• corvus: what are 5 things you appreciate about yourself? •
• I can think analytically/ critically
• I’m patient
• I strive to understand things to their core
• I think I’m quite good at explaining physics and maths
• I can see beauty in everything
Thank you for this ask! It made me appreciate myself 😅
- Leaf: What’s your favourite season?
- Tree: What’s the highest up you’ve ever been?
- Flower: What’s the prettiest thing you own?
- Grass: Do you prefer to be outside or inside?
- Soil: Have you ever planted something?
- Mountain: What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled?
- Rock: What’s your favourite gemstone?
- Vines: What’s your aesthetic?
- Plant: What, in your opinion, is your best aspect?
- Forest: Where are you most calm?
- Mud: Do you like to do hands-on things?
- Bug: What’s your most irrational fear?
- Cave: Where’s your favourite hiding place?
- Garden: Where were you at this time last week?
- Spring: What’s your earliest memory?
- Tide: Can you swim/do you like to swim?
- Beach: If you could be one place right now, where would you be?
- Coral: Do you believe in mermaids?
- Seashell: What’s a sound that soothes you?
- Seaweed: Favourite sea creature?
- Saltwater: Cold showers or hot showers?
- Stream: When was the last time you had a bath?
- Ocean: Have you ever been sailing?
- Hurricane: If you had to save one thing, what would it be?
- Rain: What do you do when it rains?
- Thunderstorm: Do you like to be outside in the rain?
- Dew: What’s your favourite drink?
- Bubble: Do you live near the water?
- Snow: Does it snow where you live?
- Ice: What’s your favourite thing to do in the winter?
- Clouds: When was the last time you were on a plane?
- Breeze: What’s your favourite dessert food?
- Smoke: Who’s your favourite artist?
- Fog: Do you wear glasses?
- Wind: What’s your favourite song to dance to?
- Mist: Do you like fairytales?
- Sky: Do you like to wear dresses?
- Stars: What’s one wish you have?
- Flight: What are you most excited for right now?
- Float: What’s the first thing you think when you wake up?
- Breath: What type of music do you listen to?
- Bird: If you could fly, where would you fly to?
- Feather: How long do you usually sleep for?
- Balloon: What’s your favourite carnival ride?
- Space: Have you ever seen an eclipse?
- Bonfire: What’s one thing you lost that you want back?
- Warmth: Who is the person nearest to you right now?
- Light: What time is it where you are?
- Volcano: What are you most afraid of?
- Sun: What would the person nearest to you right now say about you?
- Lava: Do you like to do reckless things?
- Flame: Have you ever burned something?
- Soot: Have you ever hurt someone you didn’t mean to?
- Coal: Have you ever been hurt by someone?
- Ash: Do you have any birthmarks/scars?
- Campfire: What’s your favourite childhood memory?
- Lightning: Are you afraid of storms?
- Energy: Pick one word to describe your life.
- Lantern: Are you afraid of the dark?
- Summer: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Wow! 500 followers, thank you guys! 💕💕💕
I’ll reblog ask game, as usual, but you can ask me any questions you’d like, anytime actually. My ask box is always open ;)
(Eg. If you need advice, either in school or uni life, learning languages or learning in general, I’ll try my best in helping you!)
And btw, I’m tracking #heyalyss, if you want to show me your posts 🌟
***before pandemic photos of uni and cafe***
How to know which language level you’re at and tips for improving your skills - divided by proficiency level!
These are all my personal thoughts and experiences from reaching a proficient level in one language, and an intermediate in another!! Feel free to correct me or add whatever you wish<3
1. A0 - Knowledge Level: Nothing
At this stage, you have absolutely no knowledge or very little knowledge about a language. My advice is to start out slow: the alphabet, pronunciation rules, basic pronouns, colors, etc. At this point, there’s not much you can improve on (Reading/Writing, Listening and Speaking) since you’ve got no actual knowledge to expand upon. Try apps like Duolingo, have fun with translating words such as your favorite animal, plant, or swear word. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself at this point, it’s all in good fun! Try starting a notebook in which you write down new words, (i.e. all of them) or watching a couple videos on Youtube, even if you don’t understand much.
2. A1 - Knowledge Level: Just a Bit
This is when you slowly exit the stage of “is this even a language” and enter the “beginner” world. You know a couple basic verbs (to be, to have, eat, sleep, walk, talk, etc) and some sets of basic nouns/pronouns. (weekdays, months, numbers, colors, objects you find around the house, and all that fun jazz.) You can string together a couple sentences you’ve heard twenty times on Duolingo! Regardless of the fact that “The boys drink milk” is not really something you’ll need in irl conversation, it’s good that you’re getting familiar. By this time, you should start looking into proper grammar rules such as verb terminations, tenses, noun declinations, pronouns, etc. Children’s books are a good way to learn a lot of stuff you’d need. The language is simple and it goes straight to the point, which is the only type of writing you understand, mostly. Right now, speaking is not really an option aside from learning to pronounce words right. Listening, on the other hand, can be done really easily! If you find that Youtube channels in your target language are boring or too hard to understand, music is the way to go. You’re especially lucky if you’re a Disney fan, because most of their songs are easy to remember and are dubbed in a lot of languages, so have fun with finding what fits you best!
3. A2 - Knowledge Level: Basic/Preliminary
Now we’re beginning to see some major improvements. You pick up words easier, you can read almost perfectly even if you don’t understand everything, and you can form really basic sentences by yourself. For speaking, by now you should be able to say your name, the place you live in, and maybe talk about your hobbies or your favorite stuff! It depends on if you’ve worked with a teacher until now or not, so don’t worry if you’re still struggling. As a stepping stone between beginner and intermediate, this level can either be the one when you slowly improve or make a really big jump in your skills. Listening to songs and youtube videos should be easier, but nobody is expecting you to actually comprehend everything. As for vocabulary and reading, learning new words should come more intuitively by now, but again, you’re still in the early days. Writing is still something that can be difficult, so try maybe linking a couple sentences together to make a short story and translating some simple texts. But it you don’t find it difficult, writing a hundred words once a couple days may be the way to go.
4. B1 - Knowledge Level - Intermediate
Finally, we’ve reached the intermediate stage! By now you should be able to hold very basic conversation and reveal information about yourself. You should be able to pick up words you know from the people around you, and understand mostly everything if spoken slowly and clearly to. Reading light books or magazines should be challenging but okay, while you should be able to remember certain words without making too big of an effort. By this stage, active learning is still essential, as you probably have a lot more ahead in your language learning journey. I encourage you to write short stories or several sentences about your day in a diary, depending on what works for you. Watching Youtube videos should be something you do often, because it improves listening skills greatly and gets you accustomed to informal speech patterns and filler words.
5. B2 - Knowledge Level - Advanced Intermediate
Yay! You have officially reached the advanced intermediate stage! You should be able to hold everyday conversation without too big of a headache, listening probably isn’t a breeze for you but still, if you watch a basic youtube video you can pretty much get all of it. YA books should be a regular part of your reading, since they’re not too hard to comprehend but still a good reading exercise. Vocabulary probably isn’t a bother anymore, since you know most of the words you need and the ones you don’t, you hear them once or five times and they stick to you. At this level you can probably write some basic fanfiction, or anything that doesn’t require advanced language skills but is still challenging. Congrats! You’re almost at an advanced level!
6. C1 - Advanced
If you’re still here, means you’ve got a strong sense of dedication. C1 is the advanced level, where you have pretty much everything that you need to comfortably live your life in a country which speaks your target language. If you’re already here and most of the above things seem far, far away to you, then maybe it’s time to get down on some serious reading. Look up local classics, or contemporary works that stimulate your mind. Writing essays, reviews, reports, etc, should be something you are able to do, as you have a good grasp on both formal and informal language, both literary concepts and idioms/phrasal verbs/slang. Listening should come easily, with the ability to understand everything that is spoken to you without worries, as long as they don’t have an alien accent. Speaking, too, should be a breeze by now, with everyday conversation being a piece of cake and more formal conversations not posing too big of a challenge. If you want to reach the next– and last– level, it can be done through thorough preparation of skills that are usually required by exams or for language-related jobs. If you don’t care about either of these, congrats! You learned a language!
7. C2 - Proficient
Long past fluency, you now wish to master a language, down to its very core and history. Pick up some of the big classics to read. Watch a bunch of those complicated videos explaining complicated concepts. Write poetry and prose,and speak to people in contexts which require more than the average range of vocabulary. If you’re still not satisfied, get a damn teacher. Tumblr can’t help you now.
mimosa, sirius a/b and meteor (sorry had to www)
• mimosa: what do you associate with your favourite colour? •
Dragon scales, depths of the ocean, calm before the storm 💙
• sirius a/b: what’s your favourite sound and smell? •
My favourite sound… is either cat’s pouring or the sound of quiet forest - twittering of birds, humming of leaves on delicate wind 🌳
My favourite smell… beechen forest near the sea, freshly baked gingerbread cookies or chocolate chips cookies, vanilla
• meteor: have you ever eaten dirt? if yes: on a scale from 0 to 10 would you do it again? •
Dirt - no, sand - yes (if you were on Polish beaches, you’ll know), leaves - yes, grass - yes.
To sum up my experiences, there is a reason why people are not eating those things, better not try them.
Would I do it again? Dirt and sand no, not voluntarily, 0, even if I were paid, never again. But if someone would pay me to eat grass… just rinse it before eating ;)
Thanks for the asks! They were super fun ^_^
Reasons to not to procrastinate studying your target language(s):
- Languages are beautiful and fascinating (and you probably love your target language, don’t you?)
- Learning languages is fun, interesting, and productive and has many benefits
- You can only get better at your target language and reach your goals by studying and practicing your target language
- You never know when you’ll meet a native speaker of your target language or find yourself in another situation where your language skills are needed
- Getting little studying done and realizing how much more you understand and how much you’re improving is an amazing feeling
- You will seem more hardworking, disciplined, and successful and other people will look up to you more and be inspired and motivated by you
- Procrastinating doesn’t benefit you or your language studies in any way
- Procrastinating makes you forget what you have learnt and get worse at your target language
- Procrastination can make you feel guilty, insecure, and depressed
- The longer you procrastinate the harder it is to start studying again
So, even though I have basically no free time I am ready to not only do a langblr challenge but make one of my own! I needed one that was flexible, didn’t require a lot of time commitment, and motivated me to do more than just randomly post vocabulary lists, so I decided to make my own Yuru Japanese Language Challenge (for the busy and the busy at heart). Yuru means laid-back or loose, which means not restrictive. I also made it Japanese-oriented (since that’s my target language), but you could tailor it to a different language if you just made kanji = vocabulary and Japan = the country of your choice for the following tasks.
You’re welcome to join me on this four-week challenge and to make it as in-depth or as chill as you’d like it to be! Tag me in your posts and/or tag your posts with #yuru language challenge so that I and others can follow your progress! You can do all or none of the challenge I’ve outlined below at any pace you’d like.
Guidelines: The challenge doesn’t have to be completely in Japanese ➡ English is allowed too, and as long as you are learning some Japanese I’d consider it a success! You can make each different task into separate posts (e.g. one for kanji, one for grammar) or you can make it all one long post. You can post daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.. whatever pace makes the most sense for you! Most importantly, have fun! I hope you will enjoy learning something new and improve your Japanese on the way.
- Your Family - Introduce us to your family (or your family of friends)! Tell me something unusual or interesting about your family.
- Grammar Point - Brush up on some grammar or find a new grammar point that relates to family, explain or define it briefly, and write a couple (or more) sentences.
- Kanji - Define 1-5 kanji that you learned related to family.
Theme: Pop Culture
- Your Favorite (Movie/Show/Song/Comic/Other Pop Culture) - Write a little or a lot about your favorite bit of pop culture and why you like it.
- Vocabulary from Your Fave - Give a list of vocabulary from the favorite bit of pop culture you chose.
- Kanji - Define 1-5 kanji that you learned that relate to pop culture.
- Research a tradition you didn’t know about - Write a few sentences or more about a tradition you had never heard of until now, or a tradition you’ve always wanted to know more about.
- Grammar Point - Use a new grammar point to describe the tradition you researched, explaining or defining the new grammar point.
- Listening or Reading - Find a video or a Japanese article about the tradition you picked, and write a short summary in English about what you heard or read. You could use subtitles but give it a try without them first and see how you do! You can also try listening to and translating kids songs related to the tradition.
Theme: Places to Visit
- Where Do You Want To Go? - Pick the top spot on your list of places to visit and tell me why you want to go there! Whether it’s a butler cafe in Akihabara or the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, tell me what draws you there! Bonus points for pictures (jk there are no points I just like looking at pictures).
- Kanji - Write the kanji for the name of the prefecture and the city of the place you want to go, then a few other kanji related to sightseeing, famous food, or other specialties from that place - reading kanji for place names can be as important as vocabulary words!
- Your Choice - Pick one other type of post for the place you want to visit (grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading, or other) and post about it! You could talk about how to ask directions, read an article about the location of your choice, find some travel-related vocabulary, or anything else that interests you.
That’s the challenge! 頑張ってね！(Good luck!)
i made a reading challenge for myself :) because i realised that i read nearly all the books i own but we have so much more in our home that i never touched before. so i called this challenge my mom’s bookshelf and i’m excited to read more of the books she bought at my age. i will track this challenge very losely (#mymomsbookshelf) and see how it works out. maybe some of you want to join me? just decide for a person you know well enough that you can actually borrow books from them and then start working your way through their bookshelf. it’s a great way to get to know the other person and start book discussions!
space asks cuz space is neat
- ursa major: what are the character traits that define you the most?
- ursa minor: do you have hobbies or interests that no one knows about?
- draco: what is the thing you like least about yourself?
- lacerta: what is the thing you like most about yourself?
- cepheus: do you vibe more with the term idiot, asshole or dumbass?
- hercules: how are you with people? who is your favourite person?
- lepus: what is your biggest flaw?
- corvus: what are 5 things you appreciate about yourself?
- orion: what element would you like to be able to bend?
- hydra: are you the villain?
- cassiopeia: take a random personality quiz on the internet and give us your result. the more obnoxious the better.
- centaurus: if you could fist fight one historical figure, which one would it be and how hard would you punch them?
- gemini: which character (fictional or not) is your spirit animal?
- lupus: which one do you identify more with: thoughtful idiot or thoughtless brains?
- scutum: you acquire a death note. what are you going to do with it? Do you side more with the idea of Deontological Ethics or Utilitarianism?
- aldebaran: what is your most obnoxious interest?
- algol: favourite planet? favourite space object?
- 61 cygni: favourite time period?
- castor: favourite band/artist?
- pollux: draw the art cover of your favourite album/song
- riegel: put your music on shuffle and give us the first five songs
- betelgeuse: which video games gives you nostalgia for a place you have never been to?
- agena: what is your favourite moment from a game?
- deneb: you can turn one book into a movie,tv show or video game. which one are you picking?
- atair: why is your favourite book, well, your favourite? do you have a favourite quote from it?
- prokyon: grab the nearest book, to to page 145 and give us the first sentence.
- acrux: where and when do you like to read the most?
- spica: when do you consider a movie “good”?
- antares: think of a movie which means a lot to you, now describe the first scene that comes into your mind!
- proxima centauri: if you would have the chance to travel the world, which places or countries would you like to see?
- algol: you have to assassinate someone. which weapon do you choose?
- mimosa: what do you associate with your favourite colour?
- sirius a/b: what’s your favourite sound and smell?
space objects: experiences
- quasar: do you feel alone?
- pulsar: when do you feel truly alive?
- wormhole: what is the shadiest/most illegal thing you have ever done?
- black hole: what has hurt you in the past that you don’t want others to go through?
- white dwarf: post a picture or video from your favourite trip!
- nebula: what is an experience you would rather forget about?
- star cluster: what is something you have gained, something you have lost and something you let go of during the past year?
- planet: have you ever lost something important, such as your passport, keys or a phone?
- moon: “A man is made of memories. It is all we are.“ (Lawrence) what do you think this means? Do you agree?
- comet: you have the chance to undo one thing or decision in your life, would you take it? If you are comfortable sharing: what did you change?
- asteroid: have you ever lost a friend? do you wish you would still be friends?
- meteor: have you ever eaten dirt? if yes: on a scale from 0 to 10 would you do it again?
- saturn v: what are you currently studying/what do you wish to study?
- delta iv heavy: what is your favourite thing about your degree course?
- heavy falcon: what is a subject you are highly interested in but you would never study yourself?
- sea dragon: if money, admissions and other factors would not be a problem, where and what would you like to study?
- atlas v: favourite theorem or concept?
- soyuz: language(s) you would like to learn?
- MECO: how do you take notes?
- SECO: what are your essentials for studying and note taking?
- RCS: how do you stay focused and productive?
- RP-1: favourite classes or subjects you took or are taking?
- gas-generator cycle: what are the topics you like learning about the most?
- partial-flow staged combustion cycle: what are the topics that interest you the least?
- full-flow staged combustion cycle: your biggest student-sin? as in something you feel guilty about?
- RS-25: what do you carry in your backpack?
- RD-270: Do you need silence to study? or do you like to listen to music? if so, what is your go-to study-playlist?
- Merlin: what does your study-space look like?
- Raptor: do you study at home or do you prefer to study at the library/in cafés?
- F-1: this is a free one. ask any question you’d like
- No teacher will ever tell you how to study, they will only say that you have to study.
- No one has any idea how to study, they just try out things and see what works for them.
- There isn’t a “standard” or “universal” way of studying but there are tips and methods that work for most people.
- 1 method won’t work for everything.
- When it comes to languages, you’ll have a plan or an idea of what you should do, but you need to be open minded and flexible. You adapt to the situation.
- Having a partner for studying might be a blessing or a nightmare, it depends on you.
- Always have snacks around. You don’t want to stop when you finally focus only to grab something to snack on.
- Always have a bottle of water, or maybe 2.
- If what you do it’s weird but it works for your studies, it’s not weird, it’s just a new method.
- There’s no “talent” when it comes to languages, it’s just experience and some badass strategy behind the success. And this applies to studying in general from what i’ve seen.
- Being organized and disciplined might not sound fun, but it saves your ass when motivation goes away.
- Sooner or later, you realize that only you can get up and study. No one will give a shit if you do it or not, people are selfish, accept it.
- Figure out if you are a planner person or not. Not everyone can follow a schedule.
- Plan your breaks.
- Just start doing something small. Once you start, you’ll work more than you planned.
- Elle Woods, Rory Gilmore and Hermione Granger are the holy trinity. The motivation you can get from them is unimaginable.
- Never underestimate the power of a motivation list. Just a list with people you admire can make you work. It’s that simple.
- Sleeping enough is more important than you think!
- You’re way much better than you imagine. You can deal with everything, just be confident.
- Nothing is so difficult as you think it is, it gets easier once you work for a while.
- Your mind will trick you and make you think in the middle of a study session that you can’t handle it but if you ignore that, you’ll realize it’s just a trick because you might not be used to study like that or for that long.
- Organize your study space so you don’t waste 10 minutes. 10 minutes in which you might lose your mood for studying.
- Keep a diary. Write in it your progress and your fears or whatever bothers you. You don’t need to write daily in it but just writing down and seeing what bothers you helps a bit.
- Know why you’re studying! Without a goal in mind, in a couple of days, maybe weeks if you’re lucky, you’re gonna give up.
- Studying in bed will make you sleepy.
- Eating lunch will make you sleepy and a bit lazy so choose an easy task for that time of the day.
- Studying in pajamas is nice, but that outfit kinda sets your mind in the “i go to sleep” mood so just take some clothes that you don’t sleep in.
Let’s face it, we all have old clothes that we don’t want to throw away but we wear inside the house.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Never compare yourself to others. Your only competition is you.
- Don’t be afraid to be outstanding.
- It doesn’t matter if you have expensive pens or cheap ones, in the end, they all do their job.
- There are people who like to decorate their notes, and there are people who like keeping them simple but everyone uses a highlighter at some point in their life.
- You’ll ace everything by overlearning.
- Others’ limits aren’t yours.
- Don’t check your phone. If you check it once, you lost.
- Same with the snooze option in the morning.
- Instead of saying that you don’t have time, better say “I’m not a priority”. See what effect that has on you.
- Don’t judge people. The weirdo that no one talks to might have life tips that will save you. Or even better, might be a friend for life.
- Tips and tricks won’t work if you don’t.
- Always have a trick or two saved for later. Others might not be your competition now but you never know who wants the same job as you in 10 years.
- The sooner you start, the sooner you’re done.
- When you feel down, remember 1 skill that was a pain to learn but now it’s something you love.
- Learn to listen.
- Your goals are important to you but many people won’t give a damn about them. Learn to let go people who don’t respect your goals/priorities.
- If people hate you, they a) envy you because you’re amazing, b) they are just shitty or c) a+b.
- Always be innovative. Why? People will copy what you do if you have success so always be 2 steps ahead.
- Don’t stress over exams/tests/presentations that passed already. They are in the past, don’t overthink these.
- There’s no point in collecting tips and resources if you don’t start using them.
- It takes time to be disciplined but that’s not impossible. You just need to want and try over and over again until you’ve got it.
- Get used to make mistakes, others don’t even remember them.
- Most people can’t memorize very well in the morning, avoid learning new words after you wake up.
- Learning and studying doesn’t usually imply memorization unless you need certain formulas, terms and definitions. However, many teachers accept to use your own words when talking about something. The point is to understand something, not to quote your textbook.
- Failing is okay. Procrastinating is okay. What’s not okay it’s when you stop trying and working only because you have a bad day, week, month or year.
- Everyone fails and everyone procrastinates, remember that. No one’s perfect.
- When you can’t focus, find a way to calm down your mind. If you focus, you can work for hours but if you are distracted by a feeling/thought just stop and talk to yourself because everything you do that day will be almost useless; your mind is not with you.
- Don’t just read passively, try to take notes or annotate so you actually pay attention to what you read. Read it 100 times and don’t pay attention or read it twice and understand everything, your choice.
- Most people will gladly help, you just need to ask.
- Be open minded.
- Your teachers might not give you the grade you deserve, people might talk about you behind your back, no one might see your value but they aren’t important. You work for yourself and that’s important, who knows, maybe in 15 years these people will ask if you’re hiring. Karma is stalking everyone.
- Your brain needs sugar, always have some chocolate/sweets around.
- People will either hate you or love you. You shouldn’t care what they choose. Respect everyone, be yourself and love yourself. Who wants to be around you will stay in your life, don’t worry.
- People don’t need to know what you’re doing 24/7. If they ask, tell them; if they don’t, don’t overshare.
- Take your time to make/find a playlist for studying if you like having background noises while studying.
- Bother to make one for motivation too.
- Have at least 20 free hours weekly. Your brain needs a break too.
- Not everyone needs to be like you, study like you or like what you do and that’s fine. After all, not everyone will have the same story.
- Find a person who makes you feel better only by being around them. That kind of friend is priceless.
- Try to read once in a while when you’re free. Maybe you learn something new.
- Your attitude makes the difference. Just do your best and always be optimist.
- When you have questions or you need help, just ask. Don’t assume things before asking. People might surprise you.
- Don’t doubt yourself. You can do it, it’s just a matter of time.
- People will betray you, your work won’t.
- Always carry around your agenda or a small notebook/notepad. Just in case you need to write down a date, a phone number, just a reminder or you need to plan something.
- Prepare for the worst but always hope for the best.
- Learn how to know when you need breaks.
- Also, learn how to control yourself during breaks. You don’t want to take a break of 5 minutes and end up with a 3 years one.
- Nothing is impossible if you just ignore the negative comments and you focus on your goal(s).
- Learn to enjoy studying so much that you’re frustrated when you can’t do it.