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Vanilla morning

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Vanilla all the way, more or less. Fine lather from Mama Bear’s Sandalwood Vanilla, worked up with the TOBS “artificial badger” brush—and I was thinking as I brushed my face that I cannot imagine a reason for not using an artificial badger: inexpensive and great performance. Three smooth passes with the Eclipse Red Ring, a splash of Raw Vanilla aftershave, and I’m off to campus for the day. There’s a lot to learn in Spanish.

One Spanish question: So far common use has been made of “hay”, meaning “there is, there are”. In English one goes to some lengths to avoid “there is” and “there are” because they are limp and dead phrases: “there” in this case is just deadwood—a placeholder while the speaker or writer thinks of what he intends to say. One editing task is to go through a manuscript and remove all instances of “there is” and “there are” that one possibly can.

But is it like that in Spanish? I don’t know. I need to find a good book on Spanish prose style, and while I’m at it, a etymological dictionary in Spanish (about Spanish).

Written by LeisureGuy

17 February 2011 at 9:37 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. I remember when learning Spanish 3rd year got a D and dropped out b/c I could speak fluently for the life of me. The teacher said there is an exception for every rule in Spanish. It is just impossible to speak fluently trying to remember every exception… hated it. Done ranting.

    J Dogg

    21 February 2011 at 9:37 am

  2. It will be a while before I get to Spanish 3. I certainly am not speaking it fluently now. 🙂 I did learn to speak Esperanto fairly well—probably why now the vocabulary keeps popping up as I grope for Spanish words—but then: no exceptions in Esperanto.

    LeisureGuy

    21 February 2011 at 10:08 am


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