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loverofallthingssmart · 7 months ago
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ready, set, ace! (2/?)
chapter one! | or read it all on ao3!
taglist (tell me if you'd like to be added!!): | @shellyseashell | @cadence-talle |
word count: 1148
warnings: none
not tennis terms but just in case you're lost:
amma: it means mom. like in SO many languages from india, i can't name them all so yeah. mom
kutti: (at least the way i'm raised with it) is a term of endearment? i guess but it basically translates to child and is used to call your daughters and sometimes your spouse in an informal way in like most south indian households? don't quote me on that but also don't google it because you get some weird results so..yeah just know it's a term of endearment for the girls (and for the boys its kutta)
notes: @kotlc2021collab chapter two of my fic :]
also this was supposed to technically be longer but it became too clunky so i split it into two instead <3
and now, the second chapter, under the cut! (or on ao3)
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“What do you mean, you’re playing in the School Championships???”
Biana shifts uneasily at the volume of her friend's incredulous statement.
“It’s what I said Sophie, thanks to Keefe’s stupid prank, the seniors are gone and now they're missing players for the female singles and so Headmistress Alina is taking junior tennis players to play. Which means me. Me and,”
She licks her lips, “ Me and Linh Song.”
Sophie’s eyes grow wider than Biana ever thought was possible. Her hands grip her satchel harder, and Biana knows she’s resisting the urge to pull her eyelashes.
“Linh Song?? The Linh Song? As in the Song twin you’ve been hopelessly pining for since 6th form??” She whispers furiously, her voice getting increasingly louder with every word.
Biana looks around the stairwell she’s dragged Sophie to after class ended.
“Keep your voice down, do you want the whole world to hear!? Yes okay? Yes! But what was I supposed to do, just refuse the chance to play the school championships?”
Sophie stares at her unamused.
“Okay fine maybe I did have a slight ulterior motive besides the school championships but can you blame me? The chance to talk to Linh was too high.”
“Ooh on a first name basis now are we?” Biana rolls her eyes at the sudden interruption.
Trust the resident troublemaker to find their hiding spot
“Keefe, don’t you even start, you’re the reason I’m in this in the first place.”
Biana glares at them while Sophie grumbles as Keefe balances his arm on her shoulder.
“So what I’m hearing is that you should be thanking me.” They grin.
Biana rolls her eyes in response. “Yeah whatever, I have to head to the practice room after school if I want at least a chance at the cup. See you later.”
“Don’t think I didn’t notice you avoided answering my question,” Keefe yells as he leaves.
Sophie turns towards the door but hesitates for a moment, scrunching their eyebrows worriedly.
“Make sure you don’t do anything you regret.”
Biana softens. She knew there was a reason Sophie is her best friend, despite the fact that they’re dating her brother. Did the concept of first come, first serve not apply to older brothers and dating rules?
“I will. Don’t worry. Now, go!” She shooes them away, and once they’re gone, reaches for her phone in her pocket.
Her fingers tap rapidly on the phone as she dials the number by memory.
“Come on mom, pick up,” Biana’s foot taps impatiently on the floor as she hears the dial tone ring.
“Hello?”
She laughs breathily in relief. Finally “He-Hey Amma.”
“Biana kutti, what happened? How are you? How’s school? Are Sophie and Keefe okay? Tell me everything that---”
“Is that Biana? Oh, Della, give me the phone. Hi Biana darling, how’s it going? Are you okay? Still kicking everyone’s butt at tennis?”
Biana smiles and takes a deep breath. She can always count on her moms to make her feel better.
“Y-yeah Livvy, um in fact there’s something I need to tell you about. It’s the reason why I actually called. I-I might be in the school championship.”
She rushes her words out, “Cause like, well long story short, because of Keefe’s prank, the seniors can’t compete and they need female tennis players and along with Linh Song, I'm their “best” one or really their only other option and so yeah..”
A slight pause.
“Biana that’s great! I’m so proud of you! You’re going to do great! Make sure you practice hard, okay?”
“Yeah, of course.” She smiles, weight off her shoulders. “Why wouldn’t I?”
“I’m just saying sometimes love just gets in the way of--” Love?
“Ohhkay,” Her mom takes the phone back from Livvy.
“Biana take care, you should probably go now, we’ll talk to you later hmm?”
“Okay, Amma. Talk to you later. Bye Livvy!”
The last thing she hears is a scuffle and Livvy complaining, “Come on Del, don’t tell me you don’t figure out our daughter’s crush on---” Click.
Biana stares at the home screen confused. She shakes her head and walks to hear voices in the front of the practice room. She turns and sees Linh and the school’s game master standing there and conversing.
Linh Song?? What’s she doing in this practice room??
She reaches them in time to catch the end of their conversation, “Ms. Song, I hope you don’t mind. Linh startles from gazing at Biana, who’s just arrived, and looks over at the teacher, distracted, a faint blush on her cheeks.
“What? Oh yes, yeah no no this is perfectly fine! No need to worry about me!” She smiles reassuringly while the game master lips quirk up, approvingly.
“Ah, yes Biana there you are,” The game master turns and looks at her,
“I hope you don’t mind, but we were hoping that you and Linh could share a practice room. It's tradition to help ensure friendly sportsmanship outside of the competition.”
Biana swallows. “Yup, perfect, couldn’t be better”
The game master nods to the both of them, and departs, leaving the both of them alone to practice.
Biana turns and faces Linh before she loses the nerve, the mantra of don't freak out, don't freak out, don't freak out, on repeat in her head.
“Um. Hey, Linh.” She holds her hands out in an awkward wave.
Linh smiles at her, all crooked teeth and dimpled cheeks. “Oh! Hi!” And fuck, Biana’s whipped.
She clears her throat and hopes she’s not sweating or blushing or doing anything that would reveal her crush the size of Jupiter.
When did her throat become so dry? You’re just asking her if she wants to go out and get ice cream. You know, as a friendly thing. Purely platonic. Just two girl pals having fun. Together.
“Right. Hi! I was wondering if you wanted to um. If you would like, of course, if you wanted to get ice cream? After! After practice I um, I could take you to my favorite little space, it’s owned by this wonderful woman and she has the best pineapple ice cream I've ever tried like seriously. It’s mouthwatering, I--Ahem. I mean, Would you like to go get ice cream with me after practice?”
please say yes please say yes PLEASE say yes.
Linh blinks once, absorbing all the information that Biana just unloaded onto her. Then she grins, all sunshine and smiles, “Yes!’
“Really? I mean, Oh! Great! I guess, I guess I’ll meet you after?”
“Yeah!”
“Great! Umm yeah, I’ll uh, I’ll meet you. Here. After practice.” She checks the clock on the side and takes a double-take.
“Haha, okay, sorry practice time now, I should go,” She jabs a thumb in the clock’s general vicinity.
“I’ll uh, I’ll meet you. Here. After practice?”
Linh doesn’t laugh outright, but Biana can hear the smile in her voice as she gets her racket from her sports bag.
“After practice,” Linh agrees.
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chekv · 3 months ago
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for the unfiltered opinion ask game: american film/tv interpretation of russian language/names/culture etc.
Oh boy (this is a good one Kraina!!) I could write a whole essay on this tbh, i’m sorry this is so long 💀
tl;dr: American media relies too deeply on cold war ideologies, and has a limited perception of Eastern Europe, Slavic People, and Russian people as well. It seems there had been no consultation on Russian culture in a lot of movies, and google translate was the translator used. (Yandex is better btw). Also, many of these depictions seem to not have an understanding of formal names/diminutives and the appropriate uses. I also mention a few examples.
below is read more with my more thorough (~820 word) opinion 😊
disclaimer: my perspective is that of someone who grew up in the USA, in a Ukrainian+Russian/Guatemalan household. My experience, of course, differs from those born/live in Russia and other Eastern European countries. My opinions do not reflect those of every Slavic and/or Russian Speaking person.
So for the most part, American media interpretations of Russian culture/language/etc are incorrect or misrepresented. It’s clear that folks are using Google Translate for their translations (they often seem clunky, or are just weird tbh). Also pronunciations of Russian and other Slavic names are mispronounced by characters who are supposed to be Slavic.
I have not seen or read Shadow and Bone but based on the posts I’m seeing Russians make about the name inaccuracies, my assumption is that Bardugo simply found the culture fascinating, did minimal research and regurgitated it. When watching American or British adaptations of Russian literature, the characters don’t seem Russian to me (i don’t know how to best iterate it); they’re just british people with mispronounced russian names and nice costumes. It’s clear that for many tv shows and movies, there was no consultation from any Russian speakers (lol the classic Jason Bourne russian gibberish).
Even today, in the 2020s, many representations of Slavic people & Eastern Europeans stem from Cold War ideologies that ‘Soviet People’ are the enemy and are a danger to the USA. Depictions of these groups of people are limited by the American perception that all Eastern Europeans are white, blue-eyed blondes. Additionally, there are SO MANY Russian-speaking American actors (both young and older) who could play Russian speakers. However, a trend I’ve noticed is that when Hollywood needs a Russian or Slavic protagonist they’ll cast an American or British actor, but when they need an antagonist they’ll cast someone of an adjacent ethnicity lmao. (Vera Farmiga was cast as a character who speaks Ukrainian, which was nice to see). A lot of the time when American/British actors play a Russian-coded character, the accent is a stereotype and the spoken Russian is something else haha (not only do they have a strong accent, but the cadence of the speech is off). Their whole character is about being scary and drinking vodka. (russian is such a beautiful language, yet Americans see it as aggressive idk) I could make a list of American movies/shows that have antagonized Eastern Europeans and Slavic people, but it’s long haha.
In Black Widow, the Russian accents were alright, and the spoken Russian wasn’t the worst I’ve heard (however there was one thing Alexei said and I’m still lost on it lol). Florence Pugh’s Russian accent when speaking English sounds like someone who spoke English as a kid, and not so much as a stereotype, I thought it was decent. And I appreciate that they spoke in a mixed English/Russian, because for me that’s how i speak on a daily basis with my family. (‘Otlichno/отлично, can we throw him out now?’ was good haha) It seems to me that when Natasha’s ‘family’ was a family unit, they mostly spoke in English, so it’s logical that they’d speak English together. Yelena is supposed to be Ukrainian rip Also why did they cast Olga Kurylenko, a native Russian speaker, and not have her speak Russian?? The fact that no one calls each other by a diminutive was strange to me (well except for Natasha, but everyone acts like that’s her formal name). There's a lot more, but this is getting long already.
The one positive depiction of a Russian character in American cinema that I can immediately think of is Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek movies (as played by Anton Yelchin). Anton was Russian Jewish American, and an actual Russian speaker. Is his Russian perfect? No; like me, he’s someone who grew up in the USA, but is very much from a Russian-speaking family. HOWEVER, because grew up within Russian culture, and within the language, he fully understands how a Russian accent (in English) is formed, and why Russian speakers may make certain mistakes when they speak English. He also attempted to translate Dostoevsky which deserves big respect. His accent is good for the most part (the v/w thing is an homage to Koenig's depiction of the character). To me, he’s at the very least a Russian-American character that I can see as a Russian. ALSO!! When he introduces himself, he says ‘my name is Chekov, Pavel Andreyevich sir’–this is important because he is stating his full name in a formal context where he is introducing himself to a superior officer. ‘Pavel Andreyevich’ is similar to saying ‘Mr. Chekov’. He's a normal person, who is respected by the crew and is depicted as being intelligent, capable, and at times heroic. His character meant a lot to me, especially when those movies first came out.
As someone who’s had to deal with xenophobia from childhood (alongside my family), because of negative, antagonist american depictions of Eastern Europeans and Latin Americans, I hope to one day see more positive/less stereotyped/less antagonized depictions of these groups. And for at least some research consultation to be done.
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fenrir-kin · a month ago
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20 Questions For Fanfic Writers
Thanks to @pendragyn for tagging me! Ok, other fanfic writers… @fishcustardandclintbarton @sometimesraven are the ones that pop to mind immediately but head empty no brain so if anybody else would like to join in, please do!
1. How many works do you have on AO3?
8, as it turns out! I have… not written much fic
2. What’s your total AO3 word count?
20,015
3. What are your top 5 fics by kudos?
That’s over half the fics I’ve written! You can have the one with the most kudos, The King Waits for No Man (Pirates of the Caribbean)
4. Have you ever received hate on a fic?
I don’t think so
5. Do you respond to comments? Why or why not?
I would LOVE to respond to comments but for some reason I don’t get notifications that anyone has commented – I have JUST NOW discovered THREE comments from fuckin JUNE that I had no idea about! I’m sorry! Your comments are so appreciated and I love when people comment!
6. What’s the fic you’ve written with the angstiest ending?
I haven’t written one with angsty endings, I prefer happy endings. The closest is The Dark Ritual, I guess?
7. What’s the fic you’ve written with the happiest ending?
Probably the King Waits for No Man again
8. Do you write crossovers?
Hm. I haven’t, but I probably could.
9. Do you write smut?
Yes and it’s very obvious that I’m ace when you read it (to me, anyway)
10. Have you ever had a fic stolen?
I’d better fucking not have
11. Have you ever had a fic translated? Or turned into podfic?
No but I’ve had an original piece recorded and uploaded to youtube, which was pretty cool (can I find it now? Can I FUCK)
12. Have you ever co-written a fic before?
Nope
13. What’s your all-time favorite relationship (doesn’t have to be romantic)?
Named, or dynamic? Because I love the strong woman and guy who drinks his respect women juice by the fuckin bucketful dynamic
Named, Probably the Warden and Alistair Therin from Dragon Age
14. What’s a WIP that you want to finish but don’t think you ever will?
Another smutfic, a BlackwallxLavellan slow burn that slots nicely into the above dynamic
15. What are your writing strengths?
Emotions! I can write what I’m feeling and I can make you feel it. If I teared up writing it, you’ll almost certainly tear up reading it.
16. What are your writing weaknesses?
Dialogue. It always feels clunky and awkward to me. I can do the bits around the dialogue! But the actual words… I struggle.
17. What are your thoughts on writing dialogue in other languages in a fic?
As long as you have the language right, go for it. Maybe provide a translation in the notes for non-fluent readers, or for fictional languages. If you just put it through Google translate… no. And absolutely do not mark a ‘foreign’ language with anything other than the standard speech marks.
18. What’s the first fandom you wrote for?
Dragon Age
19. What are your favorite tropes/scenarios to read or write?
I’m a sucker for a good slow burn smutfic, but also unrequited pining (that’s actually requited, they’re both just idiots) and found garbage family
20. What’s your favorite fic you’ve written?
Probably my Valheim one, actually! And I’ll almost certainly end up writing more when the new update happens in a couple of weeks :D
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fishylife · 6 months ago
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I was tagged by @thefeastandthefast to list 10 artists & 10 songs.
1) Eason Chan 陳奕迅 - Ambush from Ten Sides 十面埋伏 (The version in the music video cuts the ending short for some reason so here’s a lyric video for the “full” song.)
2) Clean Bandit - Dust Clears (Clean Bandit didn’t perform this song when I went to their concert but I’m not mad lol. They have catchier songs but this one was what made me interested in their music.)
3) Def - Runaway (I’m not sure what name he goes by now but Def/Defsoul is Got7′s JayB)
4) Justin Lo 側田 - Decisive battle of the second generation 決戰二世祖 (The NOSTALGIA. I was choosing between two Justin songs to link here but I think this one is a bit more unique compared to the rest of Cantopop. The MV stutters a bit so here’s a lyric video just in case. Also sorry for the clunky translation. I just translated it literally lol.)
5) Exo - Boomerang (SUPER catchy)
6) Lay 張藝興 - Bad (I listened to this for the first time like last week and it is a certified bop)
7) S.H.E - Electric Shock 觸電 (Another very nostalgic song for me lol)
8) Super Mario Galaxy OST - Gusty Garden Galaxy
9) Sam Lee 李聖傑 - 奈何 (I just gave up on translating this lol. 奈何 is kind of like “what can you do?” This song was on the Rise of Phoenixes OST and I think it fits the mood of the drama quite well.)
10) Anzen Chitai 安全地帯 - Kanashimi ni sayonara (My parents had an Anzen Chitai cassette and I used to listen to it in the car. Last year I finally managed to find the names of the songs on the cassette by going to Japanese wikipedia and googling each album to see which album cover was the same as the picture on the cassette XD)
Most of my playlist is pop as you can probably tell. Also I’ve been listening to a lot of Asian music lately.
Tagging @jonginnation, @paperlungs, @fwoopersongs, and whoever else wants to do this :3
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halstudandruz · a year ago
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Watch My Lips (NSFW)
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Pairing: Antonio Dawson x Reader
Requested: Yes
Prompt: Antonio steps up to teach the reader a few things
Warnings: Smut (18+), swearing
A/N: I took a small page out of the Peter and Gabby book (I really miss Mills) anyway I don’t in any shape or form speak Spanish so blame google translate if anything is wrong, what they’re saying will be in English in parenthesis after just in case.
“Dawson, we need you.” Hailey yelled coming out from the back. Looking up from his desk he gave Jay a questioning look, “he only speaks Spanish.” Upton explained. Antonio nodded closing his file before locking his gun up and following her back. You contemplated between continuing to work or going to watch your partner question the suspect for a few seconds before giving into yourself. Against your better judgment you saved your file on your computer getting up to walk back as well. Kim catching your arm as you passed her desk amused smirk covering her face,
“What?” You asked.
“Where are you going?” She wondered.
“Just going to watch.” You shrugged making her smile grow wider,
“And is there any particular reason you’re going to stand back there and listen to people talk in a language you don’t understand?” She raised an eyebrow at you making your face blush a deep shade of red shifting on your feet,
“Shut up!” You begged looking around to make sure nobody was watching, making her laugh loudly.
“Hey I ain’t here to judge just here to enjoy the show.” She winked, turning back to her computer. Sighing loudly you shoved her in the arm taking the steps to head back to the room opposite of Antonio.
So, Kim may have been your best friend and might have known about your crush on Antonio. Of course taking any opportunity to tease you about them as if she wasn’t doing the same things with Ruzek. Antonio was hot any day of the week, but add on him speaking a different language, being able to watch the way it rolls off his tongue, and the confidence he has while doing it, had you sweating, heat rising in your body.
“Hey.” Jay spoke coming up behind you, making you jump a mile as he laughed out loud. “Looking a little flustered there [Y/L/N].” He smirked.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about Halstead.” You huffed.
“Yeah, okay. You keep telling yourself that. You might want to pull yourself together before Voight comes in though.” Jay winked, an accusing smile on his face.
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You were a little zoned out heading back to the district later in the day. Antonio was talking your ear off, but your mind kept drifting. You were normally really good at keeping your thoughts and feelings at bay, but looking at him today for some reason caused a wetness to pool between your thighs. Could’ve been his new haircut, could’ve been the way his jeans fit him just right, or maybe the v-neck he was supporting that day because damn you weren’t sure how his arms even fit in it to be honest fighting the urge to reach out and squeeze them.
“Earth to [Y/N]?” Antonio cleared his throat making your eyes shoot up to meet his face immediately turning red.
“Yeah? Sorry what were you saying?” You swallowed, turning to look away from him.
“I’m just saying someone is going to have to learn Spanish before I retire.” Antonio pointed out.
“Yeah cause lord knows that’ll be sooner rather than later.” You teased, stealing a glance as his eyes focused on the road.
“Haha, very funny.” He shook his head hiding a chuckle, “I think you’re going to have to be the one to step up though,” he continued making you laugh,
“Yeah let’s pretend that would happen.” You rolled your eyes, but the smirk on his face never left making you suspect he wasn’t joking, “Antonio, no. I’m not taking a Spanish class.” You crossed your arms against your chest.
“You don’t have to, I'll teach you.” He shrugged, putting the car into park after reaching the district’s parking lot.
“Wouldn’t it just be easier to hire someone who speaks Spanish?” You raised an eyebrow at him.
“Yeah. Probably. This will be more fun though. Come over to my place at 7. I’ll even make you dinner.” He smiled getting out of the car.
“Antonio! I don’t-“ You started to protest before he closed his door cutting you off and heading back into the district without you. Sighing you followed him knowing it was going to be a long night ahead of you.
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“This is so a date.” Kim giggled helping you with your makeup.
“It is not!” You retorted for the thousandth time.
“No? Then why are you so concerned about how you look?” She questioned.
“Maybe cause I never get to look nice and for once I’d like to take advantage of it.” You shrugged knowing deep down she could see through you.
“Sure. Okay. We’ll go with that.” She nodded an obvious smirk on her face. “You’ll tell me how he is thought, right?” She continued after a few minutes, making you groan, covering your face with your hands.
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Walking up to Antonio’s door your heart was in your throat. This was nothing new, being at Antonio’s house. He was your partner and you were together regularly even outside the job, but knowing you were going to have to listen to him talk to you in Spanish all night while simultaneously keeping your composure already had your knees weak and your head doubting yourself.
Dinner was good. He had always been a good cook and you enjoyed watching him. You had talked mostly about work which wasn’t a surprise. Eva and Diego coming up frequently too as they were his pride and joy. Which you admired even more. You loved watching him with them even on the bad days the love you could see in his eyes was more than any words he could ever string together and that had you falling even deeper every time.
You were now seated on his couch nursing a glass of wine as he sipped a bottle of beer. Seated just close enough to him that your knee would slightly bump against his every so often.
“You know it’s really not that hard.” He teased.
“It’s your first language! I’d say the same thing about English.” You retorted.
“Do you know anything?” He chuckled, resting his arm against the back of the couch which caused his hand to land against your shoulder. Taking a deep breath you tried your best to ignore it before answering,
“Uh no not really. Just the real basic stuff we have to know. I didn’t even take it in high school. I took French.” You shrugged while taking a drink.
“Yeah? How’d that work out for you?” He asked, amused.
“I don’t remember any of that either anyway.” You chuckled. It started off simple naming things around his house. Following his lead.
An hour later your body was starting to heat up from the wine and listening to Antonio’s hidden accent come out even more prominently had a certain impact as well. So, whenever he started rolling his r’s you could hardly contain yourself wondering what it’d feel like against your own tongue.
“Come on try it again.” He laughed setting another empty beer bottle aside.
“Tonio, I can’t.” You whined setting your almost empty glass on the coffee table next to you.
“One more time. For me?” He smiled brightly at you as you huffed giving in. “Just start slow. Por favor (please).” He repeated and you could swear you heard a whine slip through your own mouth, breath starting to get heavier as you listened to his smooth words flawlessly falling out of his mouth. Taking a deep breath you tried again,
“Por favor.” But it ended as ungraceful and clunky as all the other times, making Antonio laugh loudly. “It’s not funny! I told you I couldn’t do this.” You frowned laying your hand on his knee.
“Alright just watch my lips.” He tapped his mouth, and he didn’t have to tell you twice. As if you hadn’t been already. Nodding you chewed at your bottom lip, inching just a little closer unintentionally. “Por fa-“ he started your lips cutting him off without a second thought. You didn’t remember leaning in, you didn’t remember your mind telling you to do it, but now your lips were tangled with his, hands fisted into his shirt. Antonio didn’t move, didn’t react to your lips on his. Which had you pulling back, your mind catching up to what you were doing.
“Oh, god. I’m so sorry.” You begin to apologize, backing away from him, going to stand up in a rush, panic beginning to set in as you realized what you did. Before he grabbed your wrist pulling you back down to him, but this time closer.
“You sure?” He asked.
“Am I sure about being sorry? Yes, I di-“ But he cut in.
“I don’t believe you.” He smirked one hand landing on your waist, the other on your neck. You gulped not saying anything making him smile and lean into you this time. You gladly welcomed the feeling of his lips on yours again this time relaxing into it. Noticing how he smelled even better this close, how soft his lips were, and how smooth his hair felt as you threaded your fingers through it pulling him impossibly close. He picked you up, sliding you into his lap effortlessly. Pulling back to get a breath before moving to your neck.
“Antonio. Are y-oh,” you moaned feeling him nip behind your ear trying to compose yourself as you continued, hands grasping at sleeves of his shirt, “are you sure about this?” You eventually got out between a few deep breaths and whines. Antonio kissed your shoulder gently before leaning back to look at you, hands resting on your hips.
“Completely. Are you?” He answered.
“If you think you can keep up, old man.” You teased. Laughing he pulled you back to him, tongue immediately sneaking into your mouth, beer taste still existent, but you couldn’t have cared less, hands slipping under his shirt to feel his stomach and you were pleasantly surprised at the hardness. Curious now to see what was underneath up close you tugged at his shirt breaking to pull it over his head when he lifted his arms. Throwing it to the side, hands returning to his abdomen to admire his broad shoulders and perfect chest. “Oh hell yes.” You gaped causing him to chuckle below you.
“What are you thinking?” He asked as you traced your fingers over his scars, leaning down to answer,
“Lots of bad, bad things.” You replied nipping at his ear lobe which earned you a growl from grinding against him at the same time. He moved to pull your tank top off leaning down to leave gentle kisses across the neckline of your bra once it was tossed to the floor. Slowly unclipping it behind you and letting it fall between the two of you. Watching his eyes roam over your body had you immediately self conscious which he sensed.
“Hermosa.” He whispered, hands moving up your body.
“What’s that mean?” You asked.
“Beautiful.” He smiled, taking your breasts into his hands, moving his thumbs over your nipples as you sighed loudly. Closing your eyes tight when his mouth attached to one. Trying to keep from making too many sounds so early on you bit your lip feeling his fingertips digging into your hips encouraging you to move against him again. Gladly you moved your hips teasingly slow against the stiff cock pushing evidently against his jeans earning you a hard bite on your chest that without a doubt would leave a mark. “You want to tease now?” He looked up at you, cockiness in his voice, lips swollen from yours. Lip still trapped between your teeth you nodding looking down at him to see the lust in his eyes grow by the second. “You know I’m not stupid, right?” He chuckled moving to unbutton your jeans, “I could feel your eyes on me all day baby. Even in the two-way glass. I couldn’t see you, but I knew you were watching me.” He leaned up to kiss you reaching his hands under your thighs to pick you up and move you to his bed. Laying you down gently when he reached the edge, “Admit it, [Y/N]. Tell me I’m not wrong.” He pushed one hand holding himself up as the other cupped your face looking down at you.
“You’re not wrong.” You admitted flattening your palms against his chest and slowly moving them down. “I couldn’t keep my eyes off you no matter how hard I tried.” You swallowed hard one hand moving to cup him and push against his jeans making him gasp eyes closing tight for a second as he pushed against your hand.
“I wanted to take you in that car today. So bad. Feeling your eyes all over me. Trying to be inconspicuous. I’ve wanted to do this for so long, [Y/N].” He confessed rubbing a thumb against your cheek staring hard at you.
“Me too.” You agreed smiling up at him.
“That’s all I needed.” He smiled back giving you a quick kiss before leaning up to slide your jeans and panties down your legs, humming in satisfaction when he leaned up to look over you, “you’re even more gorgeous than I imagined every night.” He winked, kneeling down landing on his knees before pulling you closer to the edge of the bed moving your legs so they rested on his shoulders. He kissed from your ankle to the top of your thigh before stopping and moving to the other leg leaving sloppy kisses and bite marks along the way of each. No doubt purposely avoiding where you needed him most. You could feel yourself growing wetter every second at the anticipation, starting to drip onto your thighs absolutely in awe at the sight of a shirtless Antonio in between your legs.
“Antonio...come on, please.” You whined wiggling closer to his face and feeling the huff of his laugh hit your core causing you to buck your hips unintentionally.
“That’s not what I taught you.” He teased leaving tiny kisses closer and closer to your center.
“Baby..” You huffed running your fingers against his hair.
“Just like I taught you, princesa (princess) and I’ll make you feel so good. I promise.” He bargained moving his hands to hold your hips down.
“Antonio...” you cried before seeing he wasn’t gonna give in sighing you tried, “Por favor.” coming out better than before but still not perfect.
“Good girl. I don’t think you’ve ever been sexier.” He winked before moving his mouth to connect with your core, a moan immediately escaping you as your head fell back. If you thought he was good with his tongue before you had absolutely no idea. It took mere minutes for you to be a moaning mess shoving his face deeper into you and thank god he had your hips pinned down or the man wouldn’t have been able to breathe.
“Yes baby that feels fucking incredible.” You croaked. Your head was swimming as his tongue covered every inch of your pussy in the most amazing way possible. Summoning all of your strength to push him away seconds before you came. You watched as he backed away using his shoulder to wipe his mouth off leaving it glistening as he came back to his feet. Leaning down again to kiss you,
“Sorry I was too close.” You apologized once you broke apart.
“That was the goal.” He joked kissing your cheek and standing back up to undo his belt stepping out of his jeans and boxers and kicking them to the side. Whistling you moved up the bed some pulling him back down on top of you catching him by surprise.
“Ugh. Careful love.” He laughed adjusting himself.
“What? Am I gonna hurt you or something?” You teased moving your hand down to wrap around his shaft. Pleasantly surprised to find how thick it was in your hand.
“Yeah you wish.” He groaned when you started moving your hand. “Fuck.” He cursed.
“What?” You asked.
“I don’t have condoms.” He sighed, closing his eyes as you started to speed up your hand.
“What? You didn’t plan for this?” You joked.
“Maybe in my dreams.” He smirked thrusting into your palm.
“I’m on birth control. So as long as you're clean...” You trailed off letting go of him to lick the precum that had leaked out onto your hand.
“Of course I am.” He looked down at you in disbelief.
“Hey, shit happens.” You shrugged.
“You think the hottest detective in the city wouldn’t be a little careful about who they jump into bed with?” He joked.
“Well you know Halstead isn’t always the brightest.” You shot back.
“Very funny.” He rolled his eyes. You shrugged, grabbing ahold of him again and guiding him to your entrance wrapping your legs around his waist to pull him in closer., shivering at the feel of his cock rubbing against your clit for the first time. Using the tip of his cock to your advantage you moved it through the lips of your pussy adoring the way his dick slid perfectly between them, mouth parted soft sighs escaping every time the head brushed against your clit. Enjoying every second before you had enough of your own teasing moving your hips up to let him slide in, “Tell me one more time.” He looked down at you nervously.
“I want you, Antonio.” You reassured him. Sighing in relief his palms landed on each side of your face before he started to push himself in. Breathing through the slight sting your nails dug into his back pulling him closer. Enjoying the pain more than you ever had in your life. Each inch clenching him even deeper. He wanted nothing more than to thrust into you as hard as he could but he talked himself through his impulses stopping every few seconds for you to adjust until he finally bottomed out. Breaths heaving in your ear. He started slow obviously trying to keep his control, only pulling out slightly before pushing in. Just worried about loosening you up first or he was going to lose it before it even started, but as you started to feel the pleasure taking over it started to get agonizing, never having felt so full in your life, just wanting to feel him pound into you already. You had never been so happy to be on birth control giving you the ability to feel every throb, every twitch, every inch of his dick inside of you and that thought had you moaning out loud.
“Oh my god, baby.” He groaned against your neck at the sound and feeling of you.
“Come on handsome. I’m ready. Give it to me.” You encouraged holding his face in your hands. He moaned louder at your words, closing his eyes to avoid looking at you as he started to move faster and with each thrust the more you both lost yourselves in each other. In no time Antonio rested one of your legs on his shoulder giving him even deeper access than you ever thought possible, filling you to the absolute brim. His groans and sounds from his thighs hitting yours filled the room with each thrust making it even hotter. Shuddering his hips forward caused you to scream, hitting your sweet spot dead on. With his free hand he captured your wrists holding them tight above your head. You couldn’t believe the pleasure that was coursing through you was even possible before he leaned down capturing a nipple in his mouth and you swore you blacked out for a second screaming Antonio’s name. “Nobody has ever fucked me like this baby. You’re mouth, your tongue, your cock my god. You love making me scream from it all don’t you?” You got out between a series of moans. Antonio couldn’t answer you fully only able to get out a loud,
“Fuck, [Y/N].” You could tell he was close. From his sloppy thrusts and his moans to his cock starting to throb in you. You were close too right on the edge ready to fall any second. Moving your eyes up from where you two were connected up his body that was glistening from sweat rolling down from his chest, to his face where his mouth hung open groans and curse words flowing from it without shame and when you met his own eyes completely full of lust staring down at you that was the end. Stars clouding your vision as your eyes closed tightly, mouth falling open in a silent scream, hips bucking up, and thighs tightening around different spots of Antonio. You came back just in time to feel Antonio’s cock twitch, his body stiffening, nails digging into your wrists, and head falling into your shoulder muffling a moan that would’ve been sure to wake up the whole neighborhood as he spilled himself into you completely. Eventually the room was silent besides your heavy breaths. Antonio eventually pulling out slowly and rolling off you. No words were spoken or movements made for a few minutes until you decided to break the silence.
“Every night huh?” You smirked turning on your side towards him making him chuckle.
“Maybe not every night.” He smiled pulling you to his chest.
“But close to?” You continued.
“Damn near.” He kissed the top of your head.
“I might have to send you some material then.” You looked up at him wiggling your eyebrows.
“Cannot say I’d be opposed to that.” He kissed you gently before standing up and walking into his bathroom carrying a cloth and water with him when he returned handing you the glass and nudging your legs apart to clean you.
“Well aren’t you a gentleman.” You took a drink before setting it on the night stand.
“I made the mess might as well clean it up I guess.” He shrugged kissing the inside of your knee as he did, before laying back down beside you gladly letting you cuddle back into him.
“You know that was like really incredible right?” You laughed looking up at him.
“Yeah? Not so bad for an old man huh?” He smirked.
“Yeah...young enough for round 2 yet?” You joked kissing at his chest squeezing his biceps.
“Only one way to find out I guess.” He lifted you back into his lap pulling you towards his lips. Later that night you would be sure to send Kim plenty of thumbs-up emojis (and maybe a few eggplants.)
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aqvarius · a year ago
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HLITF: This is not the Story of your First Night: Soma  - otona love - chapter 2 summary/translation
so i decided to spend the 700pt to buy all 6 chapters of this lol. my love for soma crosses all boundaries and languages and i decided i will get through this no matter how long it takes me. i find it kind of hard to translate sometimes because i have to figure out a lot of context re: pronouns/who’s doing what and also there’s a lot of like ‘vague’/euphemistic language when it comes to some of the more graphic bits haha. also i’m swapping into a primarily second person format because writing about “them” makes me feel weirdly voyeuristic (and somehow writing about “you” is less voyeuristic? makes no sense but i like it more lmao).
i’ve chosen to title this as “this is not the story of your first night” and have gone back and retitled the first chapter post which you can find here. 
i’m thinking of shortening it to “not your first night” but please let me know if there’s a less clunky title that would work.
anyway i’m going to put this under a cut because it is really image heavy! this is a looong chapter and i ended up taking a lot more screenshots because there were so many moments i wanted to showcase. 
click below to read my summary/translation of chapter 2!
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soma: “i’ve been looking forward to this day with you”
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anyway i just had to share how google decided to translate this next slide bc i’m screaming it’s so funny. 
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this is the original slide, which i think is basically saying: smiling as he’s about to make me cum with his fingers, kyokan [the instructor] casually/nonchalantly puts on a condom (😲)
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you think, “i was hoping that this day would come too”
((alskdjflsdj they are SO CUTE together))
anyway you get really nervous and there’s a heartbeat sfx which is so funny because there has been no music in this story but there’s suddenly this loud thumping noise. 
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“with a whisper [of my name], kyokan slowly sinks himself onto me”
i think this means he’s lowering his weight onto you, sinking onto, rather than into - you at this point.
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you moan his ‘name’ (kyokan/instructor) and in response he slowly but firmly spreads your legs and then sinks deeper onto you. 
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“ah... instructor’s ..... is getting really hard”
he rubs against your entrance* and your heart is pounding again. also the heartbeat sfx comes back lol. 
*i don’t really know how to translate this part because it seems to be a really evasive way of talking about like “receiving parts” if i’m reading it correctly lol
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“n-not there...!”
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“his hard, hot tip touched my sensitive bead, my body trembled” 
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soma: “does it feel good here?”
((of course it does!!!!!! you know it does!!!!))
you respond affirmatively, and he says:
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“harder? or more gentle?”
kyokan you are SUCH A TEASE!! omg i can’t believe this is all happening on the very night he confesses ahhhh. no wonder everyone always says soma is good with women laskjdfla
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he tells you not to lose energy this time lol. your sensitive parts are being stimulated and your breaths become shallow... his hot mass, coated in your nectar, slowly enters you. quietly, gently and caringly... he gradually goes deeper and deeper.
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“aah... i can feel kyokan’s heat in the core of my body...”
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soma: “does it hurt?” 
he is such a gentleman i’m swooning~
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so anyway you say you’re okay so he says he’ll give you a little more (!!) can’t believe he’s saying that with that smile ugh my heart can’t take it.
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you moan in response and in contrast to your soft voice, his cock [they call it his “that” lmao] powerfully pushes even deeper inside you. 
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“sugoi.... it’s so deep....”  
i think that deep down we all knew this, but it’s official that soma is packing lol.
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“finally, with the instructor... i’m one with my beloved instructor soma...”
“my heart is feeling as full as my body is feeling pleasure”
this is all so steamy but these two lines made me so emotional~~~ ((they’re so in love ahaslfkjsl my heart can’t take it)) i can’t quite yet figure out how to phrase that second line in as pretty of a way, but basically it’s saying that your heart is feeling full to the same extent as your body is feeling pleasure. 
you both moan each other’s names and you wrap your arms around his back and you’re being embraced, holding on tight to him, and he holds you tightly in return. feeling his pulsing heartbeat, you instinctively become happy. by the way there’s also this random rustling sheets sfx that sometimes pops up that i also find really funny. 
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“the instructor’s thrusts gradually speed up to the rate of his heartbeat.”
you start moaning more and he asks:
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soma: “too fast?”
you just respond in moans like “nn, ahh” lol, so he asks you again if it hurts, and then his movement slows because he’s worried that you haven’t answered him.
something that i’m learning about soma (as if i didn’t already know) is that he’s always checking in with you. in this case it’s because it’s your first time together but it’s something that he always seems to do and he loves teasing you so i wonder if in the later cases it’s more like light 言葉責め (verbal humiliation?) lol.
you respond no (that it doesn’t hurt) and he says
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 soma: “sorry, i don’t mean to be rough-”
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but you’re like “no!! don’t stop yet...!” ((she’s having such a good time lmao)) but you can’t say it so you just bite your lip and shake your head
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soma: “so it’s like that, is it?”
he’s guessed what you mean and starts thrusting rhythmically again. his long hair sways with each movement of his hips, making your skin tingle even more.
you feel embarrassed that you want him so badly right from the start, but even though you’re embarrassed, you can’t escape the pleasure dominating your entire body. in fact, you want even more. you don’t want him to see your lustful face so you cover your face with your hands, but soma takes your hands and laces your fingers with his. 
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soma: “show me the face you make when you feel me”
((!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can’t handle this, i had to take a short break bc my heart is about to explode)) 
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you note that you’re still unaccustomed to this instructor who refers to himself as “俺”** in bed, and then once again he pushes deep into you. 
**俺 (ore) is a more informal/manly way of saying “I”. soma normally uses keigo/polite language when he talks so he tends to refer to himself with 私 (watashi) but when he’s in bed his speech pattern and language changes to be more aggressive/manly.
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this is just soma panting/moaning but i love his blush sprite and i always include it wherever i can lol.
anyway, you have a glorious orgasm (which i was too lazy/noob to translate properly) and that concludes the flashback. ((also i'm probably wrong but i feel like the text implies that it’s her first, which means that sex with the ex hajime was... not that great lmao?))
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the music comes back now as we return to the present which is nice haha. you reminisce that soma wasn’t as mean/teasing as he is now ((lmao!!!! i knew it)) and feel nostalgic thinking back to your first night. 
you were so embarrassed at him asking you all those questions, but that’s just soma’s kindness.... or so it should be. with that, you get out of bed, reminding yourself that soma is always kind, and go to the bathroom to wash away the remnants of last night ... 
anyway i thought that was the end of this chapter bc i’ve literally been sitting here translating for ages BUT IT’S NOT. 
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kurosawa: “nooo~ S [sadism] is sugoi desu ne...!”
it’s jarring to go from super steamy and emotional reminiscing about your first time with soma to suddenly kurosawa lmao. i also finally figured out that the ‘present’ (i.e. not the flashback) is set after graduation when you are already working as a full fledged public safety detective. anyway he tells you that he went to an SM bar yesterday and he was blown away by how amazing S is. only then do you realise what he means by S. 
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kurosawa says that the most amazing thing is that their kotobazeme (verbal abuse/humiliation) is no joke. 
i just want to interlude here and say that i wrote this entirely summary completely chronologically and never went back to add anything retroactively and yet i was already talking about soma’s kotobazeme ages ago (and how on their first night he was probably genuinely checking in to make sure she was okay but now probably does it to tease her). i know my man so well lol 
anyway, toru tries to give you an example of kotobazeme and gets all up close and is about to whisper in your ear and then ishigami is like “that’s enough”. 
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ayumu: “any more than that and it’ll be sexual harassment” 
soma: “that’s right”
seeing my #1 and #2 faves together is giving me palpitations. 
luckily, kurosawa backs off but then he says that ishigami is good at it (verbal abuse) ... and so is shusuke... and goto... 
goto interrupts him and says “shut up” which immediately proves toru’s point lol. there’s some banter between goto and soma vs toru which i’m too tired to translate bc it’s 2am and i’ve been doing this for hours but anyway goto grabs him by the neck and drags him off. 
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you’re left wondering if the public safety division are all like the S types you get in SM bars... and that includes “shusuke-san” too. you ruminate on the word “kotobazeme” and then the next line is maybe my favourite line in the entire chapter script:
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“no way... do we naturally do SM play now?!” 
BECAUSE HE’S ALWAYS TEASING HER AND EMBARRASSING HER VERBALLY IN BED!!!!! I KNEW IT LMAO AND IT’S ACTUALLY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT SOMA 
just as you’re realising this, you feel a tap on the shoulder. smiling as you turn around, you get a chill down your spine as you are faced with a slightly chilly 菩薩顔 bosatsu face. i have no idea how to translate this lol it’s like a buddhist thing. i guess it would be that really like... serene face?
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soma: “we’re not like that”
he whispers in your ear and..... that’s the end of chapter 2.
wow that was a RIDE. i really hope you enjoyed this super long and fangirly/low quality summary! i really loved this chapter because we get to see that first night where soma was so sweet and caring and loving (although still a bit of a tease), but also we know the theme of this story which is about soma’s verbal humiliation which i’m sure you all know i just adore. and we also get to see some of soma’s moves in bed haha. i’m hoping that in the future chapters we’re going to get some more kotobazeme from soma which i’m so excited for lfakjsdlk what kinds of dirty things is he going to say!! and more importantly, what kinds of embarrassing things is he going to make YOU say?
ANYWAY this took me hours to do this lol and it’s 3am now and i’m so excited to post this and get some sleep. please reblog/like if you enjoyed. furthermore, i’ve set up a ko-fi page here and would be incredibly grateful if you would like to support me for translations and being able to purchase more routes to summarise in english! there’s one where kazuomi from masquerade kiss watches you masturbating which i really want to read and summarise/translate if i have the time/energy. 
click here for chapter 3
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becca-becky · 2 years ago
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Pre-Valdangelo hc: Leo tried learning Italian whenever he had time so he could impress Nico. He got it really well but he didn't tell Nico he learned Italian so it could be a surprise. So, Leo picked up on whatever Nico muttered Italian.
And one day, Leo's rambling on about some new inventions he was blue printing in a mix of English and Spanish. Nico just kept staring at him fondly and muttered not-so-quietly in Italian, "Dii, sei così carino," [Gods, you're so cute]
Leo stopped and stayed quiet. He felt his face flush. "Scusa, cos'hai detto?" [Sorry, what did you say?]
"U-uh, I- um-"
"Awww, Di Angelo, pensi che io sia carino?" [Awww, Di Angelo, you think I'm cute?]
"N-no, well, sì, però-"
"Beh, se pensi che io sia carino, non penso di esserti guardato allo specchio, signor Di Angelo," [Well, if you think I'm cute, I don't think you've looked in a mirror yourself, Mr. Di Angelo]
Nico stuttered and stammered, his face burning a ruby red.
Piper walked up to their table at the Mess Hall. Her eyes looked ti Nico then back at Leo. "You broke The Ghost King, Valdez,"
Leo just smiled softly at his stuttering crush, "Sì, ma sembra adorabile quando è così, no?" [Yeah, but he looks pretty adorable when he's like that, no?]
Nico turned even more red.
(Btw this is all from google translate, I don't actually know Italian. If you're an Italian speaker and you find that the parts of the scene that is in Italian to be clunky or not grammatically correct at all, now you know)
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premiumfreegrammarly · 9 months ago
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Grammarly vs The opposition
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Like Grammarly, they're full-on grammar, punctuation and spell checkers.
How do they compare to Grammarly? Are they a feasible alternative? Is there a clear winner in terms of robot grammar checking?
Let’s discover.
Note: I am a top class subscriber to Grammarly, but I used the loose variations of ProWritingAid, Ginger and WhiteSmoke for this review article. The unfastened versions premium free grammarly gave me a brilliant experience as to how they work however my view in their top class capabilities is based totally on what they're designed to do, in place of how I surely skilled them.
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In different phrases, you may’t blindly trust Grammarly to get it proper.
Grammarly isn’t a technically perfect grammar checker. It picks up simple errors and typos nearly flawlessly, but whilst things get nuanced, it can throw up a few difficult and wrong guidelines.
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A search marketer’s view of Facebook’s advertising platform
I’ve been doing some work recently for a non-profit working on hurricane relief in Texas, TeamRubiconUSA. I consider myself mostly a paid search guy, but amidst a pretty chaotic week, I’ve found myself helping out running paid social campaigns on a variety of platforms, including Facebook Ads. As the old saying goes, “When the enemy comes over the hill, even the cook picks up a rifle.”
This has been a golden opportunity to take some notes from the perspective of a paid search guy who’s been thrown into the world of paid social. If the Facebook Ads team is listening, here are some thoughts about various annoyances — all of which, if solved, would translate directly to more rapid campaign creation, not to mention money spent by Facebook advertisers.
So, with no further ado, here are my initial reactions to being immersed in the various Facebook Ads interfaces.
Cloning posts, for separate tracking purposes, is quite tedious
You really can’t easily clone an existing organic post and use the clone in a paid campaign. You can boost a post, sure, but then any UTM tagging that you built into the URLs in the post will remain, tracking (and miscrediting) the organic and paid versions! Not helpful. Really, you need a separate version of the post with “utm_medum=paid-social” (or whatever your preference is) in the tracking code for the Website URL.
Another approach I dug into was creating a “dark” (unpublished) post; but when you do this, although the GUI explicitly promises that you’ll be able to edit the title and description later when you turn it into an ad, this does not appear to be the case.
So apparently, if you want full control over the post, you need to create a second version of the post via the “Creative Hub” feature. This is painful because first, you have to hand-duplicate every element of the post into a new “mock-up,” then you have to go through a clunky process to import the mock-up into your ad account before you’re able to select it in Power Editor when you create the actual ad based on it.
This is all extremely tedious. How about just letting me clone an existing post into an ad? Then I could just edit and change the tracking code — easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Inaction seems to be the default, not action
What’s with all this “Confirming” stuff? There are Campaigns, Ad Sets and Ads. Why, when I create something, does it often seem to just sit there with an inactive status? That is, until I realize I have to click on the little up arrow next to it, then review and confirm its “Status” change in a dialog box that tells me almost nothing other than that there was a status change — a change, in fact, that I initiated, so I darn well know about its existence already!
In AdWords, once you create an ad, unless you select “pause,” it just runs! Why all this confirming? It’s a barrier to spending. I put up several ads at one point and had no idea they weren’t running for a number of hours. Not acceptable.
My suggestion to the Facebook Ads team would be this: Just put in a “pause” toggle at every level, in the creation process, right before people finish creating an object, then let them un-toggle it later if they want to make it a draft before they save it. Then, have the default be for all objects to be “Active.”
Isn’t it time to discard the stone knives and bearskins?
Advertisers who use Facebook Ads are stuck in the early 2000s concept of tagging every little thing about every link — this, in contrast to AdWords, where it all happens automatically with “Auto-Tagging.”
It’s incredibly hard to believe that Facebook has not yet bought a website analytics company, integrated it with Facebook Ads and created an ID that tracks 50 things about the click, which can then be shared automatically between Facebook Ads and the analytics service. Wait, you say… they have! Well, at least, apparently they’ve had a “Facebook Analytics” product for quite some time now. (The fact I did not even know this until today, doing some background research for this article, is a whole other problem. Why are they not marketing this heavily?) At any rate, Facebook Analytics does not appear to have an auto-tagging feature.
When I described to TeamRubiconUSA’s CMO, Trip Henderson (a veteran marketer who did a lot of Display Network stuff himself back in the day), what I was doing to tag campaigns and creatives, his reaction was, “Wow… I would have thought they would have solved all that by now.”
Yes, exactly. What are they waiting for? This is the most obvious strategy in the world, and it would make marketers’ lives much easier by eliminating all of that odious UTM tagging work. Not to mention, Facebook is tolerating Google Analytics being the primary means by which most marketers analyze results across all their online marketing channels? If I were in charge of Facebook strategy and product management, heads would be rolling every day of the week until that feature came out.
Being forced to use UTM tagging for tracking is akin to Spock trying to get his tricorder to play back with 20th-century technology. It can be done, but what a hassle — tagging is a major pain point for Facebook advertisers.
There are a few third-party products that provide auto-tagging capability for Facebook Ads, but this is a feature that clearly should be in Facebook’s wheelhouse.
How about some real placement reports?
I was amazed some time ago to find that Facebook Ads’ reporting does not give detailed breakouts of performance by site (or “placements,” the standard industry parlance).
Sorry, breaking out performance in the way that Facebook Ads does, by channel (Facebook, Facebook Audience Network, Mobile vs. Desktop) is not a real placement report. That’s a deceptive name; it should, more properly, be called a channel/device report.
How about actually telling advertisers what sites the ads run on, in a real placement report that lists the actual placements? Hello, it’s 2017… brand protection… anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
While it’s laudable that one can now at least load a block list of domains (once your CEO has called you to ask you why your ads are running on some crazy site, which is always a wonderful experience for a junior marketer to go through), how about showing specific sites in a real placement report, just like the entire rest of the display industry has been doing for over a decade, so the junior marketer can get ahead of the curve?
I’m not talking asking for site targeting (which would be great, too, don’t get me wrong)… but can I at least understand where my ads are showing? Seems a reasonable ask!
Conclusion
I have to say, these annoyances aside, Facebook’s targeting is truly amazing. I’ve been doing a lot with it, but I still feel like I’m just scratching the surface. The fact that I’ve been able to figure it out at all, get our campaigns tagged and track everything in Google Analytics and evaluate campaigns beyond simple engagement metrics is a testament to how much Facebook has gotten right with this platform. Generally, the usability is pretty good; I just hope the Facebook Ads team continues to evolve and improve it!
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A search marketer’s view of Facebook’s advertising platform
I’ve been doing some work recently for a non-profit working on hurricane relief in Texas, TeamRubiconUSA. I consider myself mostly a paid search guy, but amidst a pretty chaotic week, I’ve found myself helping out running paid social campaigns on a variety of platforms, including Facebook Ads. As the old saying goes, “When the enemy comes over the hill, even the cook picks up a rifle.”
This has been a golden opportunity to take some notes from the perspective of a paid search guy who’s been thrown into the world of paid social. If the Facebook Ads team is listening, here are some thoughts about various annoyances — all of which, if solved, would translate directly to more rapid campaign creation, not to mention money spent by Facebook advertisers.
So, with no further ado, here are my initial reactions to being immersed in the various Facebook Ads interfaces.
Cloning posts, for separate tracking purposes, is quite tedious
You really can’t easily clone an existing organic post and use the clone in a paid campaign. You can boost a post, sure, but then any UTM tagging that you built into the URLs in the post will remain, tracking (and miscrediting) the organic and paid versions! Not helpful. Really, you need a separate version of the post with “utm_medum=paid-social” (or whatever your preference is) in the tracking code for the Website URL.
Another approach I dug into was creating a “dark” (unpublished) post; but when you do this, although the GUI explicitly promises that you’ll be able to edit the title and description later when you turn it into an ad, this does not appear to be the case.
So apparently, if you want full control over the post, you need to create a second version of the post via the “Creative Hub” feature. This is painful because first, you have to hand-duplicate every element of the post into a new “mock-up,” then you have to go through a clunky process to import the mock-up into your ad account before you’re able to select it in Power Editor when you create the actual ad based on it.
This is all extremely tedious. How about just letting me clone an existing post into an ad? Then I could just edit and change the tracking code — easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Inaction seems to be the default, not action
What’s with all this “Confirming” stuff? There are Campaigns, Ad Sets and Ads. Why, when I create something, does it often seem to just sit there with an inactive status? That is, until I realize I have to click on the little up arrow next to it, then review and confirm its “Status” change in a dialog box that tells me almost nothing other than that there was a status change — a change, in fact, that I initiated, so I darn well know about its existence already!
In AdWords, once you create an ad, unless you select “pause,” it just runs! Why all this confirming? It’s a barrier to spending. I put up several ads at one point and had no idea they weren’t running for a number of hours. Not acceptable.
My suggestion to the Facebook Ads team would be this: Just put in a “pause” toggle at every level, in the creation process, right before people finish creating an object, then let them un-toggle it later if they want to make it a draft before they save it. Then, have the default be for all objects to be “Active.”
Isn’t it time to discard the stone knives and bearskins?
Advertisers who use Facebook Ads are stuck in the early 2000s concept of tagging every little thing about every link — this, in contrast to AdWords, where it all happens automatically with “Auto-Tagging.”
It’s incredibly hard to believe that Facebook has not yet bought a website analytics company, integrated it with Facebook Ads and created an ID that tracks 50 things about the click, which can then be shared automatically between Facebook Ads and the analytics service. Wait, you say… they have! Well, at least, apparently they’ve had a “Facebook Analytics” product for quite some time now. (The fact I did not even know this until today, doing some background research for this article, is a whole other problem. Why are they not marketing this heavily?) At any rate, Facebook Analytics does not appear to have an auto-tagging feature.
When I described to TeamRubiconUSA’s CMO, Trip Henderson (a veteran marketer who did a lot of Display Network stuff himself back in the day), what I was doing to tag campaigns and creatives, his reaction was, “Wow… I would have thought they would have solved all that by now.”
Yes, exactly. What are they waiting for? This is the most obvious strategy in the world, and it would make marketers’ lives much easier by eliminating all of that odious UTM tagging work. Not to mention, Facebook is tolerating Google Analytics being the primary means by which most marketers analyze results across all their online marketing channels? If I were in charge of Facebook strategy and product management, heads would be rolling every day of the week until that feature came out.
Being forced to use UTM tagging for tracking is akin to Spock trying to get his tricorder to play back with 20th-century technology. It can be done, but what a hassle — tagging is a major pain point for Facebook advertisers.
There are a few third-party products that provide auto-tagging capability for Facebook Ads, but this is a feature that clearly should be in Facebook’s wheelhouse.
How about some real placement reports?
I was amazed some time ago to find that Facebook Ads’ reporting does not give detailed breakouts of performance by site (or “placements,” the standard industry parlance).
Sorry, breaking out performance in the way that Facebook Ads does, by channel (Facebook, Facebook Audience Network, Mobile vs. Desktop) is not a real placement report. That’s a deceptive name; it should, more properly, be called a channel/device report.
How about actually telling advertisers what sites the ads run on, in a real placement report that lists the actual placements? Hello, it’s 2017… brand protection… anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
While it’s laudable that one can now at least load a block list of domains (once your CEO has called you to ask you why your ads are running on some crazy site, which is always a wonderful experience for a junior marketer to go through), how about showing specific sites in a real placement report, just like the entire rest of the display industry has been doing for over a decade, so the junior marketer can get ahead of the curve?
I’m not talking asking for site targeting (which would be great, too, don’t get me wrong)… but can I at least understand where my ads are showing? Seems a reasonable ask!
Conclusion
I have to say, these annoyances aside, Facebook’s targeting is truly amazing. I’ve been doing a lot with it, but I still feel like I’m just scratching the surface. The fact that I’ve been able to figure it out at all, get our campaigns tagged and track everything in Google Analytics and evaluate campaigns beyond simple engagement metrics is a testament to how much Facebook has gotten right with this platform. Generally, the usability is pretty good; I just hope the Facebook Ads team continues to evolve and improve it!
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