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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 by my little family unit (husband, human baby, and fur baby) and life in the Bay. My language skills 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.

When I’m practicing German on Memrise and I’m going English-to-German, I tend to mix up dringend (urgent) & wichtig (important) and hübsch (pretty) & heiß (hot).

I think I confuse hübsch and heiß primarily because my “memory” (pic, anagram, cheat, etc) I use on the program used a picture of an attractive woman to remember ‘heiß’. I think it’s implying the second meaning “horny” rather than “hot” as in “hot and bothered” not “what a hot person!”

I think it’s harder for me to keep dringend and wichtig in line because their meanings are so close - they’re synonyms.


Here are a LOAD of FREE JLPT apps I found, they typically have multiple levels available, so whether you’re starting out and setting your sights on N5 or you’re already near-fluent and trying to crack N1, take a look and see if something might help you cram a little more study into your day with ease. There are both android and iOS apps listed here, so there’s something for everyone:

JLPT Listening Lite

iSokki: essential vocabulary and phrases

JLPT study: kanji and vocabulary

Popup Japanese dictionary

Visual Dictionary (this looks so cool)

JLPT vocabulary flashcards (N5-N1)

JLPT Grammar

Japanese Pod 101 has several free apps available on multiple platforms, they have some decent paid apps available too)

Kanji study (N5-N1)

JLPT grammar drills (some levels are free, some paid)

Study n Walk

JLPT prep N4 N5

JLPT by VNext (N5-N1)

JLPT study pro

(via thelanguagelover)

Peter Pan, Link, Jareth, Toad (Mario Bros), …. What???


very into charts about naps

(via rispostesenzadomanda)

A couple of months ago, Mum got this gem for free at a garage sale. It resides in her guest room.

Just because you’re capable of being an asshole doesn’t mean you should be [one].

Finally met Grandma! #myMumIsNana #Gavin #mumblr #momblr #latergram #lategram


Japanese particles cheatsheet from Tofugu.
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Last words of unarmed black youth gunned down by law enforcement. 

"There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. Guns aren’t for black people, either.”

from America is Not For Black People

if you live your whole life and then die without making a purposeful choice to become a white ally then American racism becomes your legacy.

from Becoming a White Ally to Black People in the Aftermath of the Michael Brown Murder

(via justice4mikebrown)


when i find myself in times of trouble

the 12th doctor comes to me

speaking words of wisdom


(via doctorwho)