@grits welcome! I am currently writing software for a living too :)
I'm learning Japanese through Duolingo and though I don't know many other languages, I have picked up quite a few Indian scripts (I'm from India) which means I can read things aloud even if I don't understand them :P
I'm also into books and bullet journals and everything non-digital; one of my friends told me I'm the digital and yet non-digital person she's met! I guess I try to optimise the digital so I need less of it
@badrihippo oh my goodness gracious YES duolingo is such a ~*godsend*~
which indian language(s) are you learning? ive heard there are many but i don't know much about the details and im curious! :o
there really is something about analog media isn't there? i was at a notary the other day and she busted out this old school ink stamp to stamp the paper documents and it made me Feel Things. but what is a bullet journal? is that related to those journals with dots instead of lines?
@grits duolingo, yes! I'm only learning Japanese though.
I know how to read the letters in Tamil, Kannada, and (kind of) Marathi/Hindi and Assamese/Bengali. Those weren't through Duolingo though; apart from Tamil which my grandmother taught me I picked them up through notices, song books, and road signs! 😉
Unfortunately I don't know how to speak the languages (except Tamil) so my reading is mainly helpful for shop and bus signs, if anything 😅
@badrihippo wh-- song books and road signs?? that is so hardcore 😧
that's amazing tho a+++ language goals wah
@grits hehe thank you 😅
It was pretty unintentional. For Devnagari (the Marathi/Hindi script), there were school assembly songs written in that script, so I kinda picked up there. That and Tamil (which I already knew) served as a starting point for figuring out other scripts, since though they look very different there are many similarities in they way they're structured (such as adding a modifier line to consonants to make vowel sounds).
I've always been into weird scripts, so that helped! 🤪
@grits analog rocks!
A bullet journal or #BuJo is a minimal journaling concept: the idea is to make bullet points for each item, but different kinds depending on what kind of item it is.
To-do lists are a dot which you can then cross off; small circles are for events, and a dash is for random notes. The idea is to just write one line for each point so you can quickly brain dump. Of course, people have added on many creative techniques.
I'll see if I can dig up better examples tomorrow!
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