i need to not over analyze the show like this

Bonjour! We all know language learning is fun, but it’s still studying, and sometimes you just get really tired of studying. And if you’re like me and you’re intermediate in a language, it gets to the point where you want to start using the language instead of just endlessly reading textbooks and doing the same practice questions over and over. So I’ve compiled a list of things you could do where you’re learning a language without it feeling like you’re studying!

- ̗̀ Reading ̖́- 

  • Books. Pick up a book in your target language and just read it, with no need to analyze it or answer end-of-chapter questions. Don’t worry about every single foreign word you come across, try to get the general idea of it from the context. But if a word shows up a lot and you still don’t get it, you can look it up! Children’s books are great, too.
  • Comics. Basically just dialogue with pictures to help you understand what the characters are talking about. Need I say more.
  • Blogs. Follow a blog in your target language which posts about something you’re interested in. Blogs usually have less formal language than novels, are of course a lot shorter, and have lots of pictures.
  • Wikipedia. Whenever you’re curious about something and want to casually look it up, switch to the page in your target language. If you want to, you can always read the article in your native language first to understand the topic.

- ̗̀ Listening ̖́-

  • Films and tv. Some have more complex dialogue than others, some have simpler, so there are films and tv shows for almost every level of language learning. If you can’t find a movie originally in your target language, find a dubbed version, it’s better than nothing!
  • Cartoons. Or live-action movies/shows aimed at children. These usually have dialogue that’s easier to understand than those aimed at older viewers. Also they’re fun!
  • Youtube. If you can find vloggers who upload videos in your target language, then go ahead and watch them. Kind of the same thing as with blogs, where the language is more “everyday”!
  • Music. Listen to songs in your target language. It’s okay if you don’t understand everything or even anything, the most important thing is to get used to how the language sounds!

- ̗̀ Writing ̖́-

  • Keeping a diary. This is by far my favourite thing to do when it comes to language learning. The point of this isn’t to write a flawless essay with no mistakes, no one has to read your private diary anyway. The point is to get used to producing a text and expressing yourself in your target language. Start with writing about your day in the present tense. Go on to write about something that happened yesterday. Write about your feelings and what you think will happen in the future. If you want to express something but don’t know the word, look it up. Woo, new vocab word! 
  • Short stories. Similar as above, but experiment with verb tenses and sentence structure. Use the fanciest words you know to make that description extra descriptive. Learn to use idioms and similes and metaphors. Your story can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. And this time, get someone to correct it!
  • Letters and texts. Get a pen pal who speaks your target language, if you can! Or even just an internet friend you can text with. You can even practice speaking with them via Skype or maybe even in person if that’s possible. What better thing to do with a language than do what it’s meant for: communication!
  • Anything else. When writing down your daily to-dos in your planner, write them in your target language. Jot down that reminder on a post-it note but do it in your target language. Anything.

That’s all I have for now, I hope this was helpful and that it has given you some extra motivation to learn that language. Good luck! 

I finally watched the Run MV, and I have to say that I think everyone is over analyzing it. Not because I don’t think it could have a deeper meaning, I actually think most of the theories are pretty cool. I just feel like the meaning they are trying to convey is a lot more straightforward than people think. The video simply represents growing up. None of the members died, only their youth. It shows them being young and immature and crazy, but then it shows them being sad and alone and all of their memories are disappearing. The video perfectly represents what it feels like to grow up. Like Bangtan have explained many times though, it’s not exactly a bad thing, it’s more bittersweet. It’s just part of life. As you grow up you go through many changes and you lose part of yourself in the process. 

A lot of people are saying how the video and the album shows that the boys have really matured. I’m not saying that they haven’t, because they’ve obviously gained a lot more experience and knowledge. But I think this album shows that they’re just as confused, lost and lonely as other people at this stage in their life - but they’re going to make the most of it and never give up! 

I don’t think people get that Iris west and westallen would not be getting the amount of negative responses it does if Iris was white like yeah they’ll say they don’t like her not because she’s black but because *insert some minor irrelevant character flaw or some over analyzed detail*. But in reality it’s their internal racism looking for reasons not to like her. And that’s why now that westallen is slowly becoming canon I feel the need to use my energy to fight for it even if it means bringing out the bitch in me because we’ve seen what happens to black women on tv, look at sleepy hollow. Abbie was the fucking main character and they erased her. That’s what flash fans, specifically snowbarry fans are doing and have been doing since season 1. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of the senseless Iris hate and attack on westallen. I’m going to keep being vocal because clearly that’s the only way that black women can be loved and survive on TV.