Closing the Store

It feels like every time I write an entry, I’m just pulling stuff out of my *ss.

That’s what I’m doing today too.

So…

I just reached the 1/3 mark in my korean textbook!

I really really like my textbook. Most of my study has been using online resources, but I think having a physical textbook in front of me is really helpful. I think it really helps me to focus because I can’t get notifications on a paper, you know?

I’ve gotta figure out which language I want to take as my foreign language in college. I’ve narrowed down to Mandarin, Russian, or Korean. I think I’m leaning most toward Russian because I generally have the toughest time studying Russian on my own and it’s the language I notice the least progression in with my self-study. I think I could test out of at least beginner Korean and get that credit.

My orientation is in a week and a half and I’m freaking out!!

I’m really worried I’ll panic and burst into tears in the middle of scheduling my classes or something.

*very audible sigh*

I’ve gotta start getting ready for work soon. I’m working another 9 (technically 8) hour shift today. I wish I would get scheduled to open the store more often instead of closing the store pretty much every time I work. I always end up staying up late when I close.

Oh, gosh. I just noticed the time. I’m gonna end this post now. Bye!

Thanks for reading!

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Good Day

Today is so far going according to plan.

I tend to be pretty hesitant of coming up with a time table for my days because things don’t always go according to plan and I believe that the secret to good planning is having contingencies.

Today has had contingencies, but they’re great contingencies!

My big idea for today was to do laundry, study for 3 hours, finally put batteries in my computer mouse, make next weeks bullet journal spread, and take a- as I call it- full shower (a full shower is a shower where I not only do normal shower stuff but also do my less frequent body care stuff like putting on a body mask, dry brushing, doing a hair mask etc etc).

So far I’ve done 2 loads of laundry, studied for 2 and a half hours (I’m on a break as I write this), put batteries in my mouse, and (don’t gasp too loud) cleaned my room. (!!!!!!!!!!!)

My room isn’t as clean as I’d like it to be, but it’s far cleaner than it was so I’m happy.

I’ve decided that over the course of this month I want to do 1 cleaning project on each (or most) of my days off work.

My mom and I are going to go out of town toward the end of December, so I want Angel who’s petsitting to not be mortified.

I’m in a shockingly good mood right now, it’s honestly kind of concerning.

Tomorrow my mom’s gonna get Marshmallow’s ashes…

I don’t know how I’ll react when I get them.

I have a little urn necklace and I have someone who’s willing to put some of the ashes in it for me, so I’ve been able to save myself the grief of that. I think actually seeing the ashes themselves would have ruined me.

God I miss Mel.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about rabbits. Marshmallow really made me love the species. I was so scared that he’d be impersonal, but he turned out to be so affectionate and full of personality traits that just don’t come to mind when most people think of rabbits.

And so…

I’m thinking I’ll adopt another rabbit a little while after I’m settled in to college.

I don’t want to replace Mel, but I just really miss the presence of a herbivore in the home.

I sound like a crazy person when I talk about this; but I really, truly believe that I have a “spiritual” connection with herbivorous animals in general, especially rabbits and cattle. I don’t love to use the word spiritual because I personally associate it with hippy-dippy nonsense, but I can’t think of a less hippy-ish way of saying how I feel. I think herbivores and I just get each other. Like, I remember when my mom and I went to Custer State Park in South Dakota, people were tossing carrots toward the prairie dogs to try to get them to come closer, they just approached me. I think that was an awakening for me.

Since my prairie dog moment, I’ve noticed that all sort of animals like squirrels and such seem to be less tense around me.

I think I have a gift.

Some people have a thick skin, some people have super model proportions, I connect with herbivorous animals.

So who’s the real winner here?

the answer is me

Alright, I’ve gotta get back to studying so I’m headed out.

Thanks for reading!

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oh! and I realized recently that I haven’t posted any new photos of myself on my blog for quite a while so here’s a picture of me:

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Study Log: September 23rd-29th

I’m sorry this study log is late!

Sunday, September 23rd: Mandarin 60 minutes

Monday, September 24th: Korean 30 minutes

Tuesday, September 25th: Mandarin 30 minutes, Swahili 20 minutes, Korean 60 minutes

Wednesday, September 26th: Spanish 45 minutes

Thursday, September 27th: Russian 65 minutes

Friday, September 28th: Mandarin 70 minutes, Japanese 90 minutes

Saturday, September 29th: Spanish 25 minutes

Study Log and Other Things

你好!

你们好吗?

我是高兴!

*translation*

Hello!

How are y’all?

I’m happy!

I need to start practicing typing on a keyboard in other languages because just those few words took me like 4 minutes. That’s far too long.

On my phone since it’s a touch screen the actual keyboard changes when I switch languages but on a real keyboard the letters don’t change. This makes typing in Korean and Japanese especially hard. Not as much with Mandarin because to type Mandarin I use pinyin.

Swahili’s easy though.

(that’s funny because Swahili use the same alphabet as English)

You know how I told you I’m behind in my Japanese and Chinese lessons?

Well I just got fully caught up! I’ve reached my goal for the month!

I went on Weibo for the first time in like 3 months today and I got 15 more followers without even doing anything! I wish more people I know used Weibo. It’s got such a good interface and it’s so intuitive. It would probably be my favorite social media network if people I know used it.

It’s also super good for learning new Chinese words.

Back when I used it more often I would go on Weibo and just look for characters I don’t recognize and copy and paste them into Naver translate then take notes. I learned words I’ve never encountered in any language learning material.

I’m gonna try to get back to posting study logs, I’ve been keeping track of my study habits, I just never post it. I guess I’ll tell you how I studied last week so I can tell you about this week on Sunday.

Sunday, September 16th: didn’t study 😦

Monday, September 17th: Japanese 25 minutes

Tuesday, September 18th: Mandarin 60 minutes, Japanese 75 minutes

Wednesday, September 19th: Mandarin 40 minutes

Thursday, September 20th: Swahili 60 minutes

Friday, September 21st: (reviewing mostly) Russian 15 minutes, Korean 30 minutes, Mandarin 60 minutes, Swahili 15 minutes

Saturday, September 22nd: Korean 20 minutes

ALSO!

I got my first article published on a website yesterday!

If you wanna read it here’s a link: https://lifehack.media/5-organization-tips-from-a-person-with-ocd

I’m so happy! I hope it gets a lot of reads!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Which is Better: Duolingo or Lingodeer?

I made a video detailing my thoughts on which language app is more effective over the course of the past few days and posted it on youtube this afternoon. I thought since most of y’all don’t subscribe to my youtube channel (which you totally should), I’d make a dedicated blog post where you can read my thoughts.

 

So, what are duolingo and lingodeer?

Duolingo and Lingodeer are both free language learning services that offer basic to intermediate lessons in a variety of languages.

Lingodeer

pros:

  • offers detailed grammar tips
  • teaches grammar in an almost template style format
  • builds upon itself as the learner progresses through the course
  • separate vocabulary and grammar reviews
  • intuitive, customizable review sessions
  • story feature where one makes things learned in lessons more tangible
  • teaches stroke order of chinese characters
  • rapidly expanding languages offered
  • hangul chart in korean course
  • cute mascot

cons:

  • offers fewer languages
  • less ubiquitous than duolingo
  • fewer vocabulary words than duolingo

 

Duolingo

pros:

  • ubiquitous, everybody uses it
  • a wide variety of languages (even fictional languages like Klingon)
  • wide variety of vocabulary offered
  • good chrome application
  • less learning curve
  • dedicated lessons to the writing systems of languages ie cyrillic, hangul, hiragana
  • longer courses
  • competitive in groups
  • rewarding (gems)
  • tinycards app to use alongside
  • cute mascot

cons:

  • seems to be stagnating in expansion
  • some courses are only available online and not on the app
  • no explanation of grammar points
  • the gem system discourages me from studying for a long period
  • doesn’t teach stroke order in mandarin course

 

So, which is better?

I don’t think either app is better per se. I think honestly the best thing you can do if you wanna use apps to aid in studying is download both and use them in conjunction. Use duolingo vocabulary with lingodeer grammar rules to teach yourself how to construct sentences.

Thank you for reading!

Please comment if you want more reviews of learning resources from me and follow my blog!

Study Log: August 5th-11th

Sunday, August 5th: It was my birthday so I didn’t study.

Monday, August 6th: Korean 40 minutes, Mandarin 10 minutes

Tuesday, August 7th: Japanese 30 minutes, Russian 25 minutes, Korean 45 minutes

Wednesday, August 8th: Korean 30 minutes 

Thursday, August 9th: Swahili 20 minutes

Friday, August 10th: Korean 90 minutes, Japanese 20 minutes, Mandarin 10 minutes

Saturday, August 11th: didn’t study

 

It’s been a while since I posted one of these hasn’t it. I really wanna begin a new study initiative where I’m even more transparent about my habits so I that inspire others to put in their own effort towards gaining knowledge so I’ll go back to posting these. Hopefully on sundays.