I used to be a prescriptivist…

…but then I saw the light

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What was something you once believe was true but now you know is false? How did you feel when you learned the facts?

The early years

From an early age, I learnt to read and write by typing with my tiny hands on the hard keys of a Minitel terminal. In case you don’t know, the Minitel is basically the ancestor of the Internet – and yes, I’m that old. The terminal was my first computer, even though all I could do was type and sort of draw things that I couldn’t even save, and I was sad to see it go.
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On the heart’s part in knowledge acquisition

Why can’t I just answer the damn question?

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Do you need to have hard-cold facts to believe something, or do you know things with your heart?

Knowledge acquisition

If we only believed with hard-cold facts, there is not much we would accept as true. The way I see it, knowledge comes from two sources: our experience, and accounts of other people’s experience. By “experience”, I mean everything we go through, everything we feel, everything we study closely. And by “accounts”, I mean everything people share about their experience and other people’s experience, whether honestly or dishonestly, and sometimes honestly yet based on dishonest sources.
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NaBloPoMo Roundup #01 – New to the neighbourhood

a.k.a. What are other participants blogging about?

This first week back into blogging has been a real challenge for me, not by lack of ideas but because I had too much to write. I hadn’t been in this situation in a long time and it felt great to be inspired! Unfortunately, between blogging and other activities, I didn’t have much time to check out what my fellow NaBloPoMo participants were writing about although I really wanted to. So today, I gathered as many answers to this week’s prompts as I could find and decided to share a roundup of my readings.
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I won’t teach you any language…

…but I will teach you how to learn it

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What is something you know that you could teach another person if given the chance?

Been there, done that

The first answer that crossed my mind was, unsurprisingly, languages – but to be honest, it is something I have already taught. In college, concurrently with my studies, I tutored a few kids and teens who struggled with English at school. One of them needed help with his homework and grammar in general; a science student needed to get a grasp of scientific English; a girl had changed schools so many times that she had never properly learnt the basics.
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On catching clients with food

I swear this is a serious post

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could connect one-on-one with one expert, what would you want to learn?

On the professional side

With my business in mind, I would like to connect with a communication and marketing expert who could teach me everything I need to know – and do – before I approach potential clients. Some general advice relevant to my situation would be nice, for starters – but I think a hands-on approach would work best. I have read so much on this topic that I shouldn’t need anyone to hold my hand, but somehow applying what I have learnt isn’t as easy as one may think.
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The delicate art of advising and being advised

a.k.a. don’t blindly accept the advice you are given

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Do you prefer to take advice from strangers or from people close to you?

Before answering this prompt, I decided to focus on a few questions to consider. I tried to think in general terms and distance myself from my current issues, which explains the use of “you” instead of “I” in many sentences. Don’t go thinking that I am trying to make a guide on advice taking!
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Everyone’s an expert in their own way…

…in their own not that expert-y way

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Everyone is an expert in something. Tell us 3 things you’re an expert in.

What I am NOT an expert in

This first prompt took much soul-searching. My first instinct was to answer “English” or “translation”, as I have achieved a near-native command of the former and have a career in the latter, but I don’t consider myself an expert in either. There is still a lot I don’t know about English and I don’t have enough translation experience to present myself that way. I don’t doubt myself and my skills, but I wouldn’t want to present myself as something I am not by using such a strong word.
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