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Bored of being told to listen to classical music? Here is a list of great study music from your favorite video games, movies and more. 

aesthetics and smooth

video games

ambient sounds

from the screen

acoustics / bands (with lyrics)

* personal favorites 

How to learn foreign languages

Hello, guys!

I`ve said before I`m interested in foreign languages. I learn English and Italian only but I hope one day this list will get bigger. So, I wanted to share my experience in learning languages with you all.

At first. If you are not very organized (i am)  it will be good for you to find a school of foreign languages or a teacher.  As to me I prefer to study with a group. This way you can practice your speaking skills not only with your teacher but also with people whose knowledge is the same as yours. Better to study with people your age. So, my English group consists of three 16 year olds (I`m 16 too), Italian: 18 year old and 24 year old girls.  I feel myself okay with them all. 

Doesn`t matter if you have classes with teacher / group or learn language yourself you can use all of these tips to improve your skills.

To know any language well you have to be good at 4 things:


                              ○ Listening

                             ○ Speaking

                             ○ Reading

                             ○ Writing


Let`s talk about all of them.

Listening.  You need to listen and understand what you`re listening to. How to do this?

              • Watch films, tv shows, youtube videos, cartoons in the language you learn with subtitles. For example you start with subs in your native language, watch, listen, read subs and try to ‘connect’ them. When your skills will get better watch with subs in this language, to understand written text is easier than just speech. Also you will know how some words are pronounced.

              (I think everybody knows English speaking Youtubers or at least it`s not difficult to find them, what I can`t say about other languages. So I made two playlist of Italian and RussianYoutubers I like. Check it out if you learn one of them.)

              • Music. When 2 years ago I became interested in English I started with this. I was listening to the song while reading its lyrics in English, then in Russian, than in English and in Russian again. Repeat it hundreds of times. Or at least just listen to music in this language.

              • Audiobooks and podcasts.  You can just listen to them like podcasts or listen while you are reading (the same book of course). Almost the same thing like watching films with subtitles. You can find original book or adapted for your level.  

              • Exercises.  Buy a book or find on the internet listening exercises for your language and do it.

Speaking.  It`s quiet easy. Just speak.

              • With yourself, oh how many time I did it and heard that my friends had done it too. In the car, at home, etc. You can record it for the memory or to listen it later and find your own mistakes. It`s okay, if you are alone now, speak with yourself.

              • If you have a friend who learns the same language offer him/her to speak this language always or just sometimes.

              • If your lever is good start a channel on Youtube.  You will have to speak really a lot. There`s no other way, your speaking will get really better.

 

Reading.  

              • Learn lots of words. To know the language fluently you have to know many words.  So, develop your vocabulary.

              • Read and translate quotes, phrases and so on. It is not hard to open Tumblr/twitter/etc. and read some but it is helpful.  

              • Books, stories, fan fictions, blogs, etc. Just read a lot.

Writing. (spelling)

              • To improve your spelling just rewrite texts of your level. You can find more here.

              • Do lots of exercises. As I have already said you can buy a book or find them on the internet.

               so, i hope some of these tips i know will help ypu to achieve the success. 


(and i wanna thank my sister for being my ‘model’. follow her instagram!)

#100 days of productivity
[29/100] 25/03/2017 Sorry for my long absent , I was really in a big pile of things!
I have had my semester done and now I’m having a little vacation ( 1 week ) ,but this isn’t the reason to give up learning ,so today I have had some additional classess ,such as History ,Maths ,Biology and 2 hous of the English language(it was 2 really hard hours ,but I could) and after lessons I was having a little snack for a half an hout and then I have done my projects ,hometasks ,papers and other things like that.Now I’m having a big cup of tea with chocolate sweets and a warm woollen blanked ,so nice ,I think.
Have a good evening ^^

GCSEs are getting harder. Like, way harder. The A*-U grading system has now changed to 9-1, coursework is a thing of the past, and more exams are being added to most subjects. 

English Literature is going to get ridiculously hard. The grade boundaries are getting larger, so the difference between getting a 6 or a 7 is huge! 

I’m hoping to take English Literature as an A Level, so getting the highest grade possible is vital for me so I can continue studying it. So for those who want to continue studying English after GCSE, or are struggling to get the grades that you want, this little guide should be a bit helpful. 

Have a clear opening statement

In your exam, you will be asked a question about the novel/play/poem which you have studied. For example, say you are given a question asking how a certain character (or group of characters) are presented, you will need to have a powerful statement that will open your paragraph, and let the examiner know what you will be talking about. With your opening statement, get straight to the point, if you waffle on too much when you open your paragraph, you will bore the examiner. If you can, try to add what you have deduced from the text, rather than including your analysis. 

Have relevant evidence and a strong analysis

Evidence is the key to getting marks. Without having relevant quotations from the extract, you won’t be able to go into detailed analysis. The examiner will want you to think outside the box, so don’t be afraid to use more than one inference of one quote. Alternative views are what will get you into the higher levels, (for example, you might say that the colour red connotes to blood, but alternatively, it can also symbolise love)  try to be perceptive with your analysis, contrast your ideas, and explain the effect of that quotation you have used. Having good evidence will help support your statement, read through the extract more than once, and choose the quotation(s) that you feel will stand out and impress the examiner. Your analysis should never be on long quotations, find short quotes and either analyse the technique used (e.g. a simile or metaphor) or choose a work which you can pull apart and explain the effect of that word. 

Reader’s response and writer’s intention

In your paragraphs, it is important to include how the reader will react to the text you have studied. You are the reader. Think about how you react towards a certain character or towards a plot twist. You will also need to explain why the reader may react in that certain way, for example, you could say that the reader feels unsure of a certain character because of the lack of description that the author has given them. The writer has written their play/novel/poem for a reason, so you will need to think about their intention. Think about why the writer has used that metaphor or oxymoron - what is the purpose? 

Context

Just like using relevant evidence, context is important. The play/novel/poem that you have studied has been inspired by the events that are happening around them - for example, Frankenstein was based off of Mary Shelley’s loss of loved ones, and a dream that she had of her dead child coming back to life. Context links in with the writer’s intention, you will need to include this within your paragraphs as you will gain more marks for having an idea why the writer has written whatever they have written. Is the writer trying to say something to society? You will need to think about this during the exam. 

Have a strong conclusion

Obviously, you will need to sum up your essay with a strong conclusion. If you tend to struggle with summing up your essay, try to think about a strong sentence that gives the image of you dropping a microphone. This will allow you to leave a powerful impact on the examiner - giving you those marks and moving up those grade boundaries. 


Hopefully, this guide was fairly useful! Do let me know! =) 

Somehow 18 - Full ENG Sub

Well ladies, it took me a month, 3 korean textbooks, and a complete overestimation of my own abilities, but it is done. Complete. Fully subbed.

Watch Somehow 18 with full English subtitles

Enjoy xx