The end is near

When I’ve started blogging I was in personal crisis situation and just wanted to throw out some thoughts from my head, to feel some kind of relief. I have to say it really helped me to go thru difficult situation and even brough me more positive things than I’ve expected. As you can imagine, on the beginning I had no plan, no idea about blogging. It wasn’t even blogging, it was just writing. I haven’t even planning to write in english, however since I’ve published first post in english I’ve found readers without community pool and other related things. It’s nice when you see someone, not only read your posts but also like it and I mean really like it, not only press like button. I still don’t care about numbers, maybe because it never was my goal to have penty of likes or followers but it’s nice when you can share your experience with others. The only problem is time or rather lack of time to read as much as I would like to read. Anyway I’m posting and reading time to time, I think I can call myself time to time blogger 😉 and it’s fine for me.
Now when I’m living in UK, I’m starting many things from the beginning and I’ve decided to end this blog soon and start with the new one which will be titled Mr. P. art and travels (or mrpartandtravels – depending what will be availiable).
When it will be ready I will publish last post here with all informations about it.

By the way, since I’m in UK last two months a lot of people are impresed about my english but does my english is so good? I don’t think so. Maybe it’s not so bad however the problem is, that a lot of people living in this country doesn’t speak english well even after spending here many years. How this is possible?
My suspections coming to this conclusion – Many of people (I don’t think is most) who comes to UK stick with their people at home, at work, looking for each other in the neighborhood and so on. This simply provide to lack of practice the language of the country you’re coming to. Even writing a simple posts gives you more lingual skills than spending years in the country without practicing your lingual skills.
This is why I think learning any language by writing posts it’s not only possible, it even brings quite good results. There might be some difficulties with spoken language but it comes quick to speak and understand what the others are speak to you.

Have a great sunday 🙂

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Italiani

Dear Joh Hooper, I’ve read your book “Italiani” and I have to say, I found there many new and interesting informations about Italy and Italians as well.
I was visiting this country many times, talking with people and against stereotypes, many Italians speak english. I don’t know southern Italy at all, the most southern place I’ve been there is Rome, which is consider as central part of country. Most of the time I was in the norhtern cities, but I didn’t observe same things, which you wrote in your book.
Yes, I remember your words, that you often meet an opinion like mine. Maybe we just met and talked with different people.
Anywhere I go, I’m trying to speak the language of visiting country and I have to tell you, everywhere people react the same way. They seem to feel proud of it and appreciate my effort, thay are also happy to see I’m trying, even when my pronounciation is very weak and even when I know only few words. Only in the last resort, when I see it’s impossible to communicate, then I’m reaching for english. It’s really not a problem to communicate in english with people in Italy. Keep in mind, that it’s still about northern Italy. In some smaller towns it may be a problem, when you try to talk with older people, then they reach for german. But this is my own experience and I wouldn’t present it as a general or common situations.
Still about northern Italy, I didn’t notice a lot of young adults living with their parents.
Maybe it’s not so common, or maybe I was in extraordinary places. But still, I didn’t live there, so it can be about exceptions.
Does each Italian have own version of truth? I’m not sure do I understood well what you ment, or jus haven’t been there long enough, to see it.
About imagination, fantasy, illusion, I can only say, that it’s not only in Italy.
Same as developed Christian culture, which have affect or influence on everyday life even on those, who doesn’t consider themselves as Christians (or will be better to say Catholic).
Does Italians eat and like only their own cuisine? Well, I don’t have idea why I met more open people who liked to try new things. They were probably an exceptions.
I brought some magazines with recipes from Italy, I have to tell you, there are not only traditional italian dishes. It doesn’t mean anything, I know.
Family relations.
Value of family is not only important in Italy and is a good value as an idea. Family is important in life and provides examples for children how to deal with everyday problems and it’s example of relationship, of course when it’s not about any inappropriate behaviour at home etc. Probably parents are first who teach empathy.
Does empathy is a value or weakness?
By the way, probability of living with parents in adult life is depending from many varieties and it’s not without matter does society, at general, is rich or poor.
What do you mean by “when we compare Italians with few other nations, still we can see influence (or maybe it will be better to say legacy) of Catholic Church in those aspects of life.” Results of The Face of Global Sex research from 2012,  about sexual initiation showed, that Italians begins their sexual life later (19,4) than British (18,3) and Americans (18,4).
So what is the point? What you are trying to say?
I don’t see anything wrong about this as well as for the avarage age 19,4, would you like to be less than 18?
“Casual sexual contacts, among Italian teenagers, are more often than during Vatican (and Christian Democrats) influence was stronger.”
Does casual sexual contacts among teenagers is really so positive?
Maybe I’m to similar to Italians whose keeping traditional values.
Does traditional values are also so bad and does it really stops economic development?

Mister Hooper, I don’t know you and sometimes I’m losing your point of view. That’s why I wont say, that I disagree with you. I would like to understand what you’re trying to say.
But I have to say, I’m a little bit concerned of some things I have read in your book.
However, “Italiani” was interesting lecture for me, especially historical and geographical parts.

This is also an example, that is possible to make constructive criticism, respect the person, you disagree with and be open for discussion.

The origin of: Vulgarity

When we hear about Vulgarity, we think about inappropriate behaviour or language. Which is correct, but where vulgairty is coming from?
In latin word vulgaris is about commonness, it is in use in the latin names of some plants. Latin meaning of vulgaris can suggest, some differences in language between nobility and peasantry. As the hint we can use the bible vulgata (versio vulgata), which mean common version and was translated from hebrew and greek on latin in about 382 – 406AC for the Christians from Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire has fallen, but latin was still in use by royalities and nobilities in Europe, when simple people was using national languages or rather their own dialects.
It seem to be understandable, that nobility thought about it self as a better part of society, began relate to peasantry (vulgarity) respectless.
Throughout history, divisions in society have undergone various changes, as well as naming.
Today we define with different words for: common, collective or vulgar.
However we divide common language and vulgar language, I get the impression, that theese vulgarisms becoming more and more in common use, pervading ever more everyday language , everyday conversations,  even among  those, from who we expect more sophisticated word choices…

The origin of: Tomato

There is a lot of informations about tomatoes, which are easy to find on the internet.
I’m not another one to write about it. Tomato is interesting case for me, because of it origin. Why?
If you’ve read some of my posts, you can predict it’s not so simple and obvious, how it may look like.
Tomato appears into the written sources (after european expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean at the turn of 15th century), in 1544 by Pietro Andrea Mattioli. Whoever discover it and bring it back to Europe is not sure. Does it was Cortes or Columbus, we don’t know in 100%. What doesn’t change a fact, that Spain and Italy was first two countries who spread it through the Europe. Here appears the interesting part of the story, because Spanish and Italian gave different name for new plant it fruit. Tomate and Pomo d’oro.
Spreading new fruit, without the name in other countries, allow us to take a look on the are of influence of Spain and Italy, or at least their trade position.
Follow after spanish tomate we recive:
Portugal, France, Germany, – tomate
England – tomato
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia – tomat
Netherland – tomaat
Finland – tomaatti
Latvia – tomats
Greece – ντομάτα
Romania – tomata
Follow after italian pomo d’oro we recive:
Poland – pomidor
Lithuania – pomidoras
Russia – помидор
Ukraine – помідор
Sometimes we can meet own names, but as we see, it’s not very common
Hungary – paradicsom
Croatia – rajčica
Czech Republic – rajče
Ireland – trátaí
Even if Sapin and Italy was spreading fruit of a new land parallel, the influence of Spain was much more stronger. Later also England was trading tomatoes, which resulted of popularization spanish name for tomato.
On this example we can see it not always matter, who was first to provide new thing, but who had stronger influence to provide the name of new thing.

While tracking history, it’s good when we can support by written sources and words brought to some lands or cultures. However it’s important to keep in mind, that those things can lead us to those who had stronger influence and not necessarily to those, who invented something first.