Time…

Time… what a strange thing …

I feel like this will probably be a “Old Year Considerations” post, probably incredibly boring, I say sorry in advance^^`

I’m passing all my time thinking lately, trying to understand what is actually happening to me recently.. I am 16 (soon 17), a normal messed up teenager who has no idea of what’s going on aroud her. This 2013 has been a total Purgatory for me, too many bad things happened to consider it a good year and at the same time there are too many good things to consider it a bad one. And this makes me confused, way too many things occurred too fast and this overthinking is making me going insane.

This year I have:

~Met awesome and incredible people. Some of them made me both happy and sad

~Let go a person who didn’t deserve(in my opinion) my friendship anymore

~Applied for a year abroad with AFS

~Started Korean and Chinese (♥)

~Read great books suggested by the most unexpected person

~Gone through illness almost all the year long..

~Cried over someone

~Spoken with foreign people in real life

~Been depressed

~Lost weight

~Found out new music

~Attended a Russian and Romanian course

~Written my to my very first pen pal

~Visited new places

~Fought a lot with my family

~Gone to the doctor’s surgery way too many times

~Been picked because of my appearence and my lifestyle

~Started a blog, Facebook and Twitter

~Shed too many tears

~Hurt some people I love..

I don’t think I will promote this post, I guess it will stay here, anyone can read it but I prefer not to advertise it.. It was … a sort of solace post.. If you read untill here well, thank you. Not that I am that proud of what I wrote…

I wish you all a good 2014, I am positive over this one!

 

  • Time passes day by day, the old day falls on us like dust, when the new day comes, don’t shake off the dust of yesterday, as to our lives they are wealth.
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ちょっと日本語で書きたくて・・^^‘

皆さん、こんばんは~

今回はちょっと日本語で書きたくなったからこのブログで書くよww

先ずは、皆さんはもう冬休みあるの?あれば、休みはどう?クリスマス楽しみにしてるん?

あたし、まだ休みがないけどストだから学校に行ってない。。最近、本当に忙しくて、悲しかったさ・・ ちょっと家族の中問題あって、気分あんまり楽しくない。。でもね、冬休みが来てるから元気に出してみるね!

お祖母ちゃんが病気になって、昨日は手伝って行った。土曜日の朝は、いとこの子残念な事に猫死んだし。。だから今年も静穏なクリスマス過ごす事出来ないかも。

ってか・・・最近、やる気ないからあたしの日本語めっちゃ下手になった-.- 今、日本語で書いてるんけど。。。どうして今日日本語が出来ないの? これは本当のベイシックな日本語。。なんて最悪なーぁ

まあ、実は勉強あんまりしなかった今週はね^^‘ そろそろ怠け者になってるんね・・ でも、あたしはね、大変な女の子だと思うu_u 6語の外国語が勉強するからたまに頭めちゃくちゃになったりするね!

そして、昨晩雪女の物語インターネットで読んではじめてw子供のため物語なのに。。。ww 難しいだった。。漢字勉強しなくちゃ、ほんまに>.< 皆、漢字の練習のおススメ本ある?知ったら、コメントでぜひ書いてね^^

じゃ~ ここで終わると思う!

読んでくれてありがとうございます~ 皆さん、いい一日を!

じゃまたね~!

Some useful resources for Chinese

Wow…. me… actually writing a “useful” post…. so rare…

Hello everyone!

 大家好~!

Today I want to talk about Chinese, which I’ve never talked about before…Not that I have too much to say, I decided to do HSK 1or 2 and I am super anxious about it >w< Chinese is a wonderful language and I enjoy studying it a lot but an exam (even at a low level) needs dedication and time, which I don’t have. In the very first two HSK the biggest effort is memorizing the given vocabulary and knowing very basic grammar. I’ve memorized almost all the first 150 vocabs for the first exam and I know basic grammar, the exam is in June so I could also learn the level 2 one too, maybe…

Anyway if you are studying Chinese I have a list of sites that could help you with your learnig~~!! I hope you’ll like it!

 

Chinese Keyboard Traditional/Simplified Imput Here it is, my best friend! I don’t know you guys, but my PC is pretty old and doesn’t support all the east asian languages so for Chinese I have to use an online keyboard. You can find various good ones online, but I like this one for having both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Personally I use Simplified Chinese more, but since I have friends from Taiwan and friends who learn Traditional Chinese it’s a very useful tool for me. 

Yes Chinese Pretty simple website for beginners! I mostly use it for vocabulary, I like it because it teaches you words not only with the translation but with sample sentence, putting the words in a context ^^

As for grammar I am using all Italian resources (If you are interested though click here, I am using this book right now and I think it’s pretty cool!) but  I have a grammar in English ⇒ Basic Chinese I haven’t read it all yet but for what I could see it is pretty far from basic^^ I suggest it, and also there are exercises if you want to practice!

Taiwanese Tv most of the times I can’t understand a single word of what they are saying but it’s a good exercise to practice listening and to enjoy foreign tv shows or dramas. Also in this site there is the Japanese and Korean tv

And here some of my favourite Chinese related Youtube channels:

Happy Chinese Series A funny sit-com of a foreign girl in China. It is mostly for advanced learners but thanks to the English sub you can try following the scenes. At the end of every episode there’s a short explenation of one Chinese expression, 你好 or 您好 for example!

Fiona Tian I learnt tones from her basicly ^^ I like how she explains!

learnchinesenow I love this channel. Interesting videos about china and Chinese: from basic vocabulary to poems and idioms *^*

Off the Great Wall Parodies about Chinese(Asian) culture, I think they are really funny. Also in their channer you can find useful information about Chinese language^^

 

I guess that’s all for today~~!! 

再见~ 

Do you have any good Chinese website or books to suggest?

 

 

 

What 2 weeks(pretty much) of full immersion in Korean have done to me

Hello~ 

I kind of woke up(again) from my lethargic status, I was ill(again..)

Anyway, let’s talk about other (funnier) things!

2 weeks ago I posted a picture of Super Junior my mobile pone, telling you I was going to full immerse into Korean for some time. Now about 2 weeks are passed and I can see some positive results! ^^

Having studied for about 2 years Japanese actually made me a little bit too used to Kanji and Kana that, graphically speaking, can make reading comprehension a lot easy, because you can work out the meanings more fast. To be honest, even if I studied and learned hangeul quite some time ago, I could read it well but the immediate comprehension was a little bit hard for me, still a beginner.. Putting everything I learned in a context helped me a lot from that point of view. Sometimes we study too much grammar and vocabulary without seeing the actual “usage” of it in the spoken language.

I give you a quick example: I use a lot this application for smartphones called LINE(It’s a chatting app), when a new message arrives a green box appears in your screen and you have to options: close or view, in Korean —>  닫기 and 보기. Now I know the two verbs 딛다 and 보다 and I also came across the -기 form that makes the verb into a noun. I got how to use it and the meaning but seeing how it’s used in “real life” makes things easier for me… 

Another thing I did during these 2 weeks was watching and listening to a lot of Korean medias(Dramas, TV shows, Music… ). When I was listening to a song or watching a drama, everytime I heard some familiar grammar patterns or vocabulary, the little light bulm inside my head switched on: “Hey, I can recognise that word!”, “Wow, I understood what he’s saying”, “So this is how it is used..” you know things like that. Of course it’s not like I can understand everything or that with two weeks of this I became a pro in Korean, I am a mere beginner, I still have to learn A LOT! 

To conclude, this full immersion thing ain’t new and I’ve tried it already with Japanese but this time I was able to get into the language more quickly. I think that the actual point of all of this is that when learning a language things should become obvious to you. When I listen to a song I watch a drama I always keep my brain working, ready to get some new words or grammar from the context, always trying to understand the situation. It’s like being a baby when learning how to speak, catching informations and make them his/hers. I don’t know if you get what I mean though^^` I think I am starting to get complicated here…

Now I can only say that I think you should also try to put books aside and get more active in a language!

So.. this is everything for today, if you read untill here, thank you for your patience ^0^

See you next time~`

Ps. there are some “CONs” in all of this, you’ll start swearing around like the sassiest protagonist of a romance drama… 아이씨~~~

Full Immersion~

Full Immersion~

여러분 안녕~
Sorry for my absence here… School is stressing me out, really! Mid-term tests are coming and I must study a lot… I have no time to study extra subjects and unfortunately I have no news or ideas at the moment^^`
Since I barely have time to live, I decided to start a “full immersion” into Korean, so I changed the language in my mobile phone, I want to get used to Korean and this is a very nice way to learn some vocabulary 😀
Plus, my mobile phone looks cute with Korean characters ♥
Ps. Yes, it’s Super Junior in the back ground~~

My translations~

Hello everyone!

I’ve just opened a new blog to post all my translations. I translate from every language I know into English or Italian. Translating songs is a good exercise to learn new vocabulary and to fix grammar stuctures. So, if you have a request you can ask me there. 

Here it is:

http://killingquietness.tumblr.com/

Thank you for reading 😀

 

Yesterday a friend of mine sent me this song

I guess it is Tpop (?) 

eheheh anyway what do you think about Thailandese language? 

I like the sound its sound but it also seems really really complicate >w<

See you soon~~

Love for shoes in Korean and Japanese..

Hello everyone! 

I just recovered from a very very bad flue, I passed 10 days at home and the very first thing I did today in school was a test T^T Anyway, I am fine today and I fel like writing a blog post^^ 

Last time I did a mini-lesson about common phrases when you are ill(I guess I can call it a lesson!), I surprisingly learn a lot from my situations, for example as soon as the doctor told me what I had I immediatly googled the Japanese for it, it was 風邪+副鼻腔炎(sinusitis)+咽頭炎(pharyngitis) all together, a total hell basicly!

But, to be honest, I am looking foward a full recovery so let’s just talk about something else, shall we??

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아이두 아이두~~~~

 I litterally fell in love with this drama! I think it’s pretty different from the other dramas I’ve seen, maybe it’s because I am still a teenager and I mostly watch school dramas or romantic dramas and stuff and stuff so this was more “adult” to me, the topics and the dialogues were pretty mature to me… But it was so beautiful, the plot and the ACTORS… just amazing!! Go watch it now!!

Another thing that made me go crazy for this drama was the linking thread of everything: SHOES! 

I love shoes, I don’t really care about clothes or bags, I could live dressed like a witch but with high heels on^^` Anyway I thought it could be nice to talk about the vocabulary for our feet ^^

First of all, SHOES

Japanese 靴 くつ

Korean 구두 or 신발, the difference between them? 구두 are shoes with high heels, 신발 are usually footwears like training shoes or flat shoes^^

If you are also studing Chinese 鞋子xiézi

Socks 

Japanese 靴下 くつした This word is really nice becaus the two kanji are the kanji for shoe and under so under the shoe= socks^^

Korean 양말

Chinese 袜子 wàzi

In Japanese when you want to say you wear something in the lower half of your body(shoes and socks included) you would use 履く はく  and in Korean 신다, they are both Transitive Verbs so they need the object marking particle.
靴を履く(usually only written with Hiragana only): to wear shoes
구두를 신다 / 신발을 신다: to wear shoes
and when you want to say you take off or remove your shoes you would use the verb 脱ぐ ぬぐ in Japanese and the verb 벗다 in Korean, both Transitive verbs so the object marking particle is needed.
靴を脱ぐ: to take off one’s shoes

구두를 신다 / 신발을 벗다: to take off one’s shoes

Just a note to conclude, of course I am no professionist, to me learning languages is just pure fun and I love to share here and there some tips and this kind of “”””””””lessons””””””””” but I am not mistake-proof, I ‘ll be more than glad if you tell me if something is wrong, I mean, I am also here to learn from you..

I am sorry for all the boys who will read this post, I guess it was too much girly(?) anyway I hope you will find it interesting!

For girls: do you like shoes? what type? 😀

 

I leave you with these shoes from the drama I do, I do *-* so beutiful~~

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