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How i study languages

A couple of days ago @bonbonlanguage asked if i have a post about what i do in order to learn a new language so i thought i should try to make a post about that.

The beginning

As a beginner i always do the same stuff. I research a couple of apps or i just see if my favourite choices have a version for my target language. Usually i use: 

Memrise
Fun Easy Learn
9000 words
50Languages
HiNative
babbel, busuu (rarely but i still have them on my phone)

+some sites and specific apps only for my target language

I choose a grammar book and i take notes from from it. So far i chose books from 3 collections: Teach Yourself, Colloquial and For Dummies.

How i take notes from a book

I ignore the excercises, in my notebook you will see only grammar notes and sometimes irregular verbs at the end, but you will never see exercises. (i’ll say later what i do with the exercises)
If the book has a pretty good structure, i just copy what’s in there. (when i say good structure i mean that i can’t extract main ideas or just a formula              e.g. stem+ending)
The theory is written in black or blue, the examples are written with a pencil and if there is a keyword, i highlight it. When i have languages with articles based on the gender of the words, like French, i use a pink and a light blue pen so when i study the articles i can see the difference. 
Now, i said that in my notebook you won’t see exercises, true, that’s because i solve them on another notebook or just on a blank sheet of paper. If your book has exercises after the grammar lesson, solve them. If half of them are wrong, you will take a break of 1-2 days (in which you will study the grammar rules) and when you feel prepared, you solve again those exercises. (you are allowed to have mistakes but try to have at least 70% of the exercises correct).
What i do after i finish a book
After i finish that grammar book, i take another one. However, this time i don’t copy-paste like i did the first time. I read what informations are there and if there are new rules/exceptions, i just write them on a sticky note and add it to my notebook. After i finish my 2nd book i usually move on to the next stage but if i feel that i missed out something, i take a 3rd book and do what i did with the 2nd one.
As a beginner i have the habit to read my notes once a week, as an intermediate learner i rarely do that.

Don’t understand that as a beginner you only take notes! Sometimes when i get bored i just study on memrise/vocabulary app and that sometimes can last 1 week, sometimes 2. I even like to use InternetPolyglot with my target language and an old target language. (e.g. I learn new words in Spanish through Danish) 

After i have a proper notebook

Usually when i finish my book and i add all the exceptions/rules that i found in the 2nd book i also have learned 1.500-2.000 words in that period of time so i want to test my skills.

When i feel confident enough, i start using duolingo. I use it as a test tool, not as a learning one! I take the shortcuts and usually in 2 days i finish a tree. (at the last part of the tree you don’t have a shortcut for everything so you just have to take the shortcut of every skill there which gets boring)

Since Duolingo is pretty advanced with his lessons, at the end i can consider myself a B1 learner. (if you have an amazing memory and skills, you can say you are B2, but Duolingo can’t get you further than that)

The intermediate stage

Whoever followed my blog for a while knows that i have 2 nightmares in my language learning journey, the intermediate stage and the irregular verbs.

For how to overcome a plateau in the intermediate stage i made a post here. (sooner or later you will hit a plateau)

Back to what i do. No book anymore, duolingo is done, this is the moment when i start to use my skills. If i didn’t use 50Languages as a beginner, i use it now. It has 100 audios so i use them to get used to the sound of the words in case i don’t know them and i also use it as a resources to learn new words. On Memrise i try to find advanced/intermediate and i use 9000 words and Fun Easy Learn. 

At this level the main problem is the lack of vocabulary so i try to learn as many new words as i can. However, since using apps can get boring after a while, i use the classic method of learning vocabulary, reading.

How i memorize/learn new words

Most of the time i just use apps/sites. However, everyone had moments when we couldn’t remember a word regardless of how many times we tried to memorize it. When i have to deal with this, i usually make a mnemonic. (e.g. afslutte = to finish, to end, to conclude; in order to remember the meaning i think at a key sentence: If you don’t study you’ll END up as a slut. [harsh example, i know, but it stays in my mind])

If my mnemonic method doesn’t work, i write the word a couple of times, sometimes with my left hand too since i focus more then. (i’m right-handed) and if i still can’t remember the meaning, i’ll start making some sentences where i’ll use that word.

How i read in my target language

Just as a side note, if i feel confident with my skills (that has happened only once) i read books, if not, i read comics until i feel confident enough to try books.

I have 2 methods because sometimes the first one doesn’t work. So, for French i just read and try to guess the meaning of a word and if i can’t, then i search it. Why i do this for French? It’s easier somehow and i can guess the meaning very well. Sometimes i even highlight words and search the meaning later just to analyze them more.

However, this method doesn’t work on Danish. For Danish i have to read once the entire paragraph and then see what i understood from it. If there is a certain word that it’s unknown, i’ll search it. Since Danish has a lot of structures, i tend to use HiNative to translate those because normal online translators aren’t good for these. After i have all the unknown words, i will look over the paragraph again.

With all these unknown words, i usually make flashcards on Quizlet and practice them from time to time.

Sometimes when i’m in a hurry or i’m not in the mood for studying new words in big quantities, i use WordBrewery or Clozemaster. When i use these i always write the new words on a piece of paper or i just add them directly to Quizlet.

HiNative

I mentioned it above so i should tell you how i use it in order to improve since many might not be familiar to it. It’s an app where you ask questions and natives will answer.  I use HiNative mostly after i read, watch a movie or learn something from memrise.

For what i use it?

- ask for differences
- ask for examples with new words that i didn’t find a context for
- ask for translation from target language to English since not everything is easy to translate as a beginner/intermediate

Listening skills

Listening is a very interesting skill because you can combine it with speaking and reading or just focus only on it.

Listening+reading

In this category you find movies/cartoon/series with subs. Usually i don’t do anything when i watch series/movies because i guess the meaning of the unknown words but if there is a certain word that i can’t understand, i will write it down and search it’s meaning.

Listening+speaking

This involves 2 things. I either talk to someone or i just talk to myself/a toy/the cat. I tend to use the 2nd method most of the time. (it’s not that i dislike talking, i just don’t feel confident enough to use my skills until i’m not sure that i know most of the things/vocab i need to know). I start the conversation like “hey, how are you?” and then i ask myself “how was your day?”. For this question i have to make 2 answers, the reality with what has happened, and an imaginary version for my other side who’s “talking”.

Listening

Here i just watch videos on youtube, listen to 50languages, a podcast or songs. If i do listen to songs, sometimes i try to find the lyrics and see if i understand everything, if not, i’ll look for the unknown words and after i start to sing too. (disney songs are great because most have lyrics on youtube already)

Writing skills

Here i have 2 choices, i either find someone or i just write in a notebook/diary. The purpose of this is to figure out what vocab/structures/expressions i don’t know. 

Speaking skills

It’s not that i dislike talking, i just focus on this skill at the end usually. I improve my other skills and the speaking one improves in a weird way too. However, at some point i just ask people who i know for a long time and i feel comfortable with to talk to me on skype/on the phone.

Extra

Idioms are everywhere in a language. At some point you have to deal with them. If i find them on memrise, i study them there, if not, i’ll look for them and make flashcards. These flashcards have only the idiom in my target language on them and that’s it. I don’t write the translation. I force myself to remember the meaning.

Also, when i don’t know the pronunciation for something, i use Forvo.

The advanced stage

Here i just learn idioms and some advanced vocabulary at the beginning. After these, i stop caring. I consider my learning journey almost done so i just enjoy my life using the language. I read without worrying that i don’t know words, i watch shows without worrying that i don’t understand what i hear, i can sing without worrying that i just say words with no meaning but similar sounds to what i hear.

Note: This is how I learn languages. I can’t say it will work for everyone but it works for me.

p.s. sometimes Fun Easy Learn and 50Languages are set in another language, not my native one or English.

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HEY so I’ve done some research on the Wish app and have some good news! Okay, so, a lot of people don’t want to use Wish because it looks too good to be true and they’re afraid they’re going to get scammed, HOWEVER. I have ordered about 20 (small, cheap (just in case)) things off of the site and so far everything has come early or on time! Another complaint I used to see is that Wish didn’t have any sort of consumer protection if the customer got scammed by a shop, which appears to no longer be the case, as they openly advertise they have consumer protection now. I haven’t had to deal with their customer service yet though, as everything has come. ALSO! They’re doing a sale right now where certain (mostly small things, jewelry, cosmetics, etc.) are free, and you just have to pay shipping (usually $2 - $4). There are also certain stores that are verified by Wish, and so there’s that extra layer of reassurance, and some stores offer speedy delivery. Most products I’ve gotten come from China, so shipping times can take 3-4 weeks, which in my opinion is the greatest downfall. Also, their products (predictably) are usually kinda cheaply made, which I would expect for an app that sells things at such a low price, which is why I haven’t ordered any clothes from them yet (but a lot of stores sell clothes up to 6X!!). So far I’ve gotten patches for my jacket (all good quality), a fidget cube (average quality, still durable) camera lenses for my iPhone (good quality), a phone case (average quality), a wall mount necklace rack (average quality, sometimes has troubles sticking to the wall) and an enamel pin (good quality).

In all, this is an app I would recommend.

Pretty hard to get the motivation to keep putting in applications when I’ve been trying really hard for two years (eight years?) and my life has not only failed to get better but has just steadily gotten worse?

The Aries Witch ♈️

So I did a bunch of app researching, on a quest to find some really cool apps that would be handy for the craft or just general fun for witches ☺️

Will be add a little more info below 👇🏻

🌟 YesNo Tarot - Super simple to use and handy for a general question you need answered!

🌱 Herbs Guide - A simple pocket guide to herbs ( pretty self explanatory)

🌙 Moon - Shows you all you need to know about current lunar phases including moon phase and the percentage so it’s perfect for timing your spells!

🎀 Tarot and Numerology - I was instantly drawn into the Numerology side, I entered in my full name and date of birth and it gave me a whole range of info including past, present and future! Really awesome ☺️


🌼 Wicca - a whole pocket full of spells! This is so great! It has a massive spell list and includes everything you need to perform the spell


🔥 RuneCaster - simple Rune readings and you can customise your tunes which is pretty cool! This would be a great way to learn to read runes yourself

🖐🏻Palm Reading - Easy to use and again would be a great way to learn. You select the diagram which looks most similar to your own palm lines and it tells you what they mean

🍉 SpellsLite - very similar to the Wicca app, a big list of spells and how to do them

🕉 CrystalsLite - looks really great, tells you all about each crystals but it seems you have to download the full version to view all the crystals 😭

Anyway totally having an awesome week….first the assistant dean of krannert undergraduate agreed to write me a letter of recommendation for grad school, then I scored really well on my GRE, then my research proposal for film got approved 🙏🏻 🌝🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

This weekend I’ve been playing around with lightweight ads and the possibility of having a paid version to get rid of them.

After researching other free companion apps it seems that using ads is very common. And I guess it makes sense as long as they’re not popups (I hate popup ads).

This would be the only place I’d be willing to put an ad in my app.
Would you consider this too intrusive?

BTS reacts to their s/o speaking poor korean

Request: BTS reacting to their s/o trying to speak fluent korean and failing 

Jin (Seokjin) 

Jin would be really touched that his s/o was continuing to learn and practice independently. Even when they made mistakes, Jin would be the first to compliment them on how much they’ve improved and how proud he was to have such a smart and considerate s/o. I think Jin would be very patient, always explaining not only how to pronounce certain words or how to structure sentences but also when and why things are said. 

Daebak, you did so well this time! Usually, you would have to say that more formally but otherwise, you’re doing amazing!


Suga (Yoongi) 

Depending on how badly his s/o messed up, Suga would probably smile his gummy grin. He wouldn’t tease them or anything, but he would laugh a little at their accent. Suga would also be pretty quick at pointing out when his partner did make mistakes, believing in complete honesty. Suga wouldn’t see the point in letting them continue to make the same mistakes even if it did hurt their feelings slightly. Yoongi would be the most likely to get frustrated if he could see his s/o not taking learning seriously, but alternatively, he would also be the most understanding and comforting if his lover was getting upset about not improving quickly. 

Originally posted by jeonsshi

As long as you’re trying your best, there’s no point being upset. You’re doing what you can. 


Rap Monster (Namjoon)

Rap Monster would be very focused on helping his s/o improve. Everywhere they went together, he would be pointing out words he thought they may not know yet. He would probably do a lot of research on great learning apps and books to give to his s/o as resources when he couldn’t be around to give private tutoring sessions. Namjoon would probably sit and study with his partner whenever they wanted, just holding up cue cards and checking their pronunciation. 

Bareum, bareum, sorry bae but your pronunciation isn’t quite there yet. Let’s go over it again tonight when we get home. 


Jhope (Hoseok)

If Hobi’s partner made a mistake he would smile and ruffle their hair. He would think the whole situation was just the most adorable thing ever. Jhope would jokingly teach his s/o how to say things in the most aegyo filled way possible, just because he wanted to hear his partner be cute. Hobi would always be willing to help if he was needed but would probably be more likely to just attempt to speak in a language more comfortable for his lover. Hobi is a giver and very caring, he would want his s/o to not be stressed about messing up and would think of all the possible ways he could make it easier for them. 

Originally posted by wintaeangel

You almost sounded native that time. Let me try my English again too, okay? Then you can study along with me. 


Jimin

Jimin would probably give his partner one of his big eye smiles and laugh if they made mistakes. He would tease them easily, before correcting them. Jimin would think it was hilarious every time they made a mistake and would be constantly watching his s/o, waiting for them to slip up. Jimin would be overly excited when his love did get full sentences and conversations right though, making a big deal over how good they sounded.

Ya amazing! You’re fluent now! 


V (Taehyung)

Taehyung would be very understanding of any mistakes his s/o might make and would quickly correct them, before patting them on the head or comforting them in some way. He would never tease or mock them, though depending on how funny the mistake was he may laugh a little! Taehyung tries very hard to speak English so he would admire and sympathise with how difficult it must be for his s/o to try to hold conversations all the time. 

Originally posted by hellosarang

Sorry I laughed Jagi, that was a funny one! You’re very cute for trying so hard. Fighting!


Jungkook

Jungkook probably would barely notice if his s/o made a small mistake and wouldn’t really even feel the need to point anything out until they made a potentially offensive speaking error. Jungkook would think it was fine if his s/o spoke imperfect Korean, as long as he could understand what they said and they were able to express what they were thinking in the socially acceptable way, it wouldn’t really matter to him. 

Originally posted by theseoks

You sound fine. I mean, you’re definitely not native but why do you need to be?


INTP Texting Issues

INTP: *recieves text from ENTP*
INTP: *Because of geography, phone can only recieve texts, but not send them*
INTP: *Rather than call ENTP back, INTP first considers driving into town to text friend*
INTP: *Quickly scrapps idea but concludes that there had to be an app for this problem*
INTP: *Spends an hour doing research and testing apps*
INTP: *exhausts alternatives*
INTP: *Ends up calling ENTP*

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Bowdoin College 

Location: Brunswick, Maine 

Okay, first off; I hate small towns. I’ve always been a city dweller and places like NYC and Boston are my ultimate goals. However, I will say that I adored Brunswick. Despite the smallness of the town, there was so much happening on campus that you were literally never bored. Also, important to note that Brunswick is a) right on the coast of Maine which as seen above is gorgeous and b) only a half hour out from Portland which is essentially a smaller Boston and a popular trip for Bowdoin students. 

Social Life: Work hard, play harder 

Bowdoin does not have Greek life but fear not; that doesn’t mean the campus is devoid of any social activities. When Bowdoin got rid of Greek life in the 90s they replaced it with college houses which are co-ed version of frats/sororities meant for upperclassmen. These houses are the social centers and home to the major campus parties. Also from I noticed during my weekend there, drinking is a popular sport pastime during the weekends for many students. But from what I noticed parties were friendly and the drinking culture was definitely a personal choice. But, as fun as the campus and people were, everyone was heavily dedicated to their classes and their futures. What I really loved about Bowdoin was the spirit of Work Hard, Play Hard where students are engaged in the classroom and actively working towards their career goals while still enjoying themselves and their college years. 

Classes: What the hell is a lecture hall..? 

Bowdoin is not you’re typical college because guess what….NO LECTURE HALLS. That’s right, no 500 person Intro to Chem class with the shady professor. Instead, you’ll have classes of 50 people or less focused on seminar style discussions where the teacher will actually know your name.

Campus: Go green or go home 

Absolutely, utterly gorgeous. Despite having a small student population of only 1800, the campus is vast full of rustic buildings and tall pine trees. It’s a New Englander’s dream come true. First years may not have cars but cars are essentially an unnecessary luxury here. Most students get by with bicycles or just by walking. 

Political Culture: #FeelTheBern

From what I saw and the people I met, Bowdoin was a heavily liberal college. Most students were (to my happiness) Bernie supporters and just Democrats in general. Now of course, this doesn’t mean there aren’t any conservatives but definitely a predominantly liberal school. 

Food: Better than homecooked meals 

#1 dining hall food in the country. Need I say more? Honestly though, the food was incredible. There are two dining halls, Thorne and Moulton Union, both are buffet style with an incredible variety of food that is not only healthy but accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions. Also, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, there’s this thing called Supersnacks where from 10pm to 1am they serve comfort food, i.e. nachos, grilled cheese, pizza, soft serve ice cream, cookies, chips and more. 

Academics: Books before boys 

Like I mentioned earlier, these students have fun but they also know when its time to buckle down and get to the library. People are extremely varied in their interests but the best part is that they genuinely love the classes they take. Bowdoin’s flexibility with classes was a huge thing I noticed and personally appreciated. 

Extracurriculars: Never a spare moment in B-town 

The small campus definitely doesn’t limit the student organizations! With over a 100 different clubs and a variety of independent learning opportunities, Bowdoin keeps you busy 24/7. From acapella groups to research opportunities to jobs to cultural organizations, there is always something happening; you just need to dodge the pine trees and find it. 

If you can’t already tell, I’m in love with Bowdoin despite barely having an interest before my visit. If you have any questions at all, feel free to message me!

-Ramya // futurecristinayang

Seven Years Into The Mobile Revolution: Content is King… Again

By Simon Khalaf, SVP Publishing Products

Last year, on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the mobile revolution, Flurry issued our annual report on the mobile industry. In that report, we analyzed time spent on a mobile device by the average American consumer. We ran the same analysis in Q2 of this year and found interesting trends we are sharing in this report.

After putting the desktop web in the rear view mirror in Q2 2011, and eclipsing television in Q4 2014, mobile and its apps have cemented their position as the top media channel and grabbed more time spent from the average American consumer. In Q2 of 2015, American consumers spent, on average, 3 hrs and 40 minutes per day on their mobile devices. That is a 35% increase in time spent from one year ago and a 24% increase from Q4 2014. In just six short months, the average time American consumers spend on their phones each day increased by 43 minutes.

To put things in perspective, there are 175 million Americans with at least one mobile device. This means that, in aggregate, since November 2014, the US connected population is spending an extra 125 million hours per day on mobile devices. This growth rate is especially astonishing after seven consecutive growth years.

The Browser: Sidelined

Looking at the chart above, today only 10% of the time spent on mobile is spent in the browser, down from 14% a year ago. The rest of the time, 90%, is spent in apps. Effectively, the browser has been sidelined on mobile. This has major implications on the digital industry in general and the content and media industry in particular. Historically, the media industry has relied almost entirely on search for user and traffic acquisition, building entire teams around SEO and SEM on the desktop web. But search engines are predominantly accessed from a browser. If mobile users aren’t using browsers, the media industry will have to look for new approaches to content discovery and  traffic acquisition.

The Media Industry: Absorbed by Apps

The chart below takes a closer look at app categories. Social, Messaging and Entertainment apps (including YouTube), account for 51% of time spent on mobile.

Entertainment (including YouTube) grew from 8% of time spent last year, or 13 minutes per day, to 20% of time spent, or 44 minutes per day this year. This is 240% growth year-over-year, or an extra 31 minutes. That is more than the time it would take to watch an additional TV sitcom for every US consumer, every day!

Messaging and Social apps grew from 28% of time spent last year or 45 minutes per day to 31% of time spent or slightly more than 68 minutes per day this year. This is a 50% year-over-year increase. However, the majority of time spent inside messaging and social apps is actually spent consuming media, such as videos on Tumblr and Facebook or stories on Snapchat. A study by Millward Brown Digital showed that 70% of social app users are actually consuming media. While we can’t correlate the 70% directly to time spent, we firmly believe that media consumption, either articles read in the web view in app, or video consumed in the feeds, constitute the majority of time spent in social apps. This is a big trend and one that will be watched very carefully by traditional media companies. These companies have to adjust to a new world where consumers act as individual distribution channels. The growth in entertainment on mobile proves once again that content is in fact king and is beating the gaming industry in its own game.  

The Gaming Industry: Time is Money

The completely unexpected result of our analysis this year is the dramatic decline in time spent for mobile gaming. Gaming saw its share decline from 32% last year (52 minutes per day) to 15% of time spent (33 minutes per day) this year. This is a 37% decline year-over-year. We believe there are three factors contributing to the decline.

  1. Lack of new hits: Gaming is a hit driven industry and there hasn’t been a major new hit the past 6 to nine months. The major titles like Supercell’s Clash of Clans, King’s Candy Crush, and Machine Zone’s Game of War continue to dominate the top grossing charts and haven’t made room for a major new entrant.
  2. Users become the game: Millennials are shifting from playing games to watching others play games, creating a new category of entertainment called eSports. This summer, Fortune named eSports, the new Saturday morning cartoons for millennials. In fact, some of the most watched content on Tumblr is Minecraft videos created and curated by the passionate Minecraft community.
  3. Pay instead of play: Gamers are buying their way into games versus grinding their way through them. Gamers are spending more money than time to effectively beat games or secure better standings rather than working  their way to the top. This explains the decline in time spent and the major rise in in-app purchases, as Apple saw a record $1.7B in AppStore sales in July.

What the mobile industry in general and the app industry in particular have achieved in the past seven years is amazing. Flurry now measures more than two billion devices each month and sees more than 10 billion sessions per day. That is 1.42 sessions for every human being on this planet, every day. And that is just Flurry! If there is anything to say about the mobile and app industry it is this: Mobile is on fire and it is showing no signs of stopping.

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How to Study Philosophy on Your Own in the Information Age

by  Saṃsāran

Contrary to what those in the so called “hard sciences” would have you believe the study of philosophy is anything but “soft”. Lots of jokes are made about Philosophy PhDs working the drive through window at McDonalds. The reasoning behind this is that the study of philosophy is somehow frivolous. A chemist, applied physicist or biologist can find work in the private sector. Even astronomers, theoretical physicists and other scientists in the fields known as “pure” science are actually doing something tangible.

The truth is that of all the arts and sciences with the possible exception of mathematics philosophy is the purest. It is the quest not just for knowledge but also of truth. The problem with the study of philosophy is that it has a specialized vocabulary and is cumulative so it is assumed that a student is familiar with certain concepts and historical references. It has a very specialized vocabulary and philosophers LOVE to coin their own new terms.

I suggest having a few tools which were not available to me in the early days. Have an app which gives you definition of words when highlighted. Also, use Wikipedia. Yes. That’s right Wiki. I am not telling you to cite it in your PhD thesis but use it as a research tool. There are apps which allow you to mouse over any highlighted term in a Wiki article to get a view of the article for that term without leaving the page you are on. Wiki will give you an overview and then will footnote several sources. These sources are your gold mine. 

Next use Kindle and a good PDF reader. These readers will allow you to highlight, bookmark, make notes and even see notes other people have made. So, read the summary. Learn the related concepts by mousing over them. Look up every unfamiliar term.  The world of philosophy will open up to you.

Wine4.Me And You
In the liquor store, after a long day, you travel up and down the aisles, and take great pleasure in reading wine label after wine label. Nope. Sorry. You just don’t. You know what you want? You want a bottle that you know you’re going to enjoy. Something new, different, yes, but still, a glass that will leave you satisfied. Wine4.Me by VineSleuth, a digital sommelier available on the web and at supermarket kiosks, has partnered with IBM Watson to steep automated wine recommendations with cognitive technology. Enjoy recommendations based on your taste profile, ratings and whatever food you’re craving. Yes, finally, you’ll be able to outthink the wine snobs.

So I’ve found this new app that I’m liking. It’s called Migraine Buddy. I still have Migraine Notebook on my phone while I try this one out, but it seems pretty solid so far.

Pros:

- You can update it while your migraine is in progress, or you can go back and add information later.

- The intensity scale is a 10 point scale, and there are breakdowns within each point (i.e. A 7 is “Hurts a lot: Unable to do most activities” and falls within the category of “Severe”)

- You can add information about your own medications, triggers, alternative therapies, AND after you select which of these you’ve tried, it then asks you which, if any, were helpful.

- It asks for your affected activities (i.e. work, school, social commitments). Once again, you can add your own info to this.

- You can identify where you were when there was a migraine onset.

- It asks for information about the pain onset, and offers many more specialized areas (not just forehead, eyes, lower face). There are 12 different areas on the front of the face to choose from, and 6 on the back of the head.

- There’s a section for notes so that you can add any information not covered.

The app also generates a report that includes stats and graphs. I don’t have quite enough entries so far to judge much about this, but I’m sure I will soon enough.

You can also opt in to let your information be used anonymously for research purposes. (Note: You don’t HAVE to opt in to use the app)

Has anyone else used this app? I’m excited for the possibilities of being able to track my migraines more efficiently!