Thursday, December 16, 2004

How does it feel to live in Italy?

I have never been to Italy, but someday I would love to visit. I just want to know how it is there and what people do their for fun.

Answer on How does it feel to live in Italy?

I've lived here for nine years and it's great. The people are wonderful. It's easy to get around using the trains and there's always something interesting to see and do. There are thousands of festivals throughout Italy during the year - many of them celebrating historical events, local traditions, or best of all, local foods. Right now, there are some very good truffle festivals going on and the Christmas markets start next weekend (in Trento; Bolzano the following weekend).

A lot of the people I know enjoy trekking - getting out in the mountains and hiking during the summer. Others go to concerts, theater, or sporting events. Formula Uno racing is popular here with Ferrari as one of the leading teams every year. Right now, it's just starting to get toward ski season - some people will spend weekends going to the Alps or places like Mt Cimone for that.

When you come, it's definitely worth seeing the major tourist attractions, but try to take some time to get out to the smaller towns and villages.

Should SMS English replace conventional English?

We live in a superior era. Modern human doesn't have the time to read bulky newspapers or read long articles. It's the time of text messages and twitter. Should newspapers be shortened to one or two pages, with tweets replacing long articles?

Should SMS English replace conventional English? Should "you" become 'u', "your" become "ur", "great" replace "gr8" etc. in the future versions of Oxford and Webster dictionaries?

Answer on Should SMS English replace conventional English?

That would be kind of like newspeak. So no, please not.

Besides, I don't think it is even that many people who write like that in texts and twitter and what not. I don't. I would be quite annoyed if I had to revive my proper spelling to something that includes numbers and abbreviations.
Official standards should conform to the language, not the other way around.