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I'm a 29 year old university grad living in the Bay Area with my husband, my dog who was not named after Aubrey Graham, and my son who was named after Gavin Rossdale.

I'm an aspiring polyglot with some Spanish and Japanese under my belt. My eyes are set for French, German, Italian, and Hawai'ian. I often get distracted from my language learning, and I tend to be more literate than verbal. You can find me as 'moon_goddess' on Memrise, or DM me for Lang-8 or Busuu contact information.


While reading, children and adults alike must avoid confusing mirror-image letters (like b/d or p/q). Why is it difficult to differentiate these letters? When learning to read, our brain must be able to inhibit the mirror-generalization process, a mechanism that facilitates the recognition of…


Lists taken from the Nihongo So-Matome N3 Series.


指定 してい Specify, designate

指定席 していせき Reserved seat

指 ゆび Finger

指輪 ゆびわ Ring

定休日 ていきゅうび A set/regular holiday

安定 あんてい Stable

出席 しゅっせき Attend

欠席 けっせき Absence

自由(な) じゆう(な) Free

自由席 じゆうせき Non-reserved seat

理由 りゆう Reason

番号 ばんごう Number



一  〜するしかに

①明日試験なので、勉強せざるを得ない。I’ve no choice but to study the test is tomorrow.

②君の意見に反対せざるを得ない。I’m afraid I can’t help but disagree with you.

③金が足りないので、その車は諦めざるを得なかった。I had to give up on the idea of buying that car, I didn’t have enough money.


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Yes, beware elongated enunciation.

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Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run.  Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph.  The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp. 

On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture.  I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive.  But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency.  Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up. 

Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case.  *Edit*  This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police.  Please advise, it is highly disturbing. 

And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.


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“Wrong Century” by Tomas Kucerovsky

the look of wistfulness on her face just punches me straight in the heart

this is literally my favorite piece that ever comes up on tumblr and if you want me to change my mind well then goOD LUCK WITH THAT

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独習 - どくしゅう - self-study, self-teaching word for today and such an important concept, too!

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So I was gonna dedicate my famous hot chocolate recipe to the show Yumeiro Patissiere but there’s a fandom that needs this comforting drink of perfection so much more right now.

prayer circle for snk
prayer circle for jean
weeps forever

AHEM ANYWAY. Lets talk hot chocolate. There are so many ways you can make hot chocolate, but there are two main ways.

way #1: the shit way. Get Hershey Swiss bullshit outta my face. 

way #2: the rad way.

If you’re doing hot chocolate right, you’re not gonna need a hot chocolate mix, fuck, you’re not even gonna need sugar.

That’s the way I’m gonna show you right now. It’s literally the perfect drink because it’s warm, creamy, but it’s flavor’s hella complex because of spices and all that jazz. It’s basically art.


Perfect Hot Chocolate (aka Perfect Fandom Coping Mechanism)
(serves: 2-3)



  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 (14 oz) can of coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 9 oz bittersweet chocolate chunks/chips/etc.
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • 2 pinches cardamom
  • 1/2 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*THESE ARE ALL VERY FLEXIBLE MEASUREMENTS. If you want it creamier, add more chocolate. Spicier? More cinnamon and cayenne. Coconut-ier? More coconut cream? Thinner? more milk. The choice is yours, nerd.



  • Add all ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until all the chocolate is melted and the drink is sort of thick and hella creamy.
  • Taste the hot chocolate and add whatever extras you think it needs. You da boss bro. You da boss.
  • Top with whipped cream, add a dollop of vanilla ice cream, or eat with some chocolate chip or checker cookies


Wow. you are totally done making the most elaborate and delicious hot chocolate EVER. 

Real talk, I think it’s legitimately physically impossible to dislike this hot chocolate. Like it literally has anything anyone could ask for. I’m betting real money that if you asked this hot chocolate to be the best man at your wediding, it would without question, regardless of it’s gender (does hot cocoa have a gender? idk).

So enjoy it. Love it. Because once the secret gets out that you are a hot chocolate connoisseur, you will never be able to make this angelic gift from god again without people hulking around you like mini titans.

Later, nerds. Enjoy the recipe.

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Special K fruit and yogurt with dark chocolate Cheerios is my post-earthquake snack. What can I say, my stomach hurt and I cannot sleep when it [hurts].