ほら(hora) - “look!”, getting someone to notice or acknowledge something, “told you so”, “here, ~”

  • interjection whose meaning varies from situation to situation
  • ex. ほら、始まるわよ。(hora, hajimaru wa yo) - Look, it’s starting. 
  • ex. ほら、財布だ。(hora, saifu da) - Here, my wallet. (has the same meaning as どうぞ in this situation, but is more casual)
  • ex. ほら、見て見て!あそこに大きな虹があるよ!(hora, mite mite! asoko ni ookina niji ga aru yo!) - Oh, look look! There’s a big rainbow over there!
  • ex. ほら、時間よ。起きなさい。(hora, jikan yo. okinasai) - Look, it’s time. Please wake up. 
  • ex. ほら、彼女動物が好きでしょ?(hora, kanojo doubutsu ga suki desho) - Look, she does like animals. (told you so)
  • ex. ほら!あの木に小鳥がいる。(hora! ano ki ni kotori ga iru) - Look! There’s a small bird in that tree.
  • ex. ほら、台所に猫がいる。(hora, daitokoro ni neko ga iru) - Look, there’s a cat in the kitchen. 
  • ex. ほら長くなかったでしょ。(hora nagakunakatta desho) - See? It wasn’t that long now was it? (told you so)
  • ex. A parent tells their child that if they don’t do their homework they will start to fail tests. The child doesn’t do their homework and ends up failing their tests just like the parent said they would. Then, the parent would say: 「ほら言ったでしょ」(hora itta desho) - I told you, didn’t I?
  • ex. A and B are waiting for C to come so that they can start the party. 
  • A: I think C will come soon since he told me last night he would come. 

  • B: Let’s just start without C.

  • -A and B see C walking towards them-

  • A: ほら彼がこちらに来るよ。(hora kare ga kochira ni kuru yo) - Look he’s coming here now. (I told you he would come)

Let’s not compare ourselves to other people’s social media pages.
Let’s not look in the mirror and immediately pick out what’s wrong.
Let’s not pick ourselves apart trying to find out WHY a certain guy didn’t like us.
Instead, let’s remember that through Christ, we have been promised a life far greater than anything we could ever imagine. Insecurities don’t control us nor do they do determine the course of our lives. Life is in Jesus!

2.YOU ARE NOT YOUR DOUBTS (Read Matthew 14:31)
Peter thought he was brave enough to go to Jesus by walking onto water, but nearly drowned because of his doubt. And what did Jesus have to say to him? Read Matthew 14:31. In your life, Jesus is standing there ready for you to come to Him and there’s no reason to doubt, but are you willing?

3.YOUR PAST IS BEHIND YOU (Read Philippians 3:13-14)
Maybe your past is hard to shake. You may even have to face the reality of your past every single day, but that doesn’t mean you are bound to it. Keep moving forward with your eyes fixed on Jesus.

4.YOUR GOD IS BEFORE YOU (Read Romans 8:31)
When you make a choice to follow Christ, not everyone will support. Even people who you are close to may not understand. But God is before you. That’s what matters.

It’s so easy to get caught up in who didn’t think we were worth dating, worth liking or worth pursuing. But never forget the one who thought you were worth dying for. That’s what matters.

6.YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD (Read 1 John 3:1-3)
Humbly carry this mindset into every room you walk in. It makes a difference and people will notice for all the right reasons, not because of you, but because of what God is doing IN you. Don’t forget who you are!


 VOTD:  Hozier - “Take Me To Church,” as performed by Sergei Polunin

Dancing in only a pair of nude tights and adorned with tattoos, ballet dancer Sergei Polunin’s performance breathes new life into Hozier’s now ubiquitous hit “Take Me To Church.” The sun-filled, white room creates an interesting contrast to the lurking darkness of the vocals and allows the athleticism of the movement to take center stage. Polunin’s dance becomes something like an ecstatic possession against the lyrics:

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life.


“Popcorn & Netflix” - Loulou 🌽 #popcorn #loulou #pug #pugs #pelfie #puglife #puglove #votd #videooftheday #cao #chien #carlin #carlino #weeklyfluff #instacool #instacute #mops #meetthepugs #dog #hund #bff #omg #lol #lmao (hier: Stralau Halbinsel)

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VOTD: Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Dark Necessities”

There’s always a little anxiety mixed in with the excitement of a well-loved band’s record release, but when the band in question is Red Hot Chili Peppers, a band your parents listened to in college and you have listened to since infancy, there’s serious concern that they are going to ruin what they got. Leading up to The Getaway, I was getting myself ready for the depressing reality of aging band members struggling to be relevant and sub-par tunes. All of my worries were in vain. The Getaway is a great album – so great, in fact, that many critics have been calling it one of the legendary band’s best releases.

The single off The Getaway, “Dark Necessities,” is a classic Chili Peppers song, complete with clever lyrics, epic bass lines, and stunning rhythm. The song’s beauty is complemented with a wonderful video that gives me an excuse to talk about both the Chili Peppers and feminism, two of my absolute favorite topics.

The video’s duration is split between classic music video shots of the band playing their instruments, rolling around on an old couch, and sitting in sinks, and a girl gang skating through L.A.. While the moments with the band are fun, I am going to spend the rest of this piece going off about how much I love the girl gang in the video.

Women in the majority of popular music videos are traditionally used as eye candy and/or as the trophy for the male main character. They’re models who exemplify the media standard of perfection: they wear nice clothes, expensive jewelry, and makeup, but they definitely don’t fall down or get dirty. The new Chili Peppers video, however, introduces the female leads with close-ups of their fresh scrapes, bruises, and busted toes. These women are not objectified in the video at all; in fact, the only man with whom they interact is the tattoo artist they have ink their bottom lips.

Having women riding around L.A. on skateboards may not seem to be a statement, but it’s actually quite a bold one. This group of young women gets into antics usually performed by men on film. They spend all day and night riding around L.A., picking up beer at convenience stores, getting tattoos, and falling down constantly. One portion of the video focuses exclusively on the women taking hits while riding. They slide across pavement at full speed, knock into one another, and fly off their boards – all of which is practically unheard of.

Marginalized groups all too frequently have to be seen as perfect to demand respect. This is especially true for women in traditionally male spaces. In order for women to gain the same respect as their male counterpart, they have to not just be talented, but beautiful; powerful, but not emotional; intelligent, but not intimidating, and god help you if you mess up. Modern feminism is pretty good at celebrating female success stories, but with all those successes, we frequently forget to mention that women are allowed to make mistakes, and even outright fail. Watching women dressed in worn-out t-shirts and ragged shorts falling off their skateboards and slamming onto the pavement breaks the ridiculous image of female perfection that mainstream media helps enforce.

I firmly believe that art is the best catalyst for social change; what is at first radical is normalized through artistic exposure. The Chili Peppers using their substantially influential platform to normalize girls having the kind of rough and tumble fun that has been deemed “unladylike” helps women be seen as more than just a pretty face or something to be protected.

The “Dark Necessities” video, along with the rest of The Getaway, shows just how good Red Hot Chili Peppers are. The album, while definitely in the same vein as their previous releases, proves that accomplishment has not lead to laziness. The band continues to play with passion and energy, and they don’t seem like they are ready to quit any time soon. Meanwhile, the “Dark Necessities” video shows that the band is not just turning out material to be consumed by their longboarding, bro-y fan base; they are still pushing the envelope, still functioning in a very inclusive punk attitude.

-Helen Hennessey


たまに (tama ni) - occasionally 

  • ex. 山田さんはたまに野球を見に行くそうです。(yamada san wa tama ni yakyuu wo mi ni iku sou desu) - I hear Yamada occasionally goes to watch baseball.
  • ex. たまには会いに来てください。(tama ni wa ai ni kite kudasai) - Please come and meet (me) occasionally. 
  • ex. 私はたまにしか勉強しない。(watashi wa tama ni shika benkyou shinai) - I only study occasionally.
  • ex. 彼女は家の近所に住んでいるが、たまにしか会わない。(kanojo wa ie no kinjo ni sundeiru ga, tama ni shika awanai) - She lives in my neighborhood, but we only meet occasionally.
  • ex. 本ばっかり読まないで、たまには外で体を動かしてきなさい。(hon bakkari yomanai de, tama ni soto de karada wo ugokashite kinasai) - Don’t just read books; please come outside occasionally and move your body. 
  • ex. たまには外で食事をしよう。(tama ni wa soto de shokuji wo shiyou) - Let’s eat out occassionally.
  • ex. たまには楽しく遊ぶことが必要だ。(tama ni wa tanoshiku asobu koto ga hitsuyou da) - It’s necessary for you to play and have fun occasionally. 
  • たまに in relation to other frequency words:


My favourite lullaby - Loulou


VOTD: Twenty One Pilots - “Lane Boy”

On Monday morning, Twenty One Pilots dropped the video for “Lane Boy,” their latest single off of Blurryface. Like their previous videos, “Lane Boy” is full of visual metaphors, the most prominent being the two characters in HAZMAT suits who follow singer Tyler Joseph around. They’re reminiscent of the opening of verse two: “I’m sorry if that question I asked last scared you a bit like a HAZMAT in a gas mask.” The suits mirror Joseph’s movements; this choreography paired with the surrounding dark forest and Joseph’s trademark Blurryface-era look (dressed in all black and red with his hands and neck painted black) gives the beginning of the video a distinct creepiness.

As the song goes on, Joseph scribbles on the front of the HAZMAT suits and the setting changes: we’re transported to the band’s set at Bunbury Festival in their home state of Ohio. The writing on the HAZMATs becomes clearer: one reads “Fame” and the other “Success.” It’s at this point that Joseph makes a speech that, interestingly, is unheard—it’s only conveyed to the audience through subtitles: “Why do I kneel to these concepts? Tempted by control, controlled by temptation. ‘Stay low,’ they say. ‘Stay low.’” This is a reiteration of the song’s message; Twenty One Pilots have been criticized in the past for their apparent inability to stick to a genre, so the chorus of “They say stay in your lane boy, lane boy / But we go where we want to” is them sticking it to the man, for lack of a better phrase. The video opened with Joseph kneeling on the ground, with the two HAZMAT suits standing behind him, but when he gives the speech, all three are on the ground. After the last chorus, the HAZMATs—Fame and Success—drop to the ground: these concepts are now kneeling to Joseph, defeated.

If you’ve never been to a Twenty One Pilots show, the second half of this video is an incredibly accurate representation of the ridiculous energy surrounding the band and their fans. Tyler Joseph essentially prances around the stage while Josh Dun frantically wails on his drum kit, lit by an eerie green light that matches the aliens printed on his in-ears. If you don’t watch the video for the metaphors, watch it to experience a snippet of a Twenty One Pilots gig—definitely something you don’t want to pass up.

-Liz Hoffman