Language Lens

A blog about life, discovery and culture through the lens of language and linguistics.

Liebster Award: Discover New Blogs

“Liebster” is German for many things, and among them “a welcome visitor,” (according to Word Reference) which makes sense for the award that Raelke nominated Language Lens for recently.  Thank you by the way!  The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers (I like that description) who have less than 200 followers.

Liebster award

The rules for the award are as follows:

  1. List 11 Random Facts about you
  2. Answer the questions that were asked of you (By the blogger that nominated you)
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster  Blog Award and Link to their Blogs
  4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
  5. Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award

So, my 11 Random Facts…

  1. My absolutely favorite food is sushi.
  2. My favorite quote is “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” by Anais Nin, which I first saw from a former boss and mentor.
  3. I am surrounded by the number 11.  Currently I live on (street name) 1111, floor 11 (and I am answering 11 random questions about myself.)
  4. I won my 8th grade Geography Bee.
  5. I have been known to sleep walk, (but nothing too strange.)  Just getting up and starting to get ready for work while I had a good 5 or 6 hours to spare!
  6. I prefer sour candy.
  7. I am a distant distant distant relative of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the US!
  8. I have always wanted to learn to play the fiddle.
  9. My family calls me Megs for short.
  10. I have been living abroad in Buenos Aires for the past three years, and it was always a dream to live abroad.
  11. I love singing in the car at the top of my lungs!

And my answers to the question Raelke asked…

11 questions for the nominated blogs…

  1. What inspires you?  I get inspired when I see people pushing themselves in order to grow. I get inspired by their drive and heart to continue as I know that it will pay off in the long-run.
  2. Which languages do you speak? My first language is English and I also speak Spanish.
  3. What was the last holiday you went on?  The last trip I took was to Colombia, which was a heavenly place despite the bad press over the years.  It was by far one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen.
  4. Do you carry an umbrella with you in case it starts raining?  Yes I do!  I am one of those who strives to be  “over prepared.”  Right now living in a big city where it rains often, when you leave for the day you must be prepared for anything (including down pour aka  “diluvia”)!
  5. How long have you been blogging for?  I have been blogging for about a year now!
  6. Why do you blog? In fact I didn´t understand blogs for the longest time.  It wasn´t until I got inspired by a good topic that I felt compelled to write, and there I found my fix. I have always loved to write.  Since I was a child, I have written my thoughts and memoirs.  The blog concept was a way to marry this childhood love of writing with a love I later found in life, language and linguistics.
  7. If you could speak any language fluently, which would you choose, and why?  I always wanted to speak Spanish at a near-native proficiency.  I am getting there, so if I were to choose a second language, I would choose French.  I think the sound is beautiful.
  8. Poetry or prose? Definitely prose!
  9. Which is the book which has made the greatest impact on you?  I don´t know that I can say just one book, so I will write about something recent that inspired me: Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher
  10. Summer or winter? This is an ongoing debate with a friend. He says winter, since we are from Colorado where the winters are world renowned, but despite that, I am a summer girl all the way!
  11. What is your favourite song? My favorite song is Heart of Glass by Blondie!  I have many but this one definitely makes me want to sing and dance whenever I hear it.

11 blogs that I nominate

1. Excuse my Spanglish: Karo writes all her posts in both English and Spanish, which I find both interesting and admirable!  I appreciate her efforts as it´s not an easy translation task,and it´s really great for those of us learning.

2. Private Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires: Sofie speaks about language, culture and activities in Buenos Aires in her blog.  I find the language posts incredibly helpful as she speaks to the use of the language and how to speak more naturally, rather than relying on translating or what one learned in another country.

3. Something for Sunday: Jacqui writes about life as an expat in Seoul, Korea.  Not only does she write about culture and life abroad but she focuses on food, even giving recipes to things she tries and learns to master.  She is an excellent writer, sure to please even if cooking and/or food isn´t your thing.

4. Diary of a Language Coach: Amy and I have a few things in common, a love of Spanish and teaching.  As a teacher and life-long learner, she blogs about tips and tools for learning/teaching Spanish and what she learns while teaching. Very helpful blog!

5. Language Evolution: How and why language varies and changes.  I find this topic fascinating.  Although the blog can be quite technical for the everyday reader, it´s a great source for learning about this linguistic phenomena.

6. En la punta de la lengua: Luis writes extremely interesting posts all relating to culture and linguistics, primarily in Mexico.  The blog is predominantly in Spanish but also has English posts.  Very thought provoking and professionally written.

7.  Multilingual Mom: This multilingual mom is a franco-american mother of two girls, married to her Mexican Don Juan and is now living in Singapore (did you follow all of that?).  She writes about multilingual aspects of bringing up children.

8. Conversations with Japan: A unique way to write about Japanese culture, in the form of conversations with 2 people: Japan and me, as the name indicates.  This blog is entertaining, educational, and very creative.

9. Like a Sponge. Marianne writes about her experiences living in Holland and speaking Dutch.  I love the name of the blog as it is oh-so-true when living abroad and acquiring a new language.

10. Fuck Yeah my Language: This blog includes some interesting topics, again relating to linguistics, but I also include it on the list as it´s unique to others mentioned because of its format.  Using tumblr, it includes a lot of videos, audio tracks and images in its posts, rather than solely words.

11. UR Moving Where? Written by another expat in Argentina, this blog offers insights and tips for living abroad.  What is unique about it is that it is written from the perspective of a family and not a single person, which is a whole other animal.

Questions for my nominated blogs:

1. If you had the money and time to go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

2. Not considering professional benefits, what do you think is the value of studying another language?

3. Are you an introvert or extrovert?

4. What is your Zodiac sign?

5. What is your favorite English word and why?

6. Mac or PC and why?

7. Why do you write?

8. What do you think the world needs more of?

9. What is one of your personal goals for 2013?

10. What´s one of your favorite movies and why?

11. What is something you have always wanted to do?

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2 thoughts on “Liebster Award: Discover New Blogs

  1. Meg, I am so embarrassed. I never followed through on this. Well not yet! Trying to turn over a new page – or open a new tab?! Anyhow, I just wanted to say I was honored to be chosen. Best, MM

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