A new guide to Engrish

For those who are unaware of the joke on the title, it is a tease on Japanese language. The alphabet ‘L’ is absent in the Japanese script and hence they replace every ‘L’ in foreign words with ‘R’. Please do not think that i am mocking the Language or the accent or their inability to pronounce L in any way in this post. I am a Japanese language student and it gives me immense pleasure to study the language. In fact, it is one of the few things i enjoy doing by myself. The only thing this post aims to serve is enjoyment while you get to know about some really fun Japanese pronunciation.

To start of with i should tell you that Japanese pronounce syllabus as they come. And also that they tend to add a vowel after every consonant.

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アラームAlarm Araamu

アルバム Album  Arabamu

エアポート Airport Eapooto

アドバンスド Advanced Adobansudo

スリッパ Slippers  Surippa

リットル Litter Rittoru

ライブ Live Raibu

ドル Dollar Doru

ラブ Love Rabu

レシピ Recipe Reshipi

スライド Slide Suraido

テレビ Television Terebi

チケット Ticket Chiketto

ワクチン Vaccine Wakuchin

ナチュラル  ミネラル   ウォーター  Natural mineral water Nachuraru mineraru waataa

ウイルス Virus Uirusu

ビデオ Video Bideo

テレホン・カード Telephone card Terehon Kaado

システム System Shisutemu

スライド Slide Suraido

ラバー Rubber Rabaa

レストラン Restaurant Resutoran

ホテルHotel Hoteru

バックミラー Rearview mirror Bakkumiruu

プリン Pudding Purin

プラスチック Plastic Purasuchikku

ピクセル Pixel Pikuseru

リキッド Liquid Rikiddo

ヘッドライン Headline Heddorain

エキサイト Excitement Ekisaito

スリル Thrill Suriru

ドットコム Dot COM Dottokomu

パートタイムPart-time Paato taimu

フルタイムFull-time Furu taimo

デジカメ Digital camera Dejikame

カップル Couple Koppuru

クリップ Clip Kurippu

クラブ Club Kurabu

コラム Column Koramu

キャッツ Cats Kyattsu

ブレイク Break Bureiku

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Megamind

My second attempt at film analysis.

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In one of my earlier posts, there is one which is on the need to fit in or the want to stand out. This is something which every person decides for themselves as they grow up. Two influential works have escalated my stand on this topic. One is the highly controversial book, The Fountainhead and the other is the American animated film, Megamind. Though the former is a very serious book on the Objectivist philosophy developed by Ayn Rand, which has a very loyal following of practitioners; the other is a light-hearted animation which was promoted as a film for kids. But interestingly enough, i find that both the works run on very similar basic lines although they diverge into two extremes quite early into their individual plot.

I wished to write on Megamind because the premise of the film gives an engaging outlook on an age-old loved discussion of good versus evil. Very much at the beginning there are quite a few meaningful dialogues which sums up the essence.

“Even fate picks its favorites”

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“Good receives all the praise and adulation while evil is sent to quite time in the corner. So fitting in wasn’t really an option”

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Fitting in wasn’t really an option

Megamind. The evil hero of the movie. His face is detergent blue and the size of it is a cross between the paunch of an old man and a malnourished kid. The one thing he tries too hard to build up is a cold and creepy image, but fails at it funnily. But he makes up for all that with his showmanship. And it is touching to see how he loses the magic in all things evil with the fall of Metro Man. Very weirdly this reminds me of the crystal merchant in the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho where the merchant tells Santiago that “I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.” Somewhat similar to this is what Megamind feels like after he gets control over the city.

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To overcome this existential crisis, he develops a superhero capsule,using the DNA of Metro Man, which has comical consequences of its own. The resulting anti-hero is named Tighten. Although Tighten was built, er developed, to become the charter of the good and fight Megamind, it seems that Tighten has a few evil plans of his own and one among them is to demolish Megamind because they share the same love interest.

“If i was the bad boy, then i was going to be the baddest boy of them all”

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Although throughout the movie you will see Megamind trying hard to increase the ferocity of his evilness, it is amusing to see his dedication. In this world, where everyone tries hard to become the “goodest”, Megamind leaves no stone unturned in his quest to become the “baddest boy”. Well in a way this could very well be seen as a means of getting back at Metro Man, but if you dig slightly deeper, you may come across a tiny thought which screams out and says, even before he was bad, it was Metro Man and the other students who did not let him in as a part of their society. They shunned him. And we all know how badly that turns out in real life. In the movie, Metro City got saved because Megamind had a good heart.

“What’s the difference between a villain and supervillain?” asks Megamind of Tighten, as our hero – yes, hero – makes one of his rock-star-like entrances. “Presentation!”

Among all the subjects this film tries to create awareness about, albeit comically, discrimination could possibly be one among them. The following link will lead you to a site where a video has been posted about a teacher who set out to do what she was meant to do.

http://www.upworthy.com/watch-a-teacher-make-her-3rd-grade-kids-hate-each-other-for-the-best-reason-imaginable-2

4 months 3 weeks and 2 days

At the very outset i should tell you that this is my first review of a movie. Although i have seen a lot of movies, (and by a lot, i mean, A LOT) i never had it in me to express the influence movies have had on me. But this Romanian movie i saw last really stirred something in me that i thought i should write down for future reference.

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4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile (in Romanian) or 4 months 3 weeks and 2 days is a 2007 Romanian film based in 1987 Romania and revolves around the story of two university friends, Otilia and Gabita,  who are also roommates. Although the main plot of the story is the abortion procedure conducted on Gabita; undoubtedly, Otilia is the driving force of the film. Communist Romania under the rule of Ceausescu had made abortion illegal during the period 1966-1989, hence the girls had made arrangements to get the job done under cover. And Otilia being the friend that she is supposed to be, helps Gabita and helps her so much, indeed, that she does everything but have the abortion herself. The film records the struggles undergone by Otilia during the course of one day as she interacts with different people, namely the receptionist at the hotel, who has a indifferent attitude to her; Mr. Bebe(the doctor who is supposed to conduct the procedure on Gabita); Adi, her boyfriend and middle aged people at Adi’s house.

Halfway through the film you realize that much of Otilia’s exertion is because of Gabita’s stupidity. Through the characters portrayed by these two very different women, you reflect on how the film would have played out had the roles been reversed. In all the many highlights of the film, from silent sequences to haggling to a silent center of chaos, you realize how much grimness surrounded Otilia in the film. And when you sift through the scenes, you understand the natural conversations are no more artful than realistic. In so much as half the film, you will find the background score or the silence doing the work; silence plays a significant part in the film. In all that which you watch there are two particular scenes which i cannot do without mentioning.

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The first is the actually divided into two parts of seven and a half minute each at Adi’s house. The first part of it when Otilia is sitting at the centre of all the chaos surrounding her where all the elders at the table play out an arbitrary conversation among themselves on topics as far fetched as the colour of Easter eggs when they started off from present school education in Romania. It’s disturbing to see Otilia sit out through the entire irrelevance when we know what she has just been through.The second part of this is played out with Adi, when somehow the discussion swerves off to what Adi would do if Otilia were in Gabita’s shoe then. Inspite of Adi’s sincere apologies, Otilia is unfazed and asks for the phone.

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The second is the scene when after having dumped the foetus Otilia joins Gabita at the restaurant of the hotel where Gabita is waiting for dinner. There are no meaningful words exchanged between the two, but the unnatural silence, amidst the chattering of the crowd at the back, is hard to miss. As Gabita’s dinner is served and Otilia asks the waiter for more time to think over her order, Gabita flips through the menu card and Otilia stares at her friend without as so much as a blink and Gabita never looks up even once. As the last few seconds of the film unrolls you notice reflections of the headlights of two cars in the distance and you realize that there is a glass screen between the camera and the ladies.

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Few films have had such an impact on me as 4 months 3 weeks and 2 days has had and it is for none other than Anamaria Marinca, who played Otilia in the movie, that i realized a woman’s best friend is she herself.