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Greetings! My name is Sam J and I am a student at Harvard University. Perhaps this blog will present a little look into the mundane yet unique events that make up my life.
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:: Monday, March 10, 2003 ::

I sat in on the most amazing class today. The class is a linguistics class about the various dialects of English, and it explores such variations of English all over the world, from within the United States (Californian sufer/stoner/valley girl, Boston, New York, Mid-West, Southern, etc), to Canada, to Australia, to England, and other English-speaking countries. I had wanted to take this course, but unfortunately it conflicted with my psychology class. Today's lecture was about Canada. The professor brought in two native Canadians: one from Montreal and one from Vancouver. We learned that most Canadians modify their speech here in the US in order to avoid ridicule. They rarely say "eh" or "aboot" (as portrayed in the South Park Movie or Chasing Amy) when they are in the United States because they get made fun of. There were also some neat cultural differences, too. For example, whole milk in Canada is called "Homo milk," and macaroni and cheese is called "Kraft dinner." Today's lecture gave me a greater appreciation of Canada (as if I didn't appreciate Canada enough already).

I spent most of today at the library studying for my Vietnam War class midterm tomorrow. However, I did manage to spend plenty of time talking with friends. I feel as if I have become closer to all my friends in general, and that is a good thing.

:: SL 2:40 PM [+] ::

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