Standing with my balls against the block

  I am currently embroiled in translating a book written by two Dutch blokes about setting up a B&B in Italy. It’s a collection of tongue in cheek stories about the Italians’ eccentricities and the poor Dutch men’s daily struggles to survive in the sunny Mediterranean. The stories are littered with Dutch idioms, colloquialisms and…

Hello!

Welcome to my site. I started up this blog to write about cultures, languages and free-wheeling in this modern world. I am a footloose translator: a linguist who observes, admires and adapts to cultures around me, yet… I belong nowhere. Not that that’s a bad thing. I think it’s the lack of my own cultural…

Culture and Mindset

Well, you may ask: what does it mean to have no cultural identity? And what’s the point anyway? I think that one’s culture largely determines one’s mindset. In this sense, culture is a very broad concept: it is your direct environment (friends, family, school) and also the larger community, religion, nation. I also believe that…