Saturday, January 24, 2009

Alle wollen in den Himmel, aber niemand will sterben.

I saw that quote today on the Facebook profile of one of my old ballet teachers. It means (roughly, with the help of Google Translate) "Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die." I think that German is a beautiful language. I'm jealous that one of my friends is becoming downright bilingual while I am perfecting my knowlege of a language I cannot speak - although there is a spoken Latin program at the University of Kentucky this summer that I could go to. I think German is the language I want to learn next. If I ever were to go back to school for classical studies I would need to know German. If I ever were to travel to Germany it would be nice to know German.

Anyway, I won't be able to do anything about this desire to learn another language for about four more months. Then it will be summer, and I will have a nice long time to do whatever I want. I'm not really sure everything that will involve. I need to figure it out soon.

I guess the theme of this post, if there is one, is that there are things I wish I could do; problem is, they take doing.

9 comments:

Katie said...

That was kind of a random post. I mainly wrote it so I would stop getting comments on my boot post.

Angie, I know that jealously is a sin. I repent. If you happen to read this, can you tell me if Google translated that quote correctly?

Katie said...

Angy!!! I spelled your name wrong!

angelina said...

Katie! You can come spend July with me in FL! You can run the 10K with me!

Angy said...

That's a very accurate translation, actually.

Also, I'm very happy that you like the German language...too many people form their opinion based on the German they hear in WWII movies.

Angy said...

Your dad blogs?!
Is it a public blog or a special people only blog?

Anna said...

You should come to south bend and find a job teaching. I'm sure there's teaching opportunities somewhere around here....

Emily J said...

Oh, I know that college is supposed to pick up where you left off before, and you're mostly responsible for what you get from it. That's what I meant when I said I didn't want to have a victim mentality and that I know I could have sought some answers on my own. What I was mostly saying is that I think the school needs to be a bit clearer from the beginning about what it expects from students and what it's founded on. Most people there will just give you heavy, academic language when they're asked what "the liberal arts" or "the Greco-Roman tradition" actually means. If Hillsdale really wants to spread its message, it needs to be more plain in its language.

BH said...

Hi Katie,

Yes, I get out of work in 10 minutes. How long are you staying? You should come back in tech services in the library and see me.
BH

Emily J said...

I edited my blog after your comment. Thanks!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Alle wollen in den Himmel, aber niemand will sterben.

I saw that quote today on the Facebook profile of one of my old ballet teachers. It means (roughly, with the help of Google Translate) "Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die." I think that German is a beautiful language. I'm jealous that one of my friends is becoming downright bilingual while I am perfecting my knowlege of a language I cannot speak - although there is a spoken Latin program at the University of Kentucky this summer that I could go to. I think German is the language I want to learn next. If I ever were to go back to school for classical studies I would need to know German. If I ever were to travel to Germany it would be nice to know German.

Anyway, I won't be able to do anything about this desire to learn another language for about four more months. Then it will be summer, and I will have a nice long time to do whatever I want. I'm not really sure everything that will involve. I need to figure it out soon.

I guess the theme of this post, if there is one, is that there are things I wish I could do; problem is, they take doing.

9 comments:

Katie said...

That was kind of a random post. I mainly wrote it so I would stop getting comments on my boot post.

Angie, I know that jealously is a sin. I repent. If you happen to read this, can you tell me if Google translated that quote correctly?

Katie said...

Angy!!! I spelled your name wrong!

angelina said...

Katie! You can come spend July with me in FL! You can run the 10K with me!

Angy said...

That's a very accurate translation, actually.

Also, I'm very happy that you like the German language...too many people form their opinion based on the German they hear in WWII movies.

Angy said...

Your dad blogs?!
Is it a public blog or a special people only blog?

Anna said...

You should come to south bend and find a job teaching. I'm sure there's teaching opportunities somewhere around here....

Emily J said...

Oh, I know that college is supposed to pick up where you left off before, and you're mostly responsible for what you get from it. That's what I meant when I said I didn't want to have a victim mentality and that I know I could have sought some answers on my own. What I was mostly saying is that I think the school needs to be a bit clearer from the beginning about what it expects from students and what it's founded on. Most people there will just give you heavy, academic language when they're asked what "the liberal arts" or "the Greco-Roman tradition" actually means. If Hillsdale really wants to spread its message, it needs to be more plain in its language.

BH said...

Hi Katie,

Yes, I get out of work in 10 minutes. How long are you staying? You should come back in tech services in the library and see me.
BH

Emily J said...

I edited my blog after your comment. Thanks!