My choice this time for the recurring postcard theme “Anything You Wish”:
This week, I had four very colourful postcards landing on my doormat.
Colourful red tulips and yellow pansies from the US.
Colourful cat from the Czech Republic
(Postcrossing card – CZ-1312098)
Colourful map from Turkey
(Postcrossing card – TR-368430)
Additional funny coincidence with the last one: Earlier in the day, before the post arrived, I had been doing some Turkish lessons on Duolingo. And (as happens every now and then) I had also been asking myself why I’m doing this, with arguments like “It’s not like I even get to send or receive a lot of postcrossing cards from Turkey…” Then I went to pick up the post, and there was this card from Turkey waiting for me! (LOL) And have to admit I felt rather proud to be able to write a few Turkish words in my registration message to the sender (an 11-year-old): Teşekkürler! Harita çok güzel! (Thank you! The map is very nice!)
I think it was in August 2016 that I started with Turkish on Duolingo – encouraged by the progress I’d made with Spanish over just a few months in that app. I decided to check out Turkish because I wanted to try a language more ‘foreign’ in its origin and structure (more different from other Western European languages) – but without the added difficulty of a whole new alphabeth. (One reason was that I was curious to get an idea of the difficulties “the other way round”, i.e. for refugees/immigrants from other parts of the world to learn Swedish.) I never expected to advance very far in Turkish – and I haven’t! – but I’m still finding it “interesting”. It’s a bit like doing a puzzle or crossword puzzle… Sometimes one gets stuck and just can’t figure it out; but then, laying it aside for a while and then returning, something may suddenly fall into place…
What I do know is that the Internet, Blogging, Postcrossing and Duolingo have all contributed to “making my world more colourful” over the past decade or so!