Advanced English Adjectives 2

Culpable - Deserving blame

Laconic - Using very few words

Inimical - Tending to obstruct or harm

Recalcitrant - Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline

Fractious - Irritable and quarrelsome

Loquacious - Tending to talk a great deal; talkative

Sanguine - Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation

Profligate - Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources

Obdurate - Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action

Belligerent - Hostile and aggressive

Prosaic - Having or using the style or diction of a prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality

Pellucid - Translucently clear

Dogmatic - Inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true

Mercurial - Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind

Esoteric - Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest

Vociferous - Expressing or characterized by vehement opinions

Taciturn - Reserved or uncommunicative in speech

Extant - Still in existence

Apocryphal - Of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as true

How to Become an ALT in Japan

Basic Requirements

1. A university bachelors degree
-Any degree is ok, Latin American Studies, German, Linguistics, Astro-Physics, Sociology, doesn’t matter as long as it’s at least a bachelors 

 2. A clean criminal background check
-Have you been convicted of a murder? Are you a pedo? Do you have outstanding warrants in 3 states? Did you go to jail for a hit and run? Japan doesn’t want you. 

 3. Appropriately healthy and able bodied
-If you have a something that will prevent you from doing your job well, you will most likely not be hired. For example; you can’t use stairs, you can’t stand for 45 minutes at a time, you have a severe speech impediment (I know people here with lisps), things like this prevent you from teaching at full capacity and most places don’t have the time or resources to make special accommodations for you. 

What other skills might recruiters be looking for?

1. Japanese language ability
-NOT required for most positions, but helpful for communication both in and out of the workplace. Unless you live in a metropolitan area, the average Japanese person’s English is VERY limited. I know many people who came here with zero Japanese, but nowadays there are many with at least rudimentary Japanese. People rarely come here fluent, but many people study Japanese while living here to take the JLPT and their level improves by leaps and bounds. I am not one of those people, so don’t ask me for more details lol

 2. TESL/TEFL certification
-NOT required for most positions, but some private companies are starting to lean more towards certified individuals. And honestly, those give you a lot of skills you will absolutely need when teaching English. 

3. Teaching degree
 -NOPE, not required in 99.9% of the cases. I know a few people with them who are ALTs, I’ve heard mixed opinions on how well it helps them as an ALT. Some find it demeaning to work subordinate and be given limited control/responsibilities, other find it freeing because they can spend more time teaching and less time with test related paper pushing and discipline management.

4. Good attitude, flexibility, people skills
-You need to be able to present yourself as someone trustworthy and amiable to recruiters. The environments ALTs work in are often high-paced, prone to sudden last second changes, and being able to make friends in the office and keep a happy face with students is incredibly important. 

5. Prior experience
-Have you worked in a daycare before? Have you volunteered in tutoring centers? Have you led discussion groups as a major requirement?  Have you ever studied abroad? Have you ever volunteered in foreign classrooms? Have you taken charge of a club and organized events? Did you dorm with international students in university? Have you worked for an international program before? Have you given private language lessons before? These are the kinds of things that show you have experience in things that ALTs frequently encounter.

Can I mention my love of [INSERT JAPANESE CULTURE HERE]?

Yes, but keep is professional, relevant, and brief. 

“I became interested in Japan after watching Spirited Away, the cultural aspects of the movie fascinated me and made me want to learn more about Japan.” OK
“I have a collection of anime pillow cases, my favorite is Miku Hatsune in this pose.” NO 

“I started listening to Japanese music in high school. I eventually started learning Japanese to better understand the lyrics.” OK
 "When Pierrot broke up, I was shattered that the fanfic community would move on to other ships.“ NO 

“My school offered a short course on Japanese tea ceremony, and I thought the way that it formed historically was extremely interesting.” OK
“I want to learn the way of the samurai.” NO 

“I’m very interested in Japanese video game production companies. I went to college and majored in game design and I want to further study it by living in Japan and experiencing the community in person.” OK
“I want to play Resident Evil on fiber optic LAN with Japanese players so I can pwn more n00bs when I get back to America.” NO

What kind of ALT positions are available?

First and foremost: READ AND RESEARCH

If you do not do your own intensive research, you can get taken advantage of. You hear horror stories from people here all the time, and those mostly come from people didn’t research what they were getting themselves into. I cannot make a comprehensive guide to the THOUSANDS OF KINDS OF ALT positions across the country, this is only an overview. Look at that link, and always do extensive research of the companies/programs you’re interested in working for.

1. Government
 AKA JET Program
-The JET Program is the only government ALT program. It makes the Japanese government the middleman in your arrangements, which takes less money from your paycheck and gives you a more trustworthy means of income. It’s very competitive and the application process takes about 6 months. They only hire once a year. It’s arguably the best program, as it pays well, you have a lot of guaranteed vacation time, and they pay for your flights to and from the country. On the downside, you don’t really have a lot of say in where you are placed. Also, you cannot get a transfer unless VERY specific requirements are met. Also some prefectures/localities are nicer to their ALTs than others, but if they try to fuck you over you know you have the Japanese government backing you and they will keep you from being taken advantage of.

 2. Private Dispatch
examples: Interac, AEON, Borderlink, JIEC and MANY others
 -These are private companies that workplaces hire to provide them with ALTs. Workplaces do this because some of the intricacies in hiring an ALT and getting them a VISA and housing are really complicated, and they’d rather pay a middleman than deal with it. Upsides, you get a little more wiggle-room with being transferred. Downside by far is the pay. It depends on the company, but that middleman definitely takes a big chunk of your pay. If you work for a place like this, you need to VERY carefully read your contract. Research dispatch companies carefully, check their ratings online, see what former employees have to say about them. 

 3. Private Hire
 AKA working directly under the local government office, a private company, or even one-on-one’s in wealthy households
-These are places that will directly hire you without a middleman. Obviously, you need to look carefully at the details of your contract before working privately. Most local government places won’t hire you without prior ALT experience in Japan. Private English Conversation Schools (Eikaiwa) have non-9 to 5 working hours to provide for business workers and students. They sometimes require you to already have a VISA prior to being hired. Private Hire really is outside of my experience, but from what I understand they can pay as well as JET, but don’t usually have as many perks.

Where do I look for open positions?

GaijinPot is the website I’ve heard of the most. Check there and research research research. There are scammers, be careful. 

JET hires once a year starting around September or October. It’s available online on their official webpage.

There are a bajillion different dispatch companies. I couldn’t possibly name them all, I don’t really have a lot of experience with them, and don’t know which are particularly good or not. Check Google-sensei for their applications, websites, and reputations.

Other than that, please be wary of Craigslist. Although legit job openings do show up, there are scammers. If it’s someone looking for a “private female in-home English tutor from ages 19~25” or something like that, don’t be dumb. Many will require you to have a VISA with a minimum of 1 year on it already. Many will require you to already live in the area of the position. Research everything carefully.

Words of warning

If you think mental health issues are stigmatized in your home country, oh honey you ain’t seen nothin` yet.

If you have mental health issues, Japan may not be the place for you. You may think going to Japan, being surrounded by your hobbies and interests, and just “getting away” will make things better… IT WON’T.

Please be aware that you most likely will not be able to get your meds over the counter in Japan. And it’s not uncommon for your meds to be banned entirely even with a prescription. Bi-polar, anxiety, OCD, depression? Your meds might not be available here. Oh and having people send them over from home by mail can get you detained and deported if you’re caught.

You’ll also be leaving the support of friends and family by coming to Japan. The ALT community is pretty cool, but people come and go so quickly, it’s hard to find groups of people that will stick together through really tough spots.

Supervisors and coworkers aren’t much help either. In Japan, people don’t talk about mental health issues at all. If you take meds for anything other than a physical illness, you do it in private where people can’t see you. If you see a psychiatrist, you do it in a different prefecture, where no one can see you. It’s not uncommon for Japanese people to be asked to leave their jobs because their boss or coworkers have suspicions.

If you self medicate with something like marijuana, be aware that recreational drug use here is VERY VERY VERY illegal. Marijuana use is treated with the same seriousness as crack cocaine. You WILL be caught, you WILL be detained, you WILL be tried without a lawyer present, you WILL be held in solitary, you WILL be convicted of drug possession, and you WILL be deported.

Some ALTs will replace their marijuana use with alcohol. That goes about as well as it sounds :|

For LGBT, if you’re used to a very supportive queer community, it’s not the same here. Japanese people are extremely closeted and unless you live near a large metropolitan area, getting into the gay scene is nearly impossible. I’m fine because I was never in the gay scene back home, but for some people it’s very hard.

If you’re trans and want to come here to transition, please reconsider. I would suggest not coming to Japan as an ALT if you intend to transition in the immediate future. If your gender dysphoria is pretty bad, you’re gonna have a bad time. Gender segregation and enforcement of gender roles will probably seriously affect your mental health. The paperwork for transitioning is even harder from overseas and lot of things need to be done in person so you’ll have to fly back and forth from your home country a lot (which is damn expensive and needs vacation leave). Even if you do get everything done, there’s no telling how your work will respond. They won’t outright say they’re firing you for your gender identity, that’s illegal, they’ll come up with some other reason.

People who come here with a goal like paying off college loans or wanting to experience another culture usually have a better time that people who come here because OMG I JUST LOVE JAPAN. Please keep that in mind.

Advanced English Adjectives

Garrulous - excessively talkative

Sententious - given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner

Pertinacious - holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action

Propitious - giving or indicating a good chance of succeess, favorable

Captious - (of a person) tending to find fault or raise petty objections

Exiguous - very small in size or amount

Contumacious - (especially of a defendant’s behavior) stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority

Perspicacious - having a ready insight into an understanding of things.

Scurrilous - making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with intention of damaging their reputation

Sumptuous - splendid and expensive-looking

Pervicacious - very obstinate or stubborn

Temerarious - reckless, rash

Sagacious - having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgement

Magnanimous - generous or forgiving, especially to a rival or less powerful person

Advanced English Vocab: Part 1

aberration (n.) Something that differs from the norm

“In 1974 Poland won the World Cup, but the success turned out to be an aberration and Poland has not won a World Cup since.”

abhor (v.) to hate, detest

“Because he always got hit in the head when he tried to play cricket, Martin began to abhor the sport.”

  • abhorrent (adj.) vile, detestable

acquiesce (v.) to agree without protesting

“Though Mr. Pospieszny wanted to stay outside and work, when his wife told him to come inside for dinner he acquiesced to her demands.”

  • acquiescence (n.) peaceful agreement, compliance

alacrity (n.) eagerness, speed

“Simon loved to help his boyfriend whenever he could, so when his boyfriend asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity.”

amiable (adj.) friendly

“An amiable fellow, Neil got along with just about everyone.”

appease (v.) to calm, to satisfy

“When the baby cries, his mother gives him a pacifier to appease him.”

arcane (adj.) obscure, secret, known only by a few

“The professor is an expert in arcane Kashubian literature.”

avarice (n.) excessive greed

“The banker’s avarice led him to amass an enormous personal fortune.”

brazen (adj.) excessively bold, brash, clear and obvious 

“Critics condemned the writer’s brazen attempt to plagiarise Frankow-Czerwonko’s work.”

brusque (adj.) short, abrupt, dismissive

“Simon’s brusque manner sometimes offends his colleagues.”

  • brusqueness (n.) the quality of being brusque, abrupt or dismissive

cajole (v.) to urge, coax, convince

“Magda’s friends cajoled her into drinking too much.”

  • cajoling (adj.) describes one who cajoles or tries to convince

callous (adj.) harsh, cold, unfeeling

“The murderer’s callous lack of remorse shocked the jury.”

  • callousness (n.) the quality of being callous or harsh

candor (n.) honesty, frankness

“We were surprised by the candor of the politician’s speech because she is usually rather evasive.”

chide (v.) to voice disapproval, to scold

“Hania chided Gregory for his vulgar habits and sloppy appearance.”

clandestine (adj.) secret

“Announcing to her boyfriend that she was going to the library, Maria actually went to meet George for a clandestine liaison.”

coerce (v.) to make somebody do something by force or threat

“The court decided that David Beckham did not have to honor the contract because he had been coerced into signing it.”

  • coercion (n.) act of coercing or forcing someone to do something

coherent (adj.) logical, consistent, intelligible, understandable

“William could not figure out what Harold had seen because he was too  distraught to say a coherent sentence.”

  • coherence (n.) the quality of being coherent, clear or logical

complacency (n.) self-satisfied ignorance of danger (or indifference to danger)

“Lucas tried to shock his friends out of their complacency by painting a frightening picture of what might happen to them.”

  • complacent (adj.) describes a person who is ignorant of danger, one who behaves with indifference

Some words on the list have multiple forms (adjective and noun, etc.) but only one version of each word was included on the original list, so I added some of the other forms.  Let me know if anything is confusing! 

anonymous asked:

Dear Duke, I'm sorry for asking you this instead Google. I would like to know what Oxford Comma is exactly. I am not a english speaker and, occasionally, I read some intern joke about Oxford Comma around here.

Unfortunately, this is one of those questions that Google can probably explain better than I can, but to make an attempt:

The Oxford comma (also called a serial comma) is a comma used to separate the penultimate (second to last) item in a list from the word and, which comes before the last item. For example, with the Oxford comma:

I went to the park with the dogs, Jeannie, and Harold.

The Oxford comma is the one after “Jeannie.” Here’s the same sentence without the Oxford comma:

I went to the park with the dogs, Jeannie and Harold. 

See the problem? Without the Oxford comma, it looks like I went to the park with two dogs named Jeannie and Harold. 

Basically, the Oxford comma isn’t necessary–and a lot of people and publishers don’t use it–but it does prevent a lot of confusion. Personally I’m a big fan of the Oxford comma.

Advanced English Nouns

Dearth  - A scarcity or lack of something

Iconoclast - A person who attacks or criticizes cherished beliefs or institutions

Diatribe - A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something

Panegyric - A public speech or published text in praise of someone or something

Chicanery - The use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose

Guile - skillful deceit

Quisling - A traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country

Aegis - The protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization

Eminence - Fame or acknowledged superiority within a particular sphere

Quintessence - The most perfect or typical example of a quality or class

Raconteur - A person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way

Alacrity - Brisk and cheerful readiness

Sedition -  Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch

Dilettante - A person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge

Acumen - The ability to make good judgements and take quick decisions

My kids’ first language is sign, so sometimes when they’re trying to think of a word or phrase in English they can’t really remember exactly how it goes.

And my 9 year old had put her unicorn sleep mask on the back of her head and she was trying to remember the phrase, “eyes in the back of my head,” but she couldn’t, and she was trying so hard to explain the joke to her friend. “I have the, you know…the…” and waves her hand at her head.

And eventually she was just like… “i have back eyes!”

What’s Up with “Hanged” and “Hung”?

When it comes to regular objects such as paintings and articles of clothing, we use “hung” as the past tense of “hang”:

  • The doctor hung his lab coat inside his office wardrobe before he went home.

When it comes to the form of death (either execution or suicide), we use “hanged”:

  • The music world mourned when Ian Curtis hanged himself.


The past tense of “hang” in the phrase “hang up the phone” is “hung,” e.g., “I hung up on her.” 📞

The past tense of the phrase “hang out” is “hung out,” as in “The Eleventh Doctor and his friends hung out yesterday and ate fish fingers and custard.”

Annoying Latin Abbreviations

Okay, maybe they aren’t that annoying, but they sure are confusing.

I’m talking about abbreviated Latin terms used in English.

For example, i.e., e.g., vs, etc. etc. etc.

There are so many of these that it’d be a waste of a tumblr post—just google them or go to Wikipedia! So instead, I’ll just cover the most frequently used ones.

1) etc. (et cetera)

This Latin term is used at the end of a phrase or a sentence to show that there is more stuff included in the list, but you don’t want to list it all.
For example: Summer is good for swimming, jogging, picnicking, strolling, etc.

*When you read “etc.” out loud, pronounce it as “et-sé-te-rah.”

2) i.e. (id est)

This abbreviation is used to explain something further. Basically, it’s the same as “What I mean is…”
For example: Summer is good for fun things, i.e. leisurely activities that you don’t get to do while working.

*When reading “i.e.” out loud, pronounce it as “ai-ee.”

3) e.g. (exampli gratia)

Don’t confuse this with i.e.! While “i.e.” is used for explaining something, “e.g.” is used for giving specific examples
For example: Summer is good for fun things, e.g. swimming, jogging, picnicking, strolling, etc.

*When reading “e.g.” out loud, pronounce it as “ee-jee.”

4) vs. (versus)

This is something you’ve probably seen in sports or any other competitions. “Vs” basically means “against.”
For example: This summer’s biggest baseball event is the Phillies vs. Red Sox match.

*When reading aloud, read as “ver-sus.”

5) cf. (confer)

If you see this, you’re probably reading a very smart book. “Cf.” means “refer to…” when the author wants you to look at some other source that talks about something in more detail (or just gives another perspective on an issue). 
For example: Summer is a great time for outdoor activities (cf. John Smith for various types of summer pastimes).

*When reading aloud, read as “see-ef.”

6) et al (et alii)

“et al” usually comes right after a name, and means “and others.” It is used when there are too many names to list, but you still want to give credit to everybody. 
For example: Johnson et al. = Johnson and others.

*When reading out loud, say “et-al.”

7) P.S. (post scriptum)

Most non-English speaking people already know what “P.S.” means, since it’s so widely used. Still, I’m including it here for your reference. “P.S.” indicates an addition to the main text (usually a letter).
For example:
Dear Johnny,
I love you.
P.S. Just kidding!

*When reading out loud, say “pee-es.”

There are many-many more, but I feel like these are the ones you’re more likely to encounter in everyday life. Although Latin is a dead language, it’s still widely used in English writing and even speaking (i.e., it’s everywhere)! ^^

“Advanced” English Valentine’s Vocabulary

adoration - deep love and respect

comely - pleasant to look at, attractive

admirer - a person how had great regard for someone or something. A person who has a romantic interest in someone

bouquet - an arranged bunch of flowers

exquisite - extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate

amorous - showing, feeling, or relating to sexual desire

devotion - love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause

sentimental - of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia

beau - a boyfriend or male admirer

unrequited love - feelings of love that are not returned or understood by the admired

yearning - a feeling of intense longing for something

serenade - a piece of music sung or played in the open air in someone’s honor

swoon - faint from extreme emotion

Now with IPA pronunciation! (Please notify me of any errors)

Abjure (v.) - æbˈdʒʊr (US); əbˈʤʊə (UK)  - to reject (something) formally

Churlish (adj.) - ˈʧɜrlɪʃ (US); ˈʧɜːlɪʃ (UK) - not polite

Facetious  (adj.) - fəˈsiʃəs - used to describe speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper*

Jejune (adj.) - ʤɪˈʤuːn - not interesting; too simple

Orthography (n.) - ɔrˈθɑgrəfi (US); ɔːˈθɒgrəfi (UK) - the way in which the words of a language are spelled

Supercilious  (adj.) - ˌsupərˈsɪliəs (US);ˌsjuːpəˈsɪlɪəs (UK) - having or showing the proud and unpleasant attitude of people who think that they are better or more important than other people

Foible  (n.) - ˈfoibəl (US); ˈfɔɪbəl (UK) -a minor fault in someone’s character or behavior

Truculent  (adj.) - ˈtrʌkjələnt (US); ˈtrʌkjʊl(ə)nt (UK) - easily annoyed or angered and likely to argue

Brazen  (adj.) - ˈbreɪzən - acting or done in a very open and shocking way without shame or embarrassment

Fraught  (adj.) - frɔt - full of or accompanied by something specified —used with with;  causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension

Opulent  (adj.) - ˈɑpjələnt (US); ˈɒpjʊlənt (UK) - very comfortable and expensive; very wealthy

Spurious  (adj.) - ˈspjʊriəs (US); ˈspjʊərɪəs (UK) - not genuine, sincere, or authentic; based on false ideas or bad reasoning

*This is how it’s used rather than what it means.

The definitions were taken from Merriam-Webster; I chose those I felt most relevant. I decided it’s time for a second advanced English vocabulary list, so here it is. Enjoy! :)

How to improve English pronunciation

(Author: our favourite person ever, @jk-my-words)

I thought it would be good to share with you a fun skill that helped me out a while back.

Language accustoms our mouth, lips and tongue to creating sounds unique and common for it. This is especially true with first languages and many people struggle to shake off their initial accent because of this fact. For instance, Russian speakers are encouraged to produce firm sounds, so when it comes to navigating English pronunciation, they tend to sound a little too rigid and tense.

But wouldn’t it be cool to impress your examiner? Could it be that you are self-conscious about your accent and would like to sound closer to native speakers? Do not fret, we have a tip!

Stick a pencil between your teeth and try reading! :)

As comical as it sounds, this method dates back to Ancient Greece, where speakers would put their heart and soul into proper annunciation, and pebbles — in their mouths. To follow their steps in a more conventional way, insert the pencil horizontally between your teeth and hold on to it tight. Try not to hurt yourself in the process! Now pick up a book, preferably in English, and try reading it without letting go of the pencil. It will be difficult at first but gradually your lips will loosen up: by giving them a bit of a challenge, they become more flexible and allow you to annunciate better. After reading for about 5 minutes, have a go at those expressions that always came out slightly awkwardly — this method works a miracle!

And don’t forget, practice makes perfect

to help (someone) out: помочь, выручить (кого-то)
a while back: некоторое время назад
to accustom: приучить
first language: родной язык
to struggle: бороться
to shake (something) off: избавиться (от чего-то)
initial: изначальный
firm: твердный
to navigate: ориентироваться
rigid: жесткий
tense: напряженный
impress: впечатлить
to date back to: брать начало, датироваться
annunciation: в этом контексте - объявление. 
pebbles: камешки
conventional: общепринятый, традиционный
to insert: вставить
to let go: отпустить
gradually: постепено
to loosen up: расслабиться
have a go at: попробовать(сделать что-то)

as + adjective + as + noun + verb: устойчивое выражение, аналог русского как бы ни…

  • as comical as it sounds: как бы смешно это ни звучало

put (their) heart and soul: вложить сердце и душу
to work a miracle: творить чудеса
to hold on tight: крепко держаться
practice makes perfect: пословица, дословно - “практика приводит к совершенству”, аналог русского “повторенье - мать ученья”
self-conscious (about): стесняться (чего-то) 
Don’t fret!: Не отчаивайтесь!

Fuck internalized racism.

It turns us into monsters.

Today in class the professor had us partner up with someone else and discuss an issue with each other. One person would write and the other would read it out loud to the class.

A very quiet Iraqi lady came up to me and asked to be my partner. I am normally a very talkative student so I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to lay low and let someone else take the stage. I asked her if she would like to be the presenter and she said, “I can’t. I have an accent and no one can understand what I am saying.” So I said, “I can understand you.” She said, “Thanks but my children make fun of me. They say ‘mom be quiet, no one can even understand what you’re saying’.”

This made me realize what a shitty human being I am because I used to say the exact same thing to my parents back when I tried to hard to please my racist classmates and before I realized how amazing it was that my parents were fluent in more languages than most of them would learn in their entire lifetime.

The fact is, people with thick non-anglo accents are perfectly aware of how the world sees them. That’s why my classmate, a brilliant woman, hasn’t said a single word out loud in class. That’s why my aunt, tired of being mocked for her accent, asks my sister to make all her important phone calls for her. That’s why sometimes even I use smaller words when I am talking because I can’t pronounce all the words I can write.

McGill University recently fired a professor because he had an accent. One of my other classmates, who is fluent in English, is fighting for his right to not be forced to write the TOEFL, which is usually waived for students with his educational background. And finally, last but not least, I know my accent is the biggest reason why I walked out of the American embassy in Saudi Arabia with a visa stamped on my passport moments after I arrived while all the other applicants were thoroughly questioned and, in some cases, rejected.

Dear POCs, fucking stop making fun of other people’s accents. They already have a hard enough time dealing with a system that marginalizes them. Fight for them, not with them. Always remember, you are not superior to other people just because you speak the language of your colonizers fluently.