My Hobbies and Interests
I like to keep busy, so I've got a variety of hobbies and pursuits that I spend my free time on.
As a Linguistics major, I naturally spend a lot of time studying other languages. Sometimes this is learning to speak, read, and write, or sometimes I'm just interested in some linguistic aspect of a language. Here's a list of all the languages of spent at least a decent amount of time studying:
In addition to this I've also spent many, many hours conlanging - or attempting to do so, anyways. I've got lots of bits and pieces of words and phrases, some large chunks of unfinished grammars, and probably a dozen or so total attempts at creating a language. Each time, I invariably get a bit frustrated with the way things are turning out, and usually that's when I stop for a while and switch to a new project. I'll finish a language someday, if that can be said to be possible.
- Korean: I can't speak, but I've successfully learned Hangul, the Korean writings system. But what's the use of reading a language you don't understand? :(
- Russian: The Slavic grammatical case systems are fascinating, and so different from how English is structured. It's a bit difficult to wrap your mind around how this concept works at first.
- Spanish: I spent seven years studying Spanish throughout my primary school years, although I'm still trudging slowly towards fluency.
- Italian: I had basic speaking proficiency a few years ago, but I've lost it by now.
- Mandarin Chinese: I've been learning to speak with a close friend of mine, and she tells me I'm about as proficient as an elementary schooler by now. I'm excited for where this will go, and Chinese really isn't so hard, as everyone seems to think. It's a fascinating language in the way it phrases meaning and structures itself.
- Hindi: I'm taking Hindi 111 this semester; I've learned to write in Devanagari, and I have a small, basic vocabulary of nouns.
I also play guitar; I took lessons at one point in time, but these days I prefer to just improv and make stuff up. I've got some chunks of music written, but as above, I'm pretty bad at finishing anything. I need to brush up on my music theory so that I have a better understanding of how to structure my improv playing, and that is my main goal right now.
Another one of my artistic pursuits is folding origami. I've succesfully followed tutorials to create a number of relatively complex models, but I've struggled to design any on my own. It's quite hard to find resources that teach methods or conceptual ways design on your own. My favorite model that I've folded is a gold foil ox that I have in my room.