someone: so what’s your biggest fear??

what I think: the potential for english and other major languages to wipe out thousands of existing languages as they have been for decades and never having the potential to learn or use specific languages as populations shift from using their native language to more mainstream means of communication and neglect to teach their children their native language rendering them monolingual likely english speakers and further pushing other languages to the sidelines.

what I say: oh haha! um spiders are pretty scary!

ways to stay productive in summer-

1. learn a new language-

ah, all the time in the world we all have during summer! currently, i’m trying to learn Italian, which isn’t too hard because my first language was Spanish. if you all want a different post on how i got started tell me!

2. start a bullet journal-

with no school in your schedule, you have time to make your bullet journal as complicated or as simple as you’d like. i recently bought a journal and used it as a bujo. i love it!

3. practice your handwriting-

i know many people hate their own handwriting, but how are you going to like it if you don’t practice! i’ve changed my handwriting completely this summer. if you guys want a post about it let me know.

4. make a studyblr/blog-

that’s what i did! i’ve started my studyblr, instagram, and blog (all are linked on my tumblr page ;) )

5. practice calligraphy-

i’ve learned how to do calligraphy with Crayola markers. it’s very easy once you get the hang of it. There are plenty of tutorials online.

6. clean your room-

it’s a great time to clean your room! i know when it’s the school year i never have time to be cleaning my room. you can do a deep decluttering because you probabaly haven’t in a while…

7. DO YOUR SUMMER HOMEWORK-

please for the love of god, do! your! summer! homework! if! you! have! it! i finished my summer homework a couple weeks ago, but my friends still haven’t started. i’m saving their butts by helping them with it. i know plenty of people are going to start doing it two days before school starts. please don’t be one of those people.

8.read!-

i know a lot of people don’t like to read but maybe with your summer boredom you’ll get so bored that you’ll want to read? currently, i’m reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

9. try to prepare for the upcoming school year-

look up your classes and research about them. it’s good to start preparing for what you’re going to learn. it helps so when you go over those subjects in class, you can excel in it ;)

10. relax-

this is summer. your free time. relax and get ready for another stressful school year <3

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Killing Stalking Volume 1 is going to be published in Italy on the 12th of July AAAA
First printed edition in the world. ♡
Yes I’m going to spam this everywhere.

Nice things Italians say

(or, a random list of italian expressions that i felt like sharing with the world)

Se son rose fioriranno.” (literally, “If it’s roses, they will bloom.”) It’s usually used to calm down someone (or even oneself) who’s anxious about a certain situation (for instance going on a date), and it means that if something is bound to happen, it will, and hence that there’s no use being nervous.

Non s'ha da fare.” It means “it’s not to be done”/“it’s not to happen”. Although this construct is strictly typical of the Florentine dialect, this fixed expression has become widely used in the Italian language after one of the most famous scenes in Alessandro Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), in the line “Questo matrimonio non s'ha da fare, né domani, né mai.” (“This wedding is not to be celebrated, not tomorrow, nor ever.”)

Hai scoperto l'acqua calda.” (literally “You have discovered hot water.”) Used to ironise about someone’s obvious remark by calling it a revolutionary discovery.

Morto un papa, se ne fa un altro.” (literally, “Once a pope dies, another one is elected.”) It’s usually used after the end of a relationship and it means that once you lose a lover, you just find another one. It can also be used in other situations with an equivalent meaning.

Una volta ogni morte di papa.” It literally means “Once every pope’s death” and it’s used as an informal synonym for “very rarely”. (e.g. “Mi ammalo una volta ogni morte di papa.” -> “I get sick very rarely.”)

La mamma è sempre la mamma.” It means “Mum will always be mum.” and it’s just an expression to state how your mum will always be there for you and will always be your home.

Che pizza!” It literally translates “What a pizza!” but it has the same meaning as the English “Nuts!” (e.g. “Piove.” “Che pizza!” -> “It’s raining.” “Nuts!”). In the same way, the word “pizza” can be used as an adjective to describe an annoyingly boring person (e.g. “Sei una pizza, non vuoi mai fare nulla.” -> “You’re so boring, you never want to do anything”).

100 perfect songs for travelling from around the world

English:

1) Hotel California – Eagles
2) Wouldn’t it be ice – The beach boys
3) Born to be wild – Steppenwolf
4) Hit the road Jack – Ray Charles
5) Livin’on a prayer – Bon Jovi
6) Budapest – George Ezra
7) Barcelona – Ed Sheeran
8) Castle on the hill – Ed Sheeran
9) Champion – Fall Out Boy
10) Alone together – Fall Out Boy
11) Young volcanoes – Fall Out Boy
12) Adventure of a lifetime – Coldplay
13) Hymn for the weekend – Coldplay
14) Paradise – Coldplay
15) Bastille – Pompeii
16) I take it all – Pegasus
17) Free – Pegasus
18) Mountain sound – Of Monsters and men
19) Life is a highway – Rascall Flatts
20) Dream on – Aerosmith
21) I lived – One Republic
22) Runaways – All time low
23) The edge of tonight – All time low
24) Good times – All Time Low
25) The flood – Take that
26) Piano man – Billie Joel
27) Desert rose – Sting
28) Africa - Toto
29) Good riddance – Green day
30) No surrender – Bruce Springsteen
31) Born to run – Bruce Springsteen
32) Whatever it takes – Imagine Dragons
33) Thunder – Imagine Dragons
34) On the top of the world – Imagine Dragons
35) New York state of mind – Alicia Keys
36) Victorius – Panic! At the disco
37) LA devotee – Panic! At the disco
38) Vegas Lights – Panic! At the disco
39) Ready to go – Panic! At the disco
40) Run boy run – Woodkid
41) Sweet home alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
42) We come running – Youngblood Hawke
43) Castaway – 5 seconds of summer
44) Higher – The score
45) Pacific Coast Highway – Two friends feat Max
46) Renegades – X Ambassadors
47) One day we’ll be old – Asaf Avidan
48) Summercat - Billie the vision & The Dancers
49) Trip the light – Alicia Kembe
50) Home – Edward Sharpe & The magnetic zeros
51) Eddie Vedder – Rise
52) Society – Eddie Vedder
53) Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder
54) Blowing in the wind – Bob Dylan
55) Wind of change – Scorpions
56) Midnight City – M83

 French: 

57) Caravane – Raphaël
58) Schengen – Raphaël
59) Sur la route – Gérard de Palmas
60) J’t’emmène au vent – Louise Attaque
61) Un jour j’irai à Nerw York avec toi – Téléphone
62) C’est la vie – Khaled
63) Nation – Tibz
64) Voyage en Italie – Lillicub
65) Les lumières dans la plaine – Mickey 3D
66) Liberta – Pep’s
67) Paris – Willy William
68) On dirait le sud – Nino Ferrer
69) Le présent d’abord – Forent Pagny
70) Emmenez-moi – Charles Aznavour
71) Dès que le vent soufflera – Renaud
72) Voyage voyage – Desireless
73) La maison bleue – Maxime le forestier
74) Tout le bonheur du monde - Sinsémilla 
75) Santiago - Hugues Aufrey 

 Spanish: 

76) El mismo sol – Alvaro Soler
77) La bicicleta – Shakira
78) La Gozadera – Gente de zona
79) La la la – Shakira
80) We are one – Pitbull
81) Clandestino – Manu Chao
82) Vivir mi vida – Marc Anthony
83) El viaje - Antonio Orozco

 Portuguese: 

84) Selvagens a Procura de lei - Despedida
85) Planta e Raiz – Aquele lugar
86) Vamos fugir - Skank
87) A vida do viajante - Luiz Gonzaga
88) O sol -  Jota Quest
89) Além do horizonte - Jota Quest 
90) Passageiro - Capital inicial

 Italian: 

91) Roma-Bangkok - Baby K
92) Tutti vogliono viaggiare in prima -  Ligabue
93) Certe notti -  Ligabue
94) 883 - Nord, Sud, Ovest, Est
95) Viaggio - Piero Pelù
96) Il peso della valigia - Ligabue
97) Il mio giorno più bello nel mondo - Francesco Renga
98) Modena City Ramblers - La strata

 Greek: 

99) Mantissa – Marina Satti
100) To tragoudi ton gyfton – Eleni Vitali

How to learn a new language FAST!

Hi guys! Recently people have been asking me how come I am fluent in so many languages. And although I find this compliment to be very flattering, I do feel the urge to share my best tips with you guys. So I speak around 6 languages, but I am completely fluent in English, Croatian and Italian which always seem to interest people the most. Learning a new language does take time, but hopefully with these tips, you will be able to do it a lot faster!

1. START OUT BY LEARNING A LANGUAGE CLOSE TO YOUR OWN

For instance, if you are from Spanish speaking area, you might want to start off by learning Portuguese or Italian since all those languages have a similar sound and sentence structure. This way learning process might go a bit faster.

2. BE CONSISTENT

For best results, try leaving out at least 10 minutes or so every day to do something in that language. It can be something as simple as listening a song, even listening someone speak. Just be consistent and I promise you, you will find yourself understanding the language algorithm in no time.

3. LISTEN TO OTHER PEOPLE SPEAK

It literally doesn’t matter if you understand or have no idea what the heck are they talking about. When I first started learning Italian, I just spent hours watching one Italian movie after the other and God knows I didn’t understand a thing, but I begin to understand the way they formed the sentences and noticed the way they repeated same words but in different context. This is a very important tip because every language has that part that can not be translated, nor explained, only understood by Italian speakers. So just find youtubers, movies or podcasts in language you want to learn and take our dictionary with you and listen.

4. LEARN A FEW WORDS EVERY DAY

It’s not that hard, really. There are also app to help you (such as Duolingo). Pick a few words and think of a way to make a sentence out of that word. Then try turning that word in an adverb and then try using that in a sentence. For instance, if you were to learn English and your word of choice was ‘beautiful’ use it first as an adjective: “This apple is beautiful.” Then use it as an adverb: “She drew his portrait beautifully.” This way you will learn a few words that go together and be closer to understanding the language structure. Also, start simple. start off by learning the most common and the simplest everyday sentences.

5. SPEAK

It doesn’t matter if you’re bad or lacking words, just speak. It is important to use what you’ve learned and practice it. Find someone to speak with. Internet is a huge place and you will find someone to speak with you. Even better if you find a native speaker (who knows, maybe they come to your town as a tourist?) since they will probably be willing to correct your mistakes and you will learn something from them.

6. WRITE

This goes with the previous one. If you don’t have anyone to speak with, then write. You will practice your vocabulary and challenge yourself to learn the words that are missing to form a good sentence.

7. DO NOT FOCUS ON GRAMMAR

Grammar will come, focus on vocabulary first. Grammar will come as you begin understanding the language itself. So it takes time, but listen to songs, watch movies and try reading books in that language.

8. HAVE FUN

Enjoy yourself. Learning a new language is such a noble thing to do. You will have your mind so much more open and you will be richer for another experience.

Also, if you need help with anything, I will be more than glad to help you. My askbox is always open. 

Good luck.

set small goals for yourself! you don’t need to be fluent right away, or graduate with straight As. it’s way better to have smaller goals, like “get an A on this test” or “use memrise every day for a month” - it’s so important not to overwhelm yourself, which can harm your motivation a lot. same goes for having a (study) blog, just set yourself some small milestones, instead of having one huge aspiration that seems impossible to achieve.

LazyTown in different languages

Inspired by @malteseboy​ ‘s Peppa Pig in different languages

Originally posted by robbieglaepur

LazyTown, meme show supreme, is a good show to use for practice! The show has been dubbed into nearly 32 languages, according to the Wikipedia, so there should be something for everyone. It is faster than Peppa Pig and I’d recommend it mostly to people at B1/B2 level, but it can be good just to let the language wash over you for the immersion. It’s use of songs are quite nice breaks between dialogue too. There is also generally a lot of it free on YouTube, which is nice 

The for Icelandic learners there are also the original stage plays 

Other shows

The funniest thing about being multilingual is that my brain sometimes doesn’t notice the difference between languages. I mean, my brain is aware that “honey”, “miód” and “miele” look different and sound different but at the same time it doesn’t matter. You could say “I have to buy miód” instead of “I have to buy honey” and I wouldn’t even give it a single thought.

Top 5 Favorite songs in different languages

Here are some of my favorite songs in some languages I love, let me know about yours!

English:

Desert rose – Sting          
Hotel California – Eagles                              
Wind of change – Scorpions
Machines – Crown the empire
Surrender – Bruce Springsteen

French:

Caravane – Raphaël                        
J’ai demandé à la lune – Indochine          
Jeunesse lève-toi – Saez              
Les lumières dans la plaine – Mickey 3D                
J’temmène au vent – Louise Attaque

Spanish:

Despacito – Luis Fonsi
El mismo sol – Alvaro Soler
Reggaetón lento – CNCO              
Enamorate – Dvicio  
Subeme la radio – Enrique Iglesias

Portuguese:

Amar pelos dois – Salvador Sobral          
Ninguém é de ferro – Wesley Safadao  
Samba do Brasil – Bellini
Você partiu meu coração– Nego do Borel, Anitta            
Nao se passa nada - Piruka

Greek:

De fevgo – Michalis Hatzigiannis              
Kati Dynato - Michalis Hatzigiannis
Nihta ki alli nihta – Giorgos Sabanis        
Ligo akoma – Thanos Petrelis
Thelo na me nioseis – Nikos Vertis

Italian:

Con te partiro – Andrea Bocelli  
Vivo per lei – Andrea Bocelli      
Occidentali’s Karma – Francesco Gabbani            
Vietato Morire – Ermal Meta
Ti amo – Umberto Tozzi

A few other languages:

Japanese:          
We are - One ok rock    
I was king – One ok rock              

Korean:
Not today – Bangtan Boys           
Spring day – Bangtan Boys

Yemenite Arabic:            
Habib Galbi – A-WA

German:              
Feuerwerk – Wincent Weiss      
Nur ein Herzschlag entfernt – Wincent Weiss
Ist da jemand – Adel Tawil

Turkish:              
Küsme Aşka – Oğuzhan Koç