Your voice sounds completely different in different languages. It alters your personality somehow. I don’t think people get the same feeling from you. The rhythm changes. Because the rhythm of the language is different, it changes your inner rhythm and that changes how you process everything.

When I hear myself speak French, I look at myself differently. Certain aspects will feel closer to the way I feel or the way I am and others won’t. I like that—to tour different sides of yourself. I often find when looking at people who are comfortable in many languages, they’re more comfortable talking about emotional stuff in a certain language or political stuff in another and that’s really interesting, how people relate to those languages.

François Arnaud, for Interview Magazine (via gilbertnorrell)

Dude someone said that I’m a meek little shy cute thing when I speak Chinese and this loud obnoxious outgoing woman when i speak English.

and they are super fucking confused. 

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Anonymous: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance

rsbenedict:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

Photographers at funerals

So, when I was at my grandfathers funeral, my grandmother was leaning on his casket, crying her eyes out. My adopted cousin turns to me and says “take a picture”

and I’m like wtf no. hell no. 
she says “at my friend’s funeral , we hired a photographer. It was beautiful, he captured so many great moments! you know it’s her last moment with him, i think we should take a picture”
and I’m like “if grandma Rosa, wants photos taken, I’m sure she would have hired someone to do so.” as a nice way to say NO.

she goes ahead and takes a picture of my grandma crying on her husbands casket and she shows me and says “look at that. what a great photo!”

OK, is she out of her damn mind taking pictures as a funeral, or am I super conservative or something????? I’m pretty sure if I was at my late husband’s funeral, I would smack anyone who tries to take pictures, print them out, and mail the to me. What the fuck.

Is this a cultural thing? We’re all puerto rican(or mixed) and she’s white.

coolcalmcommitted:

thebelleisblack:

eighthofjune:

"This picture of Morehouse graduates drenched in rain yesterday has surprisingly caused quite a stir. Many are saying it’s indicative of Morehouse not having the money or common decency to implement a rain plan. If you see that when you look at this picture, I’m going to politely take the liberty to call you a cynic. To me this picture symbolizes the journey that so many black men endure everyday of their lives as they face countless obstacles yet continue to pursue success with unwavering determination. It is cynical to ignore the fortitude and thirst for knowledge in these men’s eyes for an opportunity to knock/shade/read Morehouse. Rain can’t stop the House, & life’s obstacles won’t stop these men…”

I’m here for all of this.

Gave me chills.

coolcalmcommitted:

thebelleisblack:

eighthofjune:

"This picture of Morehouse graduates drenched in rain yesterday has surprisingly caused quite a stir. Many are saying it’s indicative of Morehouse not having the money or common decency to implement a rain plan. If you see that when you look at this picture, I’m going to politely take the liberty to call you a cynic. To me this picture symbolizes the journey that so many black men endure everyday of their lives as they face countless obstacles yet continue to pursue success with unwavering determination. It is cynical to ignore the fortitude and thirst for knowledge in these men’s eyes for an opportunity to knock/shade/read Morehouse. Rain can’t stop the House, & life’s obstacles won’t stop these men…”

I’m here for all of this.

Gave me chills.

(via matrixofdomination)