Thursday, 19 February 2015

Understanding jargon (from beauty blogging to mortgages)

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Halifax via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Halifax.
Whether you are learning how to drive, getting your first mortgage, starting uni or even a beauty blog, there is always a bit of jargon that might make you feel like you don't know enough about the subject. The only thing you can do to overcome it is to take your time to understand it. It doesn't have to be hard, especially these days, when all the information is available to you online.

I have been in plenty of situations when I didn't have a clue what someone is talking about, from starting my ethnology course at uni, moving to a totally new country where people speak with an accent I am not familiar with to learning how to drive (I am still working on that one, haha). 

I remember being a bit overwhelmed with all the things I had to take into consideration while writing beauty reviews when I first started my blog. I didn't just jump into it. I read plenty of blogs before I started my own, read articles full of blogging tips, talked to those with more experience etc. It all helped. If you are not a beauty blogger and don't read blogs, you won't know what FOTD or NOTD means. I get weird looks from non-beauty bloggers when I talk about swatches, colour pay-off, my HG product, dupes or empties, haha :) 

Driving on the other hand is a totally different story. Despite having plenty of lessons and testing my husband's patience, I just don't fully get it, because I didn't put enough time into understanding how it all works. It makes me feel a bit silly, but I just know that I am not ready. My sisters can easily talk about car related subjects to their partners and because I don't drive, I usually don't have a clue what they are talking about.

Another confusing period of my life was moving to Scotland. After working in England and having no problem with the language whatsoever, I was shocked at how different the Scottish accent was. The pronunciation was different, there were words I have never heard before etc. I mean... who knew that top is pronounced as 'tap', brown as 'broon' and from as 'fae'? Despite being fluent in English, I struggled for a couple of months and the only thing that helped was talking to native Scots. Funnily enough, I ended up marrying a Scotsman and him and his family find it absolutely hilarious to hear me say Scottish words and phrases. I don't even mean it, it just slips out :) 

Every area of life includes some sort of jargon and at the beginning it might feel like someone is speaking a totally different language, but don't be put off. It's ok to be confused and it is also ok to ask questions. It's perfectly normal. Whether you are asking Google, watch a youtube video or simply talk to a 'pro' about it, you can get an answer. Speaking of youtube and jargon, Halifax recently brought out a selection of short 'straight to the point' videos to help young people understand financial jargon in a simple and easy way. They have a full playlist, covering mortgages, overdrafts, interest rates and more. So, if you are wondering what 'gross interest' means, you can watch this 19 second video and you will find your answer.

Have you ever been confused about something, simply because you didn't understand the jargon?

Halifax – Making Banking Extra Easy to Understand

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  1. Wow.i felt so lost when my husband and I were looking into mortgages for the first time.
    Great post

  2. I'm Scottish and absolutely love my accent, so glad you've managed to understand and learn a few phrases! :)

    I have a new outfit post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *


  3. LMAO love that, my family are Scottish and we often never realise we are using jargon until a true Australian person comments on it! I am so clueless when it comes to all our financials and our mortgage, thank goodness for videos like this!
    Great post!

  4. This is a helpful post and I was clueless with blogging language when I first started reading them but now I pretty much know all of them. It's funny learning jargon can be just like learning a new language.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  5. I remember when I first started reading beauty blogs and was like "FOTD? OOTD? what is that? Is that a product?" Now it's years later and I'm using all the jargon like it's in everyone's vocabulary and also getting strange looks haha. x


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