https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

Words to express.

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. . . . . . . . . . . .Words to express.

It is only when something important happens to you

That you realise that your voabulary is lacking.

This happened yesterday here in Scotland

For there was a big earthquake

The largest that there had been for many a year.

I tried to explain to some Germans

And stuttered to find the word Earthquake

And then there were some French

And again I could not see about an Earthquake

And there were some Poles

And even there my vocabulary was lacking

Bereft of the very word which I wished to explain

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http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/08/a-big-scottish-earthquake.html

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1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Vanmathi5

I don't have words to 'express' your poetry! it's really nice to hear and has a pleasant meaning too! I don't know whatever meaning you had though and written, but the people reading might have different perspectives in their mind!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DestartreK1st
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It's OK. Your words are great.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanmathi5

It's NOT ok! It's amazing and it's meaning takes me to a different world too!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanmathi5

Whoa! whoever gave so many lingots?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Toono-Takaki

I'm sure this one is Jack.Elliot

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanmathi5

ohh...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanmathi5

Thanks Mr.Jack!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Multi0Lingual4
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According to Google, in Polish it's trzęsienie ziemi. I suppose you could be literal in French, "tremblement de terre" but I would probably use "le seism", if it's correct. It's much easier in Spanish, with "el terremoto" and in German with "das Erdbeben". Hmm. New vocab!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Cheers.

I was going to check them up

But considering I am enjoying the nature

I thought that somebody nice like yourself would help out

Merci, danke, dziekuje thankyou

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ally.x
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Take any object around you... point at it ... say "this is the earth" (if you know word for earth in German/French/Polish)... and shake it :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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great

for it was shaking the plates and cups all about.

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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yikes! it sounds like a rather strong one!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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it was ok

1 year ago

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There are many phenomenon. Language brings our attention to it, allows us to discuss it. You have highlighted the importance of having the words at your fingertips. How can you express a significant event? How can you connect over it?

That is one reason why the existence of worlds representing my culture are so important to me, and why I resist dominant culture intrusions into how they might try to change the wording of the definitions, because, it shifts that worldview and then, how am I to discuss my experience.

I am glad to observe that you are alright. I hope that others are as well.

Just curious, are you related to the Fraser of Lovat Highland clan, by chance? :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Just the Elliot clan

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I was hoping we might be related.

From what I have observed, the Elliot clan is a fine one. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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They have an interesting history.

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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From what I have observed, the Usagiboy clan is a very fine one! :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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jackelliot, oh my! That is such a strange and unsettling feeling. Both the earthquake and being at a loss for a word. I hope you and everyone else is ok!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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All is well

losing words is common for me

Or I can see them in my head

but being unable to speak them

enjoying a lovely holiday

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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it is lovely to hear from you

I hear the sparkles between your words too

1 year ago
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