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Spanish Vegetarian Vocabulary

These are some useful Spanish phrases for if you’re vegetarian or vegan :)

Soy vegetariano/a - I’m vegetarian
Soy vegano/a - I’m vegan
Soy vegetariano/a estricto/a - I’m vegan
No como… - I don’t eat…
No bebo… - I don’t drink…
No tomo… - I don’t eat/drink…
Solo como - I only eat…
Carne - meat
Carne de res - beef
Cerdo - pork
Pollo - chicken
Conejo - rabbit
Cordero - lamb
Salchichas - sausages
Pescado - fish
Huevos - eggs
Leche - milk
Mantequilla - butter
Queso - cheese
Productos animales - animal products
Solo como carne de acuerdo con la ley islámica - I only eat halal meat
¿Tiene una opción vegetariana? - Do you have a vegetarian option?
¿Puede prepararlo sin carne? - Can you make it without meat?
¿Contiene carne? - Does it contain meat?

How to deal with losing interest in your language class:

As a student in a higher-level French and who is self-studying two other languages, I know for a fact that taking a foreign language can get stressful and overwhelming. To learn a ton of grammar, humongous amounts of vocab, and to know how a mind in another culture works, it can get super hard sometimes. All that stuff that goes into learning a foreign language can make it super easy to get burnt-out. And we’ve all done it. Trust me. But, it’s okay, my dude. We’ve all been there. It sucks, but you’ll get over it. Here are some tips how: 

i. take your time 

Listen, my dudes, it can be so difficult to learn a foreign language and you should already be proud of yourself for doing so!! Even in a fast-paced class, you should take it slow and make sure you don’t beat yourself over not getting it in perfect time. Language takes practice, and sometimes we don’t get it as fast as we want it. it’s okay. 

ii. ask questions/talk to the professor

Are you totally lost? Tell someone. It could be a classmate, a native speaker you’ve befriended, or your instructor. Either way, I highly recommend you talk to someone if you’re stuck on a specific concept or feel unmotivated. You sometimes need a boost from a study buddy in your target language. 

iii. remember why you’re studying

My go-to method for when I’m having a bad day in French or I’m just not getting something is simple. I simply ask myself: “Why am I doing this?” No reason is not good enough for choosing to learn a specific language. Learning languages has its benefits and even if you just like the sound of it is reason enough to learn it! Trust me, I have no incentive for learning my target language. But I love it, and I refuse to give it up when it gets difficult. 

iv. study on your own 

To be honest, this is super super important anyway. You absolutely NEED to practice a language on your own, whether you feel like it or not. Without some practice, you’re going to feel completely lost in class sometimes. You can have fun with this too: take this time to familiarize yourself with the culture more. Personally, it’s always helpful to watch movies in French or listen to music in Spanish. I learn to enjoy my target language more and to have fun with it!

v. take a break

We all get unmotivated sometimes. Yeah, language learning takes a lot of work, but sometimes it helps to take a step back and refresh a little. Focus on other schoolwork or maybe find something new to occupy your time. Being burnt out on learning a language sucks, I know, but sometimes it’s best to ride the wave a little bit. 

Curses & Maledictions 101

A curse or malediction is a spell that is performed with malintent. These kinds of spells are generally performed to cause misery, pain, strife, and/or destruction upon a target. 

Basic Terminology:

  • Baneful - causing destruction or serious damage
  • Curse - a spell performed with malintent
  • Hex - used interchangeably with “curse” or “jinx”
  • Jinx - said to be a lesser form of baneful magick; also used interchangeably with “curse” and “hex”
  • Malintent - “bad” or negative intent 
  • Target - the person on which you are performing the spell
  • Taglock - a personal item belonging to or describing the target (description of the target, a piece of DNA, their signature, their name written on paper, a poppet designed to represent them, etc.)

Steps to Casting a Curse:

  1. Exhaust all mundane methods of resolving an issue before resorting to cursing. 
  2. Educate yourself on various methods of protection before even thinking about casting a curse. 
  3. Know what you’re doing. Research, plan ahead, and set your intentions straight in your mind to prevent any kind of backlash from the curse. This means, be specific. Be sure that your curse is aimed at your target/s, and no one else, including yourself. 
  4. When gathering ingredients, be sure that the correspondences match your intent. 
  5. Be aware of any health risks that are associated with the ingredients you choose to use in your curse - for example, certain baneful herbs can be harmful when burned, ingested, or even touched. 
  6. Formulate a curse that fits the crime in question. 
  7. Set conditions for your curse, including some kind of “failsafe.” If you don’t want your curse to last indefinitely, be sure to acknowledge that. Set some kind of time limit, such as “when the target learns their lesson, this curse will be lifted.” 
  8. Methods of cursing can include the construction of poppets, jar spells, sachets, effigies, sigils, or pretty much any other type of spell you can come up with. 
  9. When you have constructed a taglock for your target, gathered your ingredients, and ultimately decided how you want to carry out your curse, you’re ready to cast it. 
  10. Before actually casting the curse, set up some kind of method of protection, whether it be a ward, a shield, a circle, or calling upon external forces to protect you. 
  11. Meditate on your intent and clear your mind. Be sure you are free from distractions before performing the curse.
  12. After you’ve performed your curse, clean up your space, and do some deep cleansing - cleanse the area in which you performed the curse, cleanse yourself, and cleanse your entire home. 
  13. Perform some self-care - eat something, take a bath/shower, drink water, and get a good night’s sleep.

Curse Correspondences

French Vegetarian Vocabulary

I made this list a while ago in Spanish which can be found here and I thought I’d make it again in French :)

Je suis végétarien(ne) - I am vegetarian

Je suis végétalien(ne) - I am vegan

Je ne mange pas… - I don’t eat…

Je ne bois pas… - I don’t drink…

Je ne prends pas… - I don’t eat/drink…

Je ne mange que… - I only eat…

La viande - meat

Le bœuf - beef

Le porc - pork

Le poulet - chicken

Le lapin - rabbit

L’agneau - lamb

Les saucisses - sausages

Le poisson - fish

Les œufs - eggs

Le lait - milk

Le beurre - butter

Le fromage - cheese

Les produits animaux - animal products

Je ne mange que la viande halal - I only eat halal meat

Avez-vous des plats végétariens? - Do you have a vegetarian option?

Pouvez-vous le préparer sans viande? - Can you make it without meat?

Est-ce que ça contient de la viande? - Does it contain meat?

Study a language in the lazy way #3

When you have to learn verbs, don’t just take a random list and memorize it. Think of a certain order.

Ex: to wake up, to wash, to eat, to prepare, to leave, to walk etc.

They have a story behind, and in this way you learn only the verbs you will use more often, if you want to be an advanced learner, you have to learn even the fancy verbs but that’s later, don’t stress with them as a beginner or intermediate.

You can apply this daily for nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs. Choose daily a story (suggestions: going to the story, library, going out with a friend, cook etc), an object or an action and think of words connected to them. 

If you choose a noun then you can make a list with other nouns from the same category. (ex; pencil is connected to other school supplies like a pen, notebook, book etc.)
Or for adjectives, choose an object and describe it. (ex: a book => big, small, red, heavy etc.) For adverbs choose an action and think how it can be. (ex: to eat => fast, slowly, etc)

If you do this  and think of 3 words daily at the end of the week you have learned 21 words in a logical way. You won’t forget them because they are connected and they are words that you use often so you don’t bother to learn unnecessary stuff only to forget them the next day.

langblr gothic
  • everyone is learning more languages than you. even the people who only focus on one at a time. literally everyone. how do they do it.
  • you have seen the same duolingo screenshot on your dash at least 7 times today. it only has 3 notes.
  • you see an “add your language” post and begin to add to it in your target language. as you finish and go to hit reblog, you notice that someone else has already added it. you feel as if you have been robbed of something beautiful.
  • no one else is learning your target language. everyone seems to be learning everything except what you are learning. you are alone, and you are afraid.
  • 99%. the course has always been 99% complete. it always will be. still, you cling to the hope that it will reach 100%. it never does.
  • danish. norwegian. swedish. you scan the text looking for clues, trying to figure out which one you are reading. the letters run together as you struggle to remember the differences. swedish uses ø, right? yes, you think so. but it does not matter. scandinavia is an illusion.
  • a post comes up with cyrillic used to spell english words, but as usual, it is wrong. you wonder where “yaussia” is. 
  • you have started learning yaussian. yaussian does not exist, and neither does the country it comes from. you learn it anyway. this, you think, this is my destiny.

anonymous asked:

Can you give me any advice about how to start learning a language? French in my situation. I have no idea where I should start... Which vocabulary should I learn first? How to start making sentences? Oh lord I'm 100% lost, I'm totally beginner here on tumblr. Thanks for answering me

Well this answer is brainstormed from several aspiring polyglots so here goes.

1. Get into it. Listen to music, watch films with subtitles and really a hold of the language. Immerse yourself in the culture as much as you can, and you may pick up some important words

2. Find a good textbook!! You can try several online textbooks for free, and then if you decide to pursue it, buy a physical textbook for your level.

3. Vocab vocab vocab! Use a program such as memrise or anki to learn your vocabulary. There are some core verbs that are important to learn first, to be to have, to learn, to know, etc

4. Conjugation. Learn to conjugate quickly after starting the learning process, as you will be able to use the verbs correctly soon, and you will get used to it. It takes a while to get used to it so just practice practice practice.

5. Talk to someone. Download hellotalk or speaky to find yourself some language exchange partners to message or call, whatever you’re comfortable with, if ever you want to practice with me just inbox me and I’ll be happy to help!

Credit to @kindofapolyglot for helping me out with this list. Hope we’ve helped you!

Castiel Novak: Tomb Raider

Castiel Novak: Tomb Raider by emwebb17
Rating: M/light NC-17
Word Count: 51,700
Summary: When disgraced archaeologist Dean Winchester goes missing, his brother hires survivalist Castiel Novak to track him down. With only Dean’s notes and journal to guide him, Castiel follows Dean’s trail across the globe, discovering long lost treasures and clues leading to the mythical Godland. As Castiel learns more about his target, he starts to develop feelings for a man he’s never even met. Now all he has to do is find him.


Adventure, discovery and mystery shape this amazing tale that defies tagging. When I first took a peek at AO3, I thought - Gee, looks like the author wants to keep us in suspense. Then after I finished this engaging story and tried to tag it, I understood her dilemma! This story defies tagging, in part because like Castiel’s quest to find Dean and Dean’s obsession with finding the Godland, it is all about the journey and not the destination. And it is one helluva a journey.

We start in a cafe in Austin, Tx where Castiel is tasked by a desperate Sam to find his missing brother. Through careful sleuthing and high adventure, Cas uses Dean’s journal and research notes to unravel the mystery of the Enochians and their lost civilization, enabling him to retrace Dean’s steps and hopefully find the missing archeologist. Even though we don’t meet Dean in the flesh until very late in the story, his journal entries make it seem like he is standing right there. The author’s research is epic - I was compelled to look at google maps just to see what she described!!! There are some pretty wild and surreal twists but damn, it was a fun ride!


If you enjoyed the fic, please drop by the archive (AO3) and let the author know with your comments and/or kudos!

Langblr Asks
  1. What’s your native language?
  2. How many languages do you speak?
  3. What language(s) are you currently studying?
  4. How many/which languages would you like to know in the future?
  5. Do your friends speak other languages?
  6. What’s the most difficult word for you to say in your native & target languages?
  7. How do you call your favorite animal in your target languages?
  8. Write your favorite color in all the languages you know it in.
  9. How long have you studied your target language(s)?
  10. What’s your favorite word in your target language(s)? Least favorite?
  11. What’s the funniest word in your target language(s)?
  12. What’s the prettiest word in  your target language(s)? Ugliest?
  13. One thing you dislike about your target and/or native language?
  14. Do you have any international friends?
  15. Why are you learning your target language(s)?
  16. Do you ever want to live somewhere where you’d speak your target language(s)?
  17. What was/is the first language you want/ed to learn?
  18. Have you ever made a friend speaking your target language(s)?
  19. Do you listen to music in your target language(s)? If so, who are your favorite artists?
  20. Opinion on duolingo?
  21. What’s your favorite method of studying?
  22. Have you ever played pokemon in your target language(s)?
  23. Favorite blog in your target language(s)?
  24. Do you ever speak to yourself in your  target language(s)?
  25. Ever speak to your pets in your target language(s)?
  26. Do you ever feel like your target language(s) is(are) under appreciated? Why/why not?
  27. How do people usually react when you mention that you’re studying your target language(s)? Do their reactions annoy you? Make you happy?
  28. How do natives react when they hear that you’re studying their language?
  29. Do you have any advice for someone who’s never studied a language before?
  30. Where are you from? What are popular/”useful” foreign languages in your area?
  31. Are there dialects in your country? Do you speak one?
  32. Have you ever tried to learn a dialect for your target language(s)?
  33. Do you ever want to have a career in languages?
  34. How has learning languages impacted your life?
  35. Do you have any big travel plans for the future?
  36. What’s your least favorite language? Why? Favorite?
  37. Do you know any obscure/useless words in your target language(s)?
  38. Was there ever a word you pronounced incorrectly until someone corrected you?
  39. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you while studying your target language(s)?
  40. Have you ever eavesdropped on people speaking  your target language(s) in public?
  41. Have you ever had a negative experience with a native?
  42. What’s the most positive experience you’ve had with a native?
  43. Tell me about your best friend in your target language(s)
  44. Have you ever put sticky notes all over your house before?
  45. Do you ever think in your target language(s)?
  46. Are there any cognates between your native and target language(s)?
  47. Have you ever met a stranger in public with whom you spoke your target language(s)?
  48. Have you ever had an “I understand it now!” moment with your target language(s)?
  49. Do you have any language pet peeves?
  50. Is there a language that you’ve tried to learn but could never stick with it or just weren’t interested?