Here’s the thing about being pro choice that people don’t get…
You don’t have to morally agree with abortion to be pro choice. That’s why it’s not called pro abortion. It’s an understanding that you can’t make that choice for someone else and they have full control over that not you. It’s pro I’m not the boss of everyone else.
This is important.
I actually just started when I was put into a Spanish class at age 11, then after that when I was 12 they put me into German as well. Once I left school with those I basically just went to the college/Uni with the best language options I could find! Make sure to look at prospectuses, see what they offer. I went to a college inconveniently far from me, but if I didn’t I wouldn’t have a GCSE in Japanese. It’s worth shopping around!
Anyway, tips for learning languages:
1. Little and often. Really, you’re much better looking over vocabulary for about 15 minutes a day rather than cramming a 5 hour session at the weekend. All that’ll happen is you’ll remember it for maybe a couple of days then it’ll go.
2. Incorporate the language into your hobbies. The thing is languages sadly are something that are easily forgotten if you don’t keep up with them. You know when you’re talking and you have the word on the tip of your tongue but you haven’t used it much? Foreign languages can be like that. Even if it’s just listening to music. I recommend getting into a television programme because then you’re following a storyline and you’re around the language. But also just finding people online to chat to. I don’t know if you roleplay at all or write fanfics but I managed to improve my Spanish a hell of a lot by roleplaying with native Spanish speakers. Find a way to encorporate it into your hobbies. (For Spanish music I recommend Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Malu, Bebe, Mecano and La Oreja de Van Gogh)
3. Realize that there are points where you’ll think “Oh God, why did I think this was a good idea?” There will be times where you’ll read something or hear something and think “Argh, I have no idea what any of this means!” Language learning goes in a U shape in terms of confidence. You’ll learn a few words and phrases and you’ll learn how to conjugate and it goes well. You’ll think “I understand this, and I can do this!” Then you’ll hear about things like the subjunctive and the pluperfect and everything will get a lot more difficult. Then your confidence will go down. But don’t worry. It seems hard but with concentration eventually it’ll start to make sense, then more sense, then your confidence will go back up as you start to reach fluency.
4. Associate words with sentences. It’s fair enough thinking “right, I know pizza. I know the word pizza and what it means.” But then what do you have to associate pizza with? It’s just pizza. However if you associate it with sentences “I like to eat pizza” “I go out for pizza with friends” then you’re more likely to remember.
5. Grammar is difficult. Really it’s the most difficult think in any language, and often it’ll take you a long time to get it. But really. It took me a good three years between discovering cases in German to understanding cases in German. (Even now I still don’t fully get prepositions + cases, God damn it German.) It’ll take you a while, but take your time and get there.
6. Learn the culture. Really. Culture contributes a lot to language and language contributes a lot to culture. Make sure you understand what would be the correct thing to say in certan situations, and what something actually means. For example in Chinese they underestimate a lot of things and they’re very modest. So although my Chinese is pretty good, I always downplay it and say I speak “only a little” as that fits in with the culture. Also when they say your Chinese is “not bad”, that’s quite a big compliment as it means it’s very good! When my teacher said I did “not bad” on an exam over here, I was very thrilled. However at the same time over here they rarely say ‘thank you’ as they believe if someone’s doing their job, you shouldn’t thank them, or if someone’s your friend then they should help you out anyway and saying ‘thank you’ is like trying to distance yourself from them as it’s too polite. So learn the vocabulary, learn the grammar, but learn the culture too.
7. Try not to anglacize. This is very easily done when translating/trying to write or speak in another language. What I mean by this is don’t make it too English. For example, there are saying that we have in English such as “We’re in the same boat” when you’re trying to relate to someone, but if you say “estamos en el mismo barco” in Spanish, it makes no sense because that’s not a saying to them. You may think “obviously it’s not” but when you’re just talking and not thinking it’s very easy to do! Not just with saying, try to find out what’s more authentic to the language. For example, in English we use the passive voice a lot. You may see the words “Is it said that…” blah blah blah. Although in Spanish if you say it in the passive voice “Es dicho que…” it will make perfect sense, however the passive voice isn’t used as much in Spanish. You’re much better of saying “Se dice que…” (one says that) in the active voice, because that’s more authentic to the way it is expressed in Spanish.
8. Have fun. You really need to enjoy what you’re doing. If you’re groaning and thinking “I hate these words” (I actually feel like that right now with my Chinese revision, awkward!) then it’ll be very difficult to learn. You need to fall in love with the language, how it sounds, how it looks, and feel good when you’re speaking, wriitng, reading or listening to it. It needs to be fun and it needs to be enjoyable.
Okay so I’m writing a story in the first person, in which I think ultimately the main character (the speaker) will die. How would I finish the story when their voice is no longer? Should I change the POV for this very reason?
If you feel like this is the best POV to tell your story, stick with…
"it’s a competition none of us agreed to" I want to give the author of this quote the hardest dap ever.
sometimes i forget that a lot of you have never heard my voice and i wonder what kind of voice you picture me having omg
the Queen kissed me, bow down everyone elseeeeeeeeeee
I could have given you flowers but I like the idea of bringing you a fun new friend (too)… So here is an axolotl. To you. Yep. :)
*hug tackle* *loud kiss on the side of your head* SO CUTE.
vastlyunknown replied to your post: “listen i need ziam fic based off that first kiss video like this is…”:I AM SO INTO IT OH MY GOD!!!!!!! I want it. I might write it. I am soooooo obsessed!
YES HELA PLEASEEEE WRITE IT’D BE SO PERFECT.
ugh i just can’t stop thinking of them being all shy and awkward with these small hesitant smiles and the tops of liam’s cheeks are dusted with pink and zayn keeps licking his lips nervously which only makes liam stare at his mouth and wonder what it’s going to feel like when it’s pressed against his in a minute and they’re both hesitant to make the first move until liam’s like “well, let’s do this then?” and zayn smiles his tongue-against-teeth smile and they lean it towards each other and zayn’s hand automatically goes to the back of liam’s neck and liam’s goes to the small of zayn’s waist and the kiss starts out soft and hesitant until zayn runs his tongue over liam’s bottom lip and then it turns very heated very fast with liam pressing zayn against him like he doesn’t want to let go and when they part they’re foreheads are still pressed together and they’re breathing really heavily and all liam can say is “wow” and they’re both smiling matching crinkly eyed smiles NAD I’M SO SAD
WARN A WOMAN U BUNCH OF SHINY UNICORN FFS THESE ARE NOT TEARS
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are you a boy? your clothes are boy clothes.
are you a girl? your clothes are girl clothes.
are you outside the binary of boy and girl? so are your clothes.
did someone just tell you your clothes don’t match your gender identity? they are a trashcan and their clothes are trashcan clothes.
We asked twenty strangers to kiss for the first time….