i have a couple versions of this

OK, this is why People shouldn’t lose faith and support on this Heiman OTP in the first place. I mean, 1) It should be fixed in order to be a healthy relationship and 2) They’re meant to be together at all. I wish people shouldn’t bashing Heiman at all, I mean, I do feel sorry for them and I do still ship them in my Fanon way. Think about it: In my fanon version, I portrayed them as an all-loving inseparable couple and best friends who has an perfect, but healthy relationship. I have friends on Facebook, Tumblr and DeviantArt who does support Heiman and they didn’t get away with it. This is why again, giving up on Heiman is NOT an option and this whole hating Heidi x Cartman thing needs to be stopped immediately. It’s because it angered me right beyond measure.


Even since S20, I found myself in love with this OTP and that moment would change my experience as a South Park fan forever. Much like Ash x Serena or Ponyo x Sosuke or Sora x Kairi, but who knows! I will NOT tolerate this whole hating Heiman thing on Social Media…ever.


Although, there has to be a way in order to make Heiman great again. It’s because I’m not gonna give up on Heidi and Cartman, and they deserved to be together and they do truly love each other. In order to become a better couple, they need to respect each other again instead of having an all-toxic relationship (much like the Angry Grandpa videos). But the point is: When S21 first aired on TV, I was disappointed when they’re in an abusive, but toxic relationship. That really made me upset, but still deep down in my heart, I do love Heidi x Cartman a lot and they should’ve just care about each other’s feelings in the first place. This way, they can keep this relationship going because OTPs are part of the show. For example, Wendy broke up with Stan in S7 until they reconciled in The List episode. This episode made Stendy fans a lot happy, but until the Gender Wars when she broke up with Stan…again, this part even made us crying in tears because that was an depressing, but painful moment in the history of the South Park fandom. And that part when Heidi quitted Twitter, that scene also made us crying too. As well as Cartman getting his Electronic stuff destroyed, that scene made us crying in tears because he wasn’t that SkankHunt guy and plus we do feel sorry for him in the first place. Then in the Moss Piglets episode when Cartman and the others are begging Heidi to come back to her old ways, but she refused by swallowing the Water Bears. That wasn’t cool for her at all, I mean, she can’t be influenced and brainwashed by a toxic person, but instead, she should’ve listened to Cartman and the others in the first place. It’s because toxic relationships are bad and it’s not good for them and for us, the Pro-Heiman fans.


Heiman will be great again. No more hatred, but love and support only. And let this lesson to be all for the Anti-Heiman fans: Just please stop hating this OTP and do reconsider it by now.

You know, I’ve always been really confused about what the initial point of Rose Quartz’s were to Pink Diamond/Homeworld. Because, really, if the plan for earth was this:

then what is the point of having a gem who has the ability to create life the way Rose is shown to be able to do? And if every other Quartz type we see is built like a freaking body builder (with the exception of the gems from the Beta kindergarten we see in That Will Be All, but according to Peridot nearly all of the gems there “came out wrong” so…) and have weapons that can be used offensively:

then why have this single type of Quartz who looks soft and approachable and give them a shield as a weapon? Then this bomb came along and…I noticed a couple of things about that zoo. The first thing was these flowers on the door.

Five petalled flowers with what looks like the centre of Rose’s gem upside down in the middle. Does that look familiar? How about now.

These look startlingly similar to the flowers Rose grows on earth. On top of this, we have the room where Yellow and Blue Diamond discuss Pink Diamond’s death. When I watched this I couldn’t help but think it was strange that all of the Rose Quartz’s were here for some reason.

Like, if this room was Pink Diamond’s version of the temple, why are there no other gem types anywhere? Surely she didn’t only bubble Rose Quartz’s in her time alive. And if they were put here…in memory of Pink Diamond or something then someone would’ve had to take the time to move all of these bubble gems to this location.

Unless, they were already there.

Unless, the zoo is where Rose Quartz’s used to work.

The zoo is meant to be calming to humans. A place where they live a life of complacency and safety. Would it not make sense that the gems working there would be approachable to humans should they ever need to go into the enclosure? Would it not make sense that they would be able to grow new wildlife should something happen to the ecosystem in the enclosure? Rose Quartz’s would make the perfect guards for such a place.

At least until one of them decided she liked humans a little too much and didn’t want the planet they came from to be destroyed.

Favorite highlights of live action Beauty and the Beast

• They stuck to the beginning of the original story where Belle asks for a rose and her father gets lost and finds a fire and food in the castle.

• “Mama said not to move because it might be scary. Sorry.”

• Belle called the castle home.

• LEFOU! Everything about him was great. He got character development, he had some fantastic lines, his low key flirting with Gaston, his singing!!! I love my boy.

• Lumiere dabbed. Twice.

• It was beautiful. Oh my god the castle made me absolutely melt and Be Our Guest was breathtaking in live action.

• Lefou booping Gaston on the nose.

• How during the song Adam sings he’s climbing higher and higher so he can still see Belle.

• When Adam found out Belle liked Romeo and Juliet he was like “ew no not that book here have my entire library so you can read something better that that filth”.

• I really like how Gaston in the beginning wasn’t that bad, but as the movie went on he got darker and darker.

• Gaston lifTING LEFOU UP ON ONE ARM

• We finally got an explanation as to why no one remembers the castle and the prince and why the servants were cursed too.

• The guy who can’t remember what he lost in the beginning is Mr. Potts and the minute Mrs. Potts called his name I was shaking my friend next to me because oh my god he “lost” his wife and child.

• ADAM. I’ve loved Adam since forever and he’s still so great in this version AND HIS SONG ABOUT BELLE WAS SO SPECTACULAR I COULD FEEL HIS EMOTIONS.

• Cogsworth & Lumiere are still an old married couple and I love it I love them.

• I know he only had a few lines in Be Our Guest, but Cogsworth’s singing voice was amazing

• Adam’s eye makeup in the beginning that made it look like he was wearing a mask if he stood in the light just so.

• I HAVE BEEN GUSHING ABOUT THE NEW LUMIERE DISIGN SINCE THE FIRST TRAILER CAME OUT AND TO FINALLY, FINALLY SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN WAS SO SATISFYING THE LITTLE DETAILS HE HAS LIKE HIS PONYTAIL AND THE FACT THAT HIS COAT MOVES WHEN HE DOES WERE SOOOO GOOD I KNOW I’VE SAID THIS A THOUSAND TIMES BUT I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS NEW LUMIERE.

• Lefou has a bite mark from Gaston on his lower stomach and when my friend and I saw it we practically screamed because how exactly do you get a bite mark in that spot if you’re not doing some kinky bedroom stuff.

• The line “there’s a beast on the loose there’s no question, but I fear the wrong monsters released” had me so shook put that on my gravestone I fucking love it.

• It’s sweet and cute and beautiful, but when it gets dark it gets DARK, like, goddamn.

• I loved the detail of whenever a petal falls the castle crumbles further and the servants become more like the objects they are.

• Adam’s beast growl at the end when he’s a human again that, tbh, was really hot.

• The guy who, instead of freaking out when he was put in a dress and makeup, grinned and walked away with his hips swishing and totally owned it.

• That same guy and Lefou dancing together ohhh my god I think I started crying they’re so fucking cute Lefou and his cross dressing boyfriend 5ever.

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How i study languages

A couple of days ago @bonbonlanguage asked if i have a post about what i do in order to learn a new language so i thought i should try to make a post about that.

The beginning

As a beginner i always do the same stuff. I research a couple of apps or i just see if my favourite choices have a version for my target language. Usually i use: 

Memrise
Fun Easy Learn
9000 words
50Languages
HiNative
babbel, busuu (rarely but i still have them on my phone)

+some sites and specific apps only for my target language

I choose a grammar book and i take notes from from it. So far i chose books from 3 collections: Teach Yourself, Colloquial and For Dummies.

How i take notes from a book

I ignore the excercises, in my notebook you will see only grammar notes and sometimes irregular verbs at the end, but you will never see exercises. (i’ll say later what i do with the exercises)
If the book has a pretty good structure, i just copy what’s in there. (when i say good structure i mean that i can’t extract main ideas or just a formula              e.g. stem+ending)
The theory is written in black or blue, the examples are written with a pencil and if there is a keyword, i highlight it. When i have languages with articles based on the gender of the words, like French, i use a pink and a light blue pen so when i study the articles i can see the difference. 
Now, i said that in my notebook you won’t see exercises, true, that’s because i solve them on another notebook or just on a blank sheet of paper. If your book has exercises after the grammar lesson, solve them. If half of them are wrong, you will take a break of 1-2 days (in which you will study the grammar rules) and when you feel prepared, you solve again those exercises. (you are allowed to have mistakes but try to have at least 70% of the exercises correct).
What i do after i finish a book
After i finish that grammar book, i take another one. However, this time i don’t copy-paste like i did the first time. I read what informations are there and if there are new rules/exceptions, i just write them on a sticky note and add it to my notebook. After i finish my 2nd book i usually move on to the next stage but if i feel that i missed out something, i take a 3rd book and do what i did with the 2nd one.
As a beginner i have the habit to read my notes once a week, as an intermediate learner i rarely do that.

Don’t understand that as a beginner you only take notes! Sometimes when i get bored i just study on memrise/vocabulary app and that sometimes can last 1 week, sometimes 2. I even like to use InternetPolyglot with my target language and an old target language. (e.g. I learn new words in Spanish through Danish) 

After i have a proper notebook

Usually when i finish my book and i add all the exceptions/rules that i found in the 2nd book i also have learned 1.500-2.000 words in that period of time so i want to test my skills.

When i feel confident enough, i start using duolingo. I use it as a test tool, not as a learning one! I take the shortcuts and usually in 2 days i finish a tree. (at the last part of the tree you don’t have a shortcut for everything so you just have to take the shortcut of every skill there which gets boring)

Since Duolingo is pretty advanced with his lessons, at the end i can consider myself a B1 learner. (if you have an amazing memory and skills, you can say you are B2, but Duolingo can’t get you further than that)

The intermediate stage

Whoever followed my blog for a while knows that i have 2 nightmares in my language learning journey, the intermediate stage and the irregular verbs.

For how to overcome a plateau in the intermediate stage i made a post here. (sooner or later you will hit a plateau)

Back to what i do. No book anymore, duolingo is done, this is the moment when i start to use my skills. If i didn’t use 50Languages as a beginner, i use it now. It has 100 audios so i use them to get used to the sound of the words in case i don’t know them and i also use it as a resources to learn new words. On Memrise i try to find advanced/intermediate and i use 9000 words and Fun Easy Learn. 

At this level the main problem is the lack of vocabulary so i try to learn as many new words as i can. However, since using apps can get boring after a while, i use the classic method of learning vocabulary, reading.

How i memorize/learn new words

Most of the time i just use apps/sites. However, everyone had moments when we couldn’t remember a word regardless of how many times we tried to memorize it. When i have to deal with this, i usually make a mnemonic. (e.g. afslutte = to finish, to end, to conclude; in order to remember the meaning i think at a key sentence: If you don’t study you’ll END up as a slut. [harsh example, i know, but it stays in my mind])

If my mnemonic method doesn’t work, i write the word a couple of times, sometimes with my left hand too since i focus more then. (i’m right-handed) and if i still can’t remember the meaning, i’ll start making some sentences where i’ll use that word.

How i read in my target language

Just as a side note, if i feel confident with my skills (that has happened only once) i read books, if not, i read comics until i feel confident enough to try books.

I have 2 methods because sometimes the first one doesn’t work. So, for French i just read and try to guess the meaning of a word and if i can’t, then i search it. Why i do this for French? It’s easier somehow and i can guess the meaning very well. Sometimes i even highlight words and search the meaning later just to analyze them more.

However, this method doesn’t work on Danish. For Danish i have to read once the entire paragraph and then see what i understood from it. If there is a certain word that it’s unknown, i’ll search it. Since Danish has a lot of structures, i tend to use HiNative to translate those because normal online translators aren’t good for these. After i have all the unknown words, i will look over the paragraph again.

With all these unknown words, i usually make flashcards on Quizlet and practice them from time to time.

Sometimes when i’m in a hurry or i’m not in the mood for studying new words in big quantities, i use WordBrewery or Clozemaster. When i use these i always write the new words on a piece of paper or i just add them directly to Quizlet.

HiNative

I mentioned it above so i should tell you how i use it in order to improve since many might not be familiar to it. It’s an app where you ask questions and natives will answer.  I use HiNative mostly after i read, watch a movie or learn something from memrise.

For what i use it?

- ask for differences
- ask for examples with new words that i didn’t find a context for
- ask for translation from target language to English since not everything is easy to translate as a beginner/intermediate

Listening skills

Listening is a very interesting skill because you can combine it with speaking and reading or just focus only on it.

Listening+reading

In this category you find movies/cartoon/series with subs. Usually i don’t do anything when i watch series/movies because i guess the meaning of the unknown words but if there is a certain word that i can’t understand, i will write it down and search it’s meaning.

Listening+speaking

This involves 2 things. I either talk to someone or i just talk to myself/a toy/the cat. I tend to use the 2nd method most of the time. (it’s not that i dislike talking, i just don’t feel confident enough to use my skills until i’m not sure that i know most of the things/vocab i need to know). I start the conversation like “hey, how are you?” and then i ask myself “how was your day?”. For this question i have to make 2 answers, the reality with what has happened, and an imaginary version for my other side who’s “talking”.

Listening

Here i just watch videos on youtube, listen to 50languages, a podcast or songs. If i do listen to songs, sometimes i try to find the lyrics and see if i understand everything, if not, i’ll look for the unknown words and after i start to sing too. (disney songs are great because most have lyrics on youtube already)

Writing skills

Here i have 2 choices, i either find someone or i just write in a notebook/diary. The purpose of this is to figure out what vocab/structures/expressions i don’t know. 

Speaking skills

It’s not that i dislike talking, i just focus on this skill at the end usually. I improve my other skills and the speaking one improves in a weird way too. However, at some point i just ask people who i know for a long time and i feel comfortable with to talk to me on skype/on the phone.

Extra

Idioms are everywhere in a language. At some point you have to deal with them. If i find them on memrise, i study them there, if not, i’ll look for them and make flashcards. These flashcards have only the idiom in my target language on them and that’s it. I don’t write the translation. I force myself to remember the meaning.

Also, when i don’t know the pronunciation for something, i use Forvo.

The advanced stage

Here i just learn idioms and some advanced vocabulary at the beginning. After these, i stop caring. I consider my learning journey almost done so i just enjoy my life using the language. I read without worrying that i don’t know words, i watch shows without worrying that i don’t understand what i hear, i can sing without worrying that i just say words with no meaning but similar sounds to what i hear.

Note: This is how I learn languages. I can’t say it will work for everyone but it works for me.

p.s. sometimes Fun Easy Learn and 50Languages are set in another language, not my native one or English.

Consider that it’s canon that Saitama and Genos live together in a small one room apartment. That they go shopping together, eat together, go to the bath house together, brush their teeth together.

Consider that Genos cooks, cleans, does the dishes and laundry not because he’s asked to, but because he wants to help Saitama. That he buys all his merch, wears a shirt with his face on it and has a photo of Saitama as his phone’s background. That he makes food with Saitama’s face on it, which they bring to a HA picnic as a smiling Genos pours them drinks.

Consider that Fubuki recognizes Genos not because he’s the one blond cyborg hero, but because he starts going on about his “sensei”. That he tells Don Pacino that he’d do anything for Saitama. That he tells Saitama, to his face, that he is the most amazing person he’s ever met, that he will always follow him no matter what others think of him. That when Saitama tells him how he feels lonely, Genos cries and asks him to wait until he can stand by his side.

Consider the lyrics of the ED, which includes lines like “when I close my eyes, you’re all I think about, “feeling the need to see you, feeling like crying, feeling romantic” and “the one I love is so strong they make me worry”. That a magazine pointed out that it takes a lot to not imagine that these are Genos’ thoughts. That the singer and Genos’ VA have expressed similar opinions.

Consider that the VAs on both sides of the pond joke about how much of a couple they are. That there’s a clip of them making hand puppet versions of them kiss. That they filled the OPM festival with double meanings, like making it sound like Genos was asking Saitama to go out with him. That magazines have described Genos as ignoring his fangirls because he’s “only attracted to Saitama’s power” or that he’s “infatuated” with him”. That the English VAs have tweeted that “Genos loves his master”, that maybe next time they will go on an actual date. That Saitama’s VA signed a fan’s print with “I ship it too”.

Originally posted by tearbender

Voltron Ships in a Nutshell
  • //Positive version because I ain't about bashing ships//
  • Klance: "hey man sharp work out there. i'm with you but leave the math to pidge" gays in space, red and blue aesthetic *insert bonding moment*
  • Sheith: "it's killing me when you're away, but i'll save you as many times as it takes. it's good to have you back, i love you baby" *tender shoulder touch*
  • Kallura: "it's not what's in your blood, it's who you are that counts" alien leader power couple, red and pink aesthetic *random but appreciated hug*
  • Shallura: resident space dad meets resident space mom. do not mess with this power couple. when separated they'll keep moving on, even when the other is "...completely irreplacable" *throws into escape pod*
  • Hance: "THE HUNTERS HAVE BECOME THE HUNTED" friends to lovers aesthetic, mutual support. they probably have movie nights, such pure dorks :)
  • Pidgance/Pance: ouran high school host club vibes. gamer dweebs, most definitely gamer dweebs. spend their free time judging people, and roasting each other (read: roasting lance)
  • Pallura: "i like you more than peanut butter" strong women who don't need no man to fight for them but instead fight for their beliefs and loved ones <3
  • Punk/Hidge: nerdy science nerds. started out tolerating each other, but by season two they were crying because they had to go on separate missions if that's not solid development i don't know what is
  • Kidge: full on conspiracy theorists. fight about bigfoot and mothman more often than you'd think. "my name is keith, i'm sooo emo". look me in the eye and tell me keith didn't protect pidge when she crashed into him during the ulaz fight
  • Shance: THIS DUDE STRAIGHT UP FOUGHT A BUFF PURPLE ALIEN CAT JUST TO PROTECT HIS INJURED BLUE BOY "nice work, sharpshooter. you're my hero"
  • Allurance: "if i had to lose blue to anyone, i'm glad it was you. i'm not saying you're dumb, i'm saying you're a natural". cotten candy aesthetic going on with pink and blue, blossoming friendship as of season three
  • feel free to add more, i am fully aware i missed a LOT of ships

Just a couple of things I hope to God harry’s tour merch entails:

- oversized pink and white hoodies adorned with flowers.

- necklaces with charms that are replicas of his tattoos (the moth, the swallows etc).

- candles that have hidden rings inside.

- prints of pink skies and stars and the view of earth from his home planet.

- lip stain that is the exact color of his lips.

- individualized mix tapes of his favorite songs. there are several different versions and each one is a mystery surprise.

- copies of his favorite books, worn in and used.

- and someway for me to give him my entire soul. 

dan and phil's passport story

•legit phil’s dream about dan losing his passport if you didn’t already believe phil lester is a psychic
•"that’s probs just a sfw version of whatever was actually going on inside your head" yes dan because obviously any dream of phil with you in it would be 11/10 nsfw
•"dan went pale. like the palest you’ve ever seen him. like his whole internet history had been leaked…“ #beemovieyaoi
•them literally screaming at each other like the married couple they are i can’t
•dan fucking left his passport in a pair of jeans @me
•"he was emptying his suitcase all over the street” take a moment to visualize this. okay we’re back!
•how many times have these two literally ran through airports can we count please
•they got on this fucking super late plane and slept none just to go to vidcon literally #commitment this is why i stan
•"i feel like it was all your fault" literally fuckin savage phil
•these two blaming each other for everything “yOu FoRgOt YoUr PaSsPoRt” “yOu GoT tHe CaR oFf By An HoUr” literally only married couples bicker like this fuck you @phantis
•dan knew it phil knew it we all knew it if you’re gonna let your fans decide anything phil’s going to win
•but every story has a moral. this story’s moral:
💫ALWAYS BELIEVE IN PHIL’S DREAMS!💫

romanian slang (we swear a lot) cuz ive seen none
  • căcat - literal ‘shit’ . used in the same way. ‘’Frate nu mai e brânză.’’ ‘’Căcat.’
  • ce căcat- a bit different from căcat. kinda like ‘’wtf’’ .used in confusing situations (but not only) to show well confusion/surprise. ‘’Uită-te la asta.’’ ‘’Ce căcat.’’
  • ce dracu’- literal ‘’what the devil’’ kinda like ‘’what the hell’’. see: ce căcat
  • ce brânza mă-sii- ‘’what in its’mothers’ cheese’ see: ce dracu’
  • ce pizda mă-sii- ‘’what in its’ mothers’ pussy’’ dont do it. see above
  • să mor eu!- literal ‘’may i die’’ (???) more like ‘’im dead serious’’/’’damn’’. used to strenghten your point. ‘’Zici că-i prost, să mor eu.’’
  • să mori tu?- literal ‘’may you die’’ kinda like ‘’really?’’/’’deadass?’’ used to show distrust in someone’s sayings but also used in a sarcastic way.  ‘’Am dat foc la o casa.’’ ‘’Să mori tu?’’ vs. *smoke inside the house* ‘’Am ars mâncarea.’’ ‘’Să mori tu?’’
  • mor- ‘’im dying’’ used in the same way. ‘’*something funny happens* MOR’’
  • leșin- ‘’im fainting’’ used like ‘’i cant even’’ see: mor.
  • prea bine (ești)- literal ‘’oh well/alright’’ but today its used in a more methaporical way ‘‘too good’’ when something is going well or its cool, or according to our plans or,,,,,, the longer the ‘a’ the better the reaction
    ‘‘Avem băutură diseară’‘ ‘‘PREA BINE’‘
  • (ești) pe bines- uhhh ‘’you’re on the good’’ used when someone is talking about nice stuff happening to them or when they look good or they have fun *photo with friends at a picnic* ‘’pe bines’’ see: prea bine
  • să vă țină- used to wish well to a couple. meaning ‘’may itll last’’ 
    ‘‘M-am cuplat cu ____’‘ ‘‘Aw, să vă țină!’‘
  • pup (besc)- ‘’kiss (i love)’’ yeahhh ‘’besc’’ is a shorter version of ‘’(te) iubesc’’ - i love (you)’’ 
  • csf ncsf- shorter from ‘’ce să faci n-ai ce să faci’’ meaning ‘’what can you do theres nothing you can do’’ used when hearing unpleasant things. also used mockingly. ‘’M-a inșelat gagica-’’ ‘’csf ncsf’’
  • prost- common ‘’dumb’’ or ‘’working badly’’ someone may be ‘’prost’’ but also something can ‘’merge prost’’ i.e ‘’go wrong’’
  • parcă-i prost / parcă ești prost- ‘’as if he’s dumb’’ / ‘’as if you’re dumb’’ used to point out how stupid is someone without actually saying it. ‘’Am scăpat telefonu’ de gresie.’’ ‘’Da’ parcă ești prost’’.
  • ca la proști- ‘’like at the idiots’’ used to point out a situation in which you can tell that idiots took part or something went wrong/was embarrassing. *drops a card deck* ‘’Ca la proști.’’ see: parcă-i prost.
  • tâmpit/ule- ‘’you dumbass’’ yeah. 
  • fraier/e- same with ‘tâmpit/ule’ but like more affectionate. means ‘’airhead’’ 
  • gen- ‘’like’’. ‘’Știi gen..’’-’’Y’know like..’’
  • futu-ți morții mă-tii- aka everyone’s favourite ‘’fuck your moms’ dead relatives’’ used as a threat. *bumps toe on a drawer* futu-ți morții mă-tii.
  • futu-ți gâtu’ mă-tii- ‘’fuck your moms’ throat’’ uh. see: futu-ți morții mă-tii
  • futu-ți ceapa mă-tii- ‘‘fuck your moms’ onion’‘ see above. 
  • să-mi bag picioru’/pula- ‘’may ill put my foot / my dick in it’’ second one’s more vulgar. used to show denial and anger. kinda like ‘’fuck it’’
  • am pățit- literal ‘’happened to me’’ more like ‘’been there done that’’ used to show concern by being a good listener and also to be relatableTM ‘’Vreau să mă sinucid’’ ‘’Am pătit.’’
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The Many Faces of Yuuri Katsuki - Episode 11

So, this episode is composed of a mixture of 3 types of facial expressions: determination, worry, and a sprinkle of other things. Every single one that fell into the last category made it into this set. I think that goes to show how ridiculously determined Yuuri was during this first half of the episode, and then how worried/anxious he was during the second. You pretty much end up just wanting to hug him through the entire episode. As a couple final notes: I’m really glad I was able to get Yuuri’s 3A in a set because it’s beautiful, and Yuuri’s updated expression in the last gif tears my heart out every time I see it. Enjoy!

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Bonus because look at how in love and happy these two are:

The Fawn & The Shadowsinger 🌸🌌 I did the final line art for this Elain x Azriel piece and stuck some gradients on it. Well apart from Az’s hands, I don’t have the patience for that today 🙈😂 I’m getting some Persephone x Hades vibes from it too and that makes my heart happy.


Final painted version here.

Emergency guide for langblrs

I thought i should make this guide with suggestions for people who:

1. Don’t always have internet.
2. Go somewhere where there’s no internet.
3. The internet is slow/barely working in their area.
4. People who want to be prepared.
5. Others that i can’t think of now.

Everything I’m going to say works offline so in case the light went out for a couple of hours and you don’t know what to do to practice your target language, here are some suggestions.


Notes!

You should have a notebook with grammar in it and it doesn’t really matter if you just copy-paste an entire grammar book. (However it would be pretty good if you actually pay attention to what you write otherwise you’ll have to work twice. 1st you copy-paste then you have to figure out what’s important and what isn’t and that takes pretty long time.)

Alternatives

  • Print a book. try to find a place where the printing is cheap. Usually these are small bookshops or so. Take a walk around the town and check out many places or ask friends of yours, maybe one of them knows a place.
  • Buy a book


Print some lists with verbs and their forms. 

I’d suggest you guys to always have a list with irregular verbs. If you have time you can actually make a big poster with their forms and practice them daily (or just look at the poster, after a while you remember what you wrote) or keep it for days with no internet so you can study them.

Alternative: you can download a PDF but if you have no light for hours, your phone/laptop will die pretty soon and you might need them for more important stuff.


Always have books, magazines, comics in your target language. 

Now, it doesn’t matter if they are PDF or physical. My tablet has comics in Danish in case i have no light and i’m bored. It’s pretty handy to have something to read.


Idioms all the way~ 

You might be a beginner so you didn’t really want to learn idioms usually because you think they are “too advanced”, however, it’s no harm to have 2 packs of flashcards at you in case you want to play a game.
I said 2 packs so i should explain why. 1 is in your target language while the other is the translation. Put all the cards with their writing facing the rug/table/book/whatever and turn them 2 at the time. If the translation is the right one for the other card, take them out or leave them with their “face” up, if not, turn them again and turn 2 cards again. 

pro tip: have a list with the pairs since you don’t know the meaning of the idioms.


Dictionaries

You can buy one/download a pdf or use an offline dictionary. I’d recommend using ProDict or BitKnights Ltd. You need internet only for 5 min to download all the content and then your app is good.


Movies/series

Try to have at least 2-3 movies in your laptop or on a flash stick/USB. Now, if you stay  1 month at your grandparents, you might learn the lines of these movies but at least you used your listening skills.


Music

I’m pretty sure 95% of langblrs have at least 1 song in their target language(s) but i’m still going to say this. When you’re bored, these songs will save you, also, singing improves your pronunciation.


Apps that work offline

Pocket - basically, you need internet at first (the app has to download the content and you have to log in) and after, you have to save a few stuff. The app allows you to read articles offline. It saves the page and you can acces it later.

While you are at a computer you “save” the page through the browser’s extention and they will be added to the app from your phone.

50Languages - just like every app i’m going to mention, you need internet only at the beginning. This app has games, audio, vocab. I like it for the fact that the audio is really good. As you guessed, it’s for 50 languages.

Fun Easy Learn - it has a version for words and one for phrases. The app has 7 games and you have to play them all in order to have “learned” the vocab.

Memrise - everyone knows it so i won’t say anything else than the fact that you can download a couple of their courses. (i’m not sure if for ios you can download them but i know that on os you can)

Learn - this app has audio and vocab. The game for “teaching” is more of a way of testing you after you learned the words but it’s still pretty handy.

Learn Languages - this app is built to work hand in hand with 50Languages and i just love them? So, you use 50langs for the audio and LearnLanguages tests you for what you know. If you don’t know a certain word or phrase, the app will send you notifications with what you don’t know and its translation. You set the timer (15min, 30min, 1h, 3 h).

If you have words that need to be learned and you don’t know how, Quizlet might be a good option since it has different games and also a flashcards option.

Questions

If you by any chance don’t understand something, write it down. Try to have a notebook or a paper only for questions. When you have internet again, use HiNative or ask a native friend of yours.

Humans Are Weird: Sports

I think aliens would be so confused by our methods of entertainment. Like if we just look at sports, we have Soccer, Basketball, Football/Rugby, baseball, softball, tennis, swimming, track, cross country, volleyball and so many more. Lets break a couple down.

Soccer: objective is to get the ball into the goal without using your hands. Equipment includes shoes with teeth on them and hard plating to protect our shins.

Basketball: the reverse of soccer, the goal is to get the harder ball into the net that is suspended in the air by bouncing it with your hands. No equipment.

Football: I’ll be honest I hate football with a passion and I don’t know a lot about it. But what I do know for sure is that getting tackle don’t just because you have the ball HURTS.

Volleyball: objective is to keep the ball going in the air over a net with out touching the ground, you use the vulnerable part of your forearms to do this. Special equipment includes knee pads to prevent skinning your knees.

These are only four of earths favorite sports and they HURT. Now imagine an alien learning about them and being horrified, like I play soccer and I have witnessed people have their hip messed up because of a nasty fall, then get annoyed because they have to miss the next couple games. Aliens would be so confused and concerned like, you already hurt yourselves enough. But now you are willingly submitting your self to more pain for the sake of not being bored!?

And they would be even more confused by the miniature games we play to keep our selves entertained. For example, my brother and I have our own version of wall ball we play. It includes a lot of diving to the ground. Or the games we play to warm up to play our other games, hand ball for example, where I have witnessed people vault of other people because they would jump off a cliff before they let the other team have the ball. 

Just imagine human starting a game of hockey of something in the corridors of their ship or something because they all where on break and had nothing else to do. Like the puck goes flying and knocks out a light (which I have also witnessed) and the aliens screaming and ducking for cover).


Feel free to add on. :)

the thing about shadowhunters including not only aline, who is already a canonical book character, but also ollie and samantha is that they didn’t have to. 

the show has already spoken and shown how they don’t mind parting with the books, so they didn’t need to add in aline. but they did, and they did her well. in the books aline kisses jace to ~discover~ herself. the show not only included her but also demolished that idea, with “sebastian” bringing up carolyn. they not only included one of cc’s ONLY canonical sapphic characters, but they also made her self confident, and knowing of herself. i can’t speak for everyone but i know that i’m personally very tired of the coming out arc that has to involve a man for the lesbian to ~truly discover herself~. 

and then they added in ollie and samantha as well. after alaric’s passing, it made sense to give luke a new partner. it could have been anyone, but they made it a wlw. and, she’s a three dimensional character, that moves the plot along and has her own sub plot at the same time. she’s slowly learning about the shadow world, and hasn’t been killed because of it (i cannot stress that enough). she has a girlfriend, samantha, and they’re both shown to be domestic and sweet and a real couple, not some gross man’s imagined version. and another factor that plays in is that we’ve seen samantha. she’s not mentioned in passing and forgotten, not a character trait for ollie. she’s a character too, and one i hope we’ll see more of.

another point to be made is that out of these three wlw, two are woc. aline is chinese, and samantha is desi. the fact that out of all the confirmed lgbt characters only two are white is something that needs to be noticed. in media the majority of lgbt characters are white, but media still gets praised for their diversity. two out of the three of the canon wlw are woc, and that’s important to recognize. 

these characters are characters, not plot points or something for the audience to drool at. they all three have backgrounds and personalities and move the plot along. i cannot begin to express how utterly delighted i am by these characters as a lesbian. i do love malec with my whole heart, but the amount of excitement and complete joy i feel for finally having sapphic rep in this show is something i never really expected to feel 

Is Will Byers Gay?

@byelertrash wrote a great analysis of Will Byers’ sexuality. I wanted to add to it – this is a sort of long post, so bear with me. 

I was looking for a script of the pilot online, and while I couldn’t find the shooting version, I did find a version of the pilot when the show was still called Montauk. It’s really interesting to look at all the differences: for one thing, Steve’s character is still what the Duffers intended him to be in the first place — a shallow asshole, he and Nancy have sex basically right away, and from what I remember, Barb dies.

There are lot of minor dialogue changes, but there was one discrepancy that caught my eye, from the scene between Joyce and Hopper when Joyce first reports Will’s disappearance. 

In the actual scene (i.e.: the one that aired), Joyce says “[Will’s] got a couple of friends, but you know, kids, they’re mean. They make fun of him, call him names, they laugh at him, his clothes…” Hopper then says, “His clothes? What’s wrong with his clothes?”, to which Joyce responds, “I don’t know, does it matter?”

The Montauk pilot makes a critical change. When Hopper asks what’s wrong with Will’s clothes, Joyce responds saying it’s because they’re too colorful. Here’s a screenshot:

I initially thought this part of the scene was an allusion to the Byers’ poverty; that maybe kids laughed at Will’s clothes because they were hand-me-downs or unfashionable or worn out. But I really don’t know what else about colorful clothing kids could take issue with, apart from the fact that it could theoretically imply homosexuality. I’m not sure why the Duffers removed the line (though I imagine it’s probably a matter of subtlety) and I’m not sure what it means as far as the canon is concerned. But I thought it was interesting.

Moreover, the entire scene itself is EXTREMELY loaded with meaning. It initially confused me, because I wasn’t sure why Joyce would bring up her son’s perceived homosexuality at that particular time. It didn’t seem immediately relevant to his disappearance. But, I think the Duffers wanted to hint that Joyce was worried about her son because he’s already a target. It’s important to note that Hopper asks about Will’s sexuality — when Joyce says that Lonnie used to call Will a fag, Hopper asks, “Is he?”. Later in the show, Troy says that his dad speculates that Will is dead; probably killed by “some other queer”. So, it would appear that even other adults are aware of Will’s perceived homosexuality, and that to some extent, it’s a topic of speculation and gossip in the town itself, and not just at Will’s school. So, I think Joyce, in this scene, is trying to explain to Hopper that Will’s disappearance isn’t just symptomatic of his age — she’s trying to explain that he’s queer, other people know it, and that makes him vulnerable. 

It’s ESPECIALLY worth noting that Joyce says “he isn’t like you” to Hopper right after he mentions “screwing Chrissy Carpenter”. This probably means that Will isn’t the type of person to skip class at all, but it could also mean that Will isn’t the type of person who would skip class to do something like screw somebody. Perhaps it’s because Joyce, who we know is very close with Will, has never observed him express romantic or sexual interest in anyone. One possible interpretation is that he hasn’t had those feelings yet, but another, more probable one, is that he has, but a) is confused and scared by them, b) knows that it’s unacceptable to have same-sex leanings let alone articulate them, and c) is already worried about being a ‘freak’ and an outcast, and therefore chooses silence. (But I bet you Joyce already knows this about Will, that’s kind of what I think the subtext of the “I was so proud of your rainbow ship” scene was…)

If you need anymore evidence of this, throughout the show, Lucas, Mike, and Dustin all express romantic interest in someone. Will, however, never does. There is only one instance where Will is paired with someone at all, and he neither initiates it nor seems too enthusiastic that it’s happening. Will’s own romantic inclinations have been unaddressed thus far, and I think that’s intentional. If the Duffers were really concerned with portraying Will as straight, the girl he danced with at the Snowball would have been introduced earlier in the show, if briefly. They would have included some shot of him looking at her longingly, or added a small subplot where he laments how being “zombie boy” has affected his romantic opportunities. And I’m almost certain they would have had him ask her. Instead, the girl is a rando; we don’t even know her name. We’re meant to be uninterested in her. The fact that she asks Will to dance is absolutely critical, because it means we have yet to see Will’s own romantic impulses – we only see someone projecting theirs onto him.  also Will doesn’t lament his romantic choices because he already has a crush on Mike.

Now, of course you could make the argument that assumptions about Will’s sexual identity don’t necessarily have any bearing on his actual identity. I would agree. But I don’t know why a) Will has repeatedly been targeted for being queer when Lucas, Mike and Dustin, all outcasts, have not, b) why even adults seem to be aware of this rumor, and c) why Joyce feels it’s necessary to bring up in a meeting with Hopper about his disappearance. And of course, there’s this clue from the pilot script, which is, IMO, unquestionably about him being gay.

Again - I’m not arguing that the speculation itself proves that Will is gay, I’m arguing that it seems like too much of a conscious effort on the Duffers’ behalf to amount to nothing. It seems that the Duffers are developing Will’s storyline, by planting subtle hints at his sexuality. They did it in the first season by belaboring everyone’s speculation about his orientation, and in the second season by emphasizing his close relationship with Mike. (I could write an entire tumblr post about the way their relationship in the 2nd season was shot alone). 

I think it’s especially possible given the fact that we have yet to really get to know Will as a character independent from the supernatural trauma he’s had to survive the past two seasons. If the Duffers are going to keep the show fresh, and I imagine they will, they’re going to change things up, which means we’re going to get to know Will in a different way. Dustin, Lucas, and Mike all have had romantic storylines, and each of these have deepened our understanding of and love for them. It would be repetitive and boring to yet again introduce a new character to be a love interest for Will, so in lieu of that, we may get more evidence to Will’s sexual identity. I am NOT suggesting that we will get Byeler, and I doubt we will see Will “come out” (because he’s 13 and this is 80s Indiana), but I don’t think that doesn’t mean he’s not canonically gay. It just means that we have to wait and see. 

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Watch the making of the image HERE!

When “Strange Magic” came out the story left me very cold, so I gave myself the task to rewrite it for fun. The main elements that I wanted to keep in the main characters, the unsuccessful marriage between Marianne and the prince, the journey into the dark forest, as well as the “beauty and the beast” element.

What I ended up with was this: Marianne and Roland are preparing to get married; Marianne completely in love with the stunning prince while he is just interested in her status and good looks. But during the wedding there is an accident and a fire starts, tearing the ceremony hall to shreds. Marianne gets to safety but returns into the flames in order to save her sister ((Roland could have shown his courage as well, but he is too cowardly to help Marianne)). Marianne manages to save Dawn, but is severely burned all over her body in the process.

The healers in the village are unable to remove her scars and Roland promptly cancels the wedding when he sees her new face. Heartbroken, Marianne shuts herself into her room, refusing to talk to anybody but Dawn. And when her sister mentions a legendary potion that can heal any wound, Marianne finds a new purpose; she will find the potion, fix her body and then Roland will love her again.

But in order to have her happily ever after she first needs to travel into the Dark Forest, from which fairies very seldom return from. But determined to gain back what she had lost she ventures on, all alone, into the nightmarish version of her home.

And yeah, during this trip she will get lost, meet the horrifying Bog King, make a deal with him and then they start traveling together, and eventually she learns the whole “beauty on the inside” lesson. And also: She finds the potion but does not use it, she returns home to give Roland a piece of her mind, and Bog and Marianne become a happy couple. I do realize that this story would have been much more serious than what we got, but hey, have you seen some of Disney´s darker movies?! >:D

A question that plagued me

As a gay Christian, specifically a gay Catholic, I’ve been plagued with the same question for as long as I’ve even considered that I may be a lesbian. And ever since I came out, I’ve gotten this question more frequently than anything else:

Isn’t homosexuality a sin?

Aren’t you going to go to hell?

I spent years debating this. I never had an answer until recently, and I’m writing this post for the gay Christians that are scared, and for the straight Christians that give our church it’s bad reputation of blatant homophobia.

The most common argument I hear for homophobia is that in the book of Leviticus, “a man must not lie with a man as with a woman” and that in Genesis, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. But does Christ not call us to love one another? Are we not called to “love one another as [Jesus] has loved [us]” regardless of gender? If your argument is that it’s wrong to be gay, so God hates you, you’re unfortunately very mistaken. God loves me and you and all the other people regardless of gender or sexuality; if God doesn’t make mistakes, then we are to love however we are made to by God.

Recall that familiar story in the Bible, where the centurion goes to Jesus and asks that Jesus heal his servant. You probably think of it as a touching story of a kind-hearted Roman soldier, but in reality, it’s a story of God healing a gay man’s boyfriend. In the original Greek version of that particular gospel, the Centurion refers to his servant as the Greek word that means a servant who’s duty is to be his/her master’s companion and lover. The man was, in essence, his master’s lover, and Jesus didn’t turn the centurion away because of this. He instead said “your faith has saved you”. Jesus didn’t reprimand the centurion or tell him he’d go to hell for having gay sex, he blessed that lovely gay biblical couple.

I had a conversation a few years ago, with one of my dad’s best friends. He is also Gay and Catholic, and when we spoke, he told me how important it is to love other, in all forms of love, whether filial or agape or eros love, regardless of gender, and that is why he doesn’t consider his sexuality a sin, and neither do I.

At the end of the day, faith, and its expression in the form of religion, is about our personal relationship with God. Or gender doesn’t determine our faith, nor does our sexuality, race, or age.
In the words of Pope Francis, “if a person is gay, and follows the Lord, who am I to judge?”