AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Joe tofuri@swbell.net, iKate Saundby, iGracie McKeever, iDavid Litwack, iBettye Johnson, iRosemary Patterson, iBlue Sleighty, i

  Home > Blogs Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Mary Terzian

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Sponsor Me!
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 21 Titles
· 36 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Apr, 2006

   newsletter

Subscribe to the Mary Terzian Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Name:
Email:
Mary Terzian, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
Vigilante
by Claude Bouchard

Book #1 of the Vigilante series..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



Books by
Mary Terzian



The Immigrants' Daughter

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




The Immigrants' Daughter

Buy Options
Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..










Blogs by Mary Terzian

Which language first?
5/5/2014 11:53:50 AM
The unforeseen consequences of learning foreign languages.
I suffer from a problem I hope few writers have. When I wake up in the morning, I am not frustrated by a blank screen but by the worry of “Which language will assault me?” in my half-lucidity, even though English is the most frequently-used vernacular in my life nowadays.

I am still vitally attached to my ethnic group, carrying an umbilical chord that will not be cut off. Other languages, through which I waded at one time or another, have become part of my subconscious as well, but, in times of crisis my mother tongue emerges like a jealous lover fighting over the beloved. Certain foreign expressions learned in my lifetime, key words that represent a whole psyche in the original language like "Kvetch, Kismet or Khoutsbah” have seeped into my vocabulary because they are so colorful that they save a whole paragraph of explanations. They defy interpretation. I can’t help introducing these for their intrinsic value.

Thus, caught in a maze of different sounds, my initial morning outpour on the screen is an esperanto of thoughts, waiting to be unscrambled. As I get older I find it hard to recall the exact expression that I need in English, though I remember what it rhymes to, like saying "fit the spot" instead of "hit the spot". An equivalent expression in some other language may be pounding my brains flat. A dictionary will not help, a thesaurus maybe. I may recall the exact word later, give it a day or a month. Then it becomes a triumphant "Eureka!!!" as if I have found a diamond mine. Coming from a different language I have to make doubly sure that I am arranging my words in a comprehensible sequence. You see, words have to fit in just like a song in the right ambiance, literally, musically and emotionally.

When I was a teenager, during one summer vacation I decided to learn all the words in our French dictionary by heart. Tall job. I am still sorry I didn't. It might have kept my mind lucid, but then . . . my English might have suffered from the multicultural jargon that would follow. I would become a writer with scant readers. I’m glad the "Kiss (keep it simple, stupid!) principle, helped me stay on the right track. You do understand what I am writing about, don’t you?


Post a Comment

More Blogs by Mary Terzian
•  Which language first? - Monday, May 05, 2014  
• Hacked but triumphant - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
• Can you Trust your Repairman - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
• Quo Vadis America? - Thursday, August 22, 2013
• Soothing wounds after identity theft - Monday, August 05, 2013
• A very insecure security key - Sunday, January 20, 2013
• 2012 in review - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• Terzian is Winner of Dan Poybnter's 2012 E-book Award in multicultural nonfiction - Saturday, July 14, 2012
• Excerpt from "The Immigrants' Daughter" posted on Australian Website - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
• Chasing the silver linings in my clouds - Monday, March 05, 2012
• Review of 2011 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Thrilling messages - Friday, October 28, 2011
• The Impact of Published Articles on the Writer's Mood. - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• Ponderings, After Knee Repair - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
• Vacationing joy - Saturday, December 04, 2010
• Rainbows of Happiness - Thursday, September 09, 2010
• The communication tsunami - Monday, August 23, 2010
• Alternative hobbies - Sunday, June 20, 2010
• Book Club Meeting - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• Writers' Mood Swings - Saturday, March 27, 2010
• Ethnicity at Risk - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Web addiction - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• News - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Author fulfillment - Monday, April 06, 2009
• Impressions from a trip to India - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
• Stretching the Comfort Zone - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• Interview - Shobhan Bantwal - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Traveling abroad - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
• Time to Write - Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.