ilona the pest

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Friday, February 02, 2007

italian radio

at work i listen to classical music on this italian public radio station all day ("filodiffusione", found here). i like it 'cause (a) it has no ads and (b) the DJs speak in italian, which i don't understand - so it's all soothing background noise and minimally distracting.

right now they're playing an italian version of Peter & the Wolf. how awesome is that? (although i'm familiar enough with the music & story that it is actually pretty distracting, for once.)


  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah Peter and the Wolf what an odd couple!!

  • At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i hear what you're saying about no ads. i listen to live 105 at work... because it's AWESOME... and i can start singing along to the ads that they play over and over and over.

    jeez. italian radio. you're such an ADULT.

  • At 4:28 PM, Blogger Sam said…

    Italians are rather greasy, dontcha think?

  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger ilona said…

    Italians are rather greasy, dontcha think?

    (a) no, not in my limited experience. (b) that's an offensive generalization. (c) and anyway, i'm not looking at them, i'm listening to them on the RADIO. (well, via the internet.) duh.

  • At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Back to the Ebonics debate: Ilona. I periodically listen to the BBC, and they have a radio Programme where they go around the world and speak to groups of people. They'll have locals announcing the email and the phone number of the show so that people can call in. They did it in inner city US, like Detroit. The students could barely read and pronounce the information, but in other countries, such as the netherlands or India, the non native English speakers did a 10x better job reading and communicating. Are you sure ebonics is a good thing?

  • At 12:05 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    Are you sure ebonics is a good thing?

    your story just shows that some non-native speakers of standard english from around the world have learned to speak standard english more fluently than other people have. and maybe suggests that american schools should do a better job of teaching standard english.

    but do you think the dutch or indian schools made a point of telling their students how "bad" their native languages are, in order to motivate them to learn english better? the native languages of the various "locals" you heard -- dutch, hindi, and AAVE ("ebonics") -- are irrelevant to your story.

  • At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ilona, with all this globalization going on, where people travel to different countries to work, or perhaps work gets outsourced, who do you think might be at a disadvantage? A native english speaker who doesn't speak the universally accepted form of the language, or a non native english speaker that learned to become fluent in the internationally accepted version of english? Still think ebonics is a good thing? It's nice and all, different cultures, but when it handicaps you regarding employment, will you still defend it?

  • At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Shoutcast is much better IMHO:

    I suggest that you check it out. :)

  • At 5:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm a moron eh? I hope you're prepared to pay extra taxes to support people that speak Ebonics given that they probably won't be making enough money to support themselves in this ever more expensive nation. Even you said you wouldn't employ one as a lawyer or probably in any capacity at a law firm because you realize the importance of proper english. So Ilona, please insist on paying higher taxes to provide for the people that you enable to not be employable so you can feel better at night.

  • At 5:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ilona, your "simple point" was that you're enabling people to be unemployable so you can feel better about "diversity" and crap like that. Are you prepared to financially support those who cannot support themselves? If not, you better shut up about your pro ebonics crap, because it's holding black people back. I'm black, and I know what it does. Sorry, but working a life of fast food and other minimally paying jobs isn't the way people should spending their one chance at life.. All because they choose not to speak proper english.

  • At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    You argue like a child. People, read her post like it was spoken by an 11 year old. Someone doesn't agree with ilona, thus they must be a moron. Nice ad hominem attack Ilona.


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