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Hermann Hesse, The Seasons of the Soul
However we have hurt each other
time heals, the heart forgets,
but the hours of our blissful union
will remain glazed with a grace
that will never end.
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Hermann Hesse, The Seasons of the Soul
Even pain loses its benign sting.
“This too shall pass” becomes your consolation.
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Hermann Hesse, The Seasons of the Soul
My unlucky, starving heart
beats for a much deeper, sweeter mystic passion,
not satisfied with frivolous frills.
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Hermann Hesse, The Seasons of the Soul
Now, soul of mine, take off the cloak of time,
discard your suffering and sorrows,
begin to prepare yourself for the ascent
toward that dawn you longed for long.
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Hermann Hesse, The Seasons of the Soul
In spite of all the pain and sorrow
I’m still in love with this mad, mad world.
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Hermann Hesse, The Seasons of the Soul
Let us not grieve over our lost love
or stand ashamed before the ashes of our passion.
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Hermann Hesse, The Seasons of the Soul
Tighten your dress, oh beautiful temptress, protect yourself.
Delight me, entice me—but refuse me.
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Hermann Hesse, Poems
Nevertheless, we also
Bear, burned into our very souls,
The sign of a secret affinity to the spirit.
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Hermann Hesse, Poems
Our trembling souls stand eagerly, opened
To all the sufferings of passion,
To every burning desire.
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Hey everyone! These are the skills I used to learn German in about two weeks! It takes a lot of work obviously but it’s so worth it. 💕⚡️

1. Use a language program like Memrise or Duolingo. I think that programs like these are super helpful for getting acquainted with the language you want to learn and for understanding basic grammar. I mostly use them as a break from the other work that I do but they are definitely good practice.

2. Make a list of the top 1,000 most common words and work on memorizing them in chunks. I worked on memorizing about 50-100 words a day. It sounds like a lot but many of the words are different verb tenses of the same word so it ends up being less work that you expect. Also, from using Memrise and Duolingo, a lot of the words were already familiar to me. I wrote a list of the words for the day each morning and during my breaks from school work I would quiz myself on them.

3. Watch lots of Youtube videos to study grammar and tenses. The internet is your friend when it comes to learning a new language so take advantage of the resources! I would google everything that confused me and watch videos on it until I felt like I really had a grasp. Doing this ensures that you have a strong foundation to learn new vocabulary.

4. Translate music from your main language into your target language and vice versa. This is a fun way that I would practice verb conjugations and my vocabulary recollection. Any word that I hadn’t learned already, I would look up and be able to add it to my vocab list. Also, this is really fun practice and the rhythm made it easier to remember what I was learning.

5. Keep a post-it note to write down any questions you have or things that you don’t understand. This way, you can remember to look up what was confusing you instead of forgetting what you don’t know. By keeping track of what I understood well and what I needed to continue practicing, I was more organized in my practice and spent my time better.

This obviously isn’t an easy way to learn a language but you defintiely get results based on the effort you put in. Message me if you have any other suggestions for langblrs, I’m always interested in learning more!

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