For #SundayPoser

I learnt French at school, and at one point I could read in French. Now I wouldn’t be able to write in French. I can remember a few phrases, count up to twenty, and ask how much something is.

Another language I have learnt is braille. I supported a student with a visual impairment. To be able to adapt their work, I needed to learn how to read and type in braille. Using a book, I self taught, along with a course for the visually impaired. Part of that was wearing glasses and walking around with them on. It was extremely difficult to walk around, but the more we wore the glasses, the better we coped.

I could type in braille, using a brailler, and had a basic understanding of written braille. Again, it is something I haven’t used in a long time. I doubt I would be able to understand it now.

It is the reason I am writing my manuscript about a visually impaired, female, disability advocate. It is a work in progress. I have written the whole thing, but there are some major changes, so it may take a while.

I would like to learn another language as I think it is important. I know that many who travel to the UK are willing to learn our language, so we should learn theirs.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

4 thoughts on “For #SundayPoser

  1. Thanks Diana for sharing your thoughts. I agree that learning a new language is a sort of compliment to those native to that tongue. There was a British ambassador appointed in Pakistan who was not only fluent in Urdu but could recite poetry in Urdu as well.

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  2. Diana, the high school I attended had all the blind students for the entire county. I wondered why until I saw the enormous textbooks they had to have. It made sense to be able to provide the books at one site. I made friends with a wonderful girl. She explained her braille machine and how she read braille. It is such a complex way to read.

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  3. It is a bit like shorthand in many ways. I agree it is an interesting way to read. I could read the dots by seeing them, but I can’t imagine reading them using the sense of touch.

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  4. I think languages are fascinating including sign and braille. Some put verb at the end, some have adjective before noun and some is the opposite. In addition, there are tons of exception. Sound is another property, some have 20+ vowels etc. For those whose native tong do not have that many sound as such, many words in such language seem to have the same meaning but in fact they can have very different meaning. Learning a new language is challenging.

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