Me: *hears two words of Turkish*
Me: I want to learn Turkish
- Sign languages aren’t a weird choice, regardless of what some people might tell you. Don’t feel bad for learning it.
- Youtube has many videos that teach you a lot of stuff, use YT when you look for tutorials.
- There are a handful of apps that can teach you basic stuff. Check them out.
- Try to watch more videos when you learn a sign language since you can’t see clearly the movement in books.
- Facial expressions determine the mood of the conversation. Pay attention to it.
- Real life situations will help you learn faster, try to make a friend who knows or learns the same sign language.
- If no one near you learns a sign language, find someone online and talk on skype.
- Practice daily, remember that if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
- Try to find a dictionary online.
- If you’re lucky, buy a book with stories from a bookstore.
- When you practice fingerspelling, practice with sentences, not individual letters.
- Learn how to pause properly.
- Practice in the mirror so you can analyze your movements.
- When you walk around, fingerspell what you see. In this way your hand gets used to the spelling of the words.
- Review what you have studied daily.
- Decide what hand you should use, don’t switch them unless it’s necessary.
- If you don’t know something, ask someone who knows.
- Learn and use basic signs. If you learn the first 100-300 basic signs you will be able to communicate with others.
- Master your hand position. You don’t want to swear at someone instead of saying “Hello”.
- Take a class. Sign languages require more human interaction than when you try to learn French, Spanish etc. These languages can be taught online without a teacher but not sign languages.
- Don’t give up if you have a hard time. Give yourself time.
- When you don’t know the sign for a word, fingerspell it.
- If you just started learning, don’t rush. Take your time to sign/spell everything. Some people might be able to sign fast, but they have experience.
- Challenge yourself. After you have mastered the basics, try some advanced vocab.
- Pay attention to what videos you choose. Many beginners make videos so mistakes may appear in them. Choose a channel that’s recommended by many people.
- Try to attend some events where you can talk to deaf people. The more you talk, the more things you’ll learn.
- When you watch videos, try to copy-cat what those people say; practice in front of a mirror and correct your movements if necessary.
- Don’t get lazy or you’ll forget everything.
- Try to convince a friend to learn with you so you will have with who to practice if you don’t have around anyone who knows a sign language.
AVOIR LES PIEDS SUR TERREliteral translation: to have your feet on the ground
meaning: to be realistic
TOURNER SEPT FOIS SA LANGUE DANS SA BOUCHEliteral translation: to turn your tongue seven times in your mouth
meaning: to think before speaking
ETRE TOUJOURS DANS LA LUNEliteral translation: to always be on the moon
meaning: to be a dreamer
literal translation: to have a spider on the ceiling
AVOIR UNE ARAIGNÉE AU PLAFOND
meaning: to be a bit crazy
literal translation: to throw oil into the fire
JETER DE L’HUILE SUR LE FEU
meaning: to feed a conflict
CASSER DU SUCRE SUR LE DOS DES GENSliteral translation: to break sugar into the back of people
meaning: to speak badly of someone in their absence
ÊTRE SENS DESSUS DESSOUSliteral translation: to be upside down
meaning: to be overwhelmed
literal translation: to put your legs in the dish
METTRE LES PIEDS DANS LE PLAT
meaning: to speak without discernment
Source: Grammaire progressive du français - niveau avancé
French vocabulary on time, timing, and speeds
Timing of arrivalêtre à l'heure = to be on timeêtre ponctuel = to be punctualêtre en avance = to be earlyêtre en retard = to be lateêtre à la bourre = to be running late (familiar)être pressé = to be in a hurryl'heure de pointe = rush hour
Earliness/Latenesstôt = earlytard = latede bonne heure = early (lit. at a good hour)sans tarder = at once (lit. without delay)dès que possible = as soon as possible
Expressions about speeddémarrer sur les chapeaux de roues = to take off like a shot (lit. to set out on the caps of wheels; familiar)démarrer en trombe = to set out in a whirlwindy aller mollo = to take it easy/slow (lit. to go about something slowly; familiar)
one of the aspects of being bilingual that we don’t talk about enough is that awkward moment when the structure of your other language slips into your first language so you phrase a sentence like you would in your second language but using your native language (or vice versa) and so the syntax gets all fucked up and for a long while you just stare at nothing like, what the hell just happened, questioning your entire existence
The international chain of smack talk!
Such a cute comic! <3
I like the implication that the Chinese have mastered every human language and are only confounded by the speech of the undead.
Reasons to not to procrastinate studying your target language(s):
- Languages are beautiful and fascinating (and you probably love your target language, don’t you?)
- Learning languages is fun, interesting, and productive and has many benefits
- You can only get better at your target language and reach your goals by studying and practicing your target language
- You never know when you’ll meet a native speaker of your target language or find yourself in another situation where your language skills are needed
- Getting little studying done and realizing how much more you understand and how much you’re improving is an amazing feeling
- You will seem more hardworking, disciplined, and successful and other people will look up to you more and be inspired and motivated by you
- Procrastinating doesn’t benefit you or your language studies in any way
- Procrastinating makes you forget what you have learnt and get worse at your target language
- Procrastination can make you feel guilty, insecure, and depressed
- The longer you procrastinate the harder it is to start studying again
vraiment v tellement
Hi!! Sorry i didnt see this ask 😅 Tumblr doesn’t seem to want to notify me about asks anymore lol
Both vraiment and tellement can usually be used interchangeably when describing an adjective, though they are slightly different. Vraiment is similar to the English “really”, while tellement means “so (much)”.
Elle est vraiment drôle. — She is really funny.
Elle est tellement drôle. — She is so funny.
In both cases, it’s used in more informal French; the more formal way of saying it would be to use très, which means “very”.
However, vraiment can’t be used to describe quantities like tellement can. To use vraiment, you need to add another adverb, like beaucoup.
Il y a tellement de choses à faire! — There are so many things to do!
Il y a vraiment beaucoup de choses à faire! — There are really a lot of things to do!
Vraiment can also be used in a more literal sense, to mean “really” or “truly”, while tellement can’t.
Je suis vraiment sérieux. — I am really/truly serious.
Je suis tellement sérieux. — I am so serious.
In the second example, it’s implied that sérieux refers to a serious person, rather being serious (as opposed to joking).
Hope this helps! :D Adnd if I’ve missed something, let me know!!
Learn Arabic with Zakaria
- Alphabet I
- Alphabet II
- Alphabet III
- Alphabet IV
- Colours I
- Colours II
- Colours III
- Shapes I
- Shapes II
- Shapes III
- Vegetables I
- Vegetables II
- Fruits I
- Fruits II
- Fruits and vegetables
- Numbers 1-10 I
- Numbers 1-10 II
- Numbers 10-20
- Numbers 1-20 I
- Numbers 1-20 II
- Counting I
- Counting II
- Weekdays and months
- Hijri months
- School supplies
- Colours I
- Colours II
- Colours III
- Street vehicles
- Kitchen tools
- House, kitchen and school
- Animals I
- Animals II
- Wild animals
- Farm animals
- Animal sounds
- Human body parts
- Facial expressions
- Seasons I
- Seasons II
- Family members
- Hand tools
- Five senses
- Opposite words I
- Opposite words II
These are some of my favorites:
I’ve seen so many posts like “I don’t deserve to be part of the language community” and it makes me so sad. Because you do deserve to be part of it if you’re learning some foreign language. That’s literally the only requirement. It doesn’t matter how many of them you’re learning, what’s your level in them, how easily or efficiently you learn them, how passionately you learn them, what your studying method is, how popular your blog is, or how many people you’re friends with in the language community. You are one of us if you’re learning some foreign language. That’s it.
Textbooks & PDFs:
Requested by anon
Click on the transliteration for the audio
- Anxiety | Alqalaq | القَلَقُ
- Asian | Āsiāwiy(a) | آسيَوِيّـ/ـةً
- Bottled water | Miyāhun muʿabbaʾa |مياهٌ مُعَبَّاةٌ
- Canned food | Ṭaʿāmun muʿallab |طًعامٌ مُعَلَّبٌ
- Chinese | Ṣiniyy(a) | صِينيّـ/ـة
- Contagion, infection | ʿadwā | عَدْوَى
- Contagious | Muʿdin | مُعْدٍ
- Coronavirus | Virus Cornona | فيروس كورونا
- Cough | Suʿāl |سُعالٌ
- Curfew | Ḥaẓru-ttajawwul | حظرُ التّجَوِّلِ
- Deaths | Alwafayāt | الوَفَيات
- Diarrhea | Ishāl | إسْهالٌ
- Direct contact (transmission through touching an ill person or a surface touched by an ill person) | Ittiṣālun mubāšar | اتّصال مُباشَرٌ
- Disease, illness | Maraḍ | مَرَضٌ
- Droplet transmission | Intiqālul ʿadwā ʿan tarīqil-qutairāt |انْتِقالُ العَدْوى عَنْ طَريقِ القُطيرات
- Epidemic | Wabāʾ | وَباءُ
- Fatigue | Iʿyāʾ| إعياءٌ
- Fear | Alẖawf | الخَوْفُ
- Fever | Ḥarāra | حَرارةٌ
- Global health emergency | Ḥālatu ṭawāriʾin ṣiḥḥiyya | حَالة طَوارئ صِحّية
- Hand disinfectant | Muʿaqqimul-aydī |مُعَقِمُ الأَيدي
- Hospitalization | Idẖālul-mustašfā |إَدخال المُسْتَشْفى
- Infected (person) |Muṣāb(a) | مُصابٌـ/ـة
- Intensive care | Alʿināyatul-murakkaza |العِنايَةُ المُرَكَّزَةُ
- Limit, restriction | Yuḥaddid | يحدِّدُ
- Mask | Qināʿ| قِناعٌ
- Muscle pain | Alamun fil-ʿaḍalāt |أَلَمٌ في العَضَلاتِ
- Old people | Kibāru-ssinn | كِبارُ السَّنِّ
- Pandemic | Jāʾiḥa | جائِحة
- Panic | Alhalaʿ | الهَلَعُ
- Patient | Marīḍ(a) |مَريضٌـ /ـة
- Personal hygiene | Annaẓāfatu-aššaẖṣiyya | النَّظافَةُ الشَّخْصِيةَّ
- Pneumonia | iltihābun riʾawiyy | إلتهابُ رئويُّ
- Prevention | Wiqāya | وِقايَةٌ
- Quarantine | Ḥaǧrun ṣiḥḥiy | حَجْرٌ صِحِّيٌّ
- Racism | Alʿunṣuriyya | العُنْصُرِيَّةُ
- Remote study | Attaʿlīmu ʿan buʿd | التَّعليمُ عَنْ بُعْدٍ
- Remote work | Alʿamalu ʿan buʿd | العَمَلُ عن بُعْدٍ
- Risk group | Alfiʾātul-muʿarraḍatu lil-ẖaṭar | الفِئاتُ المعرَّضَةَ للخَطَر
- Shortness of breath | Ṣuʿūbatun fi-ttanaffus | صُعوبَةٌ في التَّنَفُّسِ
- Sneeze | ʿutās | عُطاسٌ
- Soap| Ṣābūn | صابونٌ
- Symptom | ʿaraḍ |عَرَض
- Symptomless | Bilā aʿrāḍ | بلا أَعْراضٍ
- To be transmitted | Yantaqil | يَنْتَقِلٌ
- To cancel | ilġāʾ |إلغاء
- To close | Yuġliq | يُغلِقٌ
- To cover one’s mouth | Taġṭiyatul-fam | تَغِطِيَةُ الفَمِ
- To die | Yamūt | يَمُوتُ
- To forbid, to ban, to prohibit | Ḥaẓr | حَظْرٌ
- To get sick, to come down with | Yuṣābu bil-maraḍ | يُصابُ بالمَرَضِ
- To hoard/monopolize | Iḥtikār | احْتِكارٌ
- To recover | Yataʿāfā | يَتعافى
- To spread | Yantašir | ينتَشِرُ
- To stay at home | Albaqāʾu fil-manzil| البَقاءُ في المَنْزِلِ
- To use a mask | Istiʿmālul qināʿ | اسْتعمالُ الِقناعِ
- To wash one’s hands | Ġaslul-aydī | غَسْلٌ الأَيدي
- Toilet paper | Waraqul-mirḥāḍ |وَرَقُ المِرْحاضِ
- Travel ban | Ḥaẓru-ssafar | حَظْرُ السَّفَرِ
- Virus | Virus | فيروس
- Vomiting | Taqayyiʾ|تَقَيُّء
- Wuhan, China | Wuhān, Aṣṣīn | وهان، الصّينُ
- Xenophobia | Ruhābul-ajānib | رُهابُ الأَجانِب
things to do on sundays to recharge and make the upcoming week awesome
• clean ya room (just do it). also, check those pinterest boards you save for “one day” and actually go through them and draw some inspiration, even if you just end up rearranging the books on your bookshelf or putting some flowers from your garden in a mason jar on your desk. this is your home, make it feel like it is.
• do your laundry (also, don’t forget your bed sheets). if you’re in the mood, look at next week’s weather forecast and think about what you’re going to wear. go through your drawers, check the back of your closet. that hat you bought some time ago and forgot about because you didn’t dare to wear it? well… new week, new you, right?
• call a friend/family member you haven’t talked to in a while, tell them you miss them. tell them you love them. remember and appreciate that they are a part of your life even if it doesn’t feel like it all the time.
• draw, paint, journal, write or make some music. something you know you love doing but “never find the time”. sunday is “finding-the-time day”. if you’re not feeling creative, read a book or watch your favorite show. or watch a new show. a scary show. a funny show. laugh as loud as you want. listen to music. listen to your favorite songs, or listen to new songs. even a new genre if you dare. turn the volume all the way up. take a second to consciously feel the music. you can always get up and dance. or sing. or both.
• the great, but still really effective classic: take a bath or a really long shower. if you have this special face or hair mask you’re saving up for a special occasion: congrats, you’re the special occasion today. use it. also, body lotion. we all know you’re going to be running late during the week and skip it one too many times. make yourself feel like the goddess you are.
• sit in silence for a few moments. listen to your breath. listen to your heartbeat. for the love of god PLEASE listen to your thoughts for once in your life. don’t make them feel like they are wrong. or bothersome. they too just want to be heard once in a while. what are they trying to tell you? what could be soothing for them? be compassionate to yourself. it’s okay. you are okay. you are okay.
• think about things you can be grateful for next week. even if you feel like your life sucks atm, think about the small things you take for granted in a different way. for example: “next week, i will have access to clean water. CLEAN. WATER. 844 million people don’t have that.” or “next week, my legs will take me wherever i want to go. not everybody has two fully functioning legs, so i’m lucky in that way.” you’re allowed to feel bad about your life, but you’re also allowed to feel good about things.
• if you’ve stayed home most of the week, go out. go for a walk. go swimming. go to a party or dinner with friends. even if you feel like you don’t need to see the outside world, chances are you’ll feel great after you do. if you feel like you’ve been running around all week, maybe you’d like to stay home today. put on your ugliest sweater, comfiest leggings, and fluffiest socks and curl up under a thousand blankets. you a sloth today and it’s okay.
• eat. i mean honestly: eat THE THING. i don’t care if you’re on a diet. if there’s something you’ve been craving all week that has turned you into the veiny-neck-dude meme just trying to resist it: EAT IT. you deserve it. not because you worked out or ate salads or did well in school, but just because you’re a human and you love to eat and life is short and you should be allowed to eat yummy things. it’s okay. you won’t gain 5 pounds or lose your brain cells no matter how unhealthy it is, i promise.
• plan plan plan yo week. it doesn’t matter if you use a planner, bullet journal, the calendar on your phone or the notes app: write everything down you have going on next week. appointments. events. coffee-dates. when are you going to the gym? what are you going to eat? (meal prep if necessary) also, create reminders on your phone for everything. “i won’t forget it!” is a sweet thought, but oh honey you will. schedule reminders for every event. let your phone remind you that you need to buy toilet paper when the store is nearby. schedule daily reminders for your medications. (once you’ve done this it honestly feels like you just cleaned out 38GB of your brain, you simply don’t have to worry about that anymore, space for more important info, like your new favorite pun to annoy everyone with)
• most importantly: listen to what your mind and your body need today and next week. daily life is so full of “should-do”s that it’s important to find a healthy balance between the “should”s and the “need”s. you will be much more productive, healthy and happy that way. nobody knows you better than you do, take advantage of that and plan accordingly.
If I wanted to learn Arabic grammar where do you suggest I begin at?
Very good question! First of all, you need to properly learn the alphabets, take your time to really know them and feel comfortable with them then you could move to learning these things like the noonation (tanween), the definite article (al) and the types of lam, the types of ت, the stressed letters (shadda), dual form of nouns, the simple structure of a sentence, the prepositions and have a simple introduction to the types of pronouns.
im not normally the type to show off on purpose but when i get the chance to translate something that nobody else around understands i feel like im more powerful than god
friend: whats this say
me: lemme see it. garlic salt
disembodied video game voice: level up!
Does anyone else ever get… overwhelmed… by the number of words in your target language? Like, you’ll think “hell yeah, I know a whole lot of words!” but then you come across more of them, and there are so many of them, and they just keep coming out of nowhere, crawling up through the floor, falling from the sky, just endless swarms of words you do not know in articles and textbooks and vocab lists and dictionaries, and you cannot fathom possibly ever learning them all.
As a native English speaker, I’m comforted by the fact that I have a list of words in English I don’t know constantly growing. I’m not expecting myself to learn every word in Spanish or French. Be kind to yourself!!
¡hola! this post is dedicated to the anon who asked me for a spanish masterpost all those moons ago (sorry it took so long OTL). this is a mixture of things i use for spanish class and things i’ve found on the internet, and hopefully they’re all of some help!!
- spanish verbs and essential grammar review pdf
- lots of grammar notes
- resources from stanford’s spanish language program!!
dictionaries & conjugations
- spanishdict + conjugator
- oxford spanish dictionary
- more verb conjugation
- conjuguemos (practice conjugating verbs!!)
- la opinión
- big list of spanish online newspapers
- wikipedia in SPANISH
- a random wikipedia page in spanish!
- harry potter y la piedra filosofal pdf
- comprehension practice w/ quizzes
- cultural readings
- news in slow spanish
- netflix has some movies from latin america and spain you could check out
- podcasts!! (also has lots of audio clips to go along w/ vocab)
- spanish radio
- explore spanish music on 8tracks
Hi! Yours is actually the best langblr in existence. I have been studing French for quite some time now and it would be a great help if you could recommend some reading material. Thanks!
Aw shucks, thanks darling! Here’s some stuff:
Hope this helps! x