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Ideas for language studying

These are some of the ways you can study a language that come to my mind. Some will work better than others for you, and you should try them all to find which ones fit you best.

  • “Good old” group classes/courses.
  • A private tutor.
  • Language books divided in CEFR levels, or beginner, intermediate, etc.
  • Grammar books.
  • Vocabulary books.
  • Having a language learning notebook.
  • Using flashcards for vocab or grammar rules.
  • Interactive courses like Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, etc.
  • Free online courses, this can be something you download or websites, for example.
  • MOOCs (massive open online courses), they are online courses, yes, but I consider them as another category. 
  • Paid online courses.
  • Bilingual books.
  • Listening to the radio.
  • Watching TV.
  • Watching movies and series with or without subtitles in your target language.
  • YouTube videos, gold.
  • Podcasts, about learning that language or in that language about any topic.
  • Websites like italki.
  • Chatting with native speakers you met on the internet.
  • Writing in a diary or journal in your target language.
  • Reading newspapers, online or printed.
  • Re-reading your favourite books.
  • Reading children’s books if you’re a beginner, or for fun.
  • Reading manga or comics.
  • Reading novels from native authors.
  • Reading books about a topic that interests you in your target language instead of your native language.
  • Reading magazines, specially if you live in the country.
  • Buying cookbooks in your target language.
  • Searching for recipes in your target language.
  • Writing the name of things in your target language on post-its and laying them around the house.
  • Change the language in your phone, PC, tablet, Facebook, etc. to your target language.
  • Using Tumblr and following the #langblr community (lol).

thequeeninhightower  asked:

If the rule is that the Pack can't go on Cullen property, then if the Cullen's comeback, due to Bella's relationship with them, maybe her house falls under "Cullen territory," at least while Alice is staying there? Especially if all of the Cullen's come back, and Edward and Bella get back together? Also, didn't Billy and co. have some rule about no one going to the hospital while Carlisle worked there? So maybe the distance from the Cullen's is somewhat self-imposed?

Yeah they were avoiding the hospital because of Carlisle (there’s a sad reference to this in the “Being Jacob Black” piece on SM’s website, where he mentions that after the Sam/Emily accident, they went and got Sue, a nurse, ‘the best option available when there was a vampire at the hospital staff’).  La Push does have its own health center, and it’s not like the Forks Community Hospital is state-of-the-art, either, but it’s still sad that they feel like they can’t go there because of Carlisle. 

We get into this mess again where like the obvious, “good” thing for the Cullens to do is just … leave … once they realize there are wolves in the area, both in the present day and in the 1930s, but for plot reasons they have to stay. So then we get this treaty stuff, which I’m sure SM meant with good intentions, and certainly in-story it’s a better option that killing the three wolves of the Ephraim pack (as any other coven would have done without a second thought), but it’s got that colonialism stink on it. Although the irony of ‘enemy’ vampires honoring treaties better than the human government ever did is admittedly interesting.  I mean the Cullens have no real ties to this place. They like it because of the weather but none of them (until Bella/Renesmee) are from the Pacific Northwest. But with the Quileutes, it is their ancestral land. It’s their home. It’s on the Cullens to leave, but because of the Bella-centric plot, they can’t. 

I can’t remember what the rule was about Bella’s house. I know there was some arrangement made in Eclipse so the Cullens and wolves could take turns guarding her, and Jacob being worried in NM about Alice’s presence and what that meant for the treaty, but I’m fuzzy on the details. 


Some people are able to hurl themselves blindly into the unknown. I am not one of them, so here are some websites I’ve found invaluable.

  • Discount airlines (Ryanair, Wizzair, Wow Air, Easyjet): most of them have flexible date options showing the cheapest days for flights. Wow Air can get you across the Atlantic (Boston-Rekjavik-Destination) for as low as $160, and the others have flights around Europe from about €15.
  • Skyscanner: the only flight search engine I know that includes discount flights. Also lets you scan an entire month for flight prices.
  • Student Universe: a flight search engine that finds student fares for flights. It doesn’t include discount flights, but it does have a useful date grid showing the cheapest dates for round trip or one-way flights within a week.
  • Eurail: the Eurail Pass site, with all the maps and pass types and rules.
  • Drungli: the flight search to use if you’re feeling spontaneous. You tell it when you’re going or where you’re going, but not both. It will find you the cheapest tickets for that destination or date. This is the ‘I guess I’m going to Estonia this Friday’ website.
  • Hostelbookers and Hostelworld: the best websites for finding and booking hostels. Both have extensive databases of hostels, a lot of useful filters, and good review systems. Hostelbookers, in my experience, finds better deals. Hostelworld is a bit easier to use.
  • Couchsurfing: The couchsurfing website. You don’t need a profile to browse people’s profiles and reviews, but you do need one to see the descriptions of their homes. Signing up is free. If you do make a profile, fill it out as thoroughly as you can.
  • AirBnB: You don’t need an account to browse, but I believe you need one to make a booking. Signing up is free. It has a really useful map with a price slider you can adjust; only rooms within your chosen price range are visible on the map of the city.
  • Rome 2 Rio: An amazing A to B website. When you plug in where you are and where you want to end up, it shows you all the possible ways to get from one to the other. In the sidebar it lists options using every available combination of train, plane, bus, taxi, and ferry, as well as estimated times, distances, and prices. Invaluable for planning a trip. Not a booking website, but it can help you get some idea of your options, and the time you should expect to spend traveling.
  • Wikitravel: the most comprehensive travel guide you’ll ever find. Although it can be dry, it has articles for pretty much anywhere you could hope to go. It has the usual travel guide items like descriptions of culturally significant attractions and dishes, but it also has everything else you’ll ever need. For each city, it will tell you how to get to and from the airport, how to use the public transportation system, what scams to look out for, what behaviors locals find rude, local attitudes towards LGBTQ people, activities and cultural events off the beaten path, advice for attending school or finding work, and a brief history of the city and its regions. It has everything.
  • Who To Tip: an index of when and how much tipping is expected, broken down by country. If, like me, you’re terrified of insulting your nice waiter by tipping them (or not tipping them), this is a good website to have before you eat out in any new country.
  • Google Translate: wherever you’re going, try to memorize hello, please, thank you, help, and excuse me in the local language. It will let you mumble through a shocking amount of crowds, admissions, and restaurants. In most countries, the locals will appreciate it.
  • Workaway: A great option if you want to stay in a city or country for longer than just a few days, Workaway connects you with businesses looking for volunteers. In exchange for what is usually about 20 hours/week, you get free accommodation and often meals (what you work and what you receive vary by host). The jobs vary from hostels to farms to private yachts. I prefer this to WWOOF, because the review system and profile give a better idea of what to expect. Just two things: there is a $30 fee for a 2-year account, and for legal purposes technically it is ‘adventure tourism’ rather than a job.

A couple of weeks ago I received a message from bh-fashion-bella​ asking me ‘whether do you have interest to cooperate with us’. I should have known from the start that this was a scam, the broken english and disorganized website made it obvious that this was just another Chinese sweatshop hoping to lure naive shoppers into buying low quality clothes. 

Before I had even applied they sent me several emails harassing me and repeatedly asking me to join, even when I had told them I would do it when I could.

So I eventually joined the Tumblr Affiliate Program, the idea was simple enough, you supply a link to their website and when the link has gotten enough clicks they supposedly pay you. Except they don’t.

Within ten days I had gotten 300+ clicks, meaning Beautiful-Halo owed me $15. Then, a couple days ago I received an email saying, 'How are you?When i visit your tumblr today,I found that you link all your post to our website,it violate our rules,so I close your account’.
Umm, what? This was a complete lie and was sent just one week before I should have been paid. This was the response I sent them: 'I post many photos daily, none of which source beautiful-halo as a content/ click through link. They only link to beautiful-halo in the captions. No where in the FAQ does it mention this as a violation’.
Then they changed their story and started accusing me of linking their products to irrelevant photos when I hadn’t been linking their products at all. When I called them out on this they promptly stopped responding to my emails.

I thoroughly regret wasting my time with this company and hope to warn anyone else who may get this message (since it seems they’re desperate).

Read other negative experiences here.

P.S. Look at these obviously photoshopped images!