f: beginners

Well, let’s say that since you were little, you always dreamed of getting a lion. And you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and you wait but the lion doesn’t come. And along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe.“

"I’d wait for the lion.”

“That’s why I worry about you.

—  Beginners (2010)

titl3-fighting-blog  asked:

Hey there :) I'm just about to turn 17 and I weigh about 85kgs, I'm short so my weight is significantly too high to be healthy. I was just wondering what types of food are easy, healthy, (cheap would also be nice) and filling that I can take to school. Also some easy at home workouts to get back into exercising. I used to do gymnastics and basketball until about 3 years ago and since then I haven't really worked out but I need to. Please help! Thank you so much.

Hi! You can find plenty of school lunch ideas and school snacks on Pinterest. 

Regarding beginner workouts, here’s a Youtube playlist with full-length beginner workouts

giving your age in Estonian

There are two ways to give your age in Estonian. Let’s have a look at them. It may seem tricky at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it.

Perhaps the easiest way for a beginner is to use the following structure:
I am number year [in part. case] old => Ma olen number aastat vana.

So, I am 18 / 25 / 40 etc. = Ma olen [kaheksateist / kakskümmend viis / nelikümmend] aastat vana.

Note that in the spoken language, in informal contexts, the word kümmend is often shortened, such that kolmkümmend (30) sounds like kol.gendseitsekümmend (70) as seitse.kend, etc.

The second way involves already knowing the genitive case of the numbers, but is also quite easy when you become familiar with them.

I am number [gen. case] year [adjectival form] => Ma olen number [gen.case] aastane.

Ma olen kolmekümne kahe aastane (naine). - I am a 32 year old (woman).

Mul on neljateistkümne aastane (poeg). - I have a 14 year old (son).

Of course, while Estonians may say this they actually write just the number with a dot after or a hyphen, as follows:

Ma olen 32. aastane (naine); Mul on 14-aastane (poeg).

Note that the gen. of teist is teistkümne.

mobboto  asked:

I'm sorry if I'm out of place with this question, but what are your suggestions as the first place to start learning Japanese? Any particular sites that are pretty effective? (Sorry, I'm on mobile 100% of the time, so I'm not sure if you have links.)

Not at all out of place, thanks for asking :D
It depends what your personal aims are (reading manga/watching anime/playing games, communicating better with Japanese family or friends, working in a business environment in Japan, coming on holiday etc).

If you look at these links and posts they should be relevant:

My favourite is textfugu which is specifically made for self study, the first season to get you started is free and looks really good IMHO.
After that the online textbook is not free but I think is fairly priced compared to other resource packages and has a lifetime refund policy.


They have an awesome website called Tofugu too.

Free Japanese course online

Lingualift also have a free trial I thought their resources looked well presented and very useful

NHK have free Japanese lessons too

Apps for beginners Japanese

This advice from Japanese Revision on tumblr (there are so many useful links in there)

Nadine Nihongo on tumblr is well organised and a really wonderful resource too, especially this post

Japanese pod 101 podcasts are worth downloading, I tried the paid content, but it wasn’t for me, I live in Tokyo though, so my language learning needs are not the same as most learners.

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tart learning hiragana and katakana (Dr.Moku is best for this), then get signed up to Memrise and start straight away with kanji whilst also studying grammar using beginners course. Don’t use romaji (English alphabet letters), as it gives you weird pronunciation and actually stunts your learning speed in the long run, the same goes for avoiding kanji. There are many, many posts on why using romaji is a bad idea, so I’ll leave you to google if you want to find out more.

Tumblr has a wealth of information, especially for beginners. Puni puni Japan, Nadine Nihongo and Japanese Revision all spring to mind as blogs to start following for useful and organised information. If you can access my browse by tag section you might find it easier to locate relevant posts for your level too.

Good luck! Let me know if you need any more help/advice/support.

Well, let’s say that since you were little, you always dreamed of getting a lion. And you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and you wait but the lion doesn’t come. And along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe.

I’d wait for the lion.

That’s why I worry about you.