Yesterday I had a chat with Lorena, a girl from Puerto Rico. Here's what we chatted about. If you want to read more of my chat with my great friends from Europe and North America, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/imrussophile
and their channels.
Thanks for the compliment, my dear friend. I find both my channels attractive to me and it is very difficult for me to put one far above the other. But I personally want you to post your comments to imrussophile's channel if it is not inconvenient to you.
No problem my friend! And I'll leave more comments here if you prefer.
Thank you for everything, Lorena. You must be a seraph....By the way, did you know that Russia and Cuba have been good friends.
Thank you Rus! And yes, I know that Cuba and Russia have a good relationship. I pretty good with history and everything that has to do with it fascinates me. Too bad the main reason for this alliance is the antagonism tours the US. I have nothing but respect for the people of Cuba, as all Puerto Ricans do. Like one of my favorite poetess once quoted: "Puerto Rico y Cuba son de un pajaro las dos alas." Which means Puerto Rico and Cuba are of a bird its too wings.
Oh, you love poetry, Lorena? Great! So do I. It is to be deplored that few people today seem to love it. What's the name of the poetess you mentioned? She wrote in Spanish, didn't she? It's great that you can appreciate poems not only in English but in Spanish as well. Unfortunately, I know nothing about Spanish poetry, but I'm very interested in all the poems ever written. Japanese as I am, I almost always appreciate English poetry and my favourite poets are: William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Have you ever read 'Aurora Leigh'? If not, I strongly recommend you to read it. It's available on Wikisource, so you needn't get a copy to read it.
Like poetry...? I LOVE poetry! I'm glad we have that in common! My favorite English poet is William Shakespeare, period! But as fluent as I am in English I can appreciate and compare the difference that it has with Spanish. To me its easier to communicate in English because the words flow better, but I find that Spanish poetry is much more powerful than English poetry. Its a shame that you don't speak Spanish so you could appreciate how wonderful our poetry is. When you find the right words, anything that you say in Spanish sounds much more passionate than in English. And I do find Spanish literature much more cryptic. English is a direct and strait to the point language and that's why is the universal language. What differences do you find in English and Japanese?
It's very strange indeed that I call myself russophile and yet read only English poetry. Ha-ha!
Yes, English is the universal language, but Spanish is also a universal language, isn't it? It's spoken in Latin America except Brazil and is an official language of the United Nations. Had the Spanish not been defeated by the British in 1588, then the British Empire would have never existed. Well, to answer your question, the difference between English and Japanese is clear: the former is a world language; the latter a local one. Not that I hate my native language, but I like English far better because it is understood worldwide. Generally speaking, Japanese people are insular and I don't find it necessary to communicate with such people. Not to mince matters, I wouldn't resist even if English was to replace Japanese as the official language.
All I have to say is thank God the British won that one because if not, the world would be all so boring. A little diversity gives you choices. And yes, Spanish is a universal language as well. Did you know that 34 million people speak Spanish in the US alone and it's 4th in the top ten languages in the world? Also a lot of English words are borrowed from it. 5th is Russian by the way. Have you ever planned to take courses on learning Russian? I plan on learning Japanese starting now on Christmas break. I'm a fast learner but I'm gonna skip the writing, too many characters. Oh and the poetess's name is Lola Rodriguez de Tio. I think I mentioned her once to you.
I'm sorry I seem to have a bad memory, and I just read about the poetess on Wikipedia. She was an active poetess, wasn't she? Her activeness makes me recall Lord Byron, who helped the Greeks win independence from the Ottoman Empire. To tell the truth, of all the poets I listed, I like him best. If you have already read through 'The Sonnetts' by the Bard, then you should read 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage' and 'Don Juan'. Goethe regarded him as the only English poet to be compared with Shakespeare and I have no objection to it.
Lord Byron. I've never read any of his work, but from what I read on Wikipedia he sounds to me like a Victorian Era rock star. I wonder what would have happened if I locked him in a room together with Marie Antoinette? Extravagant, melancholic, courageous, unconventional, eccentric, flamboyant and controversial, the makings of a great artist. How would I have not heard of him before? The problem is that aside from Shakespeare, they don't put much emphasis in English literature in my classes. Just on the self-absorbed Spanish. I will make sure to read some of his work. "She Walks in Beauty" caught my attention.
Yes, Spanish can sound very attractive indeed, especially when spoken by pretty girls like you, Lorena. I have always been of opinion that it is attractive women that make their languages attractive. You will find some videos on my channel where Russian women speak their language. I can't ever watch them without being mesmerized....I want you to read Stanza 164 of Canto II of 'Don Juan'. It reads:
'Tis pleasing to be school'd in a strange tongue
By female lips and eyes—that is, I mean,
When both the teacher and the taught are young,
As was the case, at least, where I have been;
They smile so when one's right, and when one's wrong
They smile still more, and then there intervene
Pressure of hands, perhaps even a chaste kiss;—
I learn'd the little that I know by this:
The epitaph on the tombstone of Lord Byron at Westminter Abbey, London, reads:
But there is that within me which shall tire
Torture and Time, and breathe when I expire.
This is the couplet I like best.
Thank you for sharing the videos with me. I'm still watching at part four. I agree on that perhaps woman are the ones that make a language attractive, but I say that men have part on it as well. No doubt that a tortured soul would be responsible for such beautiful poetry. I see why he's your favorite. Russian woman are the ones that attract you the most then. Do you have, apart from Rita, any other Russian woman that also you find beautiful? As for me I like anything that is the opposite of what I see here. I'm embarrassed to say but I must admit that I have a folder on my computer full of pictures of my celebrity crushes. All international.
I'm the last man in the world to be attracted to women simply because they are beautiful. There are a lot of nasty beauties in the world. Don't you think so? My old friends like Japanese singers like Hikaru Utada, but she is nothing to me. To put it bluntly, Japanese bachelorettes, celebrated or nameless, are nothing to me and I don't pay any attention to them. Well, to answer your question, it is said that Russia has a lot of great beauties in it, and I quite agree. You will find on my channel some videos featuring Russian beauties. Ksenia Sukhinova is not only very beautiful but also noble-minded. So it seems to me. I read about her on Wikipedia, and this makes me think so. There aren't many girls like her. Of course I know Puerto Rico has produced a lot of beauties, some of whom have won the title of Miss Universe, Miss World, etc. Why don't you join the beauty contests, Lorena? You could win the title! Oh, I'm sorry I've missed answering one of your questions, Lorena. Well, I'm planning to learn Russian, but I'll probably never go to language school because I can't afford to do so. Besides, it's too difficult for me to master it. In fact, it is almost enough that I can enjoy listening to them speaking it. English is understood worldwide, and I have no time to be a multilingual. My top priority is to perfect my English as soon as possible. I'm glad to hear that you are interested in Japanese language, but it has so many ideograms to memorize that it would be extremely difficult for people from other countries to master it. I personally think it's a great waste of time and energy that we have to master it. Japan once forced the Taiwanese and the Koreans to master Japanese, and I regard this as one of the most serious crimes ever committed! Thanks a lot, Lorena, for chatting with me today. Would you mind if I put our conversation on my blog? Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
Yes, I guess a lot of Puerto Ricans are proud of almost beating the US in the number of beauty queens, but the thing that I am most proud of is that we have the premier Engineering and Science institution of the Caribbean and Latin America and the graduates get called by NASA, plus we already have a Puerto Rican on space. Beauty is nothing without brains and learning multiple languages would look good on a resume. Thank you for the compliment Rus. My mom also thinks that I should participate on Miss Universe, but don't all mothers do? I just joke about it, college has been my main priority since I've been in Pre-School. And yes, I don't mnd if you put our conversation in your blog. Anything to help! Thank you for chatting with me today and have a great day...or night.