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Sharing My World Week 24

It’s time to Share My World again, courtesy of Cee over at her photography blog. Check her blog out for great photos and tips!



What makes you feel the most secure?
Money. Cash. Moolah. Dosh. Readies. Dough. Nelsons.

Just enough so that I’m not constantly worried about paying the bills.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?
I’d be a trainer. It’s pretty much all I ever wear, unless I’m going somewhere special. Soft and comfortable. Here are my current trainers. I wear them until they fall to bits, then I buy a new pair.


Although, thinking about it, would I really want to spend all my time all sweaty and smelly? Maybe a clog would be a safer bet.

How many languages do you speak?
Well, English of course. I’ll add American English to that, as thanks to American TV programmes and books I know a lot of strange American words, such as “elevator”, “sidewalk”, “airplane”, “diaper”, “stroller” and “faucet”. The list goes on and on!

I know enough German to hold a conversation and more or less understand TV and simple books. I can order food and stuff in French, but unless they slow down I can’t understand what they are saying.

What was the largest city you have been to? Β What is the one thing you remember most?
I guess that would have to be London. I most remember the parks – little oases of green and peace in a sea of confusion and noise (I apologise for placing an oasis in the middle of a sea there – sloppy I know but this isn’t fiction).

I think I was so traumatised by all the people and noise my mind has blocked it all out, leaving only the parks πŸ™‚

See you again next week!

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  1. June 22, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Great answers, I especially like the answer to number 1 πŸ™‚


    • June 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

      I don’t need to be rich, just secure πŸ™‚


  2. June 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I have never heard of tennis shoes being called “trainers”. I love how wordpress opens my world!


    • June 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      I assume it’s short for “training shoes”. When I lived in Ireland they called them “runners” (running shoes), though in England “running shoes” are generally much lighter and not so waterproof. I think in some parts of the US they are also called “sneakers”.


  3. June 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Al, Interesting. I wondered about you speaking German, then I seemed to remember that you wrote that you had once worked in Germany. It’s great when someone can speak several languages. I’ve picked up a few words in Spanish (probably from the TV children’s educational show Sesame Street), Hindi and Marathi, but only a few. Living in America all those years I didn’t need to know any other language. A person should learn languages when they’re young. Indian languages are difficult and they even have their own script. They’re based on Sanskrit. Fortunately, the British were here all those years and many people speak at least some English. The ones who have been to English Medium schools speak excellent English. Many younger people are eager to learn English and English Medium schools here are very popular. πŸ™‚ —Susan


    • June 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Yes, I studied German all through school and then worked there for a year – good memory!
      The fact that so many people in other countries speak English makes English people very lazy about learning foreign languages. Coincidentally, just this morning I saw a news article about Mandarin Chinese being a very sought-after language skill in the business community, now that China is in a sort of weird grey area I don’t really understand between communism and capitalism and is a huge and largely untapped market.
      I just Googled India and as I thought, English is one of the two official languages, along with Hindi. I didn’t actually realise that Indian languages use a different alphabet.


  4. NotAPunkRocker
    June 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I like that you remember the big city for the parks, regardless of why you tuned out the rest.

    Usually I am on top of my understanding of English as y’all use it ;-), but”Airplane” threw me off. What do you say instead?


    • June 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Parks are the best part of any city or town, I reckon!

      In UK English, we say “aeroplane” πŸ™‚ “Airplane” actually results in a red “mis-spelling” underline (though interestingly the dictionary is happy with “elevator”).


  5. June 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    London IS confusing. Probably the most confusing city I’ve ever visited. But it wins some kind of prize for completely unique.


    • June 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      It’s more confusing if you use the tube to get everywhere because then you lose all sense of direction!


  6. June 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Cool! I never knew I spoke a foreign language! πŸ˜‰


    • June 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Just replace all your “z’s” for “s’s” and add “u’s” after your “o’s” and you’ve got UK English!


  7. June 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I watch enough shows from England to appreciate the differences in our respective languages. Thanks for sharing.


    • June 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Some American words are also making inroads into UK English – “lobby” sometimes replaces “foyer” in hotel-speak for example, because people hear it so much on the TV.


  8. June 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Nelsons..MOL… Draliman, I can teach you my language, if you want…and you never need Duku anymore πŸ˜‰ Pawkisses πŸ™‚


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