so many videos today oh well

wanna chat? pt. 17

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i said a bunch of things in the note on ao3 but its like. sooo long so yeah just check that out please and thanks ilysm 

(son of a gunn = adrien, the worst = alya, lol death = nino, its red = mari)

what is happening in this anymore


5:37

son of a gunn: NASA!!! PLANETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH!!!!!!
AHHHHHHHHHHHH

son of a gun has changed their name to trappist

6:42

the worst: as adorable as it is to see u nerd out like the loser u are
sleep boi

trappist: WHO CAN SLEEP AT A TIME LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol death: hello my dudes why are we yelling

trappist: NASA!!!!!!!!!

lol death: nice
the one good thing the americans gave us

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FATHER

I LITERALLY BEGGED

@under-top TO WATCH THIS FOR A MINUTE STRAIGHT

SO SHE COULD WATCH THESE 30 SECONDS OF PURE HEARTBREAKING MASTERPIECE.


I SOBBED

SHE CRIED

WE YELLED

AND WE HAD TO ACTUALLY ROLEPLAY OUR TWO BABIES HUGGING AND BEING DORKS BECAUSE WE FELT SO BROKEN ABOUT EVERYTHING AFTER THIS LIKE HOLY HELL THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN UP SINCE AUGUST AND I NEVER MANAGED TO FIND IT UNTIL TODAY WHATS WRONG WITH THE WORLD ITS SO WELL DONE

THIS ARTIST ON YOUTUBE CALLED MISSY HAS DONE MANY OTHER SHORT VIDEOS LIKE THIS ONE AND THEY REALLY DESERVE THE WATCH PLEASE OH GO D I DONT HAVE THE WORDS ANYMORE

ffajess  asked:

What would you say would be the best way to start learnibg Japanese? Thank you!

here’s a compacted version of a video on that topic I’m still working on, with a bit of a jocular tone because hey why not it’s Friday:

Step #01. Learn the syllabaries/”alphabet” (Hiragana and Katakana)

This means Hiragana and Katakana (Kanji can be saved for later). What you’re going to want to do is essentially be able to say, read, and write each of these characters. Of course the important thing here is that the characters we use in language are literally the foundation of the language, the building blocks. Learning these will teach you which sounds the Japanese language uses and which sounds it doesn’t (if you want to be relative to English). 

Difficulty Level: ★ ☆☆☆☆ There’s no excuse for this being a difficult thing, really. You most likely picked up the English alphabet when you were a toddler; it’s the same process of writing them over and over and over and saying them over and over and over and reading them over and over and over until you remember each one. The only difference is that there are about four times as much characters/letters than the English alphabet (46 basic characters x 2 for both hiragana and katakana). 

Estimated Time: 1 week (any more than 2 weeks, and you’re probably being too lax about it, wherein the stints will probably invite memory loss thereby dragging the process out even longer)

Step #02. Start learning the other 3 components of the Japanese language: kanji, grammar, vocabulary

Alongside Hiragana and Katakana, just about every single sentence in Japanese is going to use Kanji as well. You might be going, “Wait, what the hell, why do I have to know 3 different system of characters to speak 1 language? You bullshittin’ me, Mr. Oh-I’m-Just-Trying-To-Help-People-Immerse-Themselves-In-A-Language-And-Am-Definitely-Not-A-Con-Artist? If that is your real name..!” Well, it’s actually pretty darn important that you understand why Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji are all utilized together so before you actually delve into learning any actual Kanji characters, it’d do you good to know the context behind them. Ohhh shittttt, sonnn!! And we got you covered in that department with this here video! 

(Not embedded here is the other two after it, so check that out for even more context.)

Okay, so now you know why Kanji even exists, hopefully. Now you can jump into actually learning some Kanji characters and start judging those people with “speak dragon love” and “sesame chicken fried rice” tattoo’d on their bodies. What you’re going to want to do is start simple, you know, learning the Kanji for basic things first. The numbers for one. The days of the week. Family titles. Etc. Try not to go too intense, you want this process to be fun, as you’re immersing yourself in a whole new language here-and the culture that it reflects. You’ll be introduced to the entire process that comes with learning a single new kanji, which includes: stroke order, stroke count, on’yomi reading, kun’yomi reading, definition(s), common words it appears in (That’s right! Kanji isn’t like vocabulary in that you learn a new word and can use it by itself when you want! Kanji is like a mutant freak-child between vocabulary and letters of an alphabet in that sometimes they can appear by themselves as a standalone word and sometimes they can’t appear unless with hiragana characters or other Kanji characters! What the literal fuck!!!!!!!!!!!) So as you can see, the introduction by default includes a lot of information to absorb and a lot of methods that differ from English. And your experience may vary; some people find some or all of these things rather frustrating (I personally don’t give a heckle about stroke order and probably wouldn’t even be able to tell you the correct one for the kanji for the number 3) and some find them absolutely enticing, so try to take it relatively easy at this point and focus on being able to have fun with a brand new world! 

So…… this whole point so far is going to extend beyond Kanji and to grammar and vocabulary too. Luckily, these two components aren’t unique to the Japanese language and we have some perspective from knowing English (or any other language). But just to re-iterate: try not to go too crazy with this from the start. In the department of grammar, there are some pretty essential essential grammar guidelines/outlines/patterns that you want to know first and foremost. For example, learning about the は particle and です copula to understand the utmost basic sentence structure. From then, you can branch out towards other basic topics like Verbs, Adjectives, other Particles, etc while occasionally making a detour to learn some arbitrary thing that piques your interest (e.g. “Hmm, I want to express my love for the person typing this post out. I wonder how to say “I love X” in Japanese” or “Man, my favorite character in this anime keeps saying this catchphrase of his! This nasty-ass 4Kids translation of it is probably way off. I wonder what it means in Japanese! To Google!”) My recommendation here is to do a single session that lasts a couple of hours where you just get the essentials (like the ones aforementioned) down because since they’re so basic, they’ll really give you good context afterwards when you inadvertently encounter Japanese in your everyday life (which hopefully you are if you’re pursuing the language, but I’ll stress that more later). 

*For our resource on this, check out the Learning Japanese video series playlist on YouTube. If you want them in the order that they were published, you’ll be on an easy-difficulty –> intermediate difficulty. Well, for the most part. You should be fine for the first like ~50-100 grammar videos, after that a video on the most arbitrary grammar pattern will pop up every so often because I was too lazy at the time to tackle an essential topic ;).

Okay, the description for this step is starting to get overbearing, so I’m going to trust you know what to do with vocabulary. Learn the words that you need to start forming basic sentences and the words that-well, you want to say. Not that hard! 

Difficulty Level:  ★ ★ ★ ☆☆

Estimated Time: X months (spoiler alert: it kind of bleeds into step #03., which you might be aware of already because the title for step #03. is going to be, like, right underneath this line and it’s definitely going to be in that gaudy-ass bold × italicized × heading HTML wombo-combo.)

Step #03. Continue learning the other 3 components of the Japanese language: kanji, grammar, vocabulary (done together with Step #04. and Step #05.)

So, there was a reason why I stressed “have fun” in step #02. so much because the actual process of learning Kanji and grammar and vocabulary is so enduring that it lasts arguably forever. And well, at some point in forever, doing the same thing over and over gets boring. 

At this point, you probably going to start getting cocky after doing step #02. “Wow! I’ve learned so damn much! Listen to me say this! And this! And this! And this!” And then someone’s going to ask you to say something really, really basic that didn’t occur to you and you’ll realize that you still have a lot to learn. Gotta learn more kanji. Gotta learn more vocab. Gotta learn more grammar. Not only that, but now that you’re at this relatively intermediate level, you’re going to start being exposed to all other kinds of nuances of the Japanese language like regional dialects, the influence of polite culture, honorifics speech, gender-specific speech, etc.

All in all, this is probably the hardest, longest, grueling step, but the reason why the description here is short is because this is where your individual dedication comes into play. You gotta find a reason to keep up with the schedule of (x kanji + x grammar patterns + x vocabulary a day) that you set for yourself despite being very far from the ultimate goal. Maybe steps #04. and #05. can help a bit though! Keep reading! Or don’t. I’ll forgive you if you stopped to go churn out some studying. 

Difficulty Level:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Estimated Time: X years

Step #04.  Digest the Japanese language (via literature, media, etc.) (done together with Step #03. and Step #05.)

It’s time to do some soul-searching and fish out the very reason you decided to start learning Japanese in the first place! Presumably, you were influenced by some aspect of Japanese culture (dat haiku tho). So kinda trace back to that to re-affirm that there’s genuine passion in your pursuit all the while gauging how much progress you’re making due to you being able to understand it more and more. In any case, it’d do you good you digest the Japanese language, be it from books, comics, television, anime (DID SOMEBODY SAY CHANCE TO SELF-PLUG OUR VIDEO SERIES ON LEARNING JAPANESE WITH ANIME TIME?!?! Oh. No? Well, I heard it.), movies, music, etc. to not only find evidence in your improvement but also to re-affirm what you’re learning is right. Hearing/reading the language from its native source is naturally a good way to re-enforce your learning. (”Oh hey, I just learned that grammar yesterday and now it appears in this episode of anime I’m watching today! Wait, there it is again! Whoa! Again! Could it be that I’ve heard it so many times before but didn’t know because I never took the time to learn what it actually means and how it works?! Wow, what a shame! If I learned about it sooner, I could have re-enforced my knowledge it with so many example sentences! Well, good thing I did it eventually I guess! I definitely gotta show my gratitude to that one guy who wrote that post on learning Japanese someday!”)

All in all, this is way to constantly keep you invested in learning the language by showing you that there are merits you can reap before you attain complete and total mastery (though I’m talking a bit beyond my position here since I’m definitely not at the point yet myself). How effective it is can also vary on how much you integrate it into actual studying conduct. For example, it could be as simple as watching an episode of anime without subtitles  first or as intense as reading through the entire Japanese script for an episode of anime and memorizing every single vocabulary term. 

Difficulty Level:  ★ ★ ★ ☆☆  (varying)

Estimated Time: X years

Step #05. Speak and write Japanese with others on a regular basis (done together with Step #03. and Step #04.)

Difficulty Level:  N/A  

I’m going to keep this step rather brief but not only because this entire post is getting rather lengthy but also because I’d be a hypocrite if I preached about this too heavily. 

This is kind of an adverse to step #04. in which you’re consuming a lot of Japanese from other sources.. To have the best of both worlds, you want to expose your own Japanese (be it speaking or writing) to others. In this way, you get another way to correct misunderstandings that you might have, and of course, being able to flaunt your increasingly improving mastery can be quite the confidence booster. Despite that, it is admittedly to find or establish the right conditions to be able to fulfill this. Some places simply do not have readily available resources for me to be able to practice with other people!!But every so often, a hero rises amongst the masses to challenge the norm !Is itt me? ! Or is it you? !No ! It can be anyone  !People can and do go great lengths, making friends online and talking to them on Skype and the like! “But ! !It’s not that easy !To create such a community oneself !” Shit, you’re right. But we kind of have a small one developing around none under than this undertaking here so I’ll go try to get it going on more and more and maybe sometime soon we’ll be able to do something like that! See you later and thanks for reading until the end!

Hello, my dear!

Oh, yes. You know. That video. Just the one I’m sTILL FREAKING OUT OVER 10 HOURS LATER. Omg. I just… I’ve watched it so many times and I spent the entire time I was out today thinking about it, but I still have SO MANY QUESTIONS. Like,

WHO DECIDED THAT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO START WITH THIS SCENE?? Because we need to have some words about the condition of my heart and the way you can mess with it.

Originally posted by got7--af

ON WHICH NOTE: Why does this JJ Project transition exist??? Because this is too much for me as well!

And how am I supposed to handle the fact that Jinyoung’s eyes stay closed all through his underwater scene… up until Mark puts his hand on his shoulder and does his line, and then Jinyoung’s eyes open???

AND THEN THERE’S OUR SUNSHINE BOY BEING A TOTAL HERO!! I can’t deal with the way he slams his arms back before the scene where he goes to break the glass and SAVE JINYOUNG because it’s like he’s going “Nope! That’s it! You’re coming out now!” AND THEN HE JUST GOES TO SMASH IT!

AND TALKING ABOUT THIS SCENE! Does anyone else see the way it looks like Youngjae sucks in a breath and jolts forward as Jinyoung sinks under the water?? Almost like he’s coming alive or… something??? What is this supposed to be??

AND, OKAY, WHILE I’M ASKING QUESTIONS:

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things i would tell my 10 year old self about the video games of today if i could travel back in time:

-you’ll be able to explore GIANT WORLDS, much, MUCH bigger than the ones you’re playing! and MUCH MORE DETAILED you will not BELIEVE some of the games you’ll explore oh my gosh! oh, and guess what? NO FOG!

-there are gonna be so many games where you completely change your character’s outfit and you’re gonna spend so much time just playing virtual dress up with cute girls & boys

-cgi cutscenes are impressive and all, but imagine an entire game looking like a cgi cutscene, except it’s 1000x better. that’s what almost every game looks like today!!!

-OH YEAH BY THE WAY I KNOW HOW FRUSTRATED YOU ARE ABOUT SO MANY GAMES ONLY LETTING YOU PLAY AS A BOY. WELL GUESS WHAT? GAMES WILL COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO MAKE, SELL MILLIONS MORE, TAKE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEM, AND STILL WON’T LET YOU PLAY AS A GIRL BECAUSE IT “COSTS TIME AND RESOURCES” AND “DOESN’T FIT THE STORY”. BUT NO IT’S TOTALLY COO’ AND YOU WON’T BECOME DISILLUSIONED WITH VIDEO GAMES BECAUSE BIG TIME DEVELOPERS CAN AFFORD TO RECREATE HISTORIC CITIES AND BOAST ABOUT HOW BIG THEIR GAMES ARE AND GIVE YOU 10 BILLION THINGS TO DO AND SEE BUT CAN’T SPARE A SINGLE DIME FOR YOU TO GIVE A [inaudible] ABOUT THEM I PROMISE

-P.S. YOU’LL STOP REGRETTING PICKING THE NOMAD OVER THE N64 SOME DAY AND HAVE A FUNNY STORY TO TELL ABOUT IT. LATER NERD