calling all non-U.S.-based studyblrs!



I often can’t sleep, so I’m up in the week hours or very early in the morning. And my dash is dead. I must be following a lot of Americans/other folks in my time zone? So, I’m looking for more blogs to follow that are active elsewhere in the world. So, if you’re far from my timezone (UTC -5.00), please reblog this and add in the tags or reblog where you’re from, and I will check out your blog. Thanks and much love 🙂

Netherlands/Germany/Greece 😀 (UTC +1.00 or +2.00)

have a weird schedule so post things at all times :  )

….one of those long, romantic novels, six hundred and fifty pages of small print, translated from French or German or Hungarian or something — because few of the English ones have the exact feeling I mean. And you read one page of it or even one phrase of it, and then you gobble up all the rest and go about in a dream for weeks afterwards, for months afterwards — perhaps all your life, who knows? — surrounded by those six hundred and fifty pages, the houses, the streets, the snow, the river, the roses, the girls, the sun, the ladies’ dresses and the gentlemen’s voices, the old, wicked, hard-hearted women and the old, sad women, the waltz music — everything. What is not there you put in afterwards, for it is alive, this book, and it grows in your head. ‘The house I was living in when I read that book,’ you think, or ‘This colour reminds me of that book.

Jean Rhys, Tigers are Better Looking (via paperswallow)

and, tbh, this is why @cactusreadingforeignthings exists, because onde you start, something like this happens, and Them you start wondering if the translators missed anything, and then the answer is yes.

and of course they add something when translating too, but still.

Tagged by @midautumnnightdream Going to try something weird by doing questions in some of the different languages am studying.  English will be (e) Dutch (n) Danish (d) German (g) Romanian ® Finnish (f) and North Sami (s). If this is too hard to follow, might re-do it in one language.

Rules: Answer questions and tag 20 people you would like to know better!

Nickname: Cactus (e)

Geschlecht: Mann (g)

Naționalitate: (discret) ®

Anul nasterii: (discret) ®

Nàsti govva: Reabbà (s)

Huidige tijd: Nu :p (n)

Jos sinulla olisi kissa, mitä sitä kutsutaan? : Tiedän kissa nimeltä Igor. se on hyvä nimi hänelle, hän on utelias. Myös kissa on bussà tai bussàcivga North-Sami, jotka ovat mukavia sanoja. (f)

Huis in HP: Hufflepuff of Ravenclaw (n)

Ivdni fàvru: ruonà-alit-sàpphat (s)  💚 💙 💜

Dream trip: could be many places, but could be nice to see that Hamlet rock opera or Faust der Rockopera live.  (e)

Tidligere film set: Anne with an E eller Harry Potter begge dejlig film! (d)

What you post: A mix of languages am learning plus cultural stuff related to those languages. And Harry Potter. Also really like Goethe’s Faust if you couldn‘t tell, so post some of that. Also have other blogs, cactusreadingoldthings for lit and history, and more mixed up or personal stuff at soilrockslove. (e)

URL Meaning: … Ein cactus lessen etwas aus anderen Sprechen? Nicht sehr kreativ. (g)

a List of North Sami words are here and duohtadavin is a Sami blog.

Tagging @join-the-dutch-clan @languagesandshootingstars @duohtadavvin and @marius-pont-de-bercy if they want and anyone else who wants.

The questions in english are under the cut

Rules: Answer questions and tag 20 people you would like to know better!




Year of birth:

Astro sign:

Current time: 

If you had a cat, what would it be called? : 

House in HP: 

Favorite color:

Dream trip:

Last film seen:

What you post:

URL Meaning:


Hi, I’m Wynter, I’m Deaf and fluent in ASL (American Sign Language). I get a lot of people telling me they want to learn to sign, but not knowing exactly where to start. So, I am here to provide that!

Let’s start off with some basics, though. ASL does NOT follow English grammar (Signed Exact English/SEE does, but it is not ASL), it only uses English words and a lot of the communication with singing is done via facial expression and body language. Basically, it goes in the order of time > topic > comment. For example, “ I am going to pet dogs next week” would be “next week dogs me pet”, but there are quite a few variants and every person who signs will have a different way of doing this. Sort of how people who speak English in different parts of America have an accent and different ways to sign things. The most important thing to note about ASL is that *American* Sign Language is not universal. Most languages have their own form of SL and a lot of the word signs/alphabets are not at all the same. Another note, learning SEE may seem easier at first, but it can actually make the transition to ASL grammar that much more difficult. An example of differing signs is BSL (British Sign Language) vs ASL. 

This is the BSL finger alphabet:


And this is the American one:


So while there is a small bit of crossover, it is very, very different! Don’t get me wrong, a lot of times signers will understand each other at least a little bit, but it does need to be noted that signs can differ by language, country, region, and sometimes person. 

Now, onto what you came for…


Deaf Culture:

*Note: if you are going to be attending Deaf events, please make sure you familiarise yourself with our culture!

Finger spelling:



*Note: The best way to learn is through Deaf people/other signers!


If you want a safe place to learn sign language (including ASL), I have created a Discord called Sign Language Learners! Come join and learn with other learners, Deaf/HoH people, and those curious kids who just want to know how the Deaf communicate.