you can see the source so i don't have to credit right

anonymous asked:

Hello, i am a little new to tumblr and i was just wondering, why don't people want others to repost their art/posts? is it like, stealing their post or something? ok, bye :)

Hi! Hello and welcome to tumblr!

This might get long and relatively angry-sounding but by all means this isn’t towards you at all anon, its just that this have been building up in me for a long time. But just know that yes! reposting other artists’ works is offensive and even damaging to them for multiple reasons!

>>Here’s a really well explained answer to why reposting is terrible for artists in general <<

For me, my posts/art are things I created. Things I worked hard for, and spent time on. Some of them are personal to me. To repost that art/post is just like STEALING that work right from me. 

We get that stealing is bad, right?

Because that’s what it is. No sugarcoating, no “reposting”, no “sharing”. It. Is. STEALING

But still, people do it. Sure some might leave credits to the original artist, some might even link back to the original source. But when you’re dealing with the internet, things get muddied real fast. Sources get linked back to other websites, to other blogs that reposted it and some people will flat out claim that work (That YOU created) as theirs. People will trace over them, remove watermarks, add their own stuff to it, etc etc.

And what that does to the original artist, is leave them creditless for the most part and taking the control over their own stuff from them.

To make matters worst, we depend on our content. To some artists, this is literally the only way they make a living. I know you see posts about it like its a joke but it’s not?? Whether its for the next meal, to pay off debt or hospital bills, to leave an abusive place, etc, we really do depend on these art works. It’s not us being whiny or being butthurt on the internet. It is quite literally a matter of Life and Death to some of us. 

It doesn’t matter that you say that “love the artist!” or “credit to the artist!” It affects ALL artists NEGATIVELY. It is always a stab to the heart knowing another one of our pieces got taken and reposted again. Heck, not a day goes by when I don’t find reposted pieces of mine on instagram/twitter/tumblr and so on. (Some just leave no descriptions/credit at all, some are a simple “Found it on tumblr. Forgot from who lol”. Fuck you, specifically, btw.)

So let me ask this: why do you guys need to repost them so badly? 

  1. “I just want to share them with others!” Then by GODS why can’t you just reblog the original post? Will that physically kill you to do so? Can you not have anything on your blog that’s not uploaded by you personally? 
  2. “I just love the art so much!” WELL HELL!! I do too, buddy!! I love it. Because it’s mine. It’s what I created. Rebloging the original post will show how much you love it just as fine! It won’t hurt at all, I promise!
  3. “But I want to share it on other social media besides tumblr??” Listen. Buddy. Pal. Friendo. 8 of 10 times, that artist your talking about is on different social media platforms too. We tend to spread out and do that. Please take time to look through our FAQ/Blogs to make sure? ALSO when it comes to places like Facebook or Twitter, copying and pasting the link of the original post will do just as fine! I repeat: You do not need to repost the artwork at all. Just link them back to the post. 
  4. “But I want to add a comment” Then reblog and comment. But don’t you dare delete the original caption because I swear to god that is an entirely different plate of garbage to deal with.
  5. “…I want to get the notes/likes for it” B*TCH ME TOO!! Why do you think I made it??? If you want to get notes or likes then by all means create something yourself but don’t take credit for someone else’s work?? Do I have to spell out that notes/likes are important to the artists that made that artwork, and to have all of that given to someone else because they reposted it is like a slap to the face?? Some of us face that DAILY. We’re ready to kill a man.

On that note, some artists have different ways of dealing with these circumstances, so if you ever have an inkling that it might be ok, GO ASK THE ARTIST FIRST!!!!!! 

tl;dr : Reposting is bad bc it’s stealing from artists not only their hard work and credibility, but even their income. Please, I’m literally begging all of you to stop it and to not ever do it

thanks for asking anon.

4x01 Recap - Echoes (The 100)

Alright folks, it’s time. My show has returned, and I am throwing myself back on this ride with wild abandon.

I’m adopting my Discussapalooza style from here on out. Which is to say that this recap is going to be very long. If there are any sections that you’d like me to pull out and post seperately, let me know. Otherwise, you have been warned - I like to go in depth.

We ready? LET’S GO.

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Dr. Alex Karev  is a freaking ROCK STAR.
  • I know a lot will find this weird or even don't care to read this, but I wanted to bring this into the light because Alexander Michael Karev is the most UNDERRATED character and BEST doctor /surgeon on the show. Most if not the whole fandom missed it because they were too busy with the "holly" McDreamy drama, they missed HUGE medical ACHIEVEMENTS Alex did on his own, accomplishments that goes back to S1. P.S: this post will be long so I really hope you hang on because I can promise you it will be worth it (hope so).
  • let's start with S1 (you know the season where everyone was too busy hating him, missed the few good things/scenes he had).
  • 1. first achievement: is in S1E08, Alex has a patient who need a valve replacement thus they need to use pig's valve. the patient is a Jewish orthodox so she can't have a pig's heart, Alex does some research and finds out that they can use a cow's valve instead. yes true maybe he didn't invent the procedure or did the surgery, but he found an alternative procedure, a procedure Burk didn't think about or consider until Alex brought it up and he was only an intern at the time.
  • 2. second achievement: is in s2e02, patient came in with stomach problems after the x-rays everyone assumed that he swallowed bags of cocaine, until Alex noticed that it has faces when they deemed the lighting it was more clear then they all were able to see it as well. ok this wasn't a real accomplishment but he still noticed something most doctors dismisses as something else. he was still an intern at the time.
  • 3. third achievement: is in S2E13, a patient/writer ate his novel/book because it wasn't good, Alex was thought there was something more than just the block of paper in his stomach, he checked up on the patient even though Dr. Webber told him that he needs to look after the floor, and because Alex followed up on the patient he diagnosed and saved him from mercury poisoning. he was still an intern at the time.
  • 4. fourth achievement: is in S3E06,Alex helps to calm down the baby by talking about sports (boxing, because the father was talking about baseball/football) of a pregnant woman during surgery because she was in distress , because he read articles talking to baby can calm it down when distressed/moving. he was only an intern.
  • 5. fifth achievement: is in S5E17, Alex a patient who's diagnosed with epilepsy and she has seizers because of her epilepsy, while sitting with the patient Alex notices that her heart rate goes down then she seizes, he then tells Hunt & Robins about what he noticed and they don't believe him but Alex insists on what he saw so Hunt tells him if he's wrong then the patient's death is on him, during the surgery it's proven that Alex was right and the patient was WRONGLY diagnosed with epilepsy, the right diagnoses is abnormal heart arrhythmias. He was only a resident at the time but he was able to diagnose a condition more senior doctor misdiagnose. Hunt even told him he let the chief know of what he did, and Robins told him it's pretty impressive for a resident and that he could be the future of the hospital.
  • 6.sixsth achievement: is in S6E13, Alex has a patient who suffered from abdominal pains, the father doesn't believe his son and thinks he's lying to get off school, Alex advocates for his patient, later on after surgery (which they didn't find anything wrong) Alex had to open his chest because there was blood in the breathing tube, when he did he found the source of the bleeding which is cause because of ruptured aortic dissection, Teddy stated that's very rarely caught early let alone fixed before it's too late. he was only a resident at the time.
  • 7. seventh achievement: is in S6E22, A patient comes in because she tried to claw her eyes out, her parents told Alex that she's been diagnosed schizophrenic, because Alex has a history/experience with schizophrenia he believed her when she said she's not crazy, and he read an article and run tests and was able to diagnose her, a diagnoses that's very hard to diagnose because it's very rare, he yet again corrected another misdiagnoses and helped the patient. he was only a resident at the time.
  • 8. eightieth achievement: is in S7E8,Alex has a baby patient who had surgery for a liver transplant but the donor liver was too big for her tiny body so the attending PEDS surgeon just left it as it is, until Alex came up with an idea (all on his own) to take paint pang ball and use it to help stop the liver from compressing on her blood vessels. an idea that SAVED the baby and his attending was an asshole and took/tried to take credit for it. he was still a resident at the time.
  • 9. ninth achievement: is in S7E12, this one is not a real medical achievement but unlike all of his fellow residents Alex actually taught the medical students (including the one he's in charge of) some sutures, he was actually a good teacher. he was only a resident at the time.
  • 10.tenth achievement: is in S7E19, Alex started a program for African kids with medical problems and need surgeries they can't offered, now yes it wasn't well prepared and he did technically negotiate with a sick old patient to get the money (which he did NOT get until later and paid for everything HIMSELF) but he achieved it none the less and he kept alive later on for years to come. he was only a resident at the time.
  • 11. eleventh: is in S8E23, Hopkins (BEST program, the DREAM any/every surgeon dreams of) WANTS Alex as an attending so much they created a position JUST for him, yes I do consider this as an achievement.
  • 12.twelveth: is in S13E4, a patient comes in to the clink and everyone thinks she's an alcoholic but Alex diagnoses her with a very rare dieses, a dieses that's very hard to diagnose but he couldn't take credit at the time. he was and attending (sort of) at the time.
  • these are just few of the amazing Alex has achieved throughout the years but no one has noticed or cared because fans are too busy with the McDreamy drama and/or his achievements or the achievements of other more popular characters. this and much more is why Alex Michael Karev DESERVES TO HAVE MORE STORYLINES THAT CENTERS AROUNF HIM, HE DESERVES TO BE MUCH MUCH MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE "GOOD FRIEND" HE'S MUCH MORE THAN JUST " THE GOOD FRIEND" OR "BOYFRIEND" HE SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE INDEPENDENT STORYLINES/CASES.
  • #karevprincess
  • #cicinicole-14
  • #robin-scherbatskyz
  • #thecambridgees
  • #jolex4ever
  • #fuckyeahalexjo
  • #alexkarev
  • #dailyalexjo
  • #jolex
  • #jolexobsessed

anonymous asked:

Maybe my opinion might upset you, but if people repost your gifs at other sites, don't complain too much or feel a sense of entitlement. Feel flattered that they share your awesome creations in the first place, and they mean not too much harm. However if they repost your work and claim "I made this!!!!1111" on Tumblr or anywhere else, then you have the right to file a complaint. When reposters share with no claims that they made this, it's fine and Twitter character limits credit space unfort.

Wow….This whole reply won’t be to just you anon but every idiotic reposter that still don’t get it.

This is just an example of the shit responses I was reblogging against yesterday. You are CLEARLY NOT an artist/gif maker yourself! You don’t seem to have ANY idea how much TIME, HOURS, YEARS artist, gif makers and other creators might have spent on becoming so good they are, how many hours I spent making my thousand and thousands of gifs. I see twitter accounts that are basically repost walls from gothamedit tag or my blog. I see my dear friends work being reposted too obvs. And NO it’s not fkn flattering to have MY/OUR hours of work reposted, WITHOUT even a source link back?! HOW can that be flattering, because everyone who sees the gif will have no idea it was ME who created it. A 8 dialouge gif set for example takes SO much effort, time, skills and perfection to create. Right sizes, fix the colors, tumblrs dimensions and size limit! The reason I might do it what can seem quick is because I spent YEARS on making gifs. And to see all 8 gifs reposted 2 mins later on twitter or wherever it’s damn painful. An art can take HOURS, DAYS for an artist, it’s NOT flattering to have their hours and skills reposted. To repost something is a punch in the face to an artist lifehours and training spent to become so good. People never repost fics do they? That’s kinda obvious not to do? HOW can it be so damn hard to understand that art and gifs takes as much effort?

The way you formulate what you are saying makes me sick too. You are stating as if it’s okay, as if it’s up to YOU to decide what’s to be done with an artists work. ”When reposters share with no claims that they made this, it’s fine and Twitter character limits credit space unfort.” NO IT’S NOT FUCKING FINE. If you think it’s so easy and takes no time to create gifs and art, well go make YOUR OWN bloody gifs instead.

Here is some more reading for you and all other reposters, you clearly need it:

BSD Novel: Dazai Osamu and the Dark Era (Chapter 2, Part 6)

This is by far my favourite part to translate thus far and I hope you will think the same too! Much thanks goes to @nakaharachuyaa and @mlntyoonqi for their speedy proofreading as well as @fukasenanairo for the kanji help!

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anonymous asked:

I don't know if you're taking requests, so if you're not, I'm sorry for wasting your time, but if you are, could I have some Souda X Gundham fluff or smutt please?

i don’t usually do requests (especially after i start my new job next week) but i wrote something for you, anon! it’s not exactly fluff but hopefully you like it. ;w;


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Clouds hung in the sky like laundry on a washing line, as usual. Hajime noted this to himself at one of the tables in the restaurant of Hotel Mirai, chin propped in the palm of his right hand. If Mahiru was still alive, she would have wagged her finger at him and asked if he was wiping the table clean with his elbow or if he was just so lazy that he needed to hold his head up. Hiyoko would have laughed and suggested they scrub the floor with Mikan’s face next, and Mikan would have cried, and Ibuki would have suggested cleaning with Mikan’s other end, and Byakuya would have demanded them all to behave while he chomped on Teruteru’s banquet breakfast.

He could nearly hear their squabbling and laughter, how Byakuya’s voice would increase in volume as he progressed through his sentence and how Hiyoko would have whined while Mikan stuttered apologies, for example, but they all dissolved in Hajime’s imagination, becoming as formless as the clouds outside. His eyes closed a little.

“Would you like rooibos tea or cola with your breakfast?” Nekomaru bellowed into Fuyuhiko’s ear and though Hajime was sitting at another table, he and everyone else still jumped in their seats.

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seismicpotato  asked:

Hello, I have recently discovered paganism/Wicca and I believe this is the religion for me. However, as knowledge on the "occult" is very limited where I live, I have no clue where to start, or online sources that are reliable. I've heard a bit of chitter about pantheons, and I don't know if the Gods/Goddesses choose you, etc. basically I would like just a tiny nudge in the right direction. I know you probably get this a lot, but I still can't seem to find an answer. All help is appreciated.

It’s okay, were here to help. Deities can chose you if they are so inclined, but it’s okay to not be chosen, or not to get signs. Worship and faith are not contingent on seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling a deity. :)


  • A Pagan Primer — For Those New to Paganism
  • Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham
  • Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transfomation by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler
  • Connecting to the Power of Nature by Joe H. Slate
  • Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders (a collection of articles, essays and general commentary from various pagan authors)
  • ChristoPaganism: An Inclusive Path by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham


  • Wicca for the Rest of Us
  • Wicca Resources
  • Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
  • Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner (the founder of Wicca)
  • The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner
  • The Spiral Dance by Starhawk (most recent edition only, old editions have inaccurate info that has since been updated)

List credit to natural-magics.


I have been made aware today via my ask box (thank you anon \o/), that someone had altered and uploaded my x-files artwork on their blog without sourcing it back. I have sent a message to this person and he has graciously removed the post, but the damage has been done. What I mean by that, is that his post had generated 46 113 notes. Meaning that even if he took his post down, there are still 46 112 unsourced gifs of my artwork wandering on tumblr. Well, evidently not as many as it’s reblogs and likes alike, but it still represents a huge number. And this is just for this one edit, there are many others around. I know a lot of people don’t see the problem in this, and probably think that I should be lucky that anyone even care about my art, or that it is my fault as I put it myself on the internet. That it doesn’t hurt anyone. That everyone do it and that I have to deal with it.

No, you uncultured swines.

Let me explain why, as apparently it is not common sense to everyone (and sorry for those who do, you can now skip this post and go play with puppies, or whatever).

It is not because I have posted my artwork on a medium that everyone can access, that it gives someone the right to claim it as their own or to edit it in any way. And I’m talking here about everyone’s work, illustrations, fanarts, texts, photos, musics… of professional artists or not. This would be the same thing as loving some author’s book, but oh this chapter is not entirely to my taste, so let me write it slightly differently and publish it by myself. This is disrespectful and rude. Whether you claim credit for the story or not.

Even if you don’t try to claim credit, this is still hurtful, in a lot of ways. I’m sure that it isn’t most people’s intention, and I know a lot of people don’t see the problem because “but it is there on the internet”, but editing and uploading unsourced artworks causes a lot of problems for the artists. To give you an example, after dealing with my x-files post today, I have been curious. I uploaded my gif into the Google images search, to see if it could find the source and redirect me towards my blog. I found out so many unsourced images of it posted everywhere, or claimed by others, it is really upsetting. Sure, some people do indeed source it back. And eventually, I was able to stumble upon my blog by chance, after pages and pages of those unsourced gifs. But let’s be honest, who ever look further than the second page of Google search results… Most people don’t bother to use a search engine if they don’t see a source. And if they do, they give up pretty quickly if the information is drowned in the internet. Meaning that if they like some artwork, want to see more of it or commission the author, most of the time, they can’t. For most artists, posting their art online leads to freelance opportunities. If you don’t credit the artist, you prevent them from developping their art further and making contacts or money.

So please, think about it the next time you post something that isn’t yours to begin with. Ask for consent. Source the artwork. Or may a cow sit on your face.

pontaprince  asked:

Thank you for putting the source on that picture; I really appreciate it, but I don't get why you had to sound harsh when the rest of them are sourced. But, yeah, just felt like I needed to say something. Have a good rest of your day/night. ☆彡

Hi, there!

I feel very passionately that it doesn’t take very much effort to find the source of an artwork. As I said in my post, it only took me three seconds to find the source. I’ll assume the benefit of the doubt, that you aren’t aware why sharing artwork without sourcing is so bad. Here’s why I feel so strongly that it should never be done, to the point that I was “harsh” about it (which I am not denying in the slightest):

Sharing work without crediting the original artist is extremely disrespectful. Many very good fanartists take their work down completely because they see their art being shared without their permission. It’s not fair to the people who put their hearts into making free, beautiful art for people to look at, and it’s not fair even to the people who might want to see more of the artist’s work. 

Please don’t forget that on pixiv, having people favorite, bookmark, and rate the work can contribute to the artist’s renown and income. Someone who doesn’t post a source is denying them that right. This is especially true for Japanese fanartists, who are fully able to make a living off their fanart, though the vast majority of them struggle to make ends meet from that work. Also, Japanese law about copyright infringement is REALLY strict, and to have people willy-nilly reposting their things without asking, getting permission, or even notifying them is a massive cultural no-no, and is (again) responsible for many fantastic artists removing their artwork from the Internet, which nobody wants!

Also, posting art without a source, regardless of whether it’s easy or whether it’s right, is in a gray area of the law. Copyright law (link to World Intellectual Property Organization) holds that the creator of a work has intellectual property over it, and should always be credited for the work.

The artist that you reposted work from has actually enabled sharing! You can see that in the red box:

This means that they ENCOURAGE people to share their art–with a link back to their pixiv page. This helps them, and everyone still gets to see the artwork.

If you think finding a source is difficult, I’ll show you how I did it so fast. Just download the Chrome add-on “SauceNao.” When you see an unsourced image on your dash like so, just right click:

like so, and you have four different ways to find the source of that super cute artwork you found! Or if you’re in another browser, just go to and paste in the url, they can always find something on pixiv.

Thing about it in another term: you wouldn’t read a fanfic you liked, then copy/paste it into your tumblr and say, “Dunno where this is from but it’s great!” If I found out someone did that with my writing, I’d be furious. It’s illegal, it’s immoral, and it’s rude. 

So that’s why I was harsh about finding a great pixiv artist unsourced on my dash. I feel very strongly about this issue, and while some people may say that we give up our rights to something when we put it on the internet, I don’t agree. We as a civilization are worth more than that.

I hope you also have a good rest of your day/night.

anonymous asked:

So this is a really general question. I want to make sure when I re blog someone art I do it right.. If they comment their info like a site is that enough? If I write its by whoever and tag them is that enough? I really don't want to upset anyone :s

Thanks for being so considerate! If you can reblog directly from the artist, that’s usually enough, especially if you included the source in their tumblr link. That’s always the best way to share their art.

ALSO, just another tip! If you see artwork from the artist on another site, always check to see if they have a Tumblr too. Otherwise, you’d be posting someone’s art without proper credit or sourcing when they already have a Tumblr you can reblog from instead. It’s the internet, so it’s inevitable, but if you can search the artist out on another site before posting, that would be great!

IF they don’t have a watermark or aren’t good about providing a link, and if they don’t have a tumblr (or other forms of social media), then put a link to their main source and tag them. That way, it will help people see the proper site for that artist.  

Tin Eye or Google’s reverse image search is a great way to see where the original art came from.

And you may already know most of this, but this is just for those reading this too, not all directly at you!

anonymous asked:

Hey I was wondering if could you go into detail about what it was like to meet Jared, I'm so happy for you btw ((If you don't want to I'd understand)) ps. I freaking love your cosplays, you're basically my inspiration for everything I do



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anonymous asked:

If people asked nicely, I'd do it without complaint. However when I get named called and insulted, then yeah.. I'll be lazy about it. Everyone is acting like I'm taking credit for the artwork, when all I did is share it. Say please, don't be rude about it. Everyone is busy with their lives, as am I. I'm currently taking a brief break from finals studying to answer to all of this.. So, if I didn't have time to search the correct source right away, that second..

First of all anthropologiststudy, I would like to say that I am completely, utterly, disappointed in you. Resorting to making use of Anonymous while sending me this private message? My goodness, you could not even message me with your own username? You could not even say this directly to my face without showing me it is really you? YOU dare claim that you were the one who was insulted? I, as an artist, am the one being insulted here, as well as artists everywhere.

So tell me, do you, or anyone else reading this post see any case of “name-calling” in any of the text in this image? No, I don’t see any names being thrown around. Can you also tell me how I am being rude in any way by reprimanding you for your laziness and providing you with an easy solution to sourcing? No, I don’t think so. I was not rude in the very slightest. I was being appropriately direct with you for your attitude towards the issue.

If you want to know the real reason why people were so mad at you, it’s because your only reason for not sourcing was your laziness. You’re at finals? Then why are you on Tumblr instead of studying? If you could not find the right source, you could have at least put in the text, “Can someone please give me the source for this? I am sort of in a rush.” But no, instead, you just outright tell people that you don’t care because you’re too lazy or have no time.

I am deeply insulted by your reason because I AM AN ARTIST. I go to a respectable art college, and EACH AND EVERY SINGLE DAY it is drilled into our heads that proper sourcing and referencing is of utmost importance. Artists, myself included, devote hours upon hours of their time, even their lives, to their work, and one of the things we want is RECOGNITION for our devotion to our craft, and you just say you’re too lazy to source us or show the slightest initiative? My God, to say that I am insulted is even an understatement.

Tell me fans, do you want artists to keep making art of this pairing? Do you want more art of Jelsa? Of course you do! But if you keep sharing their art without a source and they don’t get recognized, say goodbye to chances of them making anymore art. Recognition DRIVES US. It ENCOURAGES US to keep on making these things because we know people are being made happy by our work, but if this recognition does not reach us, some become so discouraged they stop altogether.

So get this into your heads.

anonymous asked:

Could I ask you a question please? I am a British girl who is self-teaching Russian and German. I feel let down by the British education system, I took 7 years of French and can only count up to 10, the language teachers in this country don't seem to care, they stick a foreign movie on in class and expect us to understand it. What is your opinion on this? Also what are the best ways to teach yourself a language especially if you have a busy schedule like me?? :)

Hey! Thanks for sending a question. This reply is going to be extremely wordy, so bear with me, haha.

I understand how you feel about being let down by the British education system. I live in the US and I also feel like the education system has left much to be desired when it comes to language classes. I studied Spanish for four years in high school and took the AP class (essentially like a college level class with a test at the end of the year that can be taken for college credit), and now that I’m continuing my studies of Spanish in college I realize how watered down the Spanish curriculum was. The way I see it is, there’s hardly any emphasis put on learning languages, and when there is emphasis, it’s for the wrong reasons. We’re not encouraged to learn other languages in order to be able to connect with more people around the world or understand different cultures, we’re encouraged to learn languages to either 1) fulfill credits for school or 2) to be able to be more successful when it comes to business. For the first reason, people are already uninterested in truly learning a language and half-ass all their work, which I think causes teachers to have to dumb down what they’re teaching or just completely get rid of some concepts at all because students just won’t learn it. How many people really care about learning a language? Not enough for teachers or people in charge of creating the curriculum to want to make it so that we truly learn a lot in our classes. And we all know that arts and languages programs are always the first to go, so sometimes I think there just isn’t enough funding for language classes to get the attention they deserve and need.

However, if you want to learn a language, you have to do more than just go to class everyday. You have to practice. You have to explore on your own. You have to find other sources yourself. If you feel like your classes are lacking something, do whatever extra work is necessary to find whatever you think you need to get to the level you want to be at. You will never learn a language by going to class for six hours (or less) a week and never studying outside of class. You will never learn a language by not interacting with native speakers on your own, or finding blogs in your target language, or reading books you weren’t assigned, or making mistakes and putting yourself out there on your own. If you want to learn a language, then learn it. We all know that we aren’t going to learn everything we need to know in school, so why do we get angry about that but not actually do anything about it?

I’ve gotten a lot better at writing in Spanish because I chat with my friends from Argentina and Venezuela in Spanish almost everyday, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I got a lot better at Spanish because I have them correct my homework, or I ask them questions about verb tenses I’m not quite comfortable with using yet or about a word I read that I don’t quite understand the meaning of. I got better at Spanish, and I continue to improve, because I looked for help outside of the classroom. Languages are just like any other hobby or passion or job (depending on what languages mean to you): you simply cannot wait around to have everything be handed to you if you want to improve, if you want to be good or if you want to be great. Do the extra work, find native speakers to help you, put yourself out there and make mistakes and be embarrassed because you learned about a verb tense four times but you still can’t use it right and get that concept wrong until you get it right.

But remember, you have to have a passion for whatever you’re learning. I don’t take language classes for languages I’m not interested in, period. I’m learning Spanish because I want to connect with my heritage and be able to communicate with my family members and because the language is beautiful for me. I want to learn Spanish because there are millions and millions of people who speak Spanish and I want to connect with them. Why did you learn French? Did you really care about it? Or were you just in the class because you were required to? Emotional investment in a language is important, too. If a language isn’t important to you, and you don’t have good reasons (good in your opinion, not just good in everyone else’s opinion) to learn it, then you won’t learn it. If you don’t care, then you automatically don’t put forth the necessary effort to learn and improve.

Okay, I’m stepping off of my soap box. I’m done preaching, hahaha.

Anyhow, as for self-teaching, you have to study every. single. day. Everyday!

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are things you do everyday when you speak your native language, right? So doesn’t it make sense to do all four of those things everyday when you’re learning a language, too?

But you’re busy, and so am I. I’m a full-time student with a part time job and I also do community service on the weekends on top of trying to make time for studying and friends and family. It’s hard and it sucks, so you gotta work in language practice whenever you can. I know your pain.

Everyone will tell you that it’s better to study in small amounts everyday rather than four hours once a week, and it’s true. Download apps on your phone like Memrise or Duolingo where you can practice whenever you have free time: waiting in line for lunch, sitting on the bus, in between classes, you know the deal. Even just a little bit of stimulation in 10-15 minute bursts a few minutes a day is studying. In addition, I try and chat with my friends in Spanish everyday, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Even doing stuff like this is good for maintaining your current language level, even if you don’t have the chance to constantly be learning something new. Also, what I’ve done recently is I changed my phone language from English to Spanish, so I see Spanish every single time I use my phone (which is incredibly often). I’m learning new vocab because I already know all the functions on my phone in English, so now I’m learning the vocabulary for everything in Spanish!

Listening and speaking is a bit harder to do everyday, of course. What I recommend is talking to yourself to practice vocabulary. It sounds ridiculous but it helps. I find myself going over vocab in Spanish and Korean sometimes, just so I know that I remember what everything is. Currently I’m learning body parts in Korean, so if I have free time in front of my computer when I’m supposed to be doing my homework, I’ll go over each body part by myself. I’ll touch my head and say “meori”, I’ll touch my neck and say “mok”, I’ll shake my hands and say “son”. Doing something as simple as that is practice.

Of course, native speakers are always the BEST resource. If you can find a friend who’s willing to read lists of vocab for you so that you can hear the words from a native speaker and replay them at a later time (if you save an audio file or something like that), then use them! Of course, make sure you establish boundaries so you’re not always pestering them for help, but if someone is willing to help you out, take advantage of that resource.

This ask was incredibly long and I KNEW that it would be long, so that’s why I waited so long to answer it, haha. I hope even just a little bit of this helps you out and answers your question in any way!