At 8/1/13 11:13 AM, Luis wrote:
way too much prep, way too much clean-up time, and youll inevitably be stuck with food you have to eat for days.
This is a good point and I'm still undecided about it. For the most part of my life, I grew up on my mother cooking a warm meal in big portions every couple of days. The rest of the portion would be refrigerated and it would make my two or three next meals over the days that follow. So that's pretty much what I do when I cook with pasta, or make shnitzels, and I never questioned it until now.
I definitely agree with your point about the effort of cooking for one not being entirely worth it. Besides shnitzels, I've stayed away from things that require too much time to cook, or leave too much of a mess in the kitchen. Still, I also value it as the acquiring of a life-long skill to have. Even though I'm single, it means I can cook dinner for someone, and it also means that when I won't be single I might be able to surprise the girl with the cooking skills I'd have acquired.
At 8/1/13 12:20 PM, Sam wrote:
I've decided to stop being so lazy and try to take my hand at another lanugage - I feel like it's one of the best skills someone can have.
good idea. how's your french?
I think one of the most important considerations in choosing a language is how much time you really picture yourself making use of the language once you're done learning it. Needless to say, it's very common to lose your immediate communication skills in a language that you haven't really used in several years. It's good if you have something in your life that grounds you to the language you're learning. At some point, you'll undoubtedly lose interest in the language if your study of it is mostly self motivated, and you can end up with a story that so many people share, that goes something like "oh, this language? yeaaah .. i studied it for X years in school but haven't used it since, and by now I just remember how to say hello / thank you / where is the toilet"
Once you've got Korean down, what does that make you? Like... quadrilingual?
I guess almost quintilingual. I don't have so much of a desire to learn new languages just for the sake of learning languages, it kinda just happened by accident that I moved around the world a bunch, and picked up an additional language (spanish) thanks to french educational program, too. That being said, I do get a bit of a boner at the thought of being fluent in 5 languages. I brushed up on my hebrew by writing to my dad over the past few years, so I am interchangeably fluent in hebrew, french, and english. I should be fluent in spanish if I brush up on it. I was somewhat comfortable in spanish before I stopped learning it. As for korean, it takes a lot of balls to say that you have korean "down", but I think I'm very close to a level you could call conversationally fluent.
I think I've written some of my thoughts about Korean language here in the past, and if not I definitely will in the future. The process of learning Korean is extremely different than the very vast majority of languages around the world. This is both because of peculiarities of the language itself, and because South Korea has had very little time to be a developed nation that opens up to the rest of the world, there is great immaturity in the understanding of Korean from a non-korean native, both by koreans themselves and by foreigners. I know a few westerners who spent a large amount of time studying Korean but they still don't really understand the nuances of the language, and they mangle every thought that try to express.
I've reached a fairly advanced understanding of how korean language should be properly used in the way of the Koreans, but so far I haven't put enough effort into it, so I lack too much vocabulary and I can't exactly call myself conversationally fluent at this point.
Guess you'll have to start training me in Starcraft 2 again <3