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Today in English class we were talking about cultural and linguistic differences between Finnish and what-ever-countries-our-exchange-students-were-from.
One “rude” thing in Finnish is that, common Finnish communication lacks the word “please”. In theory we should use the…
Being half-Finnish, you’d think I’d understand this, but I really, REALLY don’t. But that’s down to the other, English half. It’s like I can’t help being ridiculously polite, to the extent that actual Finnish people find it off-putting, and I on the other hand find myself thinking a lot of people are rude, even though really it’s a cultural thing (let it be noted that my Finnish mum is also really polite, so this particular Finnish stereotype has never been particularly present in my life before moving back to Finland).
Yet another reason I just don’t belong in this country.
In my case, when visiting England I have often wondered if I unwittingly caused some hurt feelings for being accidentally too rude…forgetting the “please” and asking “What?” when I didn’t quite catch something is a reflex I can’t help. My brain is wired that way. I would no doubt learn out of it if I lived in England for long enough - but as you say, I would think a lot of it was quite unnecessary. “Could I have the x and x please, if you don’t mind?” is just….why? XD You can say the same thing with a lot less effort - or at least in the Finn’s opinion. Of course it sounds strange if you’re not used to short answers and silence, but it goes the other way around too. I guess we could endeavor to meet somewhere in the middle when meeting Finns/English people.
One time in English our teacher talked about how Finnish is also quite lacking in… not sure what it’s called really, but difference in intonation? Variations in pitch? And how if you speak English like that it sounds weird and flat. I also noticed when I first started to speak Swedish with Swedish speakers that I felt like I was speaking too much in monotone. No idea if others heard it like that though. But I suspect that might also make someone sound rude/angry for someone speaking a language with more variation?
THEN again you know what is also a Finnish stereotype? Constantly wondering what your neighbor/foreigners/that sofa over there is thinking about you (and omg what if it’s something bad?!!). : 9
Hahahah so true XD
I used one of my art challenge days to finish this off. Holmes treats Watson to a relaxing evening after a long day’s doctoring and detecting.
Love it :)
This month Spacefall and I are taking part in the August National Art Making Month again. As tasks for a couple of days, we each made a sketch, and then finished each other’s ones in our own way :) Upper one is my sketch with Spacefall’s aweome versions, and the lower one is my uh..artistic version of Spacefall!H&W XD
BBC Sherlock in the original Victorian era
Deleted this by accident. It was in answer to a question in my ask box about how Agoraphobia feels … Yay, mental illness!
I have not been posting much lately because I’m recovering from quite bad neck/shoulder pain and the dizziness and anxiety caused by it. I am doing a bit better now tho (finally I feel like I got out of the pit), thanks to medication and physiotherapy. I shall try to get back to drawing more Holmes art once I get some more energy :)
I just hit the 3K notes for the first time ever ::::”DDD
Thanks everyone! ( Here is the blanket comic )
Behold my influence map. These are the ones I know about and confess freely, but there might be some hidden influences I don’t even know about :’D
To give the artist the credit WHICH OP HAS NOT DONE-
This image was created by ironicbees.
Made a little Holmes-ish head for amusement, but it’s so hot in here it basically melted as I was doing it :P
Hee Hee, aw, he’s awesome - even tho he’s a bit melty.
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Holmes and Watson considering the view. I started this retirement-era picture six and a half years ago, and left it as a scrappy draft that I was never comfortable re-posting. Something made me want to get it out again, and start adding shading and light to it. I always liked the idea of it: Holmes and Watson looking at the same view and seeing two entirely different things.
It’s gorgeous <3