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✓ ID #11382

Name: Mariana
Age: 17
Country: Brazil

hello everyone! my name is Mariana, and i’m a 17 year old girl from Brazil.

i love classic books, and also reading about politics, economics, science, sci-fi, detectives, and so on. i also like anime/mangá, and learning new languages (such as french, russian, korean, japanese, mandarim, swedish) and cultures are things i really enjoy! i’ve wanted to study physics/astronomy since i was little, and it’s still one of my passions.

i also take an interest in fashion :-) and i really like videogames, heroes and such! i love cats and would love to exchange little gifts. i wish i could meet all of u and make friends whom i can send memes and have deep conversations at 3am haha, although i can get shy sometimes.. all the love♡ xx

Preferences: i don’t mind age, country or gender! we can comunicate through whats app, discord, LINE, kkt, regular e-mail and snail mail in the future.

Converting

Yuri sat with his back against the brick wall, watching everyone around him play.

It was lunch time and his teacher had told him to go and play with some of the other kids.

But no one wanted to play with him.

He didn’t like going to school. No one talked to him or wanted to be his friend. But he liked learning. He liked how proud papa and Vicchan got when he showed them his work, and he liked how exciting learning new languages was.

He couldn’t wait to see Vicchan’s friends again! He would talk lots with them because his English would be super amazing.

But he hated recess and lunch time, where everyone had to go outside.

Everyone wanted to go outside and play with their friends, but he didn’t have any friends.

None of the boys wanted to be his friend because his hair was too ‘girly’, which was stupid because Vicchan had super long hair for a long time.

And all the girls didn’t want to play with him because he was a boy, and boys had cooties – though Yuri was pretty sure girls were the ones with cooties and Vicchan agreed with him.

“Yura?”

He jumped at the sound, looking up to see a familiar person standing beside him, looking down at him curiously.

“Mila!” he gasped, earning a bright smile from the red-haired girl.

He remembered Mila from the party papa and Vicchan had!

Mila was awesome not just because she liked ballet and Potya! Mila was awesome because she wasn’t mean! She didn’t make fun of his hair or tell him he had cooties! Mila was better than awesome, he decided, she was cool!

“I didn’t know you came to this school,” Mila said while grabbing his hand and pulling him to his feet, “Come on! You can come hang out with me and my friends!” Mila declared while pulling him along.

“You said you did ballet, but I haven’t seen you in any of my classes,” Mila huffed as they walked. He ducked his head slightly as he noticed a few kids in his class give him strange looks. Was it because he was talking to girl? Or because Mila was one of the big kids?

“Tetka Lilia has been teaching me when I’m not allowed on the ice,” he explained, causing Mila to pause and turn to him.

“Tetka Lilia?” Mila questioned. He nodded his head.

“Yeah! Her and aunty Mina are in charge of papa but Tetka Lilia spends a lot of time with Vicchan helping him,” he told his friend.

“Does that mean they are in charge of Dina as well?” Mila questioned.

“I guess?” he said with a shrug, “Tetka Lilia and aunty Mina look after a lot of ballerinas.” Mila stared at him for a moment before shrugging her shoulder and began pulling him along again.

“My friends are over here!”


Yuri hurried out of his classroom, clinging tightly onto the tiger backpack Vicchan had gotten for him.

He couldn’t wait to see Vicchan! He didn’t get to see Vicchan in the morning because Vicchan got up super-super early before him and papa.

He couldn’t wait to show Vicchan the English test he had gotten back. He scored highest in his class and got nine out of ten questions right!

He came to a halt suddenly as he spotted Mila standing at the school gate, looking around.

“Mila?” he questioned, causing the girl to turn around to look at him. He couldn’t help but stare at the girl’s long hair as it spun around with her. Mila had such pretty hair.

“Yura, hi!” Mila said before frowning as she glanced over her shoulder again, “Dina isn’t here.” He watched his friend for a moment before moving to her side and grabbing a hold of her hand.

“Okay, I’ll wait for you until Nana gets here!” he declared, causing Mila to blink down at him. He couldn’t leave his friend alone, Vicchan wouldn’t get too mad if he was a little late, especially when he tells Vicchan it was because he was staying with Mila.

“No! Won’t Yuri be here?” Mila asked with a frown. He shook his head, ignoring that his friend had said his name and not his papa’s, a lot of people did that.

“Vicchan picks me up,” he told Mila, “But Vicchan can wait a little bit until Nana gets here.”

Mila stared at him for a moment before shrugging her shoulders. They stood there, looking for Nana as kids hurried past them, finding their own parents.

He didn’t know how long they stood there, but it had to be a long time. Because there were no more kids leaving school.

“Yurochka!” He heard Vicchan call out, he glanced around before spotting Vicchan looking around for him.

“Vicchan!” he called out, waving his friend’s hand at the man. Vicchan spotted him and all but ran over, a silly worried look on his face.

Papa and Vicchan needed to stop doing that, he was a big boy, they didn’t need to worry about him.

“What are you…” Vicchan started only to trail off when he noticed Mila.

“You remember Mila, Vicchan!” he asked Vicchan. Vicchan smiled and nodded as he crouched down in front of him.

“Hello Mila, I’m Victor, do you remember me?” Vicchan said, he rolled his eyes as Vicchan used his real name. Vicchan was a better name anyway, Mila should just call Vicchan, Vicchan.

“Yes,” Mila said, “Dina hasn’t come yet.”

“Yeah!” he gasped, “Mila said Nana was picking her up and Nana isn’t here.”

“I see,” Vicchan hummed while pulling out his phone, “Do you know Nana’s phone number, dushka?”

“I know mama’s,” Mila admitted, Vicchan nodded his head before typing away on his phone. After a moment, he brought his phone to his ear, smiling at him.

“Vicchan will fix everything,” he told Mila while turning towards his friend. Mila gave a small smile and nodded her head.


“Victor? What’s wrong?” Yuuri picked the phone up on the third ring, causing him to let out a small sigh of relief.

“Hi lyubimyy, would you happen to have Dina’s number?” he questioned. The phone was silent for a moment before Yuuri made a confused sound as his phone vibrated against his ear, telling him he had a message.

“Why?” Yuuri questioned.

“I have a little lady here with us waiting for Dina,” he explained. He perked up as he heard Minako’s voice echo through the phone in Japanese, sounding less than impressed.

“Sorry, I have to go,” Yuuri apologised.

“No, no, I’m sorry for interrupting your practice. I’ll give Dina a call now. Love you, lyubimyy,” he said softly, smiling to himself as Yuuri returned the expression before they said their goodbyes. He turned back to the two children in front of him, who stared at him with large curious eyes.

“I got Dina’s number. Do you want to call her?” he offered Mila, who nodded her head quickly. He smiled as he called the number Yuuri had sent to him before handing the phone over to the red headed young lady.

While Mila was busy on the phone, he grabbed Yuri and pulled the boy into a hug.

“Vicchan!” Yuri gasped before giggling softly as he returned the hug.

“How was school?” he asked, brushing some loose hair out of the boy’s face.

“Mila goes to my school!” Yuri told him excitedly, like the girl wasn’t standing next to them mumbling softly into the phone.

“That’s great to hear,” he said with a smile. Since the party, Yuri often asked when Mila could come over again and play.

“Okay,” Mila suddenly said loudly before turning to him and holding the phone towards him, “Dina wants to speak with you.”

He smiled as he took the phone from the girl before pressing it to his ear again.

“Hello?” he said.

“I am so sorry,” Dina apologised immediately, “Misha has the day shift at the hospital and won’t be finished till six and I promised to pick Mila up but my car broke down and-”

“Dina,” he cut the woman off, “Would you like me to look after Mila for the afternoon?”

“I couldn’t do that to you,” Dina quickly refused.

“It’s off season for me. I’m doing nothing more than fiddling with ideas at the skating rink. Yuri always comes with me anyway. Focus on getting your car working again. You, or Misha, can pick Mila up from our house any time after six?” he suggested, “How does that sound?”

“Are you sure?” Dina questioned, seeming hesitant about the idea.

“Yes,” he ensured the woman, “It would be my pleasure. It will be fun to try and corrupt another one of Lilia’s future ballerinas into becoming a figure skater.” Dina let out a snort of amusement, at his comment before sighing.

“If you insist,” Dina conceded.

“I do,” he ensured Dina as he stood up, “My house, six.”

“I’ll be there,” Dina ensured him.

“I’ll let you explain everything to Mila,” he said, before handing the phone back to Mila. He turned to Yuri who was staring up at him curiously.

“Would you like to show Mila how to ice skate?” he questioned, earning a gasp of delight from the boy.

“Yes! Yes! Yes!” Yuri cheered.


“Ice skating?”

He couldn’t help but chuckle at the amazement in Mila’s voice as she followed Yuri and himself into the skating rink.

“Yep,” he confirmed with a nod of his head, “I am a figure skater.”

“The bestest!” Yuri piped up, “Until I beat him.”      

The girl was adorable, not as adorable as his Yuri but was rather close, her wide blue eyes seemed to bounce from place to place, unable to stay fixated.

He took them directly to the rink edge, where Georgi was practicing.

Mila was able to see over the edge of the rink just barely, but Yuri was still just that little bit too short. He quickly scooped the boy up before he could complain, setting him on the edge of the rink, so he could watch.

He couldn’t help but chuckle as Georgi did a quadruple Salchow, causing Mila to let out a gasp as Georgi threw himself into the air, only to sigh as he landed it flawlessly. Yuri cheered in delight, catching his fellow skater attention.

“Yura!” Georgi greeted, waving as he approached them.

“Goga! Goga!” Yuri said excitedly, leaning over until Georgi took the boy into his arm, “Goga! This is friend, Mila!”

“Hello,” Georgi greeted, flashing one of his charming smiles down at the little girl.

“Hi,” Mila replied, perking over the edge of the rink curiously.

“VICTOR!” He sighed softly as he turned to greeted his coach who was storming towards him, “YOU ARE LATE!” Yakov declared.

“Yakov, this is Mila,” he said quickly, directing his coach’s attention to the little girl beside him. As he predicted, Yakov melted under the girl’s soft gaze, something he always did with children.

“Hello, Mila,” Yakov greeted gently.

“Mila, this is my coach, Yakov. He is the best coach in the country and he helps me bring home lots of medals,” he explained to the young girl.

“Medals?” Mila questioned.

“Vicchan brings home lots of gold medals!” Yuri piped up from Georgi’s arms, “And Goga has medals as well! All different colour ones!”

“Victor,” Yakov huffed quietly, “You are aware this is a skating rink, not a daycare,” his coach hissed into his ear, trying to be mindful of the children.

“Mila is one of Lilia’s future ballerinas,” he stated simply, causing Yakov to pause. If he knew one thing it was that Lilia and Yakov were competitive against each other. For years, Yakov had held him above Lilia’s head, almost taunting her with how much better his student was. So, offering him another student, a student stolen from under Lilia was a very tempting thing for Yakov.

He bit back a snort as he watched Yakov turn back to Mila and eye the girl closely for a second.

“You dance, Mila?” Yakov asked, causing the girl to nod her head quickly.

“Yes! I do ballet like Dina! And I dance with Yuri too!” Mila told them. He couldn’t help but chuckle at the girl’s Russian use of his fiancé’s name.

“Dyadya, can Mila and I skate?” Yuri whined, giving his coach puppy-dog eyes, a look Yakov was unable to refuse.

“Only if Georgi is finished,” Yakov huffed. Georgi simply handed him Yuri before skating towards the exit, stating simply that the ice was free.


“Victor,” Yuuri sighed, rubbing his forehead in frustration, “Why?” he asked as he turned back to his fiancé.

A fiancé that was smirking in delight because he managed to convert Mila to figure skating – or so he claimed.

He will give it to his fiancé, that watching Mila ask to go skating with Yuri and Victor again was rather endearing, but he still couldn’t quite understand what Victor was so proud about.

“She will be amazing,” Victor told him suddenly, causing him to arch an eyebrow, “I’ll have Yuri and Mila under me, the Russian’s will be unstoppable.”

He stood there staring at his fiancé for a moment before shaking his head and turning to leave the room.

“I’m sleeping in the spare room.”

“WHAT?! WHY?! YUURI!?” Victor shouted after him.

Skater Next Door AU

AO3 Skater Next Door / Skater In Training

Ah, I’m so jealous of people who grow up in another country yet learn English and/or other languages so easily. I can barely keep up while trying to learn Korean and I failed my Spanish classes and even after taking it for 6 years I don’t know any Spanish what-so-ever besides the basic ‘hola’ ‘lo siento’ and stuff like that.

I barely even have time to learn a new language honestly. I work so much and on my days off I only want to sleep. Also, the resources for learning Korean are basically non-existent. It’s so difficult to find a good site, app or whatever. I’m going to end up spending abt $100 to buy a few work books and see if that helps any. Ah, why is it so hard. 

。・゚゚・(>д<)・゚゚・。

That’s a question I asked myself many times. So I spent a lot of time on blogs and websites telling me that you can’t name an exactly number.
Of course you can’t but I was just searching for an “around this” number. Everyone knows that there is no magical number like 1000 and then you’ll speak your target language but with 999 you wouldn’t.
I just wanted “around this” numbers to be motivated, to have a goal, to have a direction I can keep in mind. 
It was a pain in the ass to get an answer to this. And I want to share it with you guys, so you don’t have to waste your time on several blogs and giant textwalls to get just a little bit closer to this answer.
Don’t forget these are just “around this” numbers and it’s very(!) important that you also use them and SPEAK your target language.
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100 most common words make up 50% of conversations.

300 most common words make up 65% of conversations.
2.000 most common words make up 90% of conversations.
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What are the different levels of a language?
A1: 500 words
A2: 1.000 words
B1: 2.000 words
B2: 4.000 words
C1: 8.000 words
C2: 16.000 words
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And here a little bit detailed:


250 words - without these words, you can’t make a sentence.

750 words - is needed for everyday conversations.

2.500 words - will allow you to say most things you want, but sometimes in an awkward way.

5.000 words - is an active vocabulary of a (not high educated) native speaker.

10.000 words - is an active vocabulary of a (high educated) native speaker.

20.000 words - is needed in your passive vocabulary to fully understand work of literature by a notable author.

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.

French Masterpost #2

Watching movies in the language you’re learning is great. Helps you learn new words, listen to a conversation and even learn slangs that are used. Remember french accent for different places sound different and so do the slangs.
Here’s a list of movies you can try watching
1. Amélie
2. Le intouchable
3. Jules et Jim
4. La vie en Rose
5. Paris, je t'aime
6. La vie d'Adèle
7. Persepolis
8. Une vie de chat
9. Mon oncle
10. Pierrot le fou
11. Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopatre
12. Les choiristes
13. La Haine
14. Le concert
15. La dîner de cons
16. La placard
17. Le prénom
18. L'arnnacouer
19. La cité de la peur
20. Starbuck
21. Kirikow
22. Les quatre cents coups
23. Hiroshima mon amour
24. Un prophète
25. Des hommes et de dieux
26. A la vie, à la mort
27. Amour
28. Le passé
29. L'inconnu du lac
30. Tom à la ferme
31. Deux jours, une nuit
32. Populaire
33. L'aurberge espagnole
34. Ne quittez pas!
35. Gemma Bovery
36. Kirikou et la sorcière
37. Monsieur Ibrahim et le fleur de coran
38. La marche de l'empereur
39. Potiche
40. Rosalie Bleem
41. OSS 117: Le carie nid ďespoine
42. Alceste á bicycle
43. Belle & Sebastian (Comme recommandé par @formyfrench)
44.Au revoir les enfants
45. Cyrano de Bergerac
46. Jean de Florette
47.Le dernier métro
48. Ridicule
49. Manon des Sources
( 44 à 49 Comme recommandé par @nessday. Dans un manuel avec des mots de vocabulaire pour chaque film )
50. une longue dimanche de fiançailles (Comme recommandé par @enchantecherie)
REMARQUE: J'ajouterai plus comme je le trouve. Commentaire si vous voulez que j'ajoute un film.
Merci beaucoup!

anonymous asked:

How’d you learn to draw mechas? I’ve been wanting to try that myself for a while, and I know as an artist that the only way to learn is to just Do it, but it’s so daunting! I have no idea where to begin. Do you have any advice or tips? Thank you for your time!

Okay first of all, sorry to take so long to answer. I really wanted to draw some pics for this, and the last weeks have been quite busy. 

1. Draw from the reference

Drawing is like learning a new language: You can’t say you wanna learn English and then just start making up your own words because you think that finding words in the dictionary is cheating - It doesn’t make sense. Find a super cool robot picture and try to copy it. These are called “studies” for a good reason. You’re studying the vocabulary of those drawings. Many times people don’t share their studies since it’s only for the practice. But don’t study just one person. You don’t want to become that person - you want to become better! And if you post your study online, don’t forget to credit the original artist!

2. Try different techniques

One of my favorite techniques is something I call color blocking - I’m not sure if it’s an actual term or just something I came up with. I kind of carve the silhouette of the robot with one color and then I add a second color and carve the details in. I do this also if I have a picture with lots of characters and I want to make sure everything reads correctly. But these are all personal matters. Try different techniques until you find a one that works for you. And remember to flip your canvas!!

3. Try different brushes

My favorite brushes vary, but these three are the ones I keep using more than the others. Kyle’s brush I got used to while I was working on my freelance work - it just feels good to draw with. The square one is really fun to work with in mecha designs, and the basic one also feels surprisingly good while drawing. Sometimes I just grab a new brush, start doodling, and end up with a decent piece.

4. Symmetry vs. asymmetry

This one I included especially because I’m talking about robots. Breaking up the machines with asymmetrical parts gives them more character BUT it’s important to keep the symmetry in mind. If I do a robot that has a one big arm and one small arm, I later make sure that most of the other parts are symmetrical. This way the asymmetry is the choice rather than a mistake.

5. Draw from the reference (!!!)

Yes, I added this the second time because I really feel it’s important! I use Pinterest all the time - I have a board with over 1000 pins of robots! There are paintings from my favorite robot artists, 3D models of super cool robot designs, and even photos of real robots all collected in one place. And for anyone who feels “wrong” doing this: Finding reference DOESN’T mean copying - it can be just an idea or inspiration: It’s finding the language you want to use. Sure you won’t need  the reference as much later on as you build your own “shape-vocabulary” - just like you won’t need your dictionary after you have learned the words you use.

6. It doesn’t have to be perfect

I’m never 100% happy with my work. But I have learned to say “oh well” and move on. Next time I’ll do better.

7. BE PROUD! 

Don’t talk down your own work no matter how much you’d like to. If you’re not standing behind your drawings, who will? Sure you do see the mistakes, but it’s still a great piece of art you made!

You decided to learn a new language? That’s great!
But you don’t really know how to start? That’s totally normal, especially if you never learned another language before. But here are some tips how to get started. :)

1. Read about your language. Before you actually start studying your target language you should google it. At least the Wikipedia entry. That takes about 15 minutes but will help you a lot during your study process.
It makes it easier to know how your language “works” before starting it.
Is it similar or very different to the language you know? How’s the basic grammar? Do they use the same letters? Does it use genders? What’s special about your target language? Do you speak the language just how you read it? 
So you won’t be confused while studying Spanish when the word “hablo” suddenly changes to “hablas” because you read before that they conjugate verbs in Spanish. That way you will understand it faster.

2. Break sentences or even words down. Maybe there is a pattern.
For example in German we call a sloth “Faultier”.
If you break it down you have “faul” (lazy) and “Tier” (animal).
So while you learned the word for sloth you also learned the word for “lazy” and “animal”. In this case you can learn that we Germans don’t really have endless long words, we just like to put words together that already exist to describe something new.
And suddenly “Studentenkrankenversicherungsmeldeverordnung” doesn’t look like a word straight from hell anymore because it’s just “StudentsHealthInsuranceReportRegulation”. And you know it because you broke other words down and discovered that Germans just put words together.

3. Learn the most common words. The most common 100 English words make up about half of all written English.

4. If you don’t know a word in your native language, you don’t need it in your target language. For example “Grommet”. I heard the German words for it but never used it or will use it. So why would I need to know it in English? Unfortunately schools don’t care about that.

5. Try sticky notes.

6. Make a plan what you want to learn.

7. Search for good resources like textbooks/Apps/websites/videos/etc.
That’s also a way to get started. I prefer getting a textbook for beginners and combine it with tip number 9.

8. Find a teacher. I’m not really a fan of learning a language sitting in a classroom because you won’t talk much. But if you want someone leading you while you do your first steps in your target language, you should definitely check out italki.

9. Find a language exchange partner. Think about what you normally would chat about, search for the vocabs and use them! You will instantly practice them, learn the words you need to know and have fun while learning your first words in your target language.

10. Get help from the Studyblr or Langblr community! :)

How to win the sign’s heart

Aries:  Be persistent, calls and texts and conversations about everything and anything catches their interest.  Also be willing to go with their plan.  An Aries will be most attracted to someone with ambition and a dream, just as long as it fits with theirs.

Taurus:  A Taurus will be attracted to an uplifting friend, someone who wants to pick everyone’s spirits up.  Validation and attention is very important.  A Taurus will be attracted to someone with an appreciation for the things important to them, someone who will listen to their opinion and respect it.

Gemini:  Gemini is incredibly different from most people.  They want to talk, but they don’ t want to be around people.  Show them that you understand their swings, or at least are trying to.  Let them play their music when you hang out, let them show you the places they find exciting.  A gemini will be attracted to someone who is weird and unlike the rest, accept your strangeness and be proud for it.

Cancer:  Be loving, sensitive, and treat them kindly.  Also be conscious of the fact that some cancers like to do things their own way, even the little things like using the vacuum, they do their way because it is best.  Cancers love the cheesy rom-com type.  Plan cute little outings and show them you can be the sweetest person alive.  Cancers are attracted to people who live for fairy lights, Christmas, and cuddles.

Leo:  They like people who dress and look well, you don’t have to be the prettiest person in the world, but act like you are.  Don’t be confused though, they do not like cocky people, just confidence.  Take care of yourself and spend time on your look.  Leos are not attention seeking in the way that they want the world to revolve around them, but more in the way of they want you to check in or respond quickly to their texts.  Leos are attracted to the happy, secure, and fashionable.

Virgo:  Virgos will look at how you treat others and what your mind is like.  They like people who show they have depth and the willingness to learn.  Reading books and having a large vocabulary will make you look extremely desirable.  Be their partner in learning a new language, or trying a new exercise program.  Virgos also like the luxurious things in life, keeping your living space clean and keeping up with the times will win you a place on their list.  Virgos are attracted to the kind, respectful, and intellectual.

Libra:  Treat a Libra like they are you world, and know that they will be understanding when you cannot always be talking.  Be cute with them and show you have an interest in dorky things, they find this interesting.  Movie marathons, reading books, and having a poetic nature is attractive to them.  Libras often have a diverse population in personality.  They either want the popular to be on the homecoming court with their girlfriend or boyfriend.  If not that, they want a partner in singing a duet or dancing.  Libras are attracted to those who are naturals in being companions.

Scorpio.  A scorpio will be very analytical about the person they date, the person will often be a reflection of them.  Scorpios see what you wear, how you do your makeup, how you show your personality by external appearances.  If this scorpio is the stoner, skater, let’s watch the regular show until 3 AM type, they will be attracted to those who showcase they are similar throw fashion and expression.  A scorpio is attracted to an interesting and exciting personality, someone to decode.

Sagittarius:  Sagittarius doesn’t want to sit around all day when it comes to dating.  They want to talk about travel and they want to go somewhere.  Express your interest of going on daytrips to unusual places, like uncharted ghost towns and a ski town hours away from your local suburbia.  A Sagittarius is often attracted to someone who’s first language isn’t theirs, who belongs to a different religion, or someone who comes from a separate culture all together (being from a different part of the country or the world).  Sagittarius is attracted to people from far away, or who have the dream to go far away.

Capricorn:  Give Capricorn your full attention, for whatever they might be talking about.  A Capricorn will fill the house with conversation, it is their first instinct for expression.  Don’t be condescending to yourself, them, or other people.  Show that you are confident in yourself to the point that you do not need to drag others down.  Capricorn do not get along well with the overly emotional, as they are sometimes a lot more busy thinking about themselves than anyone else.  Be able to understand sarcasm and deliver it back.  Capricorn are attracted to the intelligent, independent, and reliable.

Aquarius:  An Aquarius will be drawn to those who make themselves know, not always in the way of being outgoing though.  They like those who express themselves in creativity, whether this be drawing, painting, dancing, film, etc. they will appreciate it beyond measure.  Aquarius likes the people that understand space, that it is okay to be alone for a while and to need to not be with people all the time.   Give them time to make the first move.  An Aquarius will be attracted to those that go with the flow and want to make their dreams work.

Pisces:  Pisces are interesting people.  They are emotional, and in these emotional times they might want a hand to hold, or they want you to leave them the fuck alone.  Pisces want someone who can keep up with their ever-changing wants and needs.  Like gemini, they want to surround themselves with the weird who are proud to be different.  Pisces is attracted to easygoing commitment. 

language learning made easy

I’ve summarized professor  Alexander Arguelles’ video, because I think this is crucial for language learning. 

There is no magic trick that will help you become fluent in 1 month, but there are very effective approaches to learning a new language and if you combine them, you will surely become fluent.

If you’re learning a new language, the most important thing you need to consider is – what type of language learner are you? 


1. If you:

  • have a more deductive approach, which means that you’re better at listening to and observing the language first and learning through that, rather than starting with plain grammar points from a textbook
  • have a fair degree of intuition
  • like to observe a phenomenon
  • feel somewhat comfortable with ambiguity for a while, until things become clear
  • are someone who can feel comfortable being corrected when they realize they were wrong, rather than getting confused and frustrated because they went down an initial path that turned out not to be correct (so you actually learn from being corrected and you don’t get confused by it)

then, these manuals are best suited for you: the Assimil Language Series, the Linguaphone Series, the Cortina Methods.


2. If you:

  • have a desire to have things explained to you beforehand in a nice and clear way
  • have a logical and analytical mind (which is usually the product of education in general)
  • have a need for a systematic approach (basically if you’re most comfortable with a book which is going to introduce the grammar according to an agreed set of methods or an organized plan)

then, you should try out some of these manuals: the Hugo Series, the Made Simple Series, the Teach Yourself Series, the Buske Series



3. PAY ATTENTION TO PATTERNS!!!

  • the most important part are the patterns of a language
  • no matter what type of language learner you are, I think it’s really clever to incorporate this method into you learning. 
  • a language is actually made up of patterns which constantly repeat themselves and that is THE KEY TO FLUENCY
  • repeating the patterns over and over again, until they become natural, until you no longer have to conjugate the verbs in your head before speaking
  • when you become really good with patterns, your sentences will come out naturally, and patterns are what will get you to fluency




I’ve provided the links, where you will find a review of the books, so that you can have an idea of what they look like. You can find most of these on amazon.

There is also an amazing blog on here, which provides free books, and I think that you can find half of these series for free there.  @lovelybluepanda

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Have you noticed that Zarya copies other heroes’ lines when she respawns?
Like, she copies Zenyatta when she says “A temporary set back”, Mercy when she says “A speedy recovery”, and D.va when she says (in a mocking voice) “Uh-uh, I am not a good loser”,  as if she wants to make her teammates laugh

and this…………. this just makes me love her even more

So I found myself struggling these days because of a loss of motivation.
Of course that’s normal, especially while learning a new language.
First you’re like “I can learn this language in one night!” motivated but that can change into “How the f*ck could anyone remember all this sh*t?? Why am I doing this…”. I already saw that coming because it was the same with the language I learned before. That’s why I made a list for my future-me to look at when I feel like giving up. Now it’s time for it and I thought I could share it with you. Hopefully it helps some of you! :)


1. Drink water or juice. Yes I know, this is something people like to skip, because they want to get to the “real” tips, but please don’t do that!
If you’re feeling tired, exhausted, down or even depressiv this can help you! 

2. Clean your desk. If it looks like world war 3 just passed your table, it’s too messy and you will feel like it.

3. Read the list. Yes I mean THE list. Oh wait… you don’t know what I’m talking about? I mean the list you wrote down with reasons why you want to have good grades, why you started this new language, why you have to study the stuff you have to study right now. What do you mean you don’t have a list like that? Write one and then read it!

4. Look at your goals. What do you mean you don’t have a list with small goals that will keep you motivated? What are you doing the whole day? Write one!
And be sure you write down small goals you can reach in like a few days or weeks. Everything else will be too far away.

5. Look at the list with rewards you will get/do/buy yourself if you reach a goal. Yes… I’m sure you have a list like that. I’m sure because you know you need one. Who doesn’t like rewards?… Of course you have one. Of course.

6. Anything is better than nothing. Watch a movie in your target language, listen to music the guy you have to learn about composed or watch a Youtube video of this stupid maths stuff you don’t get.
Also if you sit down and just study 5 minutes it’s better than nothing. 

7. Start a challenge. There are challenges for everything everywhere on the internet. Find one you like, set your goals, choose your rewards and start.
This coffee you want to drink at this cool new Coffee shop won’t drink itself!

8. Teleport yourself into the future and skip studying. Of course that doesn’t work! Do I look like a wizard? No. But just close your eyes for a little bit, relax and imagine how you feel after reaching your goal. For example if you are studying a new language, imagine how you visit the country where your target language is spoken. You wake up and go outside for breakfast. You order what you want in your target language, while people look at you, impressed on how good you speak their language. You sit down and drink your coffee/tea, while a cute young man asks if he can sit next to you, because all other seats are taken.
He starts a conversation and you have no problem to speak in your target language. He tells you how cute your accent is and asks you for a date.
Oh, that won’t happen? Of course not if you don’t study.

9. Go for a walk. I know, just like “drink water” you probably want to skip that, but just don’t. If you really don’t want to go for a walk open all windows. Breath.

10. Meditate. Maybe you’re just too stressed. Calm yourself down for a moment.

11. Exercise. Your body will produce happy hormones. Yes I said happy hormones and yes they exist. Probably not with this name but who cares. The chance is higher to feel motivated to study after a workout.

12. Write a To Do List. Yes I like lists because they work. Write down what you HAVE TO DO today. If nothings helps you should at least do these things and just take a nap. The world is brighter after a nap.

13. There is no thirteen.

Handy und Soziale Medien Vokabeln : German Vocab on Phones and Social Media

As promised, here is a list of some of the vocabulary you may find when you change your phone to German! I’ve actually gained so much from just changing the language on my phone to German. Hope this vocabulary list helps!

Verbs:
bearbeiten - to edit
löschen - to delete
abbrechen - to cancel
anmelden - to log in
abmelden - to log out
eingeben - to enter (password)
verbunden - to connect
bloggen - to blog
suchen - to search
abonnieren - to subscribe
herunterladen - to download

Nouns:
Der Kommentar - the comments
Der Beitrag - the post
Der Anhang - the attachment
Die Fotografie - the photograph
Die Einstellungen - the settings
Die Internetverbindung - the internet connection
Die Seite - the site
Die Email - the email
Die Nachrichten - the news / messages
Die Bilder - the photos
Die Mitteilungen - the messages
Das Iphone - the iPhone
Das Ladegerät - the charger
Das Video - the video
Das Netz - the network
Das Telefon - the telephone

Phrases/Other:
Jack folgt dir jetzt: - Jack now follows you
Molly hat dich in einem Kommentar erwähnt: - Molly has mentioned you in a comment
Die Batterie fast leer - The battery is almost dead
Hannah gefällt dein Beitrag - Hannah liked your post
Gefällt – mal -  – likes (usually featured on a bottom of a social media post)

[App Review]—Beelinguapp

Is this more of an app review or a book review? Today I bring you a review of Beelinguapp, an audiobooks app for language learners.

Sometimes studying can be a boring drag and you just want to do something a little less tedious than drilling grammar or a ton of vocab flashcards. Maybe you want to get into reading books in your language of choice, but you’re worried that it might be too hard to just pick up a book written in your chosen language and read it without guidance. In that case, I could recommend this app to you!

As I already said, this is an audiobook app. There are free stories and paid ones both available to choose from. There are stories of all different types and difficulties, including classics and even sciency stuff, as you can see in the above image! The cool thing is that when you choose a story, you can also choose which languages to download it in! So far, I’ve downloaded all of my stories in English, Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese. When you go to listen to a story, you can choose what you want your learning language to be and what your reference language is. When you listen to the book, it will be read and displayed to you in the learning language, and you can do split screen so the learning language is on top and the reference language is on bottom. You can mix and match languages, so you could even have two learning languages up at once!

There are a lot of things you can play with as you read. As I already mentioned, there’s the split screen option, and there is a night mode, text magnifier, voice speed control, and text highlight that follows the reader. The text highlight sometimes isn’t timed correctly, however, and of course if the languages you have set as your learning and reference have different word order or other major grammatical differences, you won’t be able to really use the highlight to, for example, match words you don’t know. Still, the highlight does make it easier to follow where the speaker is in the text with your eyes even if the timing is a little off.

As for the actual audio quality, I’ve found it to be passable in all the stories and different languages I’ve tested so far, though some aren’t the absolute best quality. That isn’t to say the audio is bad, just that you can expect to hear some noise in some recordings. I’m assuming that the audio quality will be better with stories that you have to pay to download, but I’m too cheap so I haven’t tried any of those yet :B Anyway, in all of the stories I’ve listened to so far, the narrators speak at reasonable storytelling speeds, and if you aren’t super picky about audio quality, there should be no big problem.

The major downfall of this app is, in my opinion, the lack of a dictionary function. You can long-press words to add them to your own dictionary in the app… but then you have to add a meaning for the word yourself, which is obviously not too helpful at all if you don’t already know what the word means! Sure, maybe you could take a look at the reference language text to see what the word means, but these stories aren’t translated word-for-word and sometimes matching up words between different versions of the same text could be hard. What I think this app really needs is an easy-access dictionary that, if you long-press a word, it pulls up a dictionary entry for that word. Of course, since there are so many stories in so many languages on this app, providing dictionaries for all of them might be hard…

Verdict:

Ultimately, I think this is a pretty good app with a few flaws that, if fixed, would make this a really excellent language-learning tool!

PROS:

  • Multiple languages available
  • Can read along as you listen to the story
  • Can choose your display languages so you can even study more than one new language at once
  • Lots of little options to play with to optimize your experience

CONS:

  • No integrated dictionary :<
  • Audio quality is decent but a little lacking
  • Text highlighting sometimes isn’t synced properly


As always, happy studying <3

The Hogwarts Houses as Langblrs

Gryffindor: 

- Has an obsession with romance languages 
- Backpacks (or wants to backpack) around the world 
- Does a lot of 100 days challenges 
- Loves talking to natives 
- Uses tons of different study materials 
- Reads out loud in their target languages 
- Highlights everything in their textbooks 
- Goes on Duolingo every day to keep their sreak
- Spends way too much time planning their next trips 
- Listens to podcasts in their target languages while working out 
- Is better at their target languages when they’re drunk 
- Fights anyone who says that you can become fluent in three months 
- Visits (or wants to visit) all their friends abroad 
- Whises to visit every country in the world 
- Loves roadtrips, hiking and sleeping in tents 
- Tries local alcohols everywhere they go 

Languages: Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Arabic 

Hufflepuff: 

- Gives language classes to refugees in their city 
- Volunteers abroad 
- Spends more time daydreaming than actually studying 
- Watches a lot of TV shows in their target languages 
- Studies their soulmate’s native language 
- Listens to music in languages they don’t know
- Loves translating lyrics from their favorite songs 
- Cooks food from foreign countries 
- Give nicknames in different languages to their friends 
- Shares all their travels on social media 
- Talks to their pet in their target languages 
- Posts pretty pictures of their study space 
- Laughs at dumb duolingo sentences 
- Always writes postcards to all their friends when they go on vacation 
- Makes new friends every time they sleep in hostels 

Languages: English, Japanese, Afrikaans, Norwegian, Hindi  

Ravenclaw: 

- Makes loads of flashcards
- Studies way too much languages 
- Loves linguistics 
- Makes study schedules and bullet journals 
- Works on their aesthetic 
- Uses the pomodoro technique 
- Shares PDFs of textbooks with all their friends 
- Reads Harry Potter in all their target languages 
- Has an obcession with buying textbooks 
- Talks to themseves in their target languages all the time and then gets confused when someone talks to them 
- Starts a new language just because it sounds nice 
- Uses a different color for each of their target languages 
- Makes bucket lists with all the places they want to visit one day 
- Makes travelbooks to remember their travels 
- Can read five different alphabets 
- Dreams of spending a semester in a foreign university 
- Has ten different keyboards on their phone and doesn’t use half of them 
- Can spend hours looking at memes instead of studying 

Languages: Latin, German, Chinese, Romanian, Persian 

Slytherin: 

- Makes slang masterposts in their target languages 
- Studies super hard to be better than their classmates 
- Gets really competitive 
- Teaches insults in their native language to foreigners 
- Studies a language in secret to surprise people by speaking it 
- Works on their pronunciation while working out 
- Loves trying new food when they go abroad 
- Can say “hello” in twenty different languages 
- Works super hard to get a C2 level 
- Send memes to their friends in languages they don’t even know 
- Acts annoyed when their friends asks them to translate something but is secretly very proud to be the official translator of the squad 
- Gets mad when they want to tell a joke but it doesn’t translate 
- Pauses their music so they can hear a conversation in their target language in public transportation 
- Pretends not to know the language a group is speaking so that they can spy on them 

Languages: French, Dutch, Russian, Hebrew, Vietnamese 

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早上好 - good morning!
28.8.17 | 8:24am | i’m making some progress with mandarin since i’m also learning phrases/expressions now and not just the radicals because i feel like i would not get there soon. Also, planning on buying books to learn the language today. I’m excited! 🤗🤗