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how to avoid education burnout
  • have 3 achievable goals a day: having a laundry list of things to do everyday is super unrealistic, and you just end up feeling bad about yourself because you didn’t accomplish your goals for the day.
  • leave your sundays open: i love sundays because they’re my day to chill out and catch up on school work that i wasn’t able to finish during the week.
  • recognize when you’re at your emotional limits: forcing yourself to get work done when you are unable to comprehend your study material does not benefit anyone.
  • learn how to say no: people will ask you for your time and it will stretch you to the limit, whether it be at your job, in your extracurriculars, or in your personal life. know when to step back and say no.
  • take care of yourself physically: take breaks, go for walks, shower regularly, get enough sleep, eat healthy, see your friends
  • celebrate your accomplishments: go out to eat with friends after a big exam, indulge in a night off after a busy week with some netflix and wine
  • make a study plan beforehand: it can be daunting to see how much work you need to put in to a class or task beforehand, but this allows you to spread your work evenly so you don’t become overwhelmed.
  • learn how to ask for help: it is very rare that people make it through school, whether it be high school or university or any graduate program, without needing the advice of others or just a kind soul to vent to. find that person.
  • never forget your hobbies: you will need things that keep you sane. if you love to play music, write, play volleyball, or cook, make you sure you don’t lose these things. they will become your escape when times get tough.
  • log off from time to time: it is exhausting to be constantly connected to social media and your email. just physically disconnecting from these for a night to take care of yourself can really help you clear your mind.
100 Goals you can have as a language learner

A follower of mine asked me what are some realistic goals when you’re learning languages but before giving you 100 examples, i want to mention that you can have daily, weekly, monthly or/and yearly goals. If you get easily distracted and need motivation, set goals for each category; however, if you can focus and be motivated for a longer period of time, you might not need daily or/and weekly goals.

Also, the numbers/minutes/hours are an example, you can change them according to your time, resources, motivation etc.

Daily goals

  1. Read 1 article in your target language.
  2. Learn 10 words.
  3. Learn 1 poem in your target language.
  4. Learn a song  in your target language.
  5. Watch a movie.
  6. Read 1 page from a book in your target language.
  7. Sing 1 song in your target language.
  8. Talk with a native for 10 minutes.
  9. Learn 2 idioms.
  10. Translate 1 song.
  11. Translate 1 poem.
  12. Write 1 short text about anything.
  13. Watch 1 episode from your favourite show dubbed/subbed.
  14. Get 50points on duolingo.
  15. Make a vocab list.
  16. Learn 1 new grammatical concept.
  17. Think in your target language for 10 minutes
  18. Read to a podcast for 15 minutes.
  19. Learn 1 tongue twister.
  20. Spend 15 minutes on WordBrewery.
  21. Play on Babadum for 15 minutes.
  22. Use Clozemaster for 15 minutes.
  23. Listen to an audio book for 10 minutes.
  24. Revise your notes for 20 minutes.
  25. Learn 1 vocab list.

Weekly

  1. Read 10 articles in your target language.
  2. Read 2 books for children.
  3. Learn 5 poems.
  4. Learn 3 songs.
  5. Watch 3 movies.
  6. Learn 10 grammatical concepts.
  7. Talk for 2 hours in your target language.
  8. Learn 5 vocab lists.
  9. Learn 100 new words.
  10. Finish 8 lessons on duolingo. (i mean the entire bullet/dot/set of mini-lessons)
  11. Watch 10 episodes from your favourite show  in your target language subbed/dubbed.
  12. Learn 30 idioms.
  13. Write 3 A4 pages about anything.
  14. Translate 5 songs.
  15. Learn 3 vocab lists.
  16. Revise with the help of some tests online for 2 hours.
  17. Change your phone settings to be in your target language.
  18. Make a summary for the books you’ve read.
  19. Read 10 pages from a complex book in your target language. 
  20. Make 5 vocab lists.
  21. Write a motivation text of 10 lines for your in your target language about why you enjoy learning languages.
  22. Think for 2 hours in your target language.
  23. Translate 3 pages from a book in your native language.
  24. Translate 3 pages from a book in your target language.
  25. Discover 10 new songs in your target language.

Monthly

  1. Learn 350 new words.
  2. Read 1 advanced book in your target language.
  3. Finish a grammar book.
  4. Finish 10 stories for kids.
  5. Learn 80 idioms.
  6. Learn 20 vocab lists.
  7. Finish 35 lessons on duolingo. (the bullets/dots/set of mini lessons)
  8. Make 20 vocab lists.
  9. Watch 10 movies in your target language subbed/dubbed.
  10. Translate 10 songs.
  11. Learn 10 poems.
  12. Learn 5 songs.
  13. Talk to natives for 10 hours. 
  14. Write summaries for every chapter/article you’ve read.
  15. Watch 15 youtube videos in your target language .
  16. Make a story of 5 minutes while looking at a random picture on google.
  17. Understand a song (that you don’t know) without checking the lyrics too often.
  18. Read 20 articles.
  19. Make a dish while reading the recipe in your target language
  20. Revise for 20 hours.
  21. Keep a journal with your daily progress and at the end of the month, read how many things you achieved.
  22. Read to a podcast for 24 hours.
  23. Think in your target language for 24 hours.
  24. Play babadum/wordbrewery/clozemaster for 10 hours.

Yearly

  1. Be mistaken for a native.
  2. Know 50 poems.
  3. Be able to sing most Disney songs in your target language.
  4. Watch movies without subs.
  5. Learn 10.000 words.
  6. Read 10 advanced books.
  7. Finish duolingo/whatever course you use.
  8. Be able to think in your target language effortlessly.
  9. Master irregular verbs.
  10. Have at least 5 native friends that talk to you in your target language.
  11. Be proud you didn’t give up.
  12. Study a bit daily.
  13. Finish 3 grammar books/workbooks/books for advanced learners.
  14. Have a decent accent.
  15. Be able to read without translating anything.
  16. Watch more movies in your target language than your native one/English.
  17. Have favourite youtubers that are native of your target language.
  18. Keep a diary and read how your year has been.
  19. Be able to talk about advanced stuff.
  20. Have very detailed descriptions.
  21. Know the most popular songs in your target language.
  22. Read mostly in your target language.
  23. Know several new recipes that cooked only in the country where your target language is spoken.
  24. Being able to say that you’re bilingual/multilingual/a polyglot.
  25. Learn your next language through the one that you mastered already.
tips for public speaking
  • take a deep breath
  • it’ll be over before you know it 
  • pretend like you’re obama (it’ll help you talk slower)
  • stand up straight
  • in a class setting, people don’t typically pay attention anyways so it’s not like your classmates are watching your every move. they don’t care.
  • don’t lock your knees
  • bring up a note card with important topics or quotes
  • make eye contact if you can
  • or look at people’s hair. it’ll make it seem like you’re making eye contact, but it’ll be less awkward
  • don’t memorize your entire speech. instead, memorize a couple bullet points of topics you need to hit
  • project your voice as if you’re speaking to someone sitting in the back of the room
  • talk with your hands to help you feel more warm and welcoming
  • don’t put your hands in your pockets
  • walk around a bit, but let it come organically. don’t force it.
  • don’t bounce one leg the whole time, it’s distracting
  • spit out your gum
  • smile
  • don’t eat a big meal prior
  • if you have to present for a certain number of minutes, have a friend sit in the back of the room and hold up finger signs for how many minutes you’ve been up there
  • don’t wear loud jewelry
  • practice your presentation/speech to a friend or family member who is unfamiliar with the material. if they don’t understand your presentation or don’t follow, you need to be more detailed
  • stick to the built-in themes on power point. yes, colors are pretty, but some color combos can be hard to read, and you won’t know it until it’s up on a big screen/projector.
  • put pictures in your power point. they’re more entertaining to look at than a paragraph of text.
  • speak with formal language. stay away from curse words and slang.
  • remember that everyone in your class is going through the same stress.
  • if you absolutely cannot handle the idea of public speaking, talk to your teacher and see if it’s okay for you to do your presentation after class.
  • it’ll be okay.
  • you got this.

We gotta appreciate this scene a bit more-

Where these girl’s come around and we find out that Thor and Jane broke up


And Thor tries to…idk explain it or whatever? And Loki just-


-pats his shoulder? As in showing sympathy or whatever? Trying to cheer him up? Sth like that idk?

Am I the only one who thinks that this is really precious?

[ Gifs by @starkked ]

Literally do your work as soon as you know it exists. If you get homework, do it during your free or when you get home or on the train if you really want to, on the day you get it. Just got set an assignment? Get the draft done that weekend. It doesn’t have to be amazing and absolutely ready to send in, it just needs to exist. Just got sent an email? Reply when you see it. If you’re not sure how to response to it, write Dear (), leave a gap and then write Regards () and keep that in your drafts. Set a reminder on your computer or write the reminder on a sticky note that you’ve got that sitting in your drafts and you need to send it off in the next 24 hours. Need to clean your room? Don’t spend time thinking or planning how you’re going to clean it or how you’re going to change up the space in the process, just pick stuff up and put it where it should be until everything’s in order. Done. Seriously dude, when a task arises as an issue, tackle it as soon as you realise it exists. Remember, it doesn’t need to be amazing it just needs to be done. So, when the due date of the task creeps closer, you can go back, work with what you have and make it the quality you want it to be. 

nytimes.com
The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English
The classicist Emily Wilson has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice.
By Wyatt Mason

“Tell me about a complicated man.
Muse, tell me how he wandered and was lost
when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy,
and where he went, and who he met, the pain
he suffered in the storms at sea, and how
he worked to save his life and bring his men
back home. He failed to keep them safe; poor fools,
they ate the Sun God’s cattle, and the god
kept them from home. Now goddess, child of Zeus,
tell the old story for our modern times.
Find the beginning.”

This.
Looks.
Amazing.

why you should NEVER skip class in college

ok story time.

so my ethics & morals philosophy class has about 45 students. however, on a typical day only the same 17 of us show up. on rare occasion a group of 5 others will show up, and when they do it’s clear that they didn’t do the reading and don’t care about the class because they just talk and use their phone all class. now this really started to piss of my teacher. so my teacher decided that at the start of each class we will have a mini extra credit assignment: 1 point for just showing up and putting your name on it, 3 points for writing a few sentences that “prove that we did the reading”. he’s asking us to not tell any of the people who don’t show up about these to wait and see if they figure it out one day if they actually show up to class. and here’s the thing: there’s so little assignments in the class that if we do all of the extra credit assignments our grades will go up by two whole letter grades. JUST FOR SHOWING UP.

moral of the story: unless you got a damn good excuse, ALWAYS SHOW UP TO CLASS


i feel like i need to add: this is extra credit. it’s not like the teacher is punishing the people who don’t show up, they aren’t going to get failing grades or anything, they just aren’t getting the opportunity to get extra credit to raise their gpa. it’s simply a way to say thank you to the students who actually show up and do the homework, he’s not punishing the other students in any way.

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I really love my bed, it’s my save haven 💛 I ordered new washi tape and I love it so much! I’ve always wanted to own cute vintage tape like this. Uni & work is really exhausting currently but I’m sure I’ll get through it. I also ordered a new laptop (spent way too much money) and I hope it will help me to get motivated again. I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend xx

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05.11.2017 .. headed down to my college library for a few hours on a cold, sunny Sunday morning to work on a conference paper. Having this place open 24 hours and five minutes away from my room is such a treat, just thinking of all the famous women who’ve studied here over the years is really inspirational. 📚 💻☀️

How to keep a journal in your target language

So this kind of journal/diary is pretty useful if you:

  • are introvert
  • are anxious when you have to talk to others
  • you want to practice your writing
  • want to see what vocab you use the most
  • learn new vocab
  • hate people
  • think in their target language
  • want to use your language in a relaxing manner

There are a few “rules” to have such a journal/diary:

  1. You need to decide if you want to write daily, weekly or monthly in it. (or just write when you feel like/have time) Based on this you change the amount of how much you write because if you write weekly in it, you’ll need a bit more than 5 sentences in order to improve your target language.
  2. You need to feel comfortable writing down stuff since not everyone enjoys writing what they feel or think.
  3. You need to decide if you want a digital or a paper journal.

Decorations

You can decorate your journal with stickers/pictures/doodles but you can also leave it plain. 

I used to have a very messy journal because i didn’t use a notebook. I just used random A4 sheets of paper and wrote on 1 what happened in a day. I didn’t decorate them. I usually just attached a sticky note with the new words that i used and from time to time i added a sticky note with a motivating message because i took the time to write and improve.

It’s up to you if you want to decorate it or not. 

Important details

Since i write in a foreign language i developed a system so i can learn with my journal.

I color-coded certain terms.

red = i’m not sure of its meaning and i need to ask on HiNative if it’s correct
light blue = new word that i should use more/add to quizlet/flashcard app
green = focus more on the word because i couldn’t remember it even if i learned it

Because i’m more focused on studying and learning than appearence, i don’t mind having mistakes in my writing but since many people mind them, you can use wipe-out and then some stickers, doodles or decorative tape. 

You need to make a deal with yourself and write kind words from time to time. Every once in a while, if i didn’t write in my journal something motivational, i’d have just added a sticky note with a quote or just a “congrats ^^”. The point to this is that if no one says how productive you are, just say that to yourself. No biggie. I have entire paragraphs where i just tell to myself that it’s worth what i’m doing even if no one sees it. 

Bonus: if you manage to write at least 2-3 motivational sentences daily, you’ll be more motivated

Don’t be afraid to write whatever you want. No one will take your journal and if they do, it’s in a foreign language, they won’t understand it. 

What you write in it, it’s your work. You can adjust it to your personality, needs or/and preferences. Don’t think “oh, mine isn’t like hers”, the point is to practice and use your language, not to win a contest.

Try to decide how much you write. I never thought in lines, i always chose tasks as “write for 30min” but if your task is to write 10 lines daily, that’s amazing! Do it. Take 5 minutes out of your day to clear your mind.

It’s difficult only in the first minute, once you start writing, you won’t stop too soon.

Decide if you use 1 journal for all  languages or 1 journal for 1 language. (this ofc, if you study more than 1) You can choose in which day you write in which language or you just go with the flow and write in what you feel like. 

Make a rule not to use your native language or English. Even if your texts sound weird, try to re-organize the phrase/sentence and use only your target language.

If you can have the journal with you everywhere you go, that’s a very good way of practicing at any given time.

Journals

  • Daily ones where you write about your day, dreams, preferences.
  • Journals for practice where you focus only on language learning.
  • A to-do list kind of journal where you write your responsabilities/reminders for the next day.
  • A combination of everything.

Activities

Some suggestions:

Write about your day.

Translate a poem/song.

Make a mini vocab list related to something.

Review a book/movie/app/site.

Develop a story. You have a thing for vampires? Writes a story where you are the main character and date a vampire. You like singing? Write a story about how you became a star overnight. Fanfiction is amazing because it makes you write for hours.

Write poems/songs.

Write/translate recipes.

Keep some studying methods in there./Resources

Imagine a certain scenario and try to write a short story. You’re in Grey’s Anatomy, write some medical terms because i bet you don’t know how to say painkillers or jawtooth or ribs.

Do whatever you want, it’s yours.

Some Topics:

Dreams
Your crush
Fears
Food
Expectations
Thoughts
Books
Clothes
Feelings
Stories/fanfiction
Memories
Your progress with languages
Your day
Friends
Motivational quotes
Pets
Movies
Actors
Cartoons/anime/manga
Holidays
Travel plans
Believes
Weather
Landscape
Jokes/memes
Resources
Expressions/Idioms