Laertes Studies

L. // 20 // They/them. // Classical studies major with a theater minor. Currently learning Ancient Greek, Japanese, and Korean! (Side blog for the-dragon-fried-my-homework and apictureofelizabethdarcy)

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i feel like u can tell a lot about a person by where they sat in the classroom, so reblog with where u sat and ur star sign, i’m back of the room by the windows taurus

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안녕, 여러분! Hi, everyone! This is my masterlist of all my Korean lessons so you can easily find the lessons you need! As always, feel free to message me with any messages you may have about any of these lessons!! Happy studying!

  • Hangul Lessons
  1. Consonants
  2. Vowels
  3. Writing/Reading Korean Syllables
  • The Basics
  1. Common Phrases
  2. Numbers
  3. Sentence Structure and Particles
  4. Present-Tense Conjugations and Formal Language
  5. Adjectives
  6. Questions
  7. Honorifics and Casual Language
  • Level 1
  1. Negative Sentences
  2. 잘 and 못
  3. Past Tense
  4. Future Tense (-ㄹ / 을 것이다)
  5. -ㄹ / 을 까요? (Shall we…? / I wonder…?)
  6. -(으)세요 (Giving Commands / Asking Questions)
  • Level 2
  1. -고 싶다 (I want to…)
  2. How to Say “And”
  3. -지만 (However)
  4. 아/어/여서 (So…)
  5. Negative Commands
  • Level 3
  1.  -(으)면 (If…)
  2. 아/어/여도 (Even though…/Even if…)
  3. (으)면 되다 / 아/어/여도 되다 (I can…/You may…)
  4. Present Progressive (-고 있다)
  • Level 4
  1. Describing Nouns with Verbs (-는 것)
  2. Describing Nouns with Verbs - Past & Future Tense (-ㄴ/은 / -ㄹ/을 것)
  3. Nominalization
  4. 것 같다 (I think… / It seems…)
  5. -러 가다 / -러 오다
  6. -(으)려고 (In order to…)
  • Level 5
  1. 아/어/여 보다 (to try…)
  2. -은/ㄴ 적 있다 / 없다 (I have / have not)
  3. -ㄹ/을 게요 (Future Tense)
  4. -겠다 (Future Tense)
  5. -ㄹ/을 수 있다/없다 (I can / cannot)
  6. -ㄹ/을 때 (When…)
  7. -ㄴ/는다면 (If)

Level 6

  1. -(으)니까 (Because / So)
  2. -아/어/여주다
  3. -(ㄴ/는)다 (Narrative Form)
  4. Quoting
  5. Let’s…
  6. Quoting continued
  7. (으)ㄹ래요? (Wanna…?)
  8. -죠

Level 7

  1. -ㄴ/는데
  2. -(으)ㄴ/는지 (Whether or not)
  3. All About 아무리
  4. -잖아요
  5. Expressing Surprise
  6. -시 (Honorific)
  7. Making Comparisons
  8. -아/어/여지다

Level 8

  1. I might…
  2. So that…/To the point where…
  3. Causative Verbs
  4. 시키다
  5. Passive Verbs (part 1)


  1. Must-Know People
  2. Must-Know Places
  3. Must-Know Things
  4. Must-Know Verbs
  5. Must-Know Adjectives
  6. Countries
  7. Months, Days of the Week, and More
  8. Clothing (옷)
  9. School (학교)
  10. Autumn (가을)
  11. More Questions
  12. House / Apartment (집 / 아파트)
  13. Emotions / Feelings ( 감정)
  14. Animals (동물)
  15. Loan / Konglish Words
  16. Food and Drink (먹을 것과 마실 것)
  17. Parts of the Body (몸)
  18. Counters
  19. Modes of Transportation (교통 수단)
  20. Colors (색깔)
  21. Weather (날씨)
  22. Winter (겨울)
  23. Music & Instruments (음악과 악기)
  24. Baking Gingerbread Cookies
  25. Emergency (비상)
  26. Hygiene & Bathroom (위생 & 화장실)
  27. Indefinite Pronouns
  28. Work / Office (일 / 사무실)
  29. Spring (봄)
  30. Coronavirus Prevention (코로나바이러스 방역)
  31. How to Wash Your Hands (손을 씻기)
  32. Time (시간)
  33. Korean Cuisine (한식)

K-Pop Breakdowns

  1. TXT - “Cat & Dog”
  2. Twice - “Feel Special”
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laertesstudies·11 days agoText


😴 “dormire ad occhi aperti” (lit. “to sleep with open eyes”), which mean to be dead tired;

😴 “dormire all'albergo della luna” (lit. “To sleep at the hotel of the moon”), which means to sleep under the stars because you can’t afford a room;

😴 “dormire come un sasso” (lit. “To sleep as a rock”), which means “to sleep soundly”. You can also say “dormire come un ghiro” (lit. “to sleep like a dormouse”), which means the same thing;

😴 “dormire tra due guanciali” (lit. “To sleep between two pillows”), which means “to sleep easy”, in the sense of being without worries.

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laertesstudies·12 days agoText

I think the most beautiful thing I’ve learned in Korean so far is  밥 먹었어? meaning “Did you eat?” as a way to show concern for a friend or loved one. It’s so relatable to me because that is 100% how my family has always been. Our lives have always centered on the kitchen and the community we’ve built there. Most of the memories I have of my grandmother are of helping her cook for my grandfather and parents so they’d have a hot meal when they got off of work, and her teaching me how to bake muffins, and of all of us crowded around the tiny table for dinner. When my grandmother got too sick to take care of herself, our neighbor grew to be like an older sister as she brought us tamales and chile verde on the weekends. Even now, living in a completely different city 50 miles away, the first thing my grandpa asks me when I answer the phone is “Have you eaten yet?” and then “Have you looked at the moon tonight?” He’s not a very openly emotional man, but it’s his way of saying “I love you. How can I take care of you? Are you well?”

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19.5.20 //

Some notes on basic phrases in Korean! I’ve spent my morning learning some new phrases and practicing hangul!

Today: //

  • Make quizlet for hangul and basic phrases
  • Practice introducing myself/ practice basic conversation in Japanese
  • Practice basic conversations in Italian
  • Review case endings and definite articles in Ancient Greek
  • Review nouns in Ancient Greek

Listening to: // I Need to Paint My Walls - A L E X

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18.5.20 //

New week, new spread! This week’s theme is: Gochuuman wa Usagi Desu Ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?)!!

Goals for today: //

  • Memorize hangeul
  • Practice introducing myself in Japanese
  • Learn about contracting verbs in ancient Greek
  • Practice tendue and rond de jambe

Listening to: // Togenkyo To Taxi - Mega Shinnoske

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04072017 • End of June x Start of July Weekly Spread • 🎧 : As If It’s Your Last - Blackpink》

Close ups of last week’s spread ☁

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This has been on my mind for a while and as an ally of the LGBT community, I would like to express my gratitude. There is great bravery and courage in being who you are - with anyone really - but I cannot express enough how wonderful and amazing YOU are. I understand that I have a lot of people who identify as part of the LGBT community and I would like to say,

I am proud of you and I support you.

You’ve done well, you’ve fought hard, and you live strong. Pride month is just around the corner (June), and to get you ready I’ve compiled a list of Korean LGBT+ Vocab for you to practice. Enjoy ~

성지향성 - sexual orientation 
엘지비티 - LGBT
동성애자 - homosexual
동성 - same-sex
여성 동성애자 / 레즈비언 - lesbian
남성 동성애자 / 게이 - gay
양성애자 / 바이섹슈얼 - bisexual
범성애자 / 팬섹슈얼 - pansexual
무성애자 - asexual
동성결혼 - same-sex marriage
커밍아웃을 하다 - to come out
성소수자 / 퀴어* - queer
이성애자 - heterosexual
성전환자 - transexual
     ~ *퀴어 - queer is a better translation as
     성소수자 means sexual minority

성정체성 - gender identity 
에이젠더 - agender
젠더플루이드 - gender fluid
넌바이너리 - nonbinary 
양성적/ 앤드로지너스 - androgynous
성전환자 / 트랜스젠더* - transgender 
트랜스맨 - trans man 
트랜스우먼 - trans woman
생물학적 성 - biological sex
시스젠더 - cisgender
성별 - gender
전한중 - transitioning
    ~ * again, 트랜스젠더 is a better translation for
     transgender, because 성전환자 means ‘sex change patient’

Example Sentences:
저는 ‘x’입니다. - I am ‘x’.
저는 너를(널) 지지합니다 - I support you.
잘했습니다 - you did well
화이팅 / 파이팅 - fighting!

If there is anything that I said that was incorrect or ignorant in any way, please message me and correct me! Or if you really want to chat and you need someone to talk to, my pm’s are always open! I really appreciate the feedback. Thank you for supporting me - it’s my turn to show I support you ~

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Hi guys! Thank you for your patience as I get adjusted in China and try to find time to update my studyblr! Between studying my languages and teaching, it’s been a bit of a struggle. But I’ve finally got situated enough to get on Tumblr and get to work on a new post that I’m excited to finally share with you!

How many methods do you use to study languages? If you say one, you’re probably studying wrong. When you were in grade school studying the alphabet, did you just read a textbook and BAM you knew the alphabet? OF COURSE NOT! As much as our parents and instructors would wish we did learn that easily, no one ever does! No one. The best way to learn something is to experience it in different ways, situations and formats. You listened to the alphabet spoken in class by your teacher, then by an audio cd, then on tv when you watched Sesame Street, then in a song at a babysitters house, then read them in a textbook, then maybe played computer games to help you practice on top of all that. You heard the same alphabet over and over in different contexts. I used to be a big fan of Between the Lions back in the day because they would teach you a letter then a few words, then use those words and letters over and over again in different skits during the show. If the word of the day was dig, then in the cartoon Cliff Hanger, Cliff would need to spell dig to figure out how to come down from the cliff (of course it never worked, but that’s besides the point), there would be a song with dig in it, there would be activities where you’d have to insert the missing letters, and then the lions themselves would get into situation where they would need to dig something and you’d learn the word dig AGAIN. You get the point. This stuff isn’t just for children. This stuff is gold for language learning as adults, so how do you tap into this knowledge? By giving yourself multiple methods of language study just like a kid! By creating multiple methods of language studying, you are cementing everything you have learned into your memory. With this in mind, you must always have at least three methods of study to pull out when you study every week. Here are mine:

Video/Audio lesson method (example: video based lessons, Youtube video lessons, TTMIK) 

1. Watch/listen to video/audio lesson once all the way through (just listen and repeat)

2.  Re-watch while writing down new vocabulary (listening writing)

3.  Study new vocabulary (reading)

  • Write out and use a joke or story to remember each word
  • Look for examples of uses for words using videos or songs or something (Listening) (speaking)

 (if learning Korean, use Naver. If learning Chinese or Japanese use Fluent U to search for videos, commercials, music videos, and episodes of shows containing your vocab word. For everything else just search Youtube)

  • Write out each word ten times (writing)

4. Re-watch video/audio (Listening)

5. Repeat after video/audio (Speaking)

6. Study vocab again at end of the week

 Textbook method 

Tip: If you buy a textbook for self study, definitely get one with audio

1. Read textbook lesson with audio if included (reading) (listening)

2. Read lesson without audio

2. Study vocabulary (reading)

  • Make and write a joke or saying or story to help you remember each word (Exam

4. Look for examples of uses for words using videos or songs or something (listening) (speaking)

5. Write character out ten times each (writing)

6. Repeat after audio if included (speaking)

Vocab lists (example: Tumblr, Pinterest, etc)

Say you find a list of interesting vocabulary on Tumblr or Pinterest. You can plan to use this during the week!

1. Read vocab list (reading)

2. Find corresponding audio and repeat. You can use a dictionary audio (listening) (speaking)

3. Study vocab words (reading)

  • Make jokes or some story to help you remember

5. Look for examples of uses for words using videos or songs or something (reading) (speaking)

6. Repeat after audio (speaking)

Shows, Movies, Youtube Videos

1. Watch video 10 minutes at a time (listening) (DO NOT watch the whole thing unless it is short)

2. Study vocab and grammar (reading) (writing)

3. Make inside jokes or story to help remember vocabulary

4. Look for examples of uses for words using videos or songs or something (listening) (speaking)

5. Write vocab out 10 times (writing)

6. Make  any relevant notes about culture and usage

7. Repeat after video sentences (speaking)

This method takes a long time over a course of weeks to finish a movie.

Music and Songs

1. Listen to entire song without looking at lyrics (listening)

2.  Go find lyrics and study vocabulary line by line (reading)

3. Make jokes or a story to remember vocabulary

4. No need to look for examples of word usage if you don’t want to

5. Write out vocabulary 10 times

6. Stop studying after one paragraph or verse

7. Read the lyrics

8. Listen to the song and try to follow along

9. Do this until you learn the whole song

8. Make any cultural notes

Okay, so let me explain some details in the post. In every method, one of the steps is to make a joke or some kind of phrase to help you memorize a new vocabulary word. Let me explain. Sometimes it is very hard to remember vocabulary words unless there is a story behind them! Say your words is 苹果 (apple) so you write the English translation and then below it you write, “Sarah refuses to eat her 苹果 and has now tossed it onto the floor. Sarah is 24.” Now you’ve written a short and memorable story about apples and are more likely to remember the word 苹果 . Got it? They teach this stuff in kindergarten and now you’re going to do it for you!

Note: If you are learning Chinese, you can use the radicals to make a story if you’d like. But that would require learning the radicals for every single word, which I encourage you to do anyway, but you don’t have to.

So how do you plan these into your weekly schedule? Easy! Pick a method and do that for one week and then change it to something else the next week. Or you can change it everyday or every few days. I will talk about it more in another post!

Thank you for reading! I hope this was helpful!

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5.13.20 //

I made my first study schedule today!! I was that kid in high school that was in all the clubs, took extra courses that weren’t required, and did volunteer work on the side as well. Being in a new city where I don’t know anyone, and being stuck in quarantine, I’ve quickly grown bored of only studying Ancient Greek and trying to read one book at a time. However, I know that trying to do too many things at once without a plan hasn’t always worked out for me. Creating a plan with ALL the things I want to do and dedicating a TIME for each is really effective for me personally because it allows me to get everything done without going too hard on one subject and neglecting the others or jumping around wildly from one thing to the next without really giving them my full attention. 

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4.8.20 //

I’m having a really hard time with Elektra. Usually, it’s pretty easy to set aside my own modern biases and consider works from the point of view of people living in the society a book was written for. But I’m having a hard time doing that with this piece for some reason. >.<

One of the things that gets me is Elektra’s self-indulgent exaggerated grief. I want to empathize with her, I do. I know what it is like to miss someone you love, even when that person hurt you. I know what it’s like to watch a parent move on to a new family and leave you in the dust. And I know just how angry it can make you when your whole world has been destroyed and you are falling apart, and the rest of the world has moved on like it never happened or didn’t matter. I know that pain all too well, and I 100% do not blame her for wanting someone to recognize her pain and validate it without tellingher how lucky she is. I don’t blame her for wanting to avenge herself and the life she has lost.

Except it isn’t written like that at all. The way Elektra’s character is written, it reads less like grief and more like manipulation. Like she’s hurting, so she wants everyone else to hurt her. People offer her help, and she shuns it, just so she can throw it back in their face that they haven’t done anything. And that’s kind of messed up??

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  1. Listen to everything they’re taught, not just hearing
  2. Take notes
  3. Listen to opinions they don’t like
  4. Be open to having their minds changed
  5. Don’t listen to music with words when studying
  6. Practise
  7. Commit
  8. Keep a regimen of self-discipline even in the face of a lack of motivation
  9. Take breaks
  10. Sleep regularly and more than expected
  11. Work very hard during the day
  12. Exercise
  13. Plan in advance
  14. Get small tasks done when there isn’t time to do bigger ones
  15. Engage
  16. Take failures as a learning curve
  17. Think positively
  18. Do their best work at the start of the year so they get more slack later
  19. Talk to those who teach them
  20. Debate
  21. Do a little every day instead of all at once
  22. Ask for help
  23. Help others
  24. Drink water
  25. Work hard but work smart
  26. Know what study setup is their most productive
  27. Hold themselves accountable
  28. Figure out which work is a priority
  29. Don’t waste time re-reading as a form of studying
  30. Find out things they don’t understand
  31. Test themselves frequently
  32. Work backwards through things to understand why something works
  33. Learn more than they need
  34. Have more interests and hobbies than just academics
  35. Find out the most important concepts in a course
  36. Learn the most important 20% of the course to get 80% of the grade
  37. Don’t complain
  38. Tailor their courses to focus on what interests them the most
  39. Play hard after working hard
  40. Read in advance
  41. Know how to say no but don’t say no unless they have to
  42. Take every opportunity they can
  43. Eat well
  44. Defend their personal beliefs
  45. Don’t use other people’s successes/failures as an excuse for anything they do
  46. Don’t let studying become the main part of their life
  47. Understand that everything is temporary
  48. Set goals, short- and long-term
  49. Put their phones away/on silent when studying
  50. Don’t expect any results immediately
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