Culture and... curses?

Summer is finally upon us! How are you going to spend the sunny season? Perhaps we can inspire you to travel to experience new cultures, with this week's questions!... and we may even have some tips to ward away creepy summer flings!

Language 101

Allison asks:


Hello, Lions. Like many if not most humans, I am not multilingual, but I want to learn more. My boyfriend is teaching me Thalassian but progress is slow, as he spends a lot of time working. Do you have any suggestions about what I can do further? Thank you!


Answers


Deedi
Dear Allison, I am by no means a language expert, nor do I claim to be. I myself struggle to learn Darnassian, mostly because I do not know the script. If you are capable of reading Thalassian, I would advise you to read just about anything you can get your hands on, preferably something easy, like childrens books. You may feel silly by doing so but it is an accessible way into the language and building up experience with it. Talking it may help too, you could use the handfull of neutral events in Dalaran, Pandaria or somewhere else to mingle with people and practice the language. Just keep at it and I am sure your grasp of the language will improve over time. Best wishes.
Lady Lylith Dustcloud
Bal'a dash dear Allison! Well.. learning a language is.. not that simple.. especially those of Dwarves and Draenei.. at least in my opinion.. tho if you are truly passionate about learning another language, there is more then just learning grammar and the vocabulary of it.. perhaps go more into their culture and try to understand their way of thinking! Perhaps you could even try basic literature or sometimes just listen to the music.. whilst reading the lyrics, there are ways to make such things fun.. an old friend of mine taught me most of the speeches spoken in the Horde with their music and most common rituals.. There are ways to make it fun and enjoyable~ Much Love and kissies~
Lola Twinspirit
Language can be difficult to get into at first, but our minds are wired to communicate and will pick things up faster the more you practice. Just saying "practice makes perfect" might not be the most helpful advice, so let me elaborate! I think the first thing you should do is to find someone else to talk to. The quickest way you will pick up a language is through a native speaker. Try learning some key phrases and words, and have a conversation! Granted; this method isn't necessarily going to teach you how to write in that language, and even if you master speech, you can still struggle with text. If writing is more important to you, I would consult a library, perhaps in Dalaran, to look for dictionaries and grammar textbooks. There are also many classes in Dalaran to attend, if you want more comprehensive course.

Cultural Culinary Exchange!

Brubaker Blackpot asks:


Glad to see food enthusiasts among yer numbers! Am a baker myself, and am curious to hear more about foreign foods. What’s yer favourites, and do ye have any traditional foods in yer culture?


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Krincozz
Hello! My favorite food is definitively "Mech-Dowel's Big Mech". It tastes great, but be careful there are some spare parts in it. I may not be a mechagnome but I have a feeling that there might be some fish tradition seeing as how much fish they eat in Mechagon.
Hardy Lester
Hello Blackpot! I have tasted a lot of different cultural food, especially doing my time doing food reviews. I try not to have favourites when it comes to traditional cultural cuisine - I quite like a lot of it. I do enjoy street food though - of any kind. Just being able to eat on the go, or watching people walk by as I munch on a delicious snack is divine. not that I don't like sitting down at a proper place for a meal, its just rare I have the time, street food allows me grab something fast and keep working.
Deedi
Dear Mister Blackpot, As a fellow food enthusiast I feel like chiming in on your question. For breakfast I very much cherish the trusty and crunchy croissant together with fresh fruit, preferably apples, bananas or strawberries. Travelling to Pandaria and munching myself through various menus of noodle carts, taverns and restaurants, I found this land to be truly marvellous. The omnipresent dumplings are really a delight, rice pockets filled with a wide variety of different veggies and meats can be found all over. Especially for those not afraid of a certain spiciness to their food, the mysterious curry can be a bountiful adventure to take on. Curry being only the sauce and normally made according to a family recipe, it all tastes different but delicious. Be it with meat or a vegetable stir fry and sided with rice, it truly is happiness in a bowl for me. A final advice on Pandaren food, when it says spicy it means it. I hope I could shed some light on some wonderful dishes of this area and inspire you to venture there. Best regards.

Creepy Doll!

Monica asks:


Hi Lions. Please help. Two weeks ago I received a gift from a secret admirer. A box was delivered, inside it was a cute and expensive looking doll. But lately I feel like its watching me. What should I do?


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Deedi
Dear Monica, On a first hunch, I would say burn it, with lots of fire and add in a little acid for good measure. No one needs haunted dolls! At second glance perhaps isolate it to the inside of a safe that you can lock and investigate its origin, perhaps ask a Mage to have a look at it. Although you cant be certain the secret admirer is serious or perhaps meaning you ill, I would seriously advise you to consider the first method. No potential admirer is worth the hassle and dangers of a haunted or cursed item. Stay safe and get rid of the doll or at least have it checked.
Hatir
While it could just be paranoia, there would be two ways to know if something is wrong with it. Firstly would be to simply squeeze it abit, if there is some machinery inside it that does infact make it look at you, you would feel something hard right away. The second way is that it might be some magic put on it, and the best way to confirm that would be to contact someone knowing in that field to see if that is the case. If neither is the case, then it might just be a trick of the eyes.
Lady Lylith Dustcloud
Bal'a dash Monica.. I erm.. would suggest to remove this doll as fast as possible.. or at the very least let someone knowledgeable in enchantments or even curses check over the Doll.. but this is.. beyond creepy.. Much Love and kissies
Lola Twinspirit
Dolls are powerful receptacles for spirits to house themselves in; they have humanoid features and are often associated with strong emotions, typically from childhood. The likeness of a doll can also be used to link the spirit of a living to that of a doll... before you destroy it, take it to a witch and have it examined. You may end up destroying yourself, or someone else, if you don't. My personal experience with haunted dolls has been difficult, but it has taught me much: if you my help with it, please visit me in New Tinker Town

Man versus Machine

Parrel asks:


Would a mechanized arm be stronger than a normal well trained arm?


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Krincozz
Hello! As most things it depends. If a talented engineer makes it it could be better with disadvantages. If an untalented engineer would make it, it might explode. I will highly recommend taking to people with mechanical limbs to find out how it works and if its something for you.
Lady Lylith Dustcloud
Bal'a dash Parrel.. When it comes to the general strength.. yes, tho force itself is still Mass times speed/acceleration.. so such a mechanized arm has to move accordingly and swiftly, tho.. to this day I have never seen a prosthetic.. mechanized or enchanted, that can keep up witht he flexibility of a "normal arm" and I sure hope that you merely ask to satiate your thirst for such knowledge and not some kind of.. weird Idea of yours... Much Love and kissies~
Professor Rathmir Fallowweald
Vague, vague, vague. A "mechanised arm" can be anything from a metal handle screwed onto a stump, to a pressurised mechanism. In the case of the former: your slaps will certainly hurt more because of the increased density of your prosthetic's material, but the amount of force you are capable of exuding is entirely up to the quality of the work done. In the case of the latter... consider the fact that a pneumatic press can pulverise granite as if it were chalk. Technology wins in a showdown of strength, not to mention durability - assuming it is built for that.