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I’m thinking in make this as my studyblr for my second year learning Chinese, I’m really nervous, I’m not artsy not aesthetic, but it will help me to focus on what I’m doing and even if I had the bestest grades on my first year, I can’t take it easily and now study even harder, so I hope this is the first day of an amazing journey!

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みなさん、こんにちは!♡ LESSON 1

It is/I am/That is

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk about です!Which is the formal way of saying is/are/be. In Japanese, the verb is almost always at the end of the sentence. You use this verb with people you don’t know that well.

です - is/are/be

<name>です。= I’m <name> // so, です can be used to introduce yourself!

ねっこちゃんです。= I am Nekkochan

ジョンです。 = I am John

Let’s learn how to say ‘that is ~~’ or ‘this is ~~’!

これ - this (as a noun, never ‘this ~~’

それ - that, close to the listener but not close to you. Also can mean ‘your ~~’ indirectly which is polite, also can be used to talk about a thing which happened in the past

あれ - that, far away from both the listener and the speaker, something that’s far away in distance

- pronounced wa, I’ll talk about this in more detail but for now remember that this marks the subject, it’s needed for formal speech.

これ/それ/あれ は <noun>です - This/that is <noun>

So, it’s time to learn some vocab!

猫「ねこ」 cat

犬「いぬ」 dog

水「みず」 water

牛乳「ぎゅうにゅう」 milk

時計「とけい」 clock, wristwatch

いいえ (formal) no

木「き」 tree

Sample sentences ♡

これは猫です。This is a cat

それは時計です。That (you have) is a clock

それは牛乳です。That (near you) is milk

あれは木です。That over there is a tree

By adding and raising our intonation we can making a sentence a question.

A: それは牛乳ですか?Is that milk?

B: いいえ、水です。

Since we know speaker A is talking about それ, speaker B doesn’t have to repeat the subject and just says, no, it’s not.

Thank you for reading! Lesson 2 will be out soon♡ じゃ、またね〜♡

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Japanese Textbooks!

Not at me saying I would post and then promptly disappearing…anyway, last year, I made a post about Japanese textbooks that students use in Japan. I’m in the 9th grade now so I figured I could show you this year’s! HOWEVER, because of the coronavirus, my school had to mail the textbooks to us so they only gave us the textbooks for core subjects. I’ll update once I get the rest!



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Reading practice in Swedish🇸🇪


Originally posted by sweet-cider

Hello! 👋 Here are three texts for reading practice in Swedish, from somewhat easy to advanced. Personally I find it hard to find things to read in my target language, and since it is one of the most essential parts of language learning I thought I would provide some for all the Swedish learners out there! Use them freely for your language learning! 😸 And let’s celebrate Sweden’s national day today (6th June) by learning some Swedish! 🌟🇸🇪

(Feedback is welcome. Feel free to write if you have suggestions or want more of these posts.)

Level 1

Idag satt jag ute och läste eftersom vädret var fint. Plötsligt började det regna. Jag gick in. Efter tio minuter slutade regnet. Jag blev förvånad. Men jag gick inte ut igen.

Level 2

Idag var det fint väder. På morgonen var himlen grå så jag satt inomhus och pluggade. När jag skulle äta lunch sken solen så jag åt utomhus istället.

Det blev varmt på eftermiddagen. Jag satt ute och läste. När jag gick in för att hämta en sak började det plötsligt regna. Jag sprang snabbt ut och hämtade mina saker. Sedan satte jag mig inne på mitt rum och fortsatte läsa.

Efter ungefär tio minuter slutade regnet. Jag blev förvånad. Jag tittade ut genom fönstret och såg att solen sken igen. Det var som att ingenting hade hänt.

Jag stannade dock kvar inomhus för jag orkade inte gå ut igen.

Level 3

Idag har det varit rätt så fint väder. På morgonen var det lite mulet så jag passade på att sitta inne och läsa språk. Det blev lite varmare mot mitten på dagen så jag åt min lunch ute. Efter jag hade ätit tittade faktiskt solen fram, och det blev ganska behagligt på eftermiddagen. Man kunde lätt sitta ute, det var inte någon utmattande värme. Så jag satt ute och läste.

Runt fyra kanske gick jag in för att jag behövde hämta en grej från mitt rum, och precis då öppnade himlen sig och en skur av regn föll. Jag tänkte: ”Jahapp, då får jag väl flytta mig in då”. Snabbt sprang jag och hämtade in mina grejer och satte mig inne på mitt rum istället. Mitt fönster var öppet så jag hörde det mysiga ljudet av regnet, och jag satt där och läste i kanske fem, tio minuter tills gissa vad? Regnet slutade. Bara sådär. På tjugo sekunder var det borta. På ytterligare tjugo sekunder sken solen igen och det var som att den lilla skuren aldrig hade hänt.

Jag var dock lite för lat för att sätta mig ute igen så jag är kvar inne på mitt rum.


Glad nationaldag på er allihopa!🇸🇪

{June 2020}

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Language learners 🗣

Let’s sing !


For today’s exercise all you have to do is sing! Sing your favorite songs in your target language. Look up the lyrics and sing along. One of the best ways to learn a language is to immerse yourself into the culture. You can do this simply by listening to music. When you are listening to music in your target language you are helping your brain remember phrases, sentences, and words.

Before you start the exercise I recommend that you:

Read the lyrics so that you have pronounced all of the words. Then try to say the sentences faster and faster or the words faster and faster so that it’ll become natural to you to say those words and remember how it sounds when it’s said in a faster way. Try to sing the song without the music at first while reading the lyrics. Then after you do so try to sing along with the music. Learning a language is not a chore! Have fun with it.

You can also:

Write down the words, verbs, and phrases that you do not know. Do not translate the whole sentence unless it is absolutely necessary. Do not forget to listen to how the native is singing or rapping the song. That way you are learning the culture, learning about different accents, and different ways to say words that you already know.


In this screenshot we can see that she says “la’o” but the correct spelling/pronunciation is “lado”

So from this example we can take note that some people shorten their words. A lot of spanish speakers from the islands do this but there are people who still do this in many other Spanish speaking countries, it just depends on the person. Remember that cutting words is considered “informal.” There are people that do not like speaking this way and there are people who do.


Even in English we have a way of cutting words or changing them.

Whatcha doing” - “What are you doing”

“Lemme see” - Let me see”

Good mornin” - “Good morning


Celia Cruz would often say “azúcar” which means sugar. So if someone were to make a joke or say “azúcar” like Celia Cruz, then you would automatically know they were talking about Celia Cruz. Do not be a stranger to the culture. Remember to immerse yourself into it and learn about. Just like in your native language. If someone said “ Hee Hee” you automatically know that they’re talking about Michael Jackson.

It’s okay if you can’t keep up with the artist and it feels like they’re singing way too fast. You will get it eventually. Just keep trying and have fun!

Artwork: Celia Cruz by Maria Arango

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단정 짓지 마세요 ~ don’t jump to conclusions, don’t be so sure (formal)
단정 짓지 마 (informal)

단정- conclusion
짓다- to make
Verb Stem + 지 마(세요) = don’t _____
말다- to stop
Literal: don’t make a conclusion

단정 짓지 마자- let’s not jump to conclusions

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English equivalent: To not be able to wait for something, to look forward to something

ex. Domani vado allo zoo, non vedo l’ora! = Tomorrow I’ll go to the zoo, I can’t wait!

Explanation: it might refer to the sentenced that used to be hooded while waiting for the execution’s hour.

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une aiguille - a needle

une arbre - a tree

le aubier - the sapwood

le cœur du bois / le duramen - the heartwood

la broussaille - the brushwood

les boutons floraux - flower buds

un buisson - a shrub

une bulbe - a bulb

une baie - a berry

des cannelures - grooves

le cime de l'arbre  - the treetop

un ecosystème - an ecosystem

l’écorce - the bark

une épine - a prickle

une espèce - a species

le feuillage - the foliage 

une feuille - a leaf

les feuillus - the hardwoods

une fibre - a fibre

un fourré - a thicket

un fruit - a fruit

une gousse - a pod

une gouttelette - a droplet

une graine - a seed

une herbe - a herb

un houppier - a crown

une vigne - a vine

un nectar - a nectar

une noix - a nut

une palme - a frond/palm

une pétale - a petal

la photosynthèse - photosynthesis

une plantule - a seedling

une plaque - a flake

le pollen - the pollen

une racine - a root

une ramille - a twig

la résine - the resin

une ronce - a thorn

une sève - a sap

un spore - a spore

un succulent - a succulent

une tige - a stem

un tronc - a trunk


arborées - woodlands

arborescent - tree-like

cactiforme / cactoïde - cactus-like

campanulé - bell-like 

cannelé - grooved

capillaire - capillar 

cuivré - coppery

enroulé - coiled

érubescent - reddish, dry 

feuillé - leafy

filiforme - thread-like

fissuré - cracked

flabelliforme - fanned

foliacé - leaf-like

fragile - brittle/delicate

frangé - fringed

frisé - curled

fusiforme - spindle-shaped

en gourde - pearshaped 

gracile - slender

huileux - oily

humide - moist

incolore - colourless

ligneux - woody

lisse - smooth

moucheté - mottling

osseux - bony

plumeux - feathery

poisseux - sticky

rampant - creeping

rosé - pinkish

rouille - rusty

sarmenteux - scrambling

sec - dry

sempervirent - evergreen

sétacé - bristled

soyeux - silky

spongieux - spongy

vernissé - glossy

vineux - wine red

violacé - purplish 

volubile - twining

vrillé - twisted

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Musical dialogue, prosody, syllables, rhythm.

The dialogue of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is often described as “rhythmic” or “musical.” But those descriptors are vague, and so to find out exactly why Sorkin’s writing sounds so distinctive, we analyzed some of the literary devices that Sorkin uses in his writing. The opening scene of “The Social Network” is a stellar example of how Sorkin layers his dialogue with rhythms and melodies by using repetition, long lines of dialogue, and iambic meter.

Post by Sonia-K. Marqués Kiderle 6/06/20

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