Once upon a time, there was a famous Queen named Ebla Awad (Araweelo), who ruled the Somali peninsula (Somalia). When she was younger, Araweelo witnessed many wars and conflicts among Somalis. She also has seen how the council of elders made some unwise decisions. She felt that these were due…
— Neil Gaiman, M is for Magic (via occupiedmuslim)
I think that theres something about languages that fascinates me. I love being able to look at a piece of paper and read something that’s not in English. I love it when My friends Whatsapp me in Somali or Swahilli. I love being able to write my thoughts on a white board and show it to the whole class knowing that nobody will probably understand it. I love writing meaningless things in Korean knowing that the people in my maths class think I’m a bit bonkers. I love being able to reconize the difference between Japanese and Chinese both in writing and conversation. I love knowing enough of the languages and cultures that I can identify similarities and differences. I love being able to speak in a different language whenever I feel uncomfortable and knowing my teachers probably don’t know that when I mumble I’m wishing them a slow and painful death in Arabic. ^.^ But I think what I love most is being able to express myself differently in each language.
— When a Somali says this during a conversation,it’s one of two reasons:
1) They don’t believe a shit you’re saying
2) They’re enjoying whatever you’re telling them (via missanisah)