hey guys! I just commented on someone’s post about this, and I realized I haven’t shared my method with y’all yet. I started doing this recently, with Jane Eyre in spanish! there’s a lot of words I don’t know, so this is really helping me! hopefully it comes in handy for you guys, too!
step 1: read the passage.
obviously, to learn vocabulary, you need to read the vocabulary you’re learning. but here’s the thing: don’t stop to learn the vocabulary. i want you to read the entire passage and try to understand it as best you can. you need that reading practice, too!
something my spanish teacher taught me is that when you immerse yourself in something that’s challenging and “monotonous”, you get overwhelmed very easily and do worse than you would if you slowed down at worked at your own pace. (monotonous meaning without change, i don’t mean to say it’s boring. the idea is if you stare at the same page for too long, you zone out.) she said that listening is the hardest, because students can only pay attention for ~30 seconds before getting stuck and being unable to focus on the rest of the listening. (because of this, she pauses the listening every once in a while to ask questions).
because of this, it’s best to section off your reading in chunks. if it’s a short article, you can read the whole thing through. but if you’re reading a challenging book, where the chapters are more than a few pages, you’ll want to break it up - or else you’ll forget what you’re doing!
step 2: underline unknown words.
you can do this during or after reading. for me, i haven’t figured out which works best yet. go through the section and underline any words you don’t know - even if you could guess their meaning from context. basically, anything you haven’t studied. if you can’t think of the word in your target language while speaking in conversation, you should probably underline it.
if done during reading: make sure you don’t focus on the unknown words! underline them in passing while trying to understand the reading as a whole.
step 3: make a list of those words!
you can do this in the margins or on a separate piece of paper. you’ll want to make the list so that there’s the unknown word, then room for two more words, then however much space you want between your list items. (for instance, using 4 lines on a page: unknown word / space to write / space to write / space between vocab words
step 4: guess the meaning!!
this is what that extra space is for! go back through the passage and try to understand the unknown words. write what you think the words mean, either by literal translation to your native language, or describing the meaning in a phrase. this is super important because it forces you to practice using context to understand unknown words, and your basic knowledge of the language to understand things like whether it’s a noun or verb, singular, plural, etc. when using the language in real-time situations, you can’t just pull out a dictionary!
step 5: look up the words
plain and simple, use that final space to write the literal definitions. you might want to rearrange the order of your list, like putting the definition and the word side-by-side or something so you can study more easily. in the end, your guess doesn’t really matter; it was the act of guessing that made you improve.
(optional) step 6: check your answers
now, you can go through the list and see what you guessed right! you can be loose with how you measure yourself - for instance, if you didn’t know the word for “bush” but you guessed “some kind of plant,” by my standards that would be correct. you’re not going for the exact perfect meaning; that’s nearly impossible. but you got the basic idea of what it was describing, and that’s what matters.
totally optional, but one (arbitrary, probably meaningless) way i measure progress is by making a score for myself for each passage. correct guesses out of unknown words (in a percentage). hopefully by the end of the book, my average will go up!
finallyyyy, study the words! use your own methods. if you like quizlet or memrise, make yourself a deck using your list. personally, I use Anki, and I have a separate deck from my vocab list deck, meant for miscellaneous vocab that i learn from reading and speaking. on the other hand, if you like playing memory games to learn vocab, or writing the word over and over - more power to you! i’m not here to tell you how to study vocab, just to help you get a better grasp on it when you first come across it.
My hair decided it wanted to play nice today even though I forgot my hair brush, so I documented this rare phenomenon with some gratuitous pictures of myself, or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bombshell, AKA Me
so when the ny times reports about duterte being practically responsible for over 7k random deaths in one year, in metro manila alone i might add, y’all r silent af
but one guy decides to write about his (again, very EXTREME) lifelong experience with his house help in the atlantic and suddenly y’all are up in arms???? suddenly the philippines is a relevant country and u suddenly KNOW EVERYTHING about what goes on here???
Author: @dumbass-stilinski and @ninja-stiles Rating: NSFW 18+ Pairing: Void!Stiles/Reader Words: 2,154 AN: HI here is a collab I did with the lovely @ninja-stiles! We did some research into the game Go and it’s actually pretty interesting. Fun fact you can download a free version for your phone and play around with it. It’s a bit like chess, tbh. Anyway, enjoy the filth, we both felt like we needed some Void in our lives.
You sighed, lining up the white and black stones at either end of the board. There was a light breeze blowing in through the doors that you had propped open that led out to the back porch. You were hoping he’d show up, setting up the game you knew he liked as an open invitation. Sure, you knew he was dangerous, but that’s what made it so exciting. You leaned forwards, your elbows on your knees, and moved the first stone. Leaning over, you moved a black stone next to your first piece, biting your bottom lip between your teeth as you contemplated your next move.
“You know that game is meant to be played with two people.”
For context, this is our party’s first campaign. An NPC has asked for our help getting into a mansion that was thought to be haunted, and all three of our party members have suspicions that the NPC is a ghost herself.
Me (monk dwarf, Drybadd): Can I roll an arcana or religion check to see if I sense any ghostly energies about her?
DM: I mean, I guess?
Me: *rolls 16 with modifiers*
DM: You see that she looks vaguely transparent around her ankles and feet, but it’s too dark to see much else. She seems human aside from that.
sana has been a catalyst for so much during this show??? like she’s always been the fearless one, the wise one, the one telling others to Go For It. in s1, she was the force behind the girl gang. in s2, she helped noora. in s3, she showed isak love and showed him that he deserved that love. and now, in s4, i think we’re finally seeing that all acknowledged??? and she’s finally being rewarded for that?? it makes sense for skam to finish with praise for sana, to finish with sana’s season, because, really, she started everything
although the french word “baguette” typically refers bread, it can literally be translated as “rod” or “bar”, i.e. “une baguette du pain” is “a rod/bar of bread” and then people just started calling long loaves of bread baguettes
that being said, can u guess what the millennium rod is called in the french dub of yugioh
just take a guess
“la baguette du millénnium”
the millennium baguette
I just thought y'all would like to know this that is all I expect art of marik with a golden baguette now or priest seto with it or yugi putting it in the millennium stone k thanks for your time continue on now with this knowledge
«✮» …I would have kept Erina far, far away from Dio.
I wanted her’s to be a charmed life. I wanted our wedding to last longer than a day. I wanted her to raise our child with a husband by her side. I wanted to encourage her to continue her studies, even if just for her own sake; I know she always loved to heal, and I know she always loved hearing about her father’s practice. I wanted to do everything for her, to be everything…
We lost it all to Dio on that ship. She suffered–no, she still suffers. Even with Robert’s help, she struggled to raise George on her own. There became a stoniness to her that I’d hoped I would never see harden her delicate features. Years, no, decades after Dio’s attack, I would still find her looking at our wedding photo and sobbing.
I never found it in myself to hate Dio, the monster that he was. But if I had stopped him–if I had been sure he was… was dead…
Perhaps I just couldn’t bear the thought. Maybe I hesitated, in that last moment, as Dio fell down that balcony.
I must have. And Erina had to pay the price for my mistake.
i was going to colour it better because i was actually in a colouring mood but then @murgleiss is complaining that i should go to bed because it’s like 2 AM rn so it’s all her fault is what i’m saying (not at all because im a trash person who hasn’t drawn in so fucking long now)