I’m going to focus on two characteristics about the German language that distinguish it from American slang, and reveal a particularity about American culture.
First, you have to listen to the entire German sentence to know what is happening! (Because the verb comes at the end. For instance, in the last sentence, the word “listen” wouldn’t come until the end).
by Noel Murray
No, what bothers me is the hoariness of jokes about bespectacled weirdoes who know the details of every Doctor Who episode but will never know the touch of a woman. First of all, they’re about as cutting-edge as jokes about airline food. Second of all: Did you know that many autists find it uncomfortable to look other people in the eye, or to be hugged? So what’s the joke here exactly? That two recognized traits of people with autistic spectrum disorders—obsessive interests and difficulties with social interactions—are a thing that exists?
by Mickey Haist Sr
I don’t count regret to be in itself and bad thing, and I don’t count hope in itself to be a good thing – both regret and hope can be profitable, useful, and healthy when they are informed by reality.
Born of Hope
The above is a fan movie, based on some material from The Lord of the Rings books (the appendices of Return of the King, and various details revealed throughout the text of the books). The visual landscape that Peter Jackson established is revisited here, and faithfully. It’s a fan flick, so it looks shaky here and there, but the production quality is surprisingly high. Likewise is the story compelling and well-told.
My wife and I watched this last weekend and decided, un-popularly, that this prequel is superior to the Hobbit movie.