A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
Do you dare to enter the maze?


86. Walls of language and fire


5th November 2015

“I tend to want to absorb as much as possible right from the start. So if I learn something I really, really go for it and try to use it throughout the day. As the week progresses I try to think in it, try to write in it, try to speak to myself even in that language. For me it’s about actually putting what you’re learning into practice – be that writing an email, speaking to yourself, listening to music, listening to the radio. Surrounding yourself, submerging yourself in the new language culture is extremely important.” – Matthew Youlden, a man who can speak nine different languages fluently.

Learning another language is hard. However, some say that it is rewarding. This man, Matthew Youlden is a brave and ambitious person who has dared to learn something that I can find sometimes impossible.

Today, I had a Spanish exam where I had to recite four paragraphs of Spanish, obviously, to a camera. I could recite it easily enough to myself pacing a room or in front of a mirror but when it got to recording it for real, I was a mess.

I did terrible.

Stuttering and forgetting most of the things that I had spent a month learning. I came out of the room disappointed with myself and more frustrated that I could remember it when I was out of that room. I think it was the pressure and nerves. Maybe, I felt confined and claustrophobic, I don’t know. But I asked the teacher to record it again, and when going back for a second time after school I performed slightly better but still forgetting some words and a sentence.

I hate that I can feel disappointed with myself.

I have to do another one in March as well. I better get to finding out ways of controlling nerves.

But let’s go away from Spanish and on to more English traditions. Today marks the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Tonight, it otherwise referred to Bonfire Night where Britons everywhere set fire to things.

Typically, people everywhere celebrate with fireworks and bonfires. Straw dummies representing Fawkes are sometimes tossed on the bonfire. This initially began in the 13th century to drive away evil spirits but is more focused on the sacrifice of Guy Fawkes for his treason.

People ask me why I don’t go to the displays but to be honest I much prefer to be in the house, in the warmth, with a cup of tea watching the fireworks from my window and not from the chilly outdoors. We still break out sparklers now and again to write our names in the dark but my families Bonfire Night is typically spent trying to keep the dog out of the bath (she likes to hide from the fireworks there) or hop in there with her to comfort her.

If you’re staying indoors or going out to celebrate, be careful and have fun.


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