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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

Your diary in LE forum

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  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @GemmaRowlands
    Have you had many chances to enjoy it with your partner? ✧*。(◍˃̵ᗜ˂̵◍)ॱ◌̥*⃝̣ ⋆

    By the way, which do you like, a sunset with clear sky, or with a little bit of clouds?
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    I realized I had made 2880 posts since I joined the forum. I want to reach 6000 before it closes in November. That would be about 3200 in 60 days to go. That’s 50-60 posts a day. Hmm...looks like I’ve set an impossible goal.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,791 ✭✭✭✭
    @takafromtokyo
    I watched a video on your YT channel where you're reading a short passsage out loud. I'm impressed by your pronunciation. Good job.

    @Paulette fingers crossed!
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,871 mod
    @Vok yes fingers crossed and I offered a candle in the chapel to ask a favour. That is a tradition if you wish something very hard.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Vok
    Great! Happy to have you on my YouTube channel. I’ll be reading more of something in English in the days to come. Or I might be explaining things like katakana or hiragana in English for people learning Japanese. I’d be still more happy if you come see me there in those new videos, too!

    Actually, what I really want to do is to sing, but I’ve got trouble in my throat that’s not allowing me to sing.
    Sadly(T ^ T)
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod

    @Vok

    Great! Happy to have you on my YouTube channel. I’ll be reading more of something in English in the days to come. Or I might be explaining things like katakana or hiragana in English for people learning Japanese. I’d be still more happy if you come see me there in those new videos, too!



    Actually, what I really want to do is to sing, but I’ve got trouble in my throat that’s not allowing me to sing.

    Sadly(T ^ T)

    It is a shame that you cannot sing. Do you think your throat will get better, or is the thing always there?
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @Vok
    The thing has been growing ever since I can’t remember when. It’s been growing slowly but steadily; it doesn’t make a difference if I sing or not. I use my voice a lot at work, and I think that’s hurting my throat.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,791 ✭✭✭✭

    @Vok

    Great! Happy to have you on my YouTube channel. I’ll be reading more of something in English in the days to come. Or I might be explaining things like katakana or hiragana in English for people learning Japanese. I’d be still more happy if you come see me there in those new videos, too!



    Actually, what I really want to do is to sing, but I’ve got trouble in my throat that’s not allowing me to sing.

    Sadly(T ^ T)

    Keep the good work up. How do you work under your pronunciation?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    The heavens have opened just as I'm supposed to get a bus into the hills to go trekking. If it continues like this, I might have to abort my trek which would be a shame.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    Vok wrote: »
    (Quote)
    Keep the good work up. How do you work under your pronunciation?

    @Vok
    When I practice English pronunciations, I usually starts with one word. When I learn a new word, I look it up in the dictionary, and read the explanation of its pronunciation. I try to pronounce it like English the best I can, until the pronunciation really sink in. Then, I start reading example sentences. Some online translation sites offer you a feature where you paste a certain amount of passage and hit the ‘read’ button, the web site reads the passage for you. It used to be kind of worthless, since the sites used to read passages pretty badly like a robot was reading them, but they can read passages more like real live humans these days.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod

    @Vok

    The thing has been growing ever since I can’t remember when. It’s been growing slowly but steadily; it doesn’t make a difference if I sing or not. I use my voice a lot at work, and I think that’s hurting my throat.

    Have you been to the doctor to get it checked out? Throat problems should definitely be looked at as soon as possible!
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
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    Have you been to the doctor to get it checked out? Throat problems should definitely be looked at as soon as possible!

    No, I haven’t. It’s already been a while since I got my throat checked out the last time. I want to go see a doctor soon, but I needed to upgrade my health insurance before getting any diagnosis, just in case. I actually had it upgraded this month finally, which means I need to wait for another 90days before I can see a doctor.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod




    (Quote)

    Have you been to the doctor to get it checked out? Throat problems should definitely be looked at as soon as possible!


    No, I haven’t. It’s already been a while since I got my throat checked out the last time. I want to go see a doctor soon, but I needed to upgrade my health insurance before getting any diagnosis, just in case. I actually had it upgraded this month finally, which means I need to wait for another 90days before I can see a doctor.

    It's a shame that you have to wait a long time, but definitely make an appointment as soon as you can, as they will probably be able to make your throat better for you :).
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,368 ✭✭✭✭


    ... I need to wait for another 90days before I can see a doctor.

    Well, bugger me, 90 days!

  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod


    ... I need to wait for another 90days before I can see a doctor.

    Well, bugger me, 90 days!

    90 days is a very long time. Here, we are annoyed if we cannot see our doctor within two weeks.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,871 mod
    edited September 2019
    @takafromtokyo 90 days waiting to see adoctor that is indeed a very long time. I think the Belgium systeme is than better because every inhabitant is obliged to pay to be insured for healthcare, this means we pay a contribution every year to support the costs of doctors visites and medicins.
    If you don't feel well, you contact the family doctor and he or she will determine whether your care is acute or less acute and in this way you can be referred to a specialist.
    You can go to the family doctor every day.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,368 ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2019


    ... I need to wait for another 90days before I can see a doctor.

    Well, bugger me, 90 days!

    90 days is a very long time. Here, we are annoyed if we cannot see our doctor within two weeks.
    Well, I don't know much about the waiting time here. I haven't used the government healthcare system since 1991. Apart from obtaining the medical certificates from the narcological and psyachiatric clinics which are necessary to prolong a driving or a gun license. But they charge a fee for them.

    My mother had to wait up to two weeks for examinations, like ECG, as far as I know.
  • ech0panditech0pandit Posts: 343 ✭✭✭
    Dear diary,
    last week it was my first time when I got admitted to a hospital and before that I felt very weak and couldn't walk, and because of Dengue was spreading in this city I was a bit worried too in those two days I got the news that I had Dengue and my platelets had a significant drop of 1 lakh from last 3 days, from last weak I ate so much of fruits and animal proteins(it is advised not to intake animal proteins) that my platelets jumped from 1.5 lakhs to above 4 lakhs, yesterday I went to the gym too, although very less people get recovered from Dengue this fast but I can still sometimes feel the weakness.
  • DoraDora Teacher's Pet Posts: 5,394 mod
    I'm sure you're strong and dengue proof, @ech0pandit. Joking aside, I'm glad that you're on your way to recovery and I wish you a 100% recovery now. :smiley:
    "Like rain, I fell for you."
  • DoraDora Teacher's Pet Posts: 5,394 mod
    Dear Diary,

    Things have changed. I have joined my university, and look forward to the current and upcoming responsibilities. You know, at this age you feel like you've got a load of responsibilities on your head. Everyone - literally everyone has got so many expectations from you. But this shouldn't stop you from what you're doing or what you like to do. Being a bookworm isn't life. And that's what I think.

    Okay, let me tell you something interesting. You know, it's almost 3 weeks I have been to university and I've got no friends! Yeah, no friends. People come up to me and ask that you should make friends that remain with you all the time and I am like: D'oh! I can do things alone, man, come on. That's what friends are according to them that walk side by side of you everywhere you go. I am absolutely great at making friends, cuz I speak a lot and I can't remain silent. I mean even the person sitting next to me is complete stranger, I would talk to him. But the real thing is to keep friendship.

    But you know what dear diary, at some point what people say affects you. It's the matter how frequently they say it to you. Anyhow, I am trying to make my position among my class and not to get affected or infected by these stupidities. ;)

    Wish me luck.
    "Like rain, I fell for you."
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,871 mod
    @Dora congratualations with your joinment to the university, that is amazing. I wish you a lot of luck, and I know you will make it in the future, you are spontaneous, active and open minded.
    I would I was still younger, but I am glad about all I already did because I am who I am. :)
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,871 mod
    @ech0pandit I wish you a soon recovery. I know Dengue is a virale disease and you can lose a lot of strength because you lose a lot of body liquid. So don't forget to drink enough waters with minerals and eat high protein food
  • VokVok Posts: 1,791 ✭✭✭✭
    @ech0pandit get better! Maybe you should stay away from the gym for some time? I think it could be counter-productive if you're not fully recovered from the illness.

    @Dora three weeks is nothing. Uni is the best place to make friends - mark my words. Good luck!

  • DoraDora Teacher's Pet Posts: 5,394 mod
    Thank you, @Paulette. :smiley:

    Thanks, @Vok. Your words motivated me. ;)
    "Like rain, I fell for you."
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod


    ... I need to wait for another 90days before I can see a doctor.

    Well, bugger me, 90 days!

    90 days is a very long time. Here, we are annoyed if we cannot see our doctor within two weeks.
    Well, I don't know much about the waiting time here. I haven't used the government healthcare system since 1991. Apart from obtaining the medical certificates from the narcological and psyachiatric clinics which are necessary to prolong a driving or a gun license. But they charge a fee for them.

    My mother had to wait up to two weeks for examinations, like ECG, as far as I know.
    I think appointments like that are longer here too, but routine doctor appointments should be much quicker.
  • ech0panditech0pandit Posts: 343 ✭✭✭
    edited September 2019
    I agree with you @Vok but I had given up eating animal proteins for a long time and in just 3 days of time I recovered from the actual disease , I am taking this sign given by my body that it wants to get back to what it was back in college or maybe better than that and now I think I will be getting back on track soon enough.

    @Dora I know how things can be at start in the university but try to keep calm, and observe things more rather than reacting to them, things don't work like they're supposed to most of the times but I like your motivation.

    @Paulette thank you I am on my way to being better than just being recovered.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod

    I agree with you @Vok but I had given up eating animal proteins for a long time and in just 3 days of time I recovered from the actual disease , I am taking this sign given by my body that it wants to get back to what it was back in college or maybe better than that and now I think I will be getting back on track soon enough.

    @Dora I know how things can be at start in the university but try to keep calm, and observe things more rather than reacting to them, things don't work like they're supposed to most of the times but I like your motivation.

    @Paulette thank you I am on my way to being better than just being recovered.

    So do you not eat any kind of animal products at all? I was vegetarian for a while, but I have lapsed now.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge

    https://edition.cnn.com/uk/live-news/thomas-cook-dle-intl-hnk/index.html

    I hope Thomas Cook is not the tour operator that you mainly use when you travel. I don’t travel often so I’ve never heard of the company before, but I hope its collapsing won’t affect your travel in any ways.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks @takafromtokyo. I did fly this morning from the mountains, but with a Nepali airline. I think I might only have flown once in my life with Thomas Cook, as they tended to fly charter flights for their package holidays. It's very sad that they have gone bust.

    Dengue fever is a problem in Nepal too @ech0pandit and one of my friends in Kathmandu was diagnosed with it a few weeks ago. I have been using lots of repellant and sleeping under nets where they're mosquitoes. In the mountains there weren't any, but now I'm heading to Kathmandu, I'm going to have to start again using repellant. I hope you feel better soon.
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