20 April 2017

Estonian proverbs

Good morning 🌞
Today´s post is dedicated to Estonian language and one interesting part of it - proverbs. These are something that are usually a bit difficult to understand at first, because they can´t be directly translated. Just like figures of speeches like metaphors and other tropes. Another aspect that might make truly understanding them difficult is the cultural factor, everyone might not realise and see these things as native speakers do. I thought it would be interesting to try to explain you some of our proverbs. I will do my best to make them as clear as possible :)
  • Hommik on õhtust targem - Morning is smarter than evening. I believe this is quite easily understandable - don´t make hasty decisions in the evening, in the morning you will see things probably differently and more clearly. 
  • Hirmul on suured silmad - Fear has big eyes. When you are scared or afraid of something, it seems more terrible and scarier than it actually is. Also, you might see something where it actually isn´t. Like, when you are being paranoid and you start imagining all kind of things. 
  • Jänes šampust ei joo - A rabbit doesn´t drink champagne. Rabbit is here thought as a person, who is too shy or afraid to do something. It means that if a person doesn´t try or work for her dreams; doesn´t try to catch her goals, then she won´t achieve, what she wants, therefore she won´t be able to enjoy the "prize"; the goal, achievement.
  • Kingitud hobuse suhu ei vaadata - Don´t look in the mouth of a given horse. If someone gives you something, it is polite to accept it and not refuse it, even if you don´t actually like it. It would be very inappropriate to criticise the gift as that what it is - a present someone has given you; it´s a gift- accept it, smile, and say "thank you",
  • Lootus sureb viimasena - Hope dies last. Until there is hope, it is possible that things will figure out and everything will be alright. Even if there is nothing else left, there is still hope that situation will change.

  • Nagu hane selga vesi - Like water on goose´s back. You may try to explain something to someone, but if they are certain about their opinion, it is impossible to change their mind. Therefore, anything you say won´t make a difference and it´s like water on goose´s back - water or your thoughts in this case won´t get through to that person´s mind, because she is so stubborn and doesn´t let anything change her opinion. 
  • Sõprus on väärt rohkem kui raha - Friendship is worth more than money. I believe this one doesn´t need further explanation and is clearly understandable to everyone. I also believe you agree with that, don´t you?
  • And for the last, very well known vanasõna, in English and in Estonian (and probably in other languages as well)  - Rääkimine hõbe vaikimine kuld - Taking is silver, silent is gold.
Are there some similar proverbs in your language as well? You are very welcome to share some from your mother tongue as well!

18 March 2017

Why you do snail mail?

One of my penpals asked me in one of her letter this question and it is actually something I have been thinking about before as well. Why am I doing all this? 

I guess that it has just become one part of me, something I just do and don´t want to imagine my life without it. Has something changed since I started writing letters? Yes, difinitely. I remember, how exciting it was at first and how I couldn´t wait until I finally receive another letter and I kept looking for new penpals. Now I´m more calm about this :D Don´t get me wrong, I still get excited about letters and I am really looking forward to hearing from my dear friends, but I´m not that impatient as I was at first. Probably because I have got more used to it and I guess it is like that with many things that at first seem so-so exciting, later you just get more used to it and it becomes more normal, a part of your everyday life.

I hope it does not sound like I would not enjoy penpalling as I did when I first started. No, actually I have discovered more parts of it. I have definitely become a bit more creative - I like decorating envelopes, papers, using different tapes and stickers, I have learned and thought of new ways of making mail more interesting/beautiful. Another difference is that my letters have become much longer. At least it seems like that to me - I don´t have my own letters I have sent to others, but I feel I have written more deeply and just more by lenght as well. I feel my letters were a bit perfunctory maybe...but I guess it´s normal for a "beginner" :D Only my penpals can comment on that, I can just say what I seem to remember and feel.

Snail mail is a great way to find amazing people all over the world to share your life - experiences, memories, jokes, pictures, interests, hopes, dreams, recipes, favourite books, tea and movies with. For me, it is a way to express my creativity and have quiet time for my own - writing letters - while still connecting with my penfriends. Real letters are personal and finding another one from a mailbox is really lovely :)

 In conclusion, in my opinion it is one of the coolest hobbies! Like, seriously :D It combines so many things: reading, writing, expressing yourself in so many ways, making new friends all over the world, getting to know new things and feeling so thankful for time and love people have put into letters.
I hope to be able to continue with this lovely hobby of mine for many-many upcoming years and also meet my penpals in real life :)

Now I am curious to know why you do snail mail?
With lots of love, Liisu 💜