A blog on life, language, and tech from the capital of Catalonia.
Packed residential streets, anti-social behaviour, low wages, a steady increase in rent, horrible socks-and-sandals combos—tourism has a hand in all of this. But often tourists are demonised for just being there.
The beauty of new technology is that it’s open to potential in every segment of the market. If you’ve developed IoT management software for super yachts—good for you, it’s lucrative and ripe for money making. But rigging your home with smart devices is beyond the financial reach of many low-income families.
You've pounded the grammar. You've glued the headphones to your ears to get the accent just right. You've stapled the vocab list to your forehead and walked around all day with it wafting in front of your eyeballs. But what if the best way to learn is to do less?
“James Bond always has a good smoking”
That’s right—some of these loanwords need to be re-taught. In the process of adopting a word, the context and application has been altered somewhere down the line.
So much for shortcuts. Here are 7 of the most common examples.
It’s a paradox that finding opportunities to speak Catalan in Catalonia is sometimes hard.
The challenge for traditional app developers is marrying the screen with a burgeoning sector that is essentially moving away from the screen, and making sure that whatever is developed for speech recognition isn’t just a novelty that causes a few laughs on Christmas day then uninstalled moments later.
Your mind is a twisted, wonderful land of giant ducks that drive boats, edible postboxes that complain when you bite into them, vast castles occupied by Jon Snows, Cersei Lannisters and that British bloke from The Wire. Only you know what’s lurking there, and only you will experience the pleasure of remembering something that resides there.
After failing to understand most of what she was saying, we did grasp that they weren’t open until two. She proceeded to shut the door in our face thus leaving us to wait in the cold and rain in the full knowledge that we were in the middle of nowhere – I’m guessing Princess Di didn’t get this treatment.
When we aim for perfect mimicry of a native speaker, we’re aiming for the stars. Each time we fail, we commit a kind of confidence self-sabotage that makes us less and less willing to actually communicate for fear of messing up again. It’s an extremely restrictive cycle of fear and failure. And more often than not, it’s all in our own heads.
“I want a cut please.”
“You want...er, sorry. I don’t understand.”
“A cut! It's just coffee with a little hot milk. I like it with a little foam.”
The assistant picked up a small ceramic cup that was slightly bigger than an espresso cup.
“You mean a macchiato?”