Singing songs of a language you do not speak

A few days after arriving in Hong Kong, my little brother has been playing Gangnam Style by PSY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0). I first watched a parody of it called “KL Style” shot by Malaysian Youtuber JinnyboyTV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOFkFHKVzyg). After then, I watched the original song which is Gangnam Style and I really do not know why but, I kept playing the song over and over again. Even when I am sleeping, I hear the song and even see people dancing to it (in my dreams). After I introduced Gangnam Style to my fiance, he sent me this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh9yZWeTmVM because we tend to share amazing music to each other. The song is called The Beginning by the Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK. Likewise, I have been playing it many times. I got so hooked up into these awesome songs even if I do not understand what they are saying! I have been playing other non english music from 2008 ranging from Japanese, Malaysian, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese and many more…but I have not been so in love with such songs which I do not understand until I heard Gangnam Style and The Beginning.

Do you also listen to songs to which you do not comprehend because you do not speak the language? If so, what do you feel? Do you feel weird and are conscious because you might be singing foul, offensive, and/or sexual words? Of course I do seek out for the translation of the songs and select which ones are not too sexual or not too depressing… but to be very honest, now I really love songs of a language which I do not speak because it keeps the fire going and it takes away the consciousness that I am singing something of wanting to have sex or want to do suicide or something like that. I basically play and sing a song that I do not criticise 100% all the time. Do you also share my thoughts?

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Concentration in library

I do not know about you but for me I feel more concentrated and comfortable in the library than at home when I have to do academic things or just about any important task. In addition, I go to the library to relax and find my peace. It might be weird for you but I find the library better than Starbucks because of the relaxing and serious environment (I said serious because the library is full of books and other resources to which a person can learn from and increase his/her horizon of knowledge and intellect). On the other hand, if I spend 5-8 hours a day and 6 days a week in the library, I need to go to a cafe for me not to get sick of being in peace and serious all the time. For this reason, I need to alternate spending time in a library and in a cafe.

I have recently just begun my year break from university and there were alot of things I wanted to share but I could not seem to write them without being in a library. Any library is fine, although I very much miss the University of Aberdeen new library which you can see below. I took this picture on December 2011, after the exams, when there were handful of people to which I can take pictures inside the library at ease.

How about you? Where do you find your concentration? Where do you feel comfortable at most? Where do you go to find relaxation and peace? For me, the answer is library.