words are too much fun to forget. LOL.
Ooh, the Swedish and Finnish camps are both lovely, and very near Skogfjorden. Swedish and Danish share a village, but not at the same time.
Hmm, well, I’m turning 19 in September and I’m doing the high school credit program. You normally have to have at least a conversational ability in the target language to be a counselor, but if you wish to study either, I’m sure you can try at some point! You can also try to get a job working in the kitchen if you don’t learn enough.
It really is beautiful. And heck, so is Swedish! I’d like to learn Finnish at some point too…
I saw you on that weeb group. I was wondering. I was wondering, did you mean Concordia? If so, I was considering that and was curious how you enjoyed it, was it worth it do you think? Did you have any language knowledge beforehand vs. after?
Ahh sorry for the randomness :)
Hej der! I did indeed! It’s an incredibly beneficial experience actually. I learned a LOT more than I thought I would. Before I went, I only knew one or two words in Norwegian, and now I’m almost conversational. I kinda soak up language, though, not to brag haha but I guess I’m a fast learner. To counterbalance that, I’m AWFUL at math and basic algebra baffles me lolol. But anyway, back to the point. The people are all really friendly and the setting is just… great. Totally worth it. If you have any other questions about CLV, just let me know!
PS: What language village are you considering attending?
“I used to think Ayn Rand was the bomb but I outgrew it. You know, when I turned 12.
We all know that liberalism is for the (naive, inexperienced, foolish) young while conservatism is a natural byproduct of aging, maturing, and gaining experience with the world, right? Conventional wisdom gets it wrong yet again. The surge in popularity of objectivism and libertarianism on campus underscores how right wing ideology, not pie-in-sky liberalism, is the real fantasyland for kids who have absolutely no experience in the real world.
I’ve gotten a little more mellow in recent years, believe it or not, less keen to argue and more able to see middle ground. But there is no middle ground here, no way for us to meet halfway in intellectual compromise: If you are an Objectivist, you are retarded. This is a judgment call, and I just made it. Grow up or fuck off. Those are your two options.
First of all, let us never overlook the fact that Rand’s novels are atrocious as literature. Boring, repetitive, unconscionably long-winded, and written at approximately a 10th Grade level. Her wooden characters, the dialogue that makes you feel like you’re being lectured by your uncle, and the idiotic plot all read as if written by a 17 year-old shut-in who spends a lot of time touching himself under a life-sized poster of Hayek. Atlas Shrugged is to literature whatBattlefield: Earth is to film – it’s five times too long and leaves readers wondering if Rand ever met another human being let alone successfully interacted with one.
Second, whatever respect we could have for Rand in light of her awful writing skills is obliterated by her unbelievably sophomoric “philosophy.” It’s exactly the kind of anti-intellectual, preachy, self-aggrandizing shit that plays well with immature people who think the world revolves around them – in other words, college kids. Yet Objectivists themselves have contempt for academia, which refuses to dignify their little cult with serious study. But who could be expected to take this sort of thing seriously?
“Just this weekend,” said Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) on Wednesday in an interview with TWI, “I had a guy come up to me in my district and tell me that he was losing his interest in the business he’d run for years because the president wanted to punish him for his success.”
John, your constituent is a friggin’ idiot. He is exactly the kind of ex-fratboy MBA who thinks of himself as a linchpin of society, an “Atlas” upon whom the nation rests, but in reality could be replaced by any literate college grad or, in many cases, an unusually motivated ape. Think about this logic (or “logic”) for a second: this guy no longer wants to run his business because his taxes went up a few percent. The government wants to reduce his income by 10%, so his response is to reduce it by 100%. Sheer brilliance. Go ahead, Mr. Irreplaceable. Close your business. Go broke to “teach us a lesson” about how important you are. We’ll just have to struggle on without you. I am trying to be tactful here, but if this logic makes sense to you, I have to be emphatic:you are retarded. You’re far more likely to be in the bottom rung of society than among the “producers.”
Conventional wisdom is wrong. It’s not “Liberal at 20 or no heart, conservative at 30 or no brain.” Only the young can indulge (on mom and dad’s tuition dollar, by the way) this kind of solipsistic ME ME ME horseshit. People who mature beyond adolescence start realizing that, hey, there areother people in the world and that sitting on one’s ass lecturing them about what they shouldn’t have done is of limited use. Politics is about solving problems, not moralizing. Life is about living in society, not in one’s own head. Objectivists are right to target college kids, though, a demographic highly susceptible to new “-isms” in their first foray away from Ham Bone, Iowa or wherever. They’re also the kind of people most likely to find dichotomous, black-and-white morality appealing. Accordingly I should go easy on this new generation of Objectivists with their natural abundance of naivete, youth, and selfishness. Happily, those who mature emotionally beyond the age of 18 will soon outgrow it. But there’s a fine line between deserving sympathy and inviting a vicious intellectual beatdown, and the line is starting to blur.
In conclusion, if any of this was insufficiently clear: Man, fuck Ayn Rand.”