We've lowered the bar. In fact, we've dropped it.
by Narcissus
(703 views) - 2/20/05
(recorded 2/20/05 @ 8:32:48 PM)
In the University of Arizona system, a B.A. student's foreign language requirement is four semesters--through Spanish 202, for example. One would think that those who pursue Spanish majors and minors would have either a gift for Spanish-speaking or would have a passion for the language that would drive them to study and learn. But the University of Arizona has decided that:

"No! Neither talent nor dedication is necessary to pursue Spanish degrees. In fact, we hope to expand the Spanish program to all Sororities because we believe that the Sorority/SoCal accent is the NEW Spanish accent. Really. So please, follow this lovely example and liken yourself to such modern Spanish. Scholarships available for all blondes."

(I've made no alterations to this letter.)

Christina,

Hola! Como estas? Yo estoy muy estresada! Este semana muy mal para me. Tiene dos examenes y dos papels. No fue divertida. Es muy bien que tu vas a Argentina en mi vida. Tres veranos pasados mi familia y yo fue a Europa y visiten a Amsterdam, London, y Germany. Yo quiero ir a Spain para estudiar pero no tengo tiempo.

Que tipo de musica es "Something Corporate"? Es Something Corporate muy famoso? Yo no conozco a este banda. Cuantas anos que tu y tu novia estan juntos? Megusta mirar al balencesto de los Arizona Wildcats, pero no quiero mirar otros diportes tambien!

El fin de semana pasado fue mi sorority's formal. Fue muy divertida y you balie mucho con mis amigas. La tema fue "black jack" y tine (slot machines) y Black Jack mesas. Muchas personas fue borrachas pero yo no bebi antes de el fiesta.

Megusta la comdia India tambien. Yo a tratdado muchas veces porque mi amiga es de India y su familia cocinan la comida muy bien.

El el 25 de febrero yo ir a Texas porque mi major amiga Emily atende a Texas Christian University y yo quiero visito a mi amiga. Yo he conozco Emily cuando tengo siete anos. Ella es un bien amiga. Este Universidad es en Ft. Worth texas acerca de Dallas.

Hasta Luego,

Stupid Blonde Sorority Girl #97674
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Notes:
And I was curled up into a ball on the floor, paper in my hands, not sure if I should cry or continue laughing...I almost felt bad, but then...um...no.

Bring it on
   [Esperando (J:: M) 2/20/05 8:56 PM]




i go to Duke and i'm not nearly as elitist...

couple things...
blondes are smart or can be just as much as other people, and the blondes that dye their hair are no different. ugly people aren't all brainiacs. and just cause it's a letter a person who has taken first semester spanish can read doesn't mean you should ridicule them or put it up on-line to be ridiculed. i don't know why i'm standing up for people i usually look on with disgust in the dining hall, but i know that they are smart people too even if one can't help but overhear the loud one talking about how drunk she was when the cop drove her home after she puked on the street.

we live in a world full of people. give'em some respect. emo's tolerated, right?

oh, and i almost forgot...
COEXISTANCE

-Reptiles need not apply
   [Lux (J) 2/20/05 9:38 PM]




Jesus, I thought hypocrisy was something only those "stupid blonde sorority" girls did. I never would have expected two entries like this from you. For once, Chen has a valid point.

But then again, you've always had a way of belittling yourself just when I thought you were getting okay. I'm amazed I'm still reading these.


   [enlite (J:: M) 2/20/05 10:17 PM]




Hey guys:

So...we were goofing around and I told her to post it. Don't get in a tizzy. Don't get mad at her or offended either. If you like, direct your frustrations at me- a grammarian jerk in any language (at least with regards to school stuff). No actual harm meant. It doesn't do any good to add insults. Chris and I found it amusing considering it's 5th semester Spanish. That's all. Sorry for any offence or hypocrisy--neither are any good.

Bring it on
   [Esperando (J:: M) 2/20/05 10:24 PM]




Yeah, I'm almost positive that (the notes) weren't necessary.

Jesus... venom and bile and such and such over what? Chill, seriously. Like none of us have ever been incredibly sarcastic in an entry or even a little "holier-than-thou"?

Even still, meh to those who get so bent out of shape over something so inconsequential and harmless. You can express your disapproval without being so completely cutting, or at least figure out what the intent was before going completely off.

We're all guilty of it at some point, but come on guys. Sigh.


   [disillusioned (J:: M) 2/20/05 11:10 PM]




Geez you guys, lay off. Heaven forbid you *ever* get to vent your frustrations, Chris.

Carpe Diem
   [Wildfire (J:: M) 2/20/05 11:25 PM]




i don't speak spanish. why's it funny? ;)

Seize the Fish!
   [hamlet (J) 2/21/05 8:42 AM]




Well, for one thing, "megusta" isn't one word. The entire point is that someone x years into Spanish shouldn't be writing this poorly, because it's just plain bad and not beneficial to anyone.

Crazy how it all just erupted into... whatever the hell it is.

/doesn't get it


   [disillusioned (J:: M) 2/21/05 4:56 PM]




to this most intelligent conversation i add:
a girl by the last name of hamburger didn't seem to understand that printing to "becca's printer" meant that it would not be printing on her own. my roommate and i ended up with quite a few laughs... because our dear ms. hamburger wrote at about a fifth grade level. no exaggeration. she's a jersey girl (no offense to the state of new jersey)/theatre major who happens to say "like" quite a bit and dons those beautiful uggs more than the weather requires.
every so often, laughing at someone else's shortcomings is a nice distraction from worrying about your own.


   [amnesiac (J) 2/21/05 5:38 PM]




Alright kiddies, way to miss the point completely. This is where not having a functional computer will get me: way behind on all the notes on a “failed” entry. Had I written it as a musing under “humor,” perhaps it would have been better understood…. Who am I kidding? I doubt that Tony or Chen would ever pass up a chance to insult somebody.

The reason why I posted her letter wasn’t to insult her as a person, but to ridicule her Spanish (hence, all the frustration about language requirements in the first place and the omission of her name). Those who know me are aware of my gringa ways and know how rough of a Spanish speaker I am. This girl is sweet enough, but frustrates me to no end because she doesn't put effort into the letters—or just doesn't care (or both, or simply doesn't speak Spanish well).

I’m not creating humor from her stupidity, the ACTUAL letter is funny: She was too lazy to use accent marks or any "upsidedown" punctuation. (It’s not a lot of effort. Alt+173, Alt+168, and especially Alt+164.) She used wrong verbs and wrong words repeatedly. For example: “megusta” is, you’re correct dis, not one word; I don’t have a girlfriend, a “novia,” I have a “novio”; she’s stressed [first line] because she has two tests and two pieces of paper—there are other words for “essay”; and the most humorous mistake, "anos” != “años” = "years” —it’s a fucking BODY PART—literally, at least, for Tony.

I believe that in a 5th semester Spanish class, you should put in SOME effort into an assignment. It bothers me especially because I have to read her letters (as her partner) and, seriously, what good is it going to do me to read shitty Spanish when I'm going to be immersed in the language during study abroad in ONLY one year? Not much at all. I’d rather get a letter I don't understand a word of and have to spend three hours translating. I’d learn hell of a lot more.

Boys: If you want to preach from your soap-boxes, that’s fine, it’s you’re right. Just take your own goddamn advice and do it with a little respect.
Tony: You are way out of line.
Chen: The first word out of my mouth to describe you would be “elitist.” Don’t kid yourself; even Keyes would agree.


   [Narcissus (J) 2/21/05 6:59 PM]




Alright kiddies, way to miss the point completely. This is where not having a functional computer will get me: way behind on all the notes on a “failed” entry. Had I written it as a musing under “humor,” perhaps it would have been better understood…. Who am I kidding? I doubt that Tony or Chen would ever pass up a chance to insult somebody.

The reason why I posted her letter wasn’t to insult her as a person, but to ridicule her Spanish (hence, all the frustration about language requirements in the first place and the omission of her name). Those who know me are aware of my gringa ways and know how rough of a Spanish speaker I am. This girl is sweet enough, but frustrates me to no end because she doesn't put effort into the letters—or just doesn't care (or both, or simply doesn't speak Spanish well).

I’m not creating humor from her stupidity, the ACTUAL letter is funny: She was too lazy to use accent marks or any "upsidedown" punctuation. (It’s not a lot of effort. Alt+173, Alt+168, and especially Alt+164.) She used wrong verbs and wrong words repeatedly. For example: “megusta” is, you’re correct dis, not one word; I don’t have a girlfriend, a “novia,” I have a “novio”; she’s stressed [first line] because she has two tests and two pieces of paper—there are other words for “essay”; and the most humorous mistake, "anos” != “años” = "years” —it’s a fucking BODY PART—literally, at least, for Tony.

I believe that in a 5th semester Spanish class, you should put in SOME effort into an assignment. It bothers me especially because I have to read her letters (as her partner) and, seriously, what good is it going to do me to read shitty Spanish when I'm going to be immersed in the language during study abroad in ONLY one year? Not much at all. I’d rather get a letter I don't understand a word of and have to spend three hours translating. I’d learn hell of a lot more.

Boys: If you want to preach from your soap-boxes, that’s fine, it’s you’re right. Just take your own goddamn advice and do it with a little respect.
Tony: You are way out of line.
Chen: The first word out of my mouth to describe you would be “elitist.” Don’t kid yourself; even Keyes would agree.


   [Narcissus (J) 2/21/05 7:10 PM]




Too honest moment:

I've always been wanting to say it. Chen just gave me a reason to.

What are you gonna do *shrug*.


   [enlite (J:: M) 2/21/05 7:17 PM]




you know what the first couple words out of my mouth would be for you? can't guess it?

Pity case

-Reptiles need not apply
   [Lux (J) 2/26/05 10:25 AM]




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