Tea With Tarvos - Tarvos' Log 2019

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Re: Tea With Tarvos - Tarvos' Log 2019

Postby tarvos » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:23 am

Shit posting here from the Czech Republic. I still speak Czech. Tomorrow I leave for Poland. How bad will I do? Find out on the next episode of Tea with Tarvosita.
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Re: Tea With Tarvos - Tarvos' Log 2019

Postby tarvos » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:15 am

I got home yesterday from my trip and it was a whirlwind of languages. I have mostly spoken German, English, Czech and Polish, but also some Swedish and a few other languages when I was asked on stage during a conference in Brno.

I also brought home a textbook for Polish (in Czech) and some books in Czech and Polish as well as buying a few before the trip.

The truth of the matter is that my German functions as it always has (it's good, nothing special but it clearly gets the job done and in social situations I am fine). There's nothing new or special there as I visited my best friend in Berlin and I just spoke the usual German/English mix.

My Czech is all right and I've used it to sit in on lectures which I can follow in Czech so again, I'm fine here, though speaking Czech tires me out.

And when it comes to Polish I'm better than I thought I would be - I understand a lot, and I can only speak Broken Polish(tm) but with a dash of Czech and Russian (with a strong Czech accent) I can come quite far and buy things in shops and restaurants and argue about when I have to check out or buy train tickets - all in Polish. So the truth is that my Polish is at an A2 level - not excellent, but suitable for the basics.
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Re: Tea With Tarvos - Tarvos' Log 2019

Postby tarvos » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:13 pm

I'm currently not doing that much as my life is very busy, a whirlwind of different things are going on and the fact I am dealing with loads of emotions, med changes, life plans developing and a new relationship means that I don't have as much time for language study as I would like. This *is* going to change, though.

I have decided that in 2019/2020 I will go back to school (I am not too kool for skool) and study interpreting. The plan is to study Spanish as the language I am interpreting from (I could of course also interpret English/Dutch but this is kind of pointless). I don't know whether I will pass the admission test and go directly to the last year (the interpreting part) or that I will have to study translation as well, but I think we'll talk about that and see how this stuff works out.

The reason I've had to make this change in my life plans is because I have been recovering from my depression and anxiety for a long, long time. I'm in a situation where that isn't bringing in the cash I need it to bring in and I'm far below the level I'm capable of, and I need to ditch one of my jobs for a more, better-paying one; but the issue is the education that I have would force me towards being more corporate, and that's just not the way I want to go. I want to work with languages and do some good in the world at the same time. I'm also in a position where long-term plans are becoming sort of tenable ideas instead of a nebulous future.

But now that my depression and anxiety are manageable (they are still very existent and will continue to influence my ability to take on work load, along with my other physical illnesses), I need to take on more responsibilities, also because I have a partner and need to hold up my end of the deal. Not that they aren't content with who I am, but showing some ambition is good ;)

In any case, what that means is that I've only read a bit in my Czech novel, Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále by Bohumil Hrabal (I hope for your sake you haven't read this, Cavesa), and yesterday my partner watched a movie which was mostly in Hebrew (with some English, Farsi and a few lines of German): Atomic Falafel (a satirical comedy about a nuclear war between Israel and Iran). It was hilarious, but one of the weirdest movies I've ever watched (and I don't know what my better half thinks about my taste in cinema after this...). With that said, I am going to try and read more Czech now because I fell asleep this afternoon when I tried to read it and I hope I am awake enough to internalize some stuff. The book isn't blowing my mind thus far, but I want to finish it.
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Re: Tea With Tarvos - Tarvos' Log 2019

Postby Cavesa » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:39 am

I am so happy to hear of the improvements in your life! You've been through so much, and have always gotten through the best way possible under the given circumstances.

I hope your degree will be satisfying. :-)

About the Hrabal book: I really liked the movie version, but I simply don't like reading Hrabal. No idea why, somehow he's not my cup of tea (or rather my glass of beer, as we're talking about Hrabal). Thinking of what Czech authors to recommend you: Ivan Kraus. Great sense of humour, stories about a huge family, mostly short stories. I am usually not much into short stories but I loved his works.
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Re: Tea With Tarvos - Tarvos' Log 2019

Postby tarvos » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:26 am

Hrabal rambles. His sentences go on forever. It's hard to read...
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Re: Tea With Tarvos - Tarvos' Log 2019

Postby PeterMollenburg » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:33 am

Good luck with your interpreting plans tarvos. I’m interested in how you progress, as I’ve been considering something similar, although perhaps not immediately. Glad to hear you’re depression isn’t weighing you down as much. ¡Buena suerte!
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