Okay, Christmas is coming and I’m going to need a few books to read. I’d like to get through 3 if possible so I need to get thinking about what to read. I came across the following video recently, and was immediately transported 16 years into the past, to a time when I was studying at university and enjoying the freedoms that accompanied this period of my life. One of those freedoms included having more time to read than I have now.
During this time, I was given a copy of Charles Bukowski’s Post Office, which was a hilariously vulgar description of alternative-living in 50’s and 60’s America. It deals with ideas explored by the Beat Generation, a literary movement which represented the American counter-culture at that time.
So in this moment of crisis, general disaffection with politics and distrust of the ruling classes, it could be refreshing to re-read some of those writers, those who looked at life from another side of the social divide.
The following video is a recital of Bukowski’s poem, Nirvana.
Charles Bukowski’s Nirvana from Patrick Biesemans on Vimeo.
I was fascinated while reading the following article about fluency development in 2nd language learning in Montreal, Quebec, as touched upon in a previous post. (Click on the image above to read the article).
I found some observations from the article particularly interesting from a linguistic perspective, such as;
fluency – the ability to speak smoothly and quickly, without undue hesitations and pauses
“It has to do with exposure opportunities,” says Segalowitz,
If you feel awkward in a second language, you probably won’t get involved in activities that require speaking it.
Adapting your level of speech to different settings – whether you are making a boardroom presentation or cracking a joke in a pub – is one of the most difficult tasks for people speaking a second language.
The more you pursue interests that require using your second language, the more fluent you will become, Segalowitz says.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good read on a sunny Sunday morning. Get the hint?