or fluently learning a different language


Being a polyglot, I decided to make a post about how to study any language, Without further ado, here it is:


This is the most crucial step to studying/learning a new language. In order for your brain to pick up the new words and ideas, it needs to be more immersed in the language you’re learning. Now for most of us who are learning languages in school, that’s kind of hard, especially since most language classes do most of the work in English until you build a level of fluency. This is the primary reason why immersion programs or immersion schools are so much more successful in teaching a language: you’re forced to talk, write, speak, and think in the language you’re learning. Your brain makes connections faster and thus learns faster to understand and process the language. I would suggest that when you’re learning the language, whether it’s in class time or homework, try to work only in that language. Don’t automatically translate things into English because that’s only going to inhibit your process. Even if your knowledge of the language is limited, practicing thinking in the language, reading the language without translating, and speaking will greatly improve your progress. You’ll find yourself become more fluent and the language will flow rather than be halting because your brain is trying to translate things instead of thinking fluently.


Vocab is one of, if not the, most important aspect of learning a language. I would even go as far as saying it’s about 70-80% of effectively knowing a language. Think about it this way, if you’re at a restaurant and you’re asked to read the menu or if you’re out and you’re reading signs and advertisements, will knowing hundreds of verbs and their conjugations help you get by? Most likely not. Vocab on the other hand will make the difference between understanding and being totally clueless. If that example didn’t do it for you here’s another one: when you’re speaking to someone how can you express yourself if you don’t know the words? Chances are even if you know no grammar but know key words in the language someone will understand you. Most people don’t pay that much attention to grammar anyway when you’re speaking. As long as you have a basic understanding of it, you’ll be understood. I’m not saying that grammar isn’t important, far from it, but so many people underestimate vocab and focus on grammar and that hinders your learning. Try to learn as much vocab as you can because it will bring you one more step to being fluent. The key to knowing a language is to understand it to a high degree. You can’t understand if you don’t know the words. Find a list with the most common words in the language you’re learning and try to learn them all. Have a goal to learn 10-20 new words per day and you’ll go a long way. If you’re trying to learn vocab I would recommend to have a sheet with all the words you’re trying to learn and their definitions. Hide the words and try to write the vocab by seeing only the definitions. Writing down helps you remember and this method is foolproof. I’ve used it for 6+ years in French and it’s never failed me.


When I say basic grammar, I mean the typical verb tenses and some basic structures. This doesn’t mean learning every single verb conjugated in every single tense, but rather learning the patterns of grammar and how to apply them. Work smarter not harder. Learning the patterns makes it easier to recognize them when you’re reading and remember them when you’re writing. In my opinion, one fault with the way languages are taught in school is the way they teach grammar and how much time they spend on it. Most native speakers don’t worry as much about grammar as non-native speakers do. Again, I’m not saying grammar isn’t important because it is and  you have to know it, but the way it’s taught ruins it. Try to make a chart with all the verb tenses and the patterns that go with the different types of verbs and then a list with the irregular verbs/exceptions. This should be enough to help you gain a basic mastery of grammar. If you know the basic rules, it will become second nature as you speak, write, and read more.


The language you learn at school is very very different from the language actually spoken in its native country. Most of the language you learn is very formal while in real life, formality is disregarded to a degree and slang is prevalent. In order to build a fluency, you need to read and listen to the language in its natural form to pick up the slang and words that are actually used and not the archaic words that nobody ever says. Listen to music from that language, watch the news in that language, read a book or magazine in that language etc. This will again help your brain learn and process the language better. It will also help with vocabulary and general understanding. Children’s books are the best when you’re starting out. The language is simple and the grammar isn’t to complicated. Start with children’s books and then work your way up to novels and other forms of literature. Listening to the language is also crucial. Try to find mediums where the language is spoken and just listen. Don’t translate or stress yourself out trying to understand it all because you won’t the first couple of times. Just let it sink in. Gradually, you’ll find yourself understanding more and more and you’ll improve. With the speaking aspect, speak as much as you can. Don’t be embarrassed if you stumble, can’t express yourself as much as you would like, or have an accent. I also find that watching/reading/listening to translated works is helpful. Find your favorite book and read it in the language you’re learning, it will help you understand and learn more because you already know what’s going on and can focus on the vocab and grammar. Find your favorite movie and watch it in the language you’re learning. Again, it will help you learn more vocab. The more you practice the better it will get. If you distance yourself from speaking you’ll never improve. Balancing reading, listening, and speaking is the key to being successful.


Nobody becomes fluent over night. Cliche but true. Don’t expect to instantly know everything. It’s normal to struggle and have trouble. Failing is part of the learning process and if you stop practicing because you’re afraid, you’re never going to learn anything. Let go of your fears and insecurities and go for it. If you fall down, pick yourself up and start again. Don’t be embarrassed if you mess up but rather learn from your mistakes and grow. The things we remember most are usually the things where we’ve messed up or had a negative experience with. So use the hiccups as a learning experience and your language skills will improve. 

If you follow these steps, I’m confided that you’ll be better in no time :) The key is to enjoy what you do and have fun! Good luck!

The amount of people confused as to why you shouldn’t tell idols to speak English on v live worries me…. yeah it’s nice when they do speak English and we are lucky when we have multilingual idols that translate as they go or have v lives completely in English but it’s not their job to translate for you. Idols deserve to have the freedom to speak in whatever language is most comfortable for them, or even just whatever language they feel like speaking without having hundreds of people repeatedly commenting “speak English”. Trust me, I know how much it sucks to be an international fan watching a v live and having no clue what they’re saying but they are (most likely) KOREAN. Not all idols are comfortable or confident enough (or even know enough) to speak English on v live. Even idols that do speak English fluently dont owe it to you to speak English.

If they choose to speak English that’s great! If not, PLEASE respect them and enjoy the fact that they’re taking time out of their already busy days to go on v live for us, even if they’re not speaking English. There will be translations eventually, and if you’re so desperate to understand that you expect them to learn a completely different language for you why don’t you do the same and learn Korean?

Prodigy Lance Fic Part 11!!!!!!

The team rushed to the healing pods, just in time to see Lance stumble out, as if he were half asleep. Keith stepped forward, catching Lance as he began to fall forward. Lance cracked open his eyes, peering at Keith. “Am I…alive?” Keith pushed him back, causing him to stumble and almost lose his balance. “Yes, you’re alive! But not for long is you don’t answer our questions!” Lance looked at him with his head slightly tilted.
Lance looked behind Keith, noticing that the others were with them.
“Oh, uh, hiya guys! Long time no see, heh!” Keith snarled and grabbed Lance by the collar, pulling him right into his face. “Lance, if you ever pull something like that, I swear on Pidge’s laptop that I’ll kill you myself, got it?!” Lance held up his hands and nodded. “I hear you loud and clear. Besides, I never wanna go through that ever again.” Shiro stepped forward, clearing his throat.
“We’re glad that you say that, but we still have a few questions to ask you.” Lance quickly swallowed and cleared his throat. “Oh, uh o-okay. What questions do-”
“DID YOU REALLY CREATE THE BEX TAYLOR-KLAUS CODE?!” Pidge shouted, interrupting him. Lance’s eyes became as wide as saucers and he slightly paled. “W-what?” Pidge gave him a hard look. “Did you create the Bex Taylor-Klaus code?” “And the Shada Plan?” Keith added, crossing his arms. Lance continued to stare at them, until he nodded his head a murmured a small “…yes.”
Pidge floored.
“What?! You really created all those strategies and codes without any help? Lance, do you know what that means? To come up with plans like that, you’d have to be a-”
“A genius? A prodigy? A freak?” Lance’s eyes turned cold. “I’ve heard them all, but yeah. I created them on my own. But what I can’t seem to figure out is how you guys even figured all this out.” Lance peered at all of them, eyes landing on Hunk who had started to slightly rock on the back of his feet.
Lance and Hunk made eye contact for a few mere seconds and Lance had already figured him out. All Lance had to do was arch an eyebrow and Hunk cracked.
“I’m sorry, Lance! I told them about the notebook and what I saw and the pages of codes and the Shada Plan. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal because I mean, that makes you super smart, you’re like a real prodigy and a genius so-”
“Hunk! You’re rambling again.” Lance chuckled. Hunk wriggled his fingers, a nervous habit he had developed.
“You’re not mad?” Lance sighed and ran a hand across his face, slightly wincing from still being sore. “No. I mean, you guys were bound to find out eventually, right?” Allura tilted her head to the side. “But why wouldn’t you tell us right away?” Lance opened his mouth, but Shiro gently cut him off.
“Let’s move this to the living quarters, okay? Let’s all just sit down and talk it out.” The team nodded and made their way to the couches. When they made it, Lance plopped down, comfortably sinking into the cushions. The others took the opposite facing couch, leaving Lance by himself.
“Okay, this isn’t turning into an intervention, right?”
They answered him with silence.
“Geez, tough crowd. Alright, alright. I’ll answer all the questions you have.” Allura was the first to speak, repeating the same question she asked before. “Why didn’t tell us if your talent? Do you not trust us?” Lance rubbed the back of his neck. “No, no! It’s nothing like that. It’s just complicated. In the past, I was proud of my abilities, but when others found out, they would call me all kinds of names. Freak was their favorite. They made me think being different was a bad thing. So, I tried to be normal. Never told anyone, never stepped out of line. I was never bullied again.” Lance answered, ending with a slight shrug. Coran leaned forward, propping his arms on his knees.
“So, your abilities…what are they exactly?” Lance threw his legs on the couch, lying as though he were in a therapy session. “Well, basically I’m a prodigy at strategies. I can create plans and escapes route almost immediately. I can look at a strategy and tear it apart, seeing it flaws and making it better, or creating a plan that would destroy it. My brain sees the world as the puzzle, and it constantly creates ways to solve it. Because of that, I can learn things quickly, and have a photographic memory. That’s how I learned how to speak so many different languages.” Pidge rested her hands on the top of her head. “How many languages do you speak fluently?” Lance listed them off, lifting up a finger with each language. “Spanish, English, Japanese, Korean, French, and most recently, Galran and Altean.” The team gazed at him with wide eyes. Lance blushed and rubbed his neck sheepishly. “Really guys, it’s not that big of a deal. Anybody could-”
“Lance, don’t sell yourself short. What you can do is a gift, an amazing one at that. Give yourself some credit.” Keith spoke up. Lance blinked at him as his blushed spread across his face. Keith blushed slightly, crossing his arm and sinking back into the couch. There was a small moment of silence. Lance shook his head and sat up straight. “Well, if that’s all the questions, then I should really-”
“Oh no.” Shiro stated, leaning forward and staring at Lance.
“We’ve only just begun.”

{Reaction} EXO and your foreign language.

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Park Chanyeol

Originally posted by sugutie

Chanyeol would be amazed by your bilingual ability, the fact that you could speak so well in Korean even though it isn’t your native tongue would impress him beyond belief since he knows how hard it is to learn a new language.

Chanyeol: “Wow Jagiya, that’s amazing. Now, will you teach me how to swear in your language so I can curse at Kyungsoo-ah without him knowing?” *giggling*

Do Kyungsoo/ D.O.

Originally posted by kaisooshipper

Every time you would speak on the phone to someone at home he would always watch with admiration on his face. He would be in awe at your language and how beautiful it sounds - or maybe it’s just beautiful because of the way you say it.

{y/n}: “Why do you keep watching me when I talk on the phone to my mum, Kyungsoo? Don’t worry, I didn’t say anything about you.”

Kyungsoo: “I know… I just think you’re amazingly talented”

Byun Baekhyun

Originally posted by sebyunie

Baekhyun would probably be the kind of person that is so set on impressing your family that he implies he is good at speaking the language when in a matter of fact he doesn’t know any at all.

Baekhyun: “Jagi I just told your parents I’m good at speaking your language so you better get the textbooks out and a fresh coffee it’s going to be a long night and they’re arriving here tomorrow at 12.”

Oh Sehun

Originally posted by visual-jongdae

Sehun, even though he wouldn’t show it, would be very impressed about your ability to speak in two languages.

{y/n}: “Yes I speak it fluently, and no it isn’t an easy language to learn.”

Sehun: “Give me a month, sweetheart”

Zhang Yixing/ Lay

Originally posted by yixinqs

Lay would be a gentleman and would probably go to the extent of learning enough of your language to have very basic conversations with you in your native tongue.

{y/n}: You really don’t have to learn my language, Lay, you’re busy enough as it is.

Lay: No, I enjoy it. Plus it makes me happy to see your face light up when I speak it” *Is a literal sweetheart*

Kim Minseok/ Xiumin

Originally posted by secrethideoutme

Minseok would love the way that you peak so differently to him and would be in awe at the difference and the beautify of the unique language. At first, your Korean would be pretty broken up, so it would be hard to have conversations with him since your Korean wouldn’t be easy to understand.But Minseok being the gentleman he is would do everything he can to help you out. He’d use pictures, pointing and some sort or charades to help you communicate. However, Minseok can have very different personalities, so be prepared for his adorable encouragement (“well done, jagi your pronunciation is improving!”) to his other forms of encouragement (“Our conversations might not be big, but you know what is”)

Kim Jongdae/ Chen

Originally posted by exoxoolf

Jongdae would appreciate how difficult it is to learn a new language and how difficult it is since he had a lot of trouble when studying Mandarin, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t tease you on the occasional mess up.

Jongdae: “No Jagi you can’t call me Appa! No, Appa is not the same as Oppa, please don’t confuse the two.” *Would turn into a blushing mess*

Huang Zitao/ Tao

Originally posted by zitao-vevo

Tao’s language isn’t the best when it comes to Korean, so he is very empathetic when your Chinese doesn’t always come out right. Knowing how difficult it is, he would always try and help you out whenever you mispronounce or use the wrong words.

Tao: “Here {y/n} try it like this, it makes it easier to write out. You’ve nearly got it though.” *Also likes it when you compliment on how helpful and smart he is*

Kim Junmyeon/ Suho

Originally posted by wugalaxy

Suho would be impressed by your ability to speak both languages, and since your Korean is good, he would be happy to have conversations with you. He spend a little time learning English, so he does appreciate how hard you must have worked to get your Korean at this standard.

Suho: “You’re so amazing, jagi… maybe one day you can teach me to speak your language.”


Originally posted by meiren-menglu

Luhan would come to a misunderstanding when trying to translate messages you had been exchanging with someone you were significantly close to.

“Jagi… why did you call this man butt? Do you like his butt?”

“Oh god no! Luhan its Welsh slang for a friend!”

Kim Jongin/ Kai

Originally posted by intokai

Kai wouldn’t be too bothered if your Korean wasn’t good, all that mattered to him was that you liked him and had passion like him. He’d fall for a girl based on good vibes and a connection, not by the way she speaks. If he likes a girl enough he will put aside differences. Since his crush has grown significantly he’s spending more time researching things to say and impress you.

Kai: “Everyone dances the same, we don’t need language.” *grinning as he pulled you into his chest and started slow dancing, swaying in the living room without a worry in the world.*

Wu Yifan/ Kris

Originally posted by incrediyeol

Since Kris is a master of languages himself, he would see this as a challenge to master yours. Not just for his pride and flirting skills, but also because his crush on you in genuine and he wants to impress you.

{y/n}: “Kris you’re crazy, you already speak four languages.”

Kris: “Well guess who’s about to make that five.

  1. Group new words together in your notes (according toparts of speech, the same pronunciation, the same topic area, etc).
  2. Think of relationships between what you already know and new things you learn (for me it is for instance hond-hund (nl-no) ).
  3. Visualize idioms or phrases in your mind, or draw them, to help remember. Try to see the spelling before your closed eyes.
  4. Make diagrams or semantic maps (word maps, webs of words) to arrange key words visually on paper.
  5. Remember a new foreign word by a crazy association with a known word (camarera = a Spanish waitress with a camera).
  6. Create rhymes to remember new words.
  7. Use (colored) flashcards to remember new English words (idea: one colour = one part of speech OR one colour = one language if you are learning more than 1 language at the same time)
  8. When trying to remember, physically act out new verbs.
  9. Say aloud or write new English words repeatedly [When I was a 4th grader I couldn’t remember ‘chicken’ word so I wrote this word 20 times. Not only I remember I did such thing but also when I close my eyes I see this piece of paper with 3 lines of chicken word – but this is only for hardcore learning I guess, can’t imagine learning every word like this ;) )
  10. Copy, rewrite new language items to practice writing.
  11. Imitate (shadow) recorded language to imitate a native speaker’s way of speaking.
  12. Try to use whole ready-made phrases fluently (Nice to see you too! What a shame!).
  13. With new structures,  try to make analogous (similar) sentences based on a model.
  14. Consciously try to use the words you know in different combinations to make new sentences.
  15. Start conversations in your target language whenever you are around a native speaker.
  16. Come to out-of-class language events (search for language club in your city maybe?).
  17. Get involved in any class activities that require writing or speaking spontaneously in the language you are learning (not working if you are a self-learner…).
  18. Use a monolingual dictionary
  19. Use other kinds of resources (a picture dictionary, a dictionary of collocations)
  20. Use thematic /vocabulary books for your own study.
  21. Look for words in your own language that are similar to new words in the language you are learning.
  22. Try to find patterns, regularities in grammar.
  23. Work out the meaning of a word by dividing it into parts (prefixes and suffixes) that you understand.
  24. Make comparisons between languages (e.g. German vs Spanish).
  25. Make notes / summaries of new information that you hear or read in your target language.
  26. Even when you are not terribly sure whether it is correct to say something in a given way, take risk to try!
  27. Understand unfamiliar words, make guesses from the linguistic context and clues (like this must be a negative word, this must be the name of an illness).
  28. To understand new and difficult language material, make guesses from the situation (in a film), pictures (in a magazine), gestures, tone of voice in a conversation, etc.
  29. When you are writing a new word in your notebook, also write a sentence where this word is used. Personally I was too lazy to do it but when I finally started it helped me a lot.
  30. Try out different ways of learning and revise, revise, revise…

stormiestuffs  asked:

I don't know if you've done his but the RFA reacting to mc being bilingual (like she speaks Korean but also English or French)

I really like this request~ I’m bilingual too! so this was a lot of fun to write ^^ oh btw, I tend to alter between V being blind and him not being blind, so anything that requires sight is a scenario where he got his eyesight fixed ^^;

-Admin Ace in Space


  • you speak TWO LANGUAGES??
  • this bean is so impressed
  • he loves to hear you speak in another language, especially if you say nice things to him~ not like he can tell the difference but shh it’s not like you’d say anything mean anyway
  • secretly tries to learn some of the language so he can talk to you in it
  • loves it when you teach him different words or sayings
  • loves it even more when you read something to him and he tries to guess what it means
  • watches movies and TV shows in that language with you
  • some of the people he plays LOLOL with speak that language! now you can translate what they’re saying for him!


  • slip into that language when you’re having sex and this boy is GONE
  • no but really, he thinks it’s so attractive that you can speak two languages fluently
  • when you compliment him in your other language, he hugs you tightly and kisses you
  • learns how to say I love you and other romantic things in that language but doesn’t tell you
  • surprises you with it one evening when you’re cuddling
  • probably learns a love song in your other language to sing to you
  • because this boy is just that romantic
  • no but really, he loves hearing you speak in another language and constantly brags with you
  • thinks it’s so cute when you slip up or accidentally switch between languages


  • Baehee is also super impressed
  • she knows the basics of some other languages but she never had the time to learn any of them perfectly
  • so when she hears you speaking in another language, she’s immediately asking you tons of questions
  • is it your mother tongue? did you live in that country? is one of your parents from there?
  • no matter the language, she wants to start learning it
  • that way you two can talk to each other without anyone except Seven understanding
  • and she can complain about Jumin a lot more freely
  • adores it when you quietly talk to her in your other language when she’s falling asleep
  • it ends up with her cuddling closer to you so you do it a lot
  • because a happy, sleepy Jaehee is a cute Jaehee


  • he knows business lingo in a lot of languages since his company has business partners internationally
  • one day he was talking to one of them when you visited his office
  • and you just casually joined in? and used words he’d never heard before?
  • he was so surprised, especially when you got them to agree to the deal he’d been discussing
  • once they’re gone, he turns to you and gives you a kiss
  • wants to know how you know that language
  • like Jaehee, he asks a lot of questions
  • sometimes has you translate some papers for him
  • talk to Elizabeth 3rd in your other language and this man will love you so much


  • canonically speaks like 17 languages fluently
  • so there’s a high possibility he understands you
  • and loves talking to you in your other language
  • it’s like speaking in code around the others
  • sends you memes in that language
  • it’s really nice being around him though because you never have to worry when you forget a word, you can just slip into another language
  • if he doesn’t understand the language you speak, he learns it asap and always comes to you with questions
  • has you teach him all the bad words


  • since he travels a lot, he probably knows a few snippets of the other language you speak
  • lets you teach him more vocabulary
  • you have cute little lessons where for every word he gets correct, you give him a piece of chocolate or a kiss
  • you guys are honestly the softest couple
  • he writes little messages in either language and leaves them around the house for you to find
  • like Yoosung, he enjoys watching movies in your other language and has you translate the things he doesn’t understand
  • teaches you some of different languages he speaks, even if he only knows one word
  • you two have vocabulary lists hung up all over the house
  • if he’s still blind, he teaches you how to read braille in return for you teaching him your other language
Takes one to know one


I had no plan for this one, I legit just started word vomiting and we got here. You can now pry this headcanon from my cold dead hands. Alex and Kara learn new languages together every year, fight me.

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Kara Zor-El is the biggest nerd in the galaxy.

She herself would argue that the title should actually go to her sister, but Alex doesn’t agree. She may be a nerd on Earth, in english. But Kara Zor-El is a nerd on at least fifteen different planets and in twice as many languages.

The first thing Alex asks of Kara when she lands on earth, after the awkward ‘my new sister is an alien’ moment, is for Kara to teach her Kryptonian. Alex has always wanted to be bilingual. Now she gets to be bilingual with an alien language.

And it works out being the best decision either one of them has made, because now Kara will always have someone to converse with in her native tongue, and Eliza will never know what they’re talking about when they switch from English.

One language turns to two, turns to three, turns to four. By the time the pair of them are in college, Alex can fluently speak six earth languages and two different dialects of Kryptonian. Kara can speak upwards of thirty alien dialects, along with the six earth languages she and Alex had learnt together.

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[NCT 127 + Ten] Reaction to s/o being multilingual

A/N: Hello~ Thank you for the request! Sorry that it may have been a bit late as I am busy with examinations and studies at the moment! I also apologise that this reaction would not be as long as the other reactions.
I have slightly changed it to their s/o being multilingual to accommodate a larger scale. I hope you enjoy~

P.S. Wow you are for being able to speak 4 languages fluently?? I’m only bilingual –

P.P.S I realised I have been inconsistent in using ‘s/o’ and ‘you’ so I’ll just write in the assumption of you being the respective members’ s/o!!

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Date posted: 18/07/17


Originally posted by tuvns

I think Taeil would actually be quite amazed when he first learns about your ability to speak multiple different languages fluently. Even after claiming you as his, he would constantly admire you for this ability. He may sometimes forget about you being a linguist, and whenever you meet people of other nationalities/ race and speak to them in English/ their native language, or even go overseas with him, he would just look at you, mouth agape and you can sense that immense amount of admiration exuding from Taeil. 

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Does comfort with language and speaking help determine who ends up autistic and who ends up a cousin?

I recently had a chance to interact with a mix of neurodivergent autistic and non-autistic people in person, and it was fascinating. The non-autistic people had an interesting mix of ADHD, mental illnesses, and miscellaneous other unspecified brain things.

There were some interesting similarities. First, everyone was highly aware of the need to make everyone else comfortable. They asked about pronouns, they explicitly asked for feedback on their own communication (”am I talking too much?”), and gave explicit positive feedback to other people. I never see groups of neurotypicals showing such concern for others, awareness that different people communicate differently, or willingness to talk explicitly about the interaction. Everyone had some sort of processing issue, so bringing them up was a non-issue. (All of these things made me feel much more comfortable!)

The differences were even more interesting. Not the ones a neurotypical clinician would expect, like the non-autistic people making a little more eye contact and smiling a little more often. There was a huge, obvious difference between the autistic and non-autistic people in the room in how much and how quickly they talked.

The non-autistic people talked a lot, whether or not they were anxious. When they talked, they spoke fairly quickly and confidently. The process of turning their thoughts into words and speaking didn’t seem difficult for them. The autistic people in the group were very quiet. They rarely spoke, and when they did, they said fewer words, talked more slowly, and sometimes said they were having difficulty speaking.

I’ve noticed before that the autistic bloggers I follow are much more likely than the other neurodivergent folks to talk about having difficulty speaking. Listening seems to be a more universal issue–I have auditory processing difficulties and so do other non-autistic neurodivergent people I’ve interacted with. (In fact, one of the things that probably confuses and annoys people most about me is that under stress, I can still talk in a way that makes sense, but I can’t really understand what anyone is saying accurately–although I might think I still can).

But it’s one thing comparing how people talk about their experiences, and another to actually see how they interact in person. The difference in difficulty speaking was even more striking when I saw it in person.

I’ve noticed a lot of commonalities between my brain and that of my autistic friends and family.  What they say about sensory processing, feeling other people’s emotions, getting “too excited” about special interests, liking explicit communication, clumsiness, viewing certain social rituals as pointless, and feeling like an outsider describes me, too. But I ended up developing in a different direction–with nonverbal learning disability, and interaction as one of my least weak nonverbal skills. And I’ve wondered what caused that difference for a long time.

This meeting confirms my hypothesis that I developed differently socially because language and speaking have come naturally to me from an early age. It’s easier to cover over awkwardness or pretend to be neurotypical if you can talk fluently. Being able to speak and write fluently helps you figure out your brain and explain it to others, and also helps you ask other people about their experiences so you can compare. 

There are other things that help me socially too–like a special interest in people’s minds, a habit of mentally projecting myself into real people or characters’ situation and imagining how I’d think/feel/act, and demographic variables (gender, race, appearance, etc.). But I’m aware of autistic people who have the same traits.  So I think ease of thinking in words and speaking was the main reason why my autistic friends/family and I come off as awkward in such different ways.

(I also think there’s a grain of truth to the stereotype that people with ADHD are outgoing and talk a lot, while autistic people are quiet and introverted. What’s your experience been with that?).

Accessibility in the Hp Rp Community

I honestly didn’t plan on writing a rant today but…

Okay let me start by saying, I’m not calling anyone out, this isn’t “Kam Throws Shade”.

That’s still on Wednesdays.

I’m kidding, jeez, it was a joke.

Okay with that said, let’s get into it. As you may or may not have seen, I know sign language. Not fluently, barely even conversationally, but I’m learning. And I’m doing this for many reasons, the simplest and shallowest include:

·         I like learning different languages.

·         A lot of my relatives know asl.

·         It’s good to know a way to talk to my sister without talking to everyone in the room.

There are more, but those are the main ones. But the real reason, the deepest, truest reason is because I’m likely to meet a deaf person. Either in my daily life or in my work or a multitude of other places. And I’d like to be able to communicate with them. The world isn’t made for deaf people. Often they have no way of understanding the people around them, I’m not saying they have bad lives, honestly they’re probably living fuller lives then me. However if I can help in a small way of being able to take their order or help them find something, why shouldn’t I?

Often I find small things that annoy me because of this. I learned (or more accurately am learning) asl to try and create a more accessible world. I am constantly seeing things that simply aren’t accessible. And that’s incredibly frustrating. So imagine how completely impressed I was with the hp rp community. Everything is accessible. Gifs either have text or words are written beneath them. You don’t need the ability to hear to be part of the community either on the receiving or the creating side.

However here comes the issue. Quite a lot of rpers are branching into the world of YouTube. Which is great. More content, bloopers, Q&A, these are all awesome. But often the videos aren’t captioned. Some don’t even have auto captions on. (This being said auto captions suck so much it’s almost better without them, almost.) Anyway, I understand why this may be. Captioning videos takes a lot of time, and it can be difficult if there are lots of people talking. I’m not asking all rpers to caption their videos. I’m asking all rpers to let me (or others) to caption their videos. Here’s a link that explains how to turn on viewer captions, a setting that allows viewers to add captions and translations in different languages making your videos much more accessible.

Tl;Dr: Let’s keep the hp rp community accessible. Turn on viewer captions for your rp YouTube videos. Let me caption your videos.

Blood Money

Ever felt fear? No, no, not  the fear of a little spider or the fear of a bad grade. The real fear who’s creeping inside your body like a cold and damp feeling… You never experienced it? Well, neither did Allison. She had everything and more and it had really big advantages to be the daughter of a big Mafia boss, but the disadvantages were much bigger… 

GENRE: Angst, slight Horror 

Warnings: Swearing, Violence and later on much Smut   

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anonymous asked:

Hii!! Welcome to the fandom I loved your first prompt! Can I request one for Midoriya and Todoroki with a S/O whose an exchange from somewhere else and while they speak fluent Japanese they still have a little trouble spelling so taking notes for them it's hard? Bonus points if sometimes they catch them humming in their native language ^_^ thank you!

I have another ask that’s a little similar to this one but I’ll probably answer that one on another day :p I’ve taken four years of Japanese and it’s been hard as hell lmao I can relate to s/o.

Izuku Midoriya:

  • He can’t say he understands completely the struggle of trying to keep up with another language but he’s very empathetic to his s/o’s plight. After a while of having to give his s/o his notes to copy after class he starts to make sure he takes better notes so they can understand more when they need to catch up. Japanese is a hard language to learn in general so he doesn’t mind helping his s/o out. 
  • Before they turn in assignments in he makes sure to look over their work to check for errors in their grammar and help fix them to make sure they don’t get bad marks due to honest mistakes. He’ll take time to explain to them why the error is an error and so that they know in the future and even offer to help them a lot after school if they need it. 

  • If he catches them humming or softly singing a song in their native language he just kind of stops and admires how it sounds. It’s one of those things that so different from what he normally has to listen to that he’s just kind of in awe for a second and ends up having some genuine fascination with it. Asks his s/o what the song means when he finds a time to interrupt them. If they’re embarrassed he reassures them that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

Shouto Todoroki:

  • Having a foreign s/o is something that’s taken him a little time to adjust to. He can’t really imagine having to learn a whole different language like his s/o has and respects them for being able to speak Japanese so fluently. Helps his s/o out when he can with taking notes and even offers to record lectures and things for them if that’s easier than taking notes. 
  • Like Izuku, I can see him looking over his s/o’s work before they turn it in sometimes. If it can be helped he prefers to give them a little mini lesson and try to get them to figure out why the grammar is wrong as opposed to just giving them the answer straight away. Of course if he doesn’t have time for that he’ll just tell them the answer and explain the logistics a bit. If his s/o needs more help than that he gives them his notes to copy (that are probably really neat tbh).
  • Catching his s/o humming or softly singing in their native language is something he never really expected. He accidentally interjects as soon as he hears it and flusters his s/o. After apologizing to his s/o for startling them he asks if there’s a particular meaning to the song and probably asks if there are other songs that are also common to sing in their native language. Since he hasn’t had too much exposure to other languages (besides English), he might ask his s/o to teach him some of their language for fun.

I have a lot of thoughts on ignorance and privilege which unfortunately go hand in hand.  This post is mostly in response to that conversation between Isak and Sana which still makes me mad, but the whole takeaway lesson of how it is the responsibility of the oppressed person to educate ignorant people is nothing new to me.

There are some people who may have started out willing to educate ignorant people, but they grew tired of it.  Sometimes people who come from a position of privilege do not wish to be made uncomfortable even if discomfort is part of the learning experience.  If they are ever called out on anything (in a respectful way, not in an attacking way), instead of taking that as an opportunity to grow, they get super defensive.  I think that if more people who are coming from a position of privilege decide to humble themselves, then they will find that many marginalized people will meet them halfway.

I think that one of the safest ways to learn about people different from you is through media.  That is why it is super important to pick up books and movies and TV shows by and about people in marginalized groups.  They can help you understand experiences different than your own that that helps you understand people who have lived through things that you didn’t know about.

(Sidenote: One of the reasons why I started watching Skam is because I saw that it wasn’t in English.  I am an American who cannot speak any language other than English fluently, but I am also aware that I live in a world where American and English language media is privileged before all other media.)

I notice that even when people have the option of learning about people different from themselves in the most comfortable way possible,with books or movies or media or whatever, there are still people who are resistant to that.  I don’t watch as many booktube videos now as I did a few years ago, but I remember that people would track their reading by making pie graphs of the race of the authors that they read.  They did this because they discovered that when they looked at all the books that they had read and talked about on YouTube and goodreads, they discovered that 90% of the authors of the books that they had read were white.  They rarely read any books by people who were nonwhite.  So some people talked about the need to read diversely but continued to read mostly white authors while some people tracked what they read and reported back with updates (according to my piecharts, now 25% of the books that I read this year were by POC).  It was an imperfect solution, but an improvement.

Anyway, whenever people would talk about the need to read diversely, there would always be those “colorblind” people who would argue that by actively trying to read books by people of color, you are being reverse racist.  Instead you should just ignore things and continue passively reinforcing the status quo as you were.

There are also those people who complain about relateability which still pisses me off.  If you come from a position of privilege and you read about somebody who is marginalized and they’re speaking with their own voice which is distinctly different than your own then that’s… good.  It’s good to have that experience.  Even if it makes you uncomfortable.  Even if the experience that the characters are facing are radically different from your own.

The learning process is often uncomfortable but it’s worth it  I think people have to recognize how their privilege and ignorance has shielded them from the discomfort that comes from the learning process.

Translator/Barrier Au

flip-a-dip-me-off submitted: An Au where everything is the same except their are language barriers between the different alien races. Pidge has to make translators. Shiro has some understanding after living with aliens for the past year. Lance has trouble flirting. Hunk is just confused. Keith is pretty much the same. and after a while they learn the language and can talk fluently. When they make it back to earth, every once in a while they burst in to angry Altaen or some other foreign race’s language.

NCT 127 - When they find out their S/O can speak another language

Request: Hi Can I request a NCT 127 scenario please ? When the boys find out that their girlfriend can speak several languages. Thank you so much :)


i do not own any of these gifs!

Taeyong: He’d be more proud of you for knowing another language rather than being shocked and would maybeeeee try and learn to understand you.

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anonymous asked:

Could I get some language headcanons for any character you have a burning desire to write for? Like, what languages do they speak, how fluent are they, what do they want to know, etc.

((Since we just reached 600 followers, I’ll do as many characters as I can without sounding repetitive. Long post ahead, you have been warned. Just wanted to add that I headcanon that all guards require to learn English since it’s a universal language.))

((Also gonna split this into 2 parts with the inmates on the other.))


·         Tomato

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  He can read and write it, though his pronunciation when speaking is a bit choppy.

o   Mandarin

§  He just started learning the basics because some of his mecha’s parts come from China and he wants to know what he’s buying.

o   Korean

§  He’s into K-pop and well, he wanted to learn Korean.

·         Mao

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  For him it’s like Tomato’s situation, but rather than his pronunciation, it’s his writing that needs some work.

·         Kiji

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   Fluent Italian

§  Kiji’s cultured and enjoys foreign films so he decided to learn a few more languages, starting with Italian. His accent and pronunciation are nearly perfect.

o   French

§  He already knew how to speak it, but Trois is helping him with pronunciations and reading.

o   Latin

§  Again, Kiji’s cultured and started learning Latin after he went to see a take on Apollo et Hyacinthus during one of his vacation trips.

·         Ahato

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

o   Wants to learn French

·         Kenshirou

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   German

§  You can thank Musashi for that. Kenshirou started to learn German because Musashi kept muttering insults and phrases at him. He only knows how to speak it though, and very choppy I might add.

·         Hitoshi

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  He’s still learning to read it; mostly practices with magazines.

·         Samon

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  Can speak it well. Though his reading can improve, he’s just too stubborn to sit down and actually practice.

o   Fluent Mandarin

·         Enki

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   Fluent Mandarin

§  Enki isn’t much for other languages. He can learn and become fluent in many others, he just doesn’t find the need to.

·         Inori

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  He doesn’t really care to improve since most of what he uses is conversational.

o   Fluent Mandarin

§  He got so used to speaking Japanese that he rarely uses it anymore, but he can still read, write and speak it well.

·         Ruka

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  He can read and write it, hates how he sounds while speaking it so doesn’t unless he has to.

o   Italian

§  Still learning. But as soon as he found out Kiji spoke it, he wanted in.

·         Rokuriki

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  His pronunciation is choppy, but he understands written words very well.

·         Youriki

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  All three Daisen are competing to see who can best the other. He can speak it surprisingly well, but has difficulty in reading it.

·         Kokoriki

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  His strengths are writing and reading in English. When he speaks it tends to come out as phrases and he gets frustrated enough sometimes to jumble them together.

·         Damian

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  He doesn’t really talk much so he rarely speaks it, but understands it perfectly.

·         Nijimasu

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   Arabic

§  Surprisingly learned Arabic back when he was in school as an elective.

·         Hajime

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   Fluent Russian

·         Yamato

o   Fluent Japanese

o   English

§  Pronunciation is very choppy but can read it very well.

·         Seitarou

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   Spanish

§  Pretty boy had an expensive education and can both read and speak Spanish fluently. He has trouble writing it sometimes though.

o   Italian

§  Again, expensive education. Though he still only has basic knowledge of it because he kinda stopped practicing.

·         Momoko

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   Fluent German

o   Fluent Korean

o   Turkish

§  Still learning, but she’s picking up the language very quickly.

o   Fluent Portuguese

§  She likes learning different languages because it comes in handy with her job as Warden

·         Mitsuru

o   Fluent Japanese

o   Fluent English

o   At least 9 more languages, including: Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, Polish, Italian, French, Korean.

§  Only knows how to curse, insult, and say profanities in said 9 languages.

anonymous asked:

How would they react to a friend or s/o that's bilingual and sometimes slips into their native tongue when they're particularly excited or happy?

(Sorry for the wait! Here it is!)


  • He finds it absolutely adorable.
  • If anyone teases you about it, Bendy will make sure they have a first class seat to hell.
  • This actually happens to him as well.
  • If you speak a language that he doesn’t know, he will try and learn it.
  • He will ask you for lessons if he is having trouble. Otherwise, he keeps it  a secret so he can surprise you.


  • He is able to tell what you mean.
  • Boris will purposely surprise you to get you to slip into your native tongue.
  • Because he loves it when you are excited in general.
  • He will probably ask for small little lessons on the language.
  • Just so he can understand the basics and if you want to get out of a situation.


  • He doesn’t know much.
  • Maybe a little bit of Spanish. Just a little bit.
  • So when he hears you burst out in another language fluently, he is impressed.
  • He now sees you with this new wave of knowledge and wisdom.
  • Loves to hear you talk in it. He could listen to it forever.


  • He is very knowledgeable in languages.
  • Who do you think translated the cartoons for other countries?
  • Will join in talking with you if he knows the language.
  • He also knows a lot of curse words in the different languages.
  • Joey will also try and surprise you by learning the language that you talk in, if he doesn’t already know it. Like father, like son.
The Game

@sleepingupsidedown <- I blame you for this one
-First off let’s get one thing straight Pidge doesn’t drink because A. Underage and B. Doesn’t like the taste of alcohol so they are the DP (designated pilot)
-Hunk has the best alcohol tolerance and barely ever gets drunk but when he does the kindness skyrockets as if that’s even possible, more hugs, compliments, and he lets everyone know that Lance is his best friend/ brother, and the paladins are also his family but he and Lance are hella tight
-When Shiro gets drunk he becomes a stuttering mess who tries and fails to flirt with Allura, but no worries because he never remembers it in the morning, and he doesn’t really get that terrible of a hangover
-Allura is magnificent in many things but being able to tolerate alcohol is not one of them. She is known as the lightweight™, and she relaxes more and just has a good time with the fam
-Coran is just a mess, he can’t do proper English or any language for that matter (it’s also how the team learned that Coran speaks and reads about 25 different languages fluently and can speak another 5 but it’s slightly more broken and he’s working on it) but he also sobers up really quickly
-Lance and Keith are a different story altogether, it’s like they switch personalities while they’re drunk
-Keith becomes really outgoing, uses wonderful one liners that almost gets him layed many times(but he always says he can’t but thanks the people for offering) how the world may never know, he also becomes a shit post generator. So really when you think about it Keith has 3 levels of drunk and he never remembers anything in the morning
-Lance however gets hit hard by his homesickness, he stops making jokes, he wanders to the edge of the group, starts making excuses to leave in his head, and smiles falsely, hides his hurt whenever he sees Keith flirting with someone and succeeding, because he wishes he were in those alien’s position
-Lance is never able to forget those nights, and each time he grabs a drink he promises he won’t become introverted and every time he succeeds at first until he spots Keith with someone else then it’s game over
-One night while they’re at a neutral trade planet and everyone is enjoying themselves especially Pidge because the others are oh so amusing
-Allura is the first one to go down and starts to laugh openly more and more
-It keeps progressing until everyone but Pidge is drunk, and suddenly Keith suggest they start a game
-Whoever gets the no nonsense bartender to exchange numbers, names, and a promise to talk, will receive whatever they wish from one of the players
-Pidge is immediately determined the judge, and the game begins
-Coran goes first and all he receives is the bartender asking if he wants a shuttle called for him which offends Coran, so he walks away back to the table and claims he is din (read as done)
-Allura goes next and while she’s relaxed and happy, she and the bartender just don’t really click, they would defend one another and not insult the other because girls from every planet should have each other’s back, but that doesn’t mean you really need to be friends so Allura thanks her for her time
-When it’s Shiro’s turn, he’s doing really well until he takes one look at Allura and causing him to apologize to the bartender and telling her his heart belongs to another and he didn’t mean to lead her on
-Shiro decides that he WILL tell Allura about his feelings tomorrow, and writes it down (he does remember, and Allura gives him a dazzling smile and tells him she would love to be in a relationship with him)
-It’s Hunks turn but when he’s on his way to the bartender he gets distracted by this other girl and he just starts complimenting her make up because that obviously took time and girl the winged eyeliner is on point
-And then the girl and Hunk spend time discussing how she applied everything giving him tips Hunk prepared a shopping list in his brain because he’s down to try make up because damn that eyeliner tho
-With Hunk basically dropping out it’s up to Keith and Lance, Keith goes first
-Keith starts off by making jokes and flirting with the bartender which immediately obliterates any chance he had at winning, knowing when to cut his losses he returns to the group
-Lance had seen Keith flirting with the bartender and he found he could no longer hold the fake smile and he stopped making commentary about the game and just sat back dreading walking up to the stranger for the game, he considers dropping out but he doesn’t want to draw attention to himself
-Lance then goes up to her, and the first thing he does is apologize to the poor bartender for all the shenanigans
-And he’s sorry he will be wasting her time and then the next thing he knows is telling he everything, from his homesickness to his feelings for the man who never remembered his name, and how even though he know he has everyone he can’t help but feel alone at times, like he has no one to talk to
-By the time he realized what he’s done he starts apologizing to the bartender surprised to find her smiling at him
-She then proceeds to tell him that it’s okay, her favorite part of her job is to hear people’s stories
-She let’s him know her name is Mel, she asks to exchange numbers because he is not alone, she will be there for him and beside she wants to her updates about the group’s antics and his possible relationship with Keith
-Next thing Lance knows he has a new friend/confidant and he has won the silly game
-So he puts on his fake smile and announces he won, receiving cheers from his friends
-Lance finds it to be too much and excuses himself to go to the bathroom, once he is washing his hands Keith walks in and claims that he always knew Lance was going to win the game
-He had felt it in his bones because who wouldn’t like Lance, Keith then claimed he tried, but ended up falling for Lance
-Lance is too shocked to react and Keith just casually walks out as if what he said was casual and normal
-When they ask Lance what he wants since he won the challenge he looks panicked for a second, which prompts Pidge to jump in and tell the group they should wait for tomorrow when they’re all sober, that way Lance can make a sound decision
The next day
-Somehow Lance manages to wake up before everyone else, only to find Pidge tinkering away with their computer
-Pidge straight up attacks Lance with questions about what happened last night
-Because Lance knows he owes Pidge for saving him yesterday he told them about Mel and then the confession from Keith if you even call it that especially since Keith becomes a big flirt with everyone and maybe he didn’t mean the falling for someone in the same way as others seeing as he doesn’t usually get things that aren’t literal
-Pidge slaps Lance in the face
-Tells him how the pinning has been going on for months and Keith never said anything because he felt guilty for not being able to remember Lance
-And how sure Keith flirted but he never went through with it and it was mostly just harmless, so go get your man™
-Later when Lance finally feels confident enough to talk to Keith about it he goes looking for Keith
-Once he finds Keith, Lance wonders if he should tell Keith and Keith asks him if he knows what his price will be for winning the game (Pidge told Keith about the game and NOTHING ELSE because that’s up to Lance)
- So Lance then decides what he’s going to do
-He asks Keith if he meant it, did he mean it when he told Lance he’d fallen for him and if by the he meant romantically
-Keith gets so red and flustered but he unmistakably says yes how could I not fall for you
-Lance then grabs Keith and starts kissing him only to stop when they hear the others cheering
P.S. Mel totally sent an audio message of her squealing when Lance told her