I am five years old. My mother just told me to go fetch a sweater because an adult man would be coming over soon, and I need to cover up.
I am seven years old. A boy wouldn’t stop chasing me on the playground and throwing rocks at me. I’m upset. My best friend says it’s because he likes me and she told me boys are mean to girls they like.
I am ten years old. We just had our first health class in school. The teachers were trying to educate us on sexual assault. After class, my friends told me to scream fire instead of rape if I’m ever being attacked, because no one will come if they hear the word rape being screamed.
I am twelve years old. I just got my first period. A pad fell out of my book bag at school and everyone started laughing. Apparently, periods aren’t normal and they should be hidden at all costs.
I am fifteen years old. I’m in the office crying because a boy I don’t know kept following me down the hallway and grabbing my ass even after I told him to stop. The administrator scolds me.
“maybe you shouldn’t be wearing leggings if you don’t want that kind of attention”
she sends me home with a dress code violation. She marked the “distracting” box.
I am seventeen years old. I’ve just been slapped because a boy got angry with me after I wouldn’t let him put his hands down my pants. Apparently, I led him on by letting him copy my math assignment.
I am twenty-one years old. My best friend has bought me special nail polish to wear to the bar. She says it changes color if it’s dipped in a drink that has a date rape drug in it.
I am twenty-three years old. I’m reading this to the first class I will ever teach. A student raises her hand and says, “no offense, but doesn’t this stuff happen to every girl?”
So yes, I am a feminist. And when you ask me why, I will read this to you. Again, and again, and again.
Reached a milestone
Finally filled up my first anime shelf
I’ll need to build a new one before I get any more.
What I’ve got:
The girl who leapt though time
The boy and the beast
Nausicaä of the valley of the wind
The cat returns
Kiki’s delivery service
Laputa castle in the sky
My neighbour Totoro
From up on poppy hill
The tale of princess Kagua
When Marnie was there
The castle of Cagliostro
Evangelion 1.11 you are (not) alone
Evangelion 2.22 you can (not) advance
Evangelion 3.33 you can (not) redo
Ghost in the shell (1995)
Ghost in the 2 innocence
Ghost in the shell solid state society
Panty and stocking with garter belt
Kill la kill
Gurren Lagann childhoods end
Gurren Lagann the lights in the sky are stars
Madoka magica the movie rebellion
Lupin the third the woman called Fujiko Mine
Cowboy bebop the movie
High school of the dead
Eden of the east
Black lagoon Roberta’s blood trail
Nadia the secret of blue water
Attack on Titan
Full metal alchemist brotherhood
If you have any recommendations for what I should have on the new shelf feel free to mention some titles.
As a substitute teacher I’ve noticed that white teachers (especially the female ones) are way too easy on the white boys. I’ve had white boys talk back, disturb class, and straight up refuse to leave when I told them to. I’d go to another teacher (usually a white woman in this school system) and they’d just take them out in the hall, talk to them, and send them right back saying “They promise not to disrupt anymore.” And sure enough, five minutes later, they’re back on their bullshit. But little black boys? If they make a face or blink the wrong way they’re ready to send them off to the office. I’m not saying they’re all innocent, but they do get in trouble at a higher rate. And with black boys, I just have to talk to them and they’ll stop. Noticing this I’ve realized why so many white men think they can get away with anything, they were never shown any real discipline. And I side eye any white teacher that will yell at a black child for something less than a white child will do.
From what I understand, correct me if I'm wrong, you mostly taught yourself Korean. Do you have any study tips or just miscellaneous tips for those of use wanting to learn Korean or any other language?
Omg. So you’re self-taught in Korean, Kylie? That’s awesome!! How did u do it? Give us tips please! I’ve already learned to read hangul but how/where can I learn/improve vocab and grammar?
Do you have any tips for someone who’s trying to learn Korean?
hi!! how did you pick up korean, and how long did it take you? thank you :)
Do you have any tips for learning Korean? I really want to start but I am not sure of the best method.
Is there any material you would be able to recommend for an English speaker self teaching themselves Korean? If so, thank you!
Okay, so I’m gonna write a lot write now so be prepared. I’ll break it up into sections.
How I learned Korean (to the level I am at right now):
I started learning Korean naturally during 8th grade (2010) or so. I had a really close friend who would teach me Korean words and by this time I was into a few K-pop groups (mainly SHINee) and watched a few Korean dramas. Out of interest in learning new language, I decided to teach myself how to read and write in Korean. Once I hit the summer before my freshman year, I met another really close friend who introduced me to more and more groups and showed me Korean shows. This is probably when I got really into Korean music, culture, etc. I began finding more shows by myself, became more active in fandoms through Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Before I knew it, watching these variety shows, dramas, videos, and reading lyrics allowed me to pick up the language. I never had a formal education as my school (high school and university) did not/do not provide the language. However because of this, most of the Korean I know is conversational and I am most confident in understanding (instead of writing, speaking). Although I translate, I am by no means fluent in the language, although I soon hope to be!
Tips on learning Korean (or any language):
1. Start off by learning hangul or the Korean writing system (or “alphabet”). You can do this by looking up a table of the characters online.
2. Begin practicing by reading lyrics, tweets by BTS, whatever you can get your hands on. You don’t have to know what you are saying, but it is important to practice and solidify your knowledge of hangul.
3. Figure out your learning style. If you are an auditory learner, try watching videos in Korean like variety shows and dramas (not historical). Read the subtitles carefully and be aware of the words you are hearing as you are reading. I feel like many people unintentionally tune out the audio of a video when watching videos in Korean. If you stay aware, it will be much easier to pick up the language. This is how I picked up Korean. Other ways to learn are through more traditional methods like textbooks and workbooks. If you don’t want physical textbooks there are many apps and online sites that provide PDFs and even podcasts. I don’t use online sites, but I have heard a lot about Talk To Me In Korean.
4. Stay motivated. I know it is really difficult, especially if English is your only language, but you really have to want to learn the language. If you have no interest or motivation, I’m sad to say this, but you won’t be able to learn the language since there is no teacher to force you to learn as there would be in a classroom setting.
5. Practice/study regularly. I think all people who have learned a language in high school can say this with confidence. If you don’t practice/study the language regularly, all of what you have learned will just fade from your memory.
Material for learning Korean:
I always refer to this guide, but Tumblr user hobuing made a post as to how she learned Korean and it has a few links to sites and PDFs [here].
What do I do when I don’t know a word in Korean:
Naturally as I am not fluent, I don’t know all the words that I read. When this happens DO NOT USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE. Google Translate is absolutely horrible when translating (at least for Asian languages). I look up words on endic.naver.com (to find the direct English meaning) or dic.naver.com (to find the Korean definition of a word). As slang isn’t present in a typical dictionary, for slang that I don’t know I often google “____ 뜻" (____ meaning) and read what Korean people say the slang means.