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This Is Halloween (Finnish)

Aika - time
Tarina - story
Uni - dream
Mielikuvitus - imagination
Raja - limit
Juhla - party, feast, celebration
Poika - boy
Tyttö - girl
Kylä - village
Nimi - name
Halloween - Halloween
Kurpitsa - pumpkin
- night
Koti - home
Sänky - bed
Silmä - eye
Rappu - stairstep
Ötökkä - bug
Hiukset - hair
Laulu - song
Yllätys, ylläri - surprise
Valo - light
Lyhty - lantern
Varjo - shadow
Maa - ground
Luuta - broom
Naama - face
Välähdys - flash
Tuuli - wind
Tie - road, way, path
Kuu - moon
Kauhu - horror
Raaja - limb
Pelko - fear
Sätky - jump, twitch
Työ - work, job
Kaveri - friend, mate, buddy
Huuto - shout
Kuningas - king
Kulua - to pass (of time)
Arvata - to guess
Tulla - to come
Olla - to be; to have
Kertoa - to tell
Taitaa - to probably (do)
Olla aavistus - to have an idea, to have a hunch
Näyttää - to show
Tulla mukaan - to come along
Kiljua - to scream
Säikyttää - to scare
Painua pehkuihin - to go to bed
Hehkua - to gleam
Vaania - to prowl
Vipeltää - to scurry
Hoilata - to sing badly
Odottaa - to wait
Häilyä - to hover, to waver
Väijyä - to lurk, to ambush
Vapista - to shiver, to shudder, to quiver, to tremble
Sanoa - to say
Kulkea - to go, to walk, to move
Lentää - to fly
Kirkua - to shriek
Lähteä - to leave
Kysyä - to ask
Täyttää - to fill
Vätkyä - to twitch
Tarvita - to need
Tehdä - to do
Huutaa - to shout
Veisata - to sign, to psalm
Hiljaa - quietly
Nopea - fast, quick
Erikoinen, erikois- - special
Outo - weird
Kumma - odd
Kaukaa - from far away
Karmiva - creepy
Rohkea - brave
Oma - own
Rauhaton - restless
Hyvä - good
Kauhuissaan - horrified, terrified, frightened
Ykskaks - suddenly, all of sudden, just like that
Autio - desolate
Öinen - nocturnal
Kunnon - proper, real
Luinen - bony
Suurisuinen - bigmouthed
Hurja - fierce, terrific
Kurja - miserable
Yllättävä - surprising
Vaan, vain - just, only
Kuin - than; like
Joka - that
Tämä, tää - this
Mistä - from where
Mahtaa - I wonder (in this context)
Ei - no, not
Sinä, sä - you
Siellä - (over) there
Nyt - now
Jotain - something
Niin - so
Muu - other
Henkihieveriin - into a very bad or half-dead condition
Kun - when
Alla - under
Meidän - our
Kaikki - everyone, everybody; everything
Todella - really, very
Jokin - something
Iik! - Eek!
Siis - therefore
Kerran - once
Taas - again
Me - we
Siinä - there
Pois - away
Ja - and
Muualla - elsewhere
Kuka - who
Se - it
Poissa - gone
Täältä - from here
Hurraa! - Hurrah!

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So I was feeling anxious so I took a walk outside and on my way back there was a group of Arabic speaking men walking on the other side of the road and one of them yelled what sounded like أين, أين which I think meant “where where?” at a car slowly driving past them and then he jumped on the car and the car drove off. Happy to get some unexpected listening practice and understand something! 

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Hello! It’s time for a new langblr challenge! This time the challenge is called Langblr Picture Describing Challenge and the purpose of it is to improve your language skills by describing pictures in your target language!

To participate in this challenge you must pick a random picture from Flickr, Pinterest, We♥It or other website and then describe it in your target language! You can either make a vocabulary list of the things you find in the picture or write full sentences. If you want, you can post about your progress and show which pictures you chose and how you described them. If you do, please tag your post as #picturedescribingchallenge so that I and others can see what you’re working on and learn something new as well!

You can choose to participate in this challenge for 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, or 30/31 days - it’s up to you!

Enjoy your studies!

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Word of the Day (24.10.20)

truculent /ˈtrʌkjʊl(ə)nt/ - adjective - aggressively quarrelsome or defiant

  • No one can argue the president is not a truculent man, especially after the debate last night.
  • Being as truculent as she is makes it difficult for us to have any form of sensible discussion.
  • He was typically a quiet fellow, but when it came to art history he became truculent.
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The History of The Modern Tamil Script (Part-1)

The Tolkāppiyam is a comprehensive grammar on Tamil as well as the oldest text of literature found in the language. It’s written on a very thin palm leaf with ink.


[The Tolkāppiyam]

This was most likely written in the Tamil-Brahmi script.

The Tamil-Brahmi script emerged in South India and other places (given below) from the Brahmic script.

The language which it wrote is called Old Tamil.

The Brahmic script also gave rise to other Indian language-scripts such as Marathi, Hindi, Telugu etc.

This script was used from roughly the beginning of the BCE to the 4th Century BCE.

The vaṭṭeḻuttu script emerged from Tamil-Brahmi around 4th Century AD and stayed in its same form till the 10th AD.

It has a sister script called the ‘Grantha’ which has now been transformed into modern Malyalam.


The Vaṭṭeḻuttu script fell out and was replaced by something similar. One of the differences between them was that vaṭṭeḻuttu has a more cursive approach in writing the alphabet then the Modern Tamil Script.

I hope this post was correct, please correct me if I was wrong anywhere. Part-2 coming whenever it’s ready :)

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my name is lilith/lili!!!!! i’m a freshman in college and i’m new to studyblr/langblr!!

  • i’m a psychology major as of now, but am changing my major to liberal arts!
  • i hope to pursue a degree in either psychology or law!
  • my strongest subjects are psychology, music, foreign languages, and english/lit! my weakest subject is math UGH
  • i’m fluent in arabic, and am learning japanese/french/russian!

i hope to make a lot of new friends and help out anyone that needs it!

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Idiomatic Phrase - To Have a Heart of Gold

To be a good, kind, caring and generous person by nature.

Gold is considered to be a very pure, valuable and precious metal, so someone with a heart of gold has a pure, valuable and precious heart.

  • Honestly, that lad’s got a heart of gold - if he’s not helping out at the local soup kitchen, he’s down the animal shelter caring for abandoned dogs.
  • She’s not very bright, but she’s got a heart of gold, and that’s the important thing when it comes to friends.
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All words are taken from Magoosh vocabulary builder!

Antipathy - a feeling of strong dislike, opposition, or anger
Gambit - something that you do or say that is intended to achieve an advantage and usually involves taking a risk
Ingenuity - someone’s ability to think of clever new ways of doing something
Pariah -  a person who is not accepted by a social group, especially because he or she is not liked, respected, or trusted
To enumerate -  to name things separately, one by one
To conciliate -  to end a disagreement or someone’s anger by acting in a friendly way or slightly changing your opinions, or to satisfy someone who disagrees with you by acting in this way
To ossify - to become fixed and unable to change
To unnerve - to make someone feel less confident and slightly frightened
Effervescent - active, positive and full of energy
Copious - in large amounts, more than enough
Nettlesome - annoying, and causing problems or difficulties
Puerile - behaving in a silly way, not like an adult

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Today I

  • Went grocery shopping at Co-Op!
  • Did a HIIT workout.
  • Transferred £5 to a friend since she paid for an Uber I took last night!
  • Watched 3 videos for “In the Studio,” a class made by the Museum of Modern Art.
  • Did a body conditioning workout!
  • My flight changed again so I had to update my calendar after checking my new itinerary.
  • Practiced some Russian!
  • Rewatched episode 1 of The Haunting of Hill House.

Tomorrow I will

  • Do some work for “In the Studio!”
  • Practice some German.
  • Continue making a list of items to pack for my trip back home to the States!
  • Continue purging items I don’t need to bring.
  • Work on my personal website!
  • Do a weight training workout.
  • Do an upper body workout!
  • FaceTime with a high school friend.
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Quick Grammar Class - The Past Perfect (Pluperfect)

I recently talked about the present perfect, so in today’s lesson we’re going to look at the past perfect simple, or the pluperfect. If you’re not confident with the present perfect simple, it would be a good idea for you to recap it before you try tackling this tense.


The past perfect is formed using the word had + past participle:

  • I had been (I’d been)
  • You had gone (you’d gone)
  • He had written (he’d written)
  • She had flown (she’d flown)
  • We had eaten (we’d eaten)
  • They had danced (they’d danced)

How Do We Use It?

The past perfect simple is used when talking about the past to describe an earlier moment in the past. It’s often used when telling stories and setting scenes.

Before we jump in, have a look at these sentences and identify the tenses we’re using:

  • I went to bed at 10pm last night, so I don’t understand why I’m so tired this morning.
  • She’s lost her keys, so she can’t get into her house.
  • We’ve eaten at that restaurant on several occasions.

In the first sentence, we have the past and present simple tenses. In the second we have the present perfect (used to explain a present situation) and the present. In the third, we have just the present perfect (because, at this point in time, we might at at that restaurant again).

If we wanted to put these sentences into the past - for example, if we were telling a story - we would change the present simple into the past simple and the past/present perfect simple into the past perfect simple:

  • I had gone to bed at 10pm the previous night, so I didn’t understand why I was so tired that morning.
  • She’d lost her keys, so she couldn’t get into her house.
  • We’d eaten at that restaurant on several occasions.

That’s our quick grammar for this week! Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to send me a few sentences of your own if you want feedback.

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Vietnamese Vowels

Vietnamese has 12 single vowels.

They are:

  • a - Pronounced as in the ‘a’ in 'psalm’ or 'farm’

Eg: Mang (Mah-ng)- to carry

  • ă - Pronounced as in the 'ou’ sound in 'cot’ or 'fought’

Eg: Ăn (An)- to eat

  • â - Pronounced as in the 'u’ fun ir 'o’ in 'done’

Eg: Cần (kùn)- to need

  • e- Pronounced as in the 'e’ as in 'lend’ or 'fend’

Eg: ném (nem)- to throw

  • ê- Pronounced as the 'ay’ in 'play’ or 'stay’

Eg: đến (dáyn)- to come

  • i- Pronounced as in the 'ee’ in 'seem’ or the 'ea’ in 'team’

Eg: Tim (teem)- heart

  • o- Pronounced as in 'aw’ in 'dawn’ or 'fawn’

Eg: (káw)- have

  • ơ- Pronounced as in the 'a’ in 'era’

Eg: chờ (chùh)- wait

  • ô- Pronounced like when you say 'oh’ or 'woah’

Eg: cổ (kỏh)- neck

  • u- Pronounced as in the 'oo’ in 'root’ or 'shoot’

Eg: ngủ (ngỏo)- sleep

  • ư- Pronounced as in the 'uh’ in 'huh’

Eg: rừng (rùhng)- forest

  • y- Same as the pronunciation of the vowel 'i’ like the 'ee’ in seem

Eg: Mỹ (Mēe)- America

Here’s a chart I found that might help:


I know this is a very lazy and effortless post but I was in a rush-

Next post about the Tamil writing system next week

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