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How to sound more natural in French

1) For questions, use “est-ce que”, or just the plain affirmative form with a question mark/rising tone.

 Où vas-tu ? (correct, but nobody actually speaks like that)

 Où est-ce que tu vas ? (much better) Tu vas où ? (most common) Partez-vous en vacances cet été ? (hello, I’m a robot)

 Est-ce que vous partez en vacances cet été ? (natural)

 Vous partez en vacances cet été ? (what I would probably say) => Note that even though I used the formal “vous” in this last example (could also be that I’m addressing multiple people, but let’s say it’s just one person), it’s still completely ok/common/natural to use these more “informal” question forms. Same goes for all the other tips below. This is how people actually speak, even in slightly more formal situations. 


2) Drop “ne” in “ne pas”

E.x. Je ne sais pas. => Je sais pas.

E.x.  Je n'ai pas faim. => J'ai pas faim.


3) Use “on” (conjugates like the third person) instead of “nous”

E.x. Nous habitons à Paris. => On habite à Paris. 


4) Shorten “tu” to t’ when the verb starts with a vowel of a “silent” H 

E.g. Tu habites où ? => T'habites où ?


5) Drop “il” in “il y a”. It turns into “y'a”

E.x.  Il y a un chat dans le jardin. => Y'a un chat dans le jardin.

E.x. Il n'y a pas de soucis. => Y'a pas de soucis. 

 These are the most important I think. Then there’s obviously vocab, with some words/contractions being more informal to varying degrees (“bouquin” for “livre”, “aprem” for “après-midi”…). 


And then, there’s pronunciation. There are a lot of sounds that can get slurred together, but I couldn’t really tell you the rules. As an example though, “je” followed by “sais” or “suis” will turn into j’, then ch if you’re really slurring.

 "Je sais pas" => “J'sais pas” => “Chaipas” (this last one is not usually written, but you will hear it) 


Some people will tell you that all these things are “incorrect” and “not proper French”, but I think that’s bullshit. You *need* to do all these things if you want to sound like a real person, and not like a textbook. Good luck!

 - with the help of a user from the HiNative App. When you have doubts about anything in particular, using HiNative is a great way to get the answers you’re looking for in a language you’re studying. 

 These were just some helpful tips I got from him/her about sounding more natural and gaining a better understanding of the language.

Status Inglês

• Promise me you will never forget all the times we spent together.
(Prometa que você nunca vai esquecer todos os momentos que passamos juntos.)

• Treat your girl right or someone else will.
(Tratar a sua garota bem ou alguém o fará.)

• I am perfectly imperfect.
(Estou perfeitamente imperfeita.)

• Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these positive emotions, society will face tremendous difficulties.
(Amor e bondade são a base da sociedade. Se nós perdermos essas emoções positivas, sociedade enfrentará dificuldades tremendas.)

• Imagine all we could accomplish if we just used our imagination.
(Imagine tudo o que poderíamos realizar se usamos nossa imaginação.)

• There will always be a lesson behind every pain.
(Sempre haverá uma lição por trás de cada dor.)

• Sometimes music is all you need.
(Às vezes a música é tudo que você precisa.)

• Don’t ruin today by worrying about yesterday’s problem.
(Não estrague hoje por se preocupar com o problema de ontem)

• Keep your head high gorgeous, there are people who would kill to see you fall.
(Mantenha a cabeça erguida, lindo, há pessoas que matariam para vê-lo cair.)

• I never changed. I just learned.
(Eu nunca mudei. Eu aprendi.)

• The best medicine in the world is a mother’s hug.
(O melhor remédio do mundo é um abraço de mães.)

• The hardest thing is not talking to someone you used to talk to everyday.
(A coisa mais difícil não é falar de alguém costumava falar para todos os dias)

• Sometimes i keep my feelings to myself, because it’s hard for someone to understand
(Às vezes guardo meus sentimentos para mim, porque é difícil para alguém entender.)

• The only thing worse than not finding happiness is finding it and throwing it away.
(A única coisa pior do que não encontrar a felicidade é descobri-lo e jogá-la fora.)

• Sometimes, I’m afraid to tell you how I feel.
(Às vezes, tenho medo de lhe dizer como me sinto.)

• Be crazy. Be weird. Don’t be afraid of what anybody thinks.
(Ser louco. Ser estranho. Não tenha medo do que os outros pensam)

• somewhere between emotional and emotionless
(em algum lugar entre o emocional e as emoções)

• The older I get, the more I realize what really matters in life.
(Quanto mais velho fico, mais eu percebo o que realmente importa na vida.)

• Good people go through the most bullshit.
(Boas pessoas passam pela maior merda.)

• Do what is right, not what is easy.
(Fazer o que é certo, não o que é fácil.)

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July 14

Pairing: poly!hamilsquad

Premise: modern au - Lafayette is feeling homesick on Bastille Day, and it’s up to John, Alexander, and Hercules to cheer him up.

Word Count: 1496

a/n: fluffy fluff… enjoy <3 (p.s. i’m sorry it’s up later than i hoped… but you can expect marliza pt. 1 tomorrow night!)


“Guys can you please shut up?” John moaned as Hercules and Alexander animatedly discussed the latter’s newest legal case. “The movie’s starting!”

Indeed, the artsy opening credits had stopped and given way to the first scene of Amélie. Alexander shut up, pouting, and Hercules quickly kissed him and promised that they would finish talking later.

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Você me curou. Me curou de todas as pessoas que me fizeram mal, que queriam meu mal. Me fez crescer, me fez sorrir, me fez entender que nada é eterno, tudo tem seu fim. Mas no meio disso tudo, você me fez te amar também. Te amar da forma mais pura possível. Amar cada detalhe teu. Amar seu sorriso de lado, seu cabelo desgrenhado, tua boca que já é tão minha e sua risada gostosa e rouca no pé da meu ouvido. Enfim, eu amo você. Amo tudo em você, e amo mais ainda saber que você também me ama.
—  Just us.
[ now you’re just somebody that i used to know ]

Te prometi que não iria sumir de uma hora para outra. Foi numa noite quente de verão, quando minhas esperanças estavam morrendo e você foi a única pessoa que veio tentar reanimá-las. Talvez, se não fosse por sua presença naquela noite, eu me perderia por completo. Estaria vagando tão cabisbaixo que teria torcicolo sete dias por semana. Mas, aqui estou, sem dores musculares e meio animadinho para prosseguir vivendo. Só que acabei descumprindo a promessa que te fiz. Já fazem quase cinco dias que não trocamos palavras e que as nossas coisas começaram a tender em direções diferentes. Ao contrário do que tentei fazer diversas vezes durante esse ano, me afastei devagar, quase naturalmente. Fui deixando de puxar assunto, de falar as besteiras de sempre e começando a preferir o silêncio. De inicio foi muito difícil me acostumar com a barra de notificações do meu celular vazia durante a maior parte do dia. Mas, acabou se tornando algo normal. Me sinto um pouco em paz, sabe? Depois de toda aquela turbulência, é muito bom finalmente conseguir ouvir minha mente falando coisas sanas e racionais. Acabou o meu desespero. Por isso, percebi que meus desabafos ficaram meio sem-sentido tanto para mim, quanto para você. Encheu seu saco e perdeu o significado para mim, então resolvi parar. O problema é que acabei me afastando e, talvez, isso esteja te machucando. Me sinto mal por isso, mas não quero voltar atrás. Ultimamente, tenho me dito que só posso continuar levando as coisas à frente na minha vida enquanto elas fizerem sentido. E, aparentemente, sou uma parte descartável no seu castelinho de areia, então espero que uma onda me puxe de volta para o mar, onde posso me misturar com a multidão de grãos e continuar vivendo como se nada tivesse acontecido.

Pool Fun

Shawn Mendes
Words ~ 725
Warnings ~ Nope
Summary ~ Pushing people in pools is fun?
Note ~ This was a lot better when I wrote it last night, but then my computer crashed and it got deleted -_-
Also, I’m taking requests, please, I’m running out of ideas :D

I screamed as Shawn picked me up, bringing me to the edge of the pool. Que, John, Matthew and some other party goers stood across the garden laughing their asses off.

“Say you love me.” Shawn threatened playfully. I shook my head while attempting to wiggle out of his hold. His grip tightened around my waist as he dangled me over the edge, my feet skimming the water.

“Shawn! Don’t!” I warned, panic finally setting in. Steam escaped the top of the pool, meaning that it was being heated; Even so, I didn’t fancy going for a swim in the middle of October.

Shawn chuckled, “Just say you love me.” He shifted my weight in his arms, stopping me from slipping. I turned my head to look at his smiling face. He wouldn’t dare throw me in. This started as a joke! I didn’t actually hate him! Shawn knew I loved him more than anything in the world.

Then Shawn loosed his grip, pretending to drop me.

“Alright! I love you! I love you, I love you, I love you! Now get me away from this damn pool!” I finally gave in.

“Aww, I love you too Baby.” Shawn teased as he pulled me away from the edge. I let out a sigh of relief when my feet settled on solid ground once again. Our friends laughter turned into groans of disgust as Shawn kissed me.

I pulled away just in time to see Que, John and Matthew stalking towards us, evil smirks plastered on their faces, “Guy? What are you-”

One big push sent Shawn and me flying into the pool.

“Sorry, we had to.” Que giggled as I popped back up to the surface. I spat out a bunch of water that pooled into my mouth, trying to catch my breath as I paddled to keep myself afloat. Shawn, on the other hand, was fine seeing as he was tall enough to stand.

Shawn glided over to me, wrapping his arms around my waist, “You get Que and I’ll get the guys?” He whispered in my ear. I nodded my head excitedly.

Our friends where laughing so hard that they didn’t even see us swimming towards them. Shawn silently counted us down on his fingers; once the last finger went down, I grabbed Que’s arm, tugging her into the water.

They splashed into the water. Que let out a high pitched yelp as she came to the surface, “You’ve got my hair wet! Do you know how long it’s gonna take to dry?”

“I think they got a bit more than your hair wet.” John commented, his eyes wondering lower than they should. I really didn’t need to see my brother checking out my bestfriend.

My gaze quickly shifted to Shawn as he picked me up again, letting me wrap my legs around his waist, “You’re a mess.” He chuckled and pushed a chunk of wet hair away from my face. Just to annoy him, I ruffled his hair, causing wet strands to stick up all over the place. I thought it would make him look silly, but he still managed to look hot.

“And you look like a drowned dog.” My giggle was cut short by Shawn’s lips pressing against mine. I knew he was doing this to get a rise out of the others, but I certainly didn’t mind, at all.

The kiss got heated pretty fast. Shawn groaned against my mouth as my ran my fingers through his hair, tugging at the wet strands; his hands travelled to my butt, somehow pulling our bodies closer.

“Nope! I’m done! I’m going home, night guys!” John said over dramatically as he climbed out the pool, making sure to splash us, like that mattered anymore. Shawn tried to keep the kiss going as I fell into a fit of giggles. Eventually, I had to pull away to catch my breath.

“You guys are disgusting.” Matthew laughed as he floated on his back.

“You’re just jealous.” Shawn shot back, reaching over and pushing Matthew under the water. We laughed as he came back up a few seconds later.

“Not cool dude.” Matthew coughed.

We ended up staying in the pool for a good few hours before Shawn’s mum shouted at us to get out.

anonymous asked:

If you want to say "so..." kind of like a filler or you're thinking, can you just say así? Or do you have to say así que? I hear both used and I'm not sure when to use which or if they're really even different

In general, así que is more of a connecting clause.

As a filler word you’d probably hear more of pues or bueno or bien

(Spain would use a vale for this)


You can use así que but that tends to be used more to lead into another clause. You can use it, but just know if you trail off with an así que it sounds like you’re asking “So…?” as in “What now?”

EDIT: If you just said así it would have the meaning of “like that”, so it works better as a question if you’re asking for validation or instruction, but it’s not really what you’d want in that kind of situation.

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Like the moon chases the sun and brights on the sky because of it. You’re my sun, please let me be with you, forever.

Happy Birthday magicisfantastic! // (4/5)

Almost done! Hope you’re ready for the last one~

Surprise

Shawn Mendes
Words ~ 1,300
Warnings ~ Surprisingly, there’s no swearing. I know one of the request says panic attack, but I tried to stay away from writing anything too triggering. However, it still does contain things like hyperventilating and stuffs.
Requests ~ 1) HI! Can you write a Shawn imagine where y/n is also famous and he surprises her on one of her shows? 🙄😱 I love your imagines btw, you’re one of the best writers here💕 2) can you do a request with Shawn gf reader where she has a anxiety attack he comforts? idk just fluff cutness😇🙂

Note ~ Not really important but a little bit of extra info for anyone interested. The YouTuber I was talking about was Dodie and the song was Satisfied from Hamilton. But I tried to keep it sort of vague because I know a lot of people don’t know them :D And I did go through and edit this one, but I’m really tired and probably missed out a bunch of stuff XD

It’s pretty much impossible to miss Mike, I mean the dude is giant. Saying that, he still managed to make me jump as he snuck up behind me, snaking his arms around my neck.

“I’m excited! Are you excited?” Even with him standing so close, I could barely hear him over the loud music. His excitement instantly faded when he got a good look at my face, "Alex, are you okay?“

I really wasn’t okay. This was my first time preforming in front of a crowed this big. I mean, there were about five thousand people out there. Five thousand! That’s a lot of eyes staring at me if I do something wrong. And I know that’s nothing compared to the amount of people that watch our videos, but with a video I can hide behind a screen and I could edit any mistakes out. I can’t do that with live shows.

Running a trembling hand through my hair, I could already feel my heart pounding against my chest as all these thoughts fluttered around my head. Mike instantly pulled me into his arms as tears began spilling down my face. 

"Come on, lets get you away from this loud music for a while.” I didn’t really have any say in the matter as Mike dragged me away from the stage wing and into the hall. The music could still be heard through the thin walls, but it was a lot more bearable. 

I found myself pacing the length of the hallway, but ended up sliding to the floor when my legs became too weak to hold my weight. With my back against the wall, I placed my head between my bent knees as I tried to block out the sounds around me. I started counting each time my chest moved up and down, but it did nothing to slow down my rapid breathing. A uneasy feeling burned in my stomach, slowly creeping up my throat.

I didn’t even hear Que until she was kneeling in front of me. She asked me a few questions, but I found it hard to answer apart from nodding yes or no. When she went to stand up again, I pulled her back down, not wanting her to leave incase something bad happened, "I’m just going to get Shawn. I’ll be right back.“ she explained.

"Shawn’s not here. He’s on the other side of the country.” I told her through gasps, my eyes flickering between the two friends as they both let out an awkward laugh.

“It was meant to be a surprise. He wanted to see you preform, and we knew how much you missed him, so we arranged for him to fly over. He was going to meet you after the show.” My head felt like it was going to explode. Too many emotions were running around me.

Mike did his best to calm me down as Que ran off to find Shawn, but it didn’t really work. If anything his constant questions only made things worse. A few minutes later I heard both of their voices in the distance as Que talked Shawn through what was going on.

“Hey Baby.” Shawn spoke softly. I looked up to see him crouching in front of me, smiling weakly as his hand stroked my knee in an attempt to comfort me.

“Hi.” I struggled to keep my shaking voice steady, but ultimately failed as I broke into sobs.

“Shhhh, it’s okay.” Shawn sat on the floor next to me. I flinched as his hand touched my arm, but let him pull my body into his anyway, “Do you want a drink or anything?”

I shook my head no. He didn’t say anything else which I was grateful for because I really couldn’t speak through my crying. Burying my head further against Shawn’s chest, my eyes squeezed shut as I tried to think about anything but the screaming crowed on the other side of the thin wall. Instead, I concentrated on my breathing again, trying to match it to Shawn’s heart beat. But every time I got it somewhat level, the crowed would make a sound and I would start freaking out again.

Que and Mike walked back and forth a few times, stopping to check if I was okay while they prepared to go on stage. At one point Que placed a bottle of water and a small plate of biscuits next to me, saying it was ‘energy food’ for when I felt better. It was a really nice thought, and her words did make me laugh a bit, but the butterflied storming through my stomach made me to not even want to touch the food.

After quite some time I finally felt my heart slow down. I winced at the bright light as my eyes opened once again. My gaze met the one of a girl who I quickly recognised as one of my favorite YouTubers. I’ve watched her video’s for so long and always dreamed of working with her, but this wasn’t exactly how I imagined meeting her.

She smiled and gave me a thumbs up before turning back to her friend. I gave a small groan and burrowed myself deeper against my boyfriend’s chest, attempting to hide my very red and tear stained face.

Shawn chuckled and pressed a kiss to my temple, “How you feeling?”

“Embarrassed, but other than that I’m good.” Okay, I was lying a bit. I was still nervous and felt weak as hell, but I didn’t want to worry him any more. But I knew he saw straight through me. He didn’t force the subject though, instead he forced the bottle and biscuits into my hand.

“It’s okay to feel nervous. I still get nervous before going on stage.” Shawn wrapped his hand around mine, helping to stop the shaking as I took a sip of water.

I let out a small laugh and shoved a biscuit into my mouth, “Great, now I feel stupid for getting nervous over five thousand people.”

“I didn’t mean it like that, Silly.” He poked my cheek.

“I know.” I smiled up at him, “I love you.”

“Love you too, Baby.” Shawn leaned in for a quick kiss before helping me to stand. The crowed burst into life as the act finally came to a close. Nerves spiked through me again, but they defiantly weren’t as intense this time.

Que rushed over to us as the announcer began introducing us, “We need to go, like now.”

She started dragging me away but Shawn tugged me back, pulling me in for a very brief kiss, “I’ll be standing with Jon in the back. You’ll be fine. Just have fun.”

Really pushing for time now, Que broke us apart. I managed to yell another quick 'I love you’ before we started sprinting through the hall. Mike was already out there keeping the audience entertained when Que and me made it up onto the stage, while a crew member shoved a microphone into my hand.

“Sorry about that. Alex was making out with her boyfriend.” The crowed burst into a chorus of laughter which made my face burn up. Well, this was a good start.

****

The girl from earlier was actually really chill. After coming off stage, I bumped into her and we ended up getting into a really in-depth conversation about something completely random. We were in the middle of organising a colab that we were planning to film later on this weekend when a pair of arms circled around my waist, lifting me off the floor and spinning me around.

“You were so good. I’m so proud of you.” Shawn gushed as he kissed my cheek. I couldn’t do anything but join in with everyone else’s laughter. When he did finally let me down, I felt so dizzy that I had to grab onto his arm just to stop myself from falling over.

“I messed up so much on the second song. My voice cracked at least twice during the high note, and I swear I forgot half of the words for the rap…”

“Really? I didn’t even notice.” He smiled sweetly. Rolling my eyes, I hugged my arms around his neck. He was about to kiss me when randomly popped up out of nowhere, breaking us apart.

“Okay, break it up before someone posts this on YouTube.”

Palabrotas

In honor of speak your own language day, I’m skiping the rules a bit to explain a big part of the culture here: swearwords (palabrotas). Spain is less… polite than South America, apparently, regarding these. They get used by pretty much everybody except maybe older ladies or super strict people, even (specially) as endearments. There are sexual slurs too but I don’t feel like detailing those.

Some insults:

  • Gilipollas (unisex): hard to translate, somebody who doesn’t think
  • Capullo/a: somebody who causes harm, like “asshole” I think, also means flowerbud
  • Cabrón/a: same thing, related to the word goat
  • Hijoputa/Hijaputa: son of a bitch
  • Mamón/a: this one is plainly cocksucker

Now for random swearwords and expressions:

  • Joder: it’s a verb so, lots of declinations. It means fuck, but more as in an interjection “fuck!” and the so; the having sex meaning of joder is pretty archaic
  • Follar: this one means fuck too but just for having sex, you don’t use it as an interjection
  • Que te den: “get fucked in the ass” more or less, the meaning is basically “go to hell”
  • Me cago en: this one literally means “I shit on” and you usually have to add smth else. Usually “Dios” “la virgen” “tu madre” (respectively God, the virgin, your mother) etc. It denotes surprise or being upset. Yes, blasphemy is pretty socially acceptable.

Extra vocabulary:

  • Cojones: balls, can also be used in singular (cojón)
  • Coño: cunt, can’t be used as an insult but it works as an interjection, usually expressing surprise
  • Polla: cock (note its use on “gilipollas”)
  • Cabreado: related to cabrón I think, but here it means annoyed
  • Coñazo: related to coño, means boring
  • Mierda: shit
  • Puta: prostitute

There are way more but these are some of the most used off the top of my head. And about them being used as endearments, let’s add an example. Like, you haven’t seen a friend for a couple of months? Well, this would be an acceptable way to express your joy for this meeting:

  • Me cago en la puta, cabroncete, donde has andado?: I shit in the whore, little asshole, where have you walked?

And there are also longer combinations like “que te folle un pez” (go get fucked by a fish), “me cago en la puta madre que te parió” (I shit on the whoring mother that gave you birth) etc etc. The important thing is to be creative!

Hispanohablantes, por favor corríjanme si he metido la pataza en alguna parte o si me falta algo esencial.

anonymous asked:

Pero vs Sino. Both translate into 'but'. Gracias 😘

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sino is “but rather”

pero is just “but”

Using pero would be a whole different thought like…

Puedo ayudar pero tengo que irme a las tres. = I can help but I need to leave at three.

In other words, pero gets used to break up different separate clauses, adding explanations or something along those lines.

Me gustaría venir, pero tengo mucho que hacer. = I would like to come, but I have a lot to do.

Yo lo sé, pero ella no. = I know that, but she doesn’t.

Pero… ¿por qué? = But… why?

But sino is a negation of a fact, supplying a correct answer. Saying sino negates a fact/opinion/whatever in the first clause, and what follows is the correction.

Note: sino is followed by any part of speech that isn’t a verb; sino que has a verb that follows.

No es un libro, sino una carpeta. = It’s not a book, (but rather) it’s a folder.

No es alemán sino francés. = He’s not German, (but rather) he’s French.

No es verde, sino rojo. = It’s not green, (but rather) it’s red.

No es abogada, sino doctora. = She’s not a lawyer, (but rather) she’s a doctor.

No estamos gritando, sino que estamos hablando. = We’re not screaming, (but rather) we’re talking.

No es terrible, sino que necesita algo más. = It’s not terrible, but it needs something else.

*P.S. el sino as a noun is sometimes used for “fate” but has no grammatical function; it’s just a noun.


For more help with sino and also using sino que (which is necessary when you’re dealing with a conjugated verb that follows) you should head on over to Bowdoin College’s Spanish Grammar section

There the part on using pero or sino is #49