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Love, Ravelry, and Tumblr: purls-of-wisdom: cablesandpurls: Free Knitting Pattern: Getting Warmer by Espace Tricot Made this cowl this winter and I absolutely love it!

purls-of-wisdom: cablesandpurls: Free Knitting Pattern: Getting Warmer by Espace Tricot Made this cowl this winter and I absolutely love it...

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Beautiful, Blessed, and Bones: rmh8402: pegasusdragontiger: kyraneko: balencia: kitrazzle: pissedoffweasley: wizardingheadcanon: kyraneko: elidyce: thatgirlonstage: fuckyeahdeathlyhallows: sirlestrange: #that is a human as a rat as a cup That was a long 12 years for Wormtail. Can you imagine how differently their lives would’ve gone if Ron, in trying to transfigure Scabbers, had actually transfigured him back into a human?Just take a moment to imagine McGonagall’s reaction if Peter Pettigrew had abruptly appeared in her classroom from Ronald Weasley’s rat.Take a moment. Or if Ron had fucked it up a little worse and couldn’t get ‘Scabbers’ back and McGonagall had take him to disenchant him and next thing we know there’s a naked Peter Pettigrew sitting on McGonagall’s desk and the kids in that class learn six new swear words, a hex they will never dare to use, and a fear of Minerva McGonagall’s wrath that will be with them until the day they die. Ten and twenty years later first years are being pulled aside and warned never mess around in Transfiguration seriously the last time a kid mucked something up in that class Professor McGonagall used two semi-legal hexes, took down a Death Eater and sabotaged the rise of the Dark Lord before Potter had time to get his wand out. What most of Hogwarts learned first on that otherwise-unexceptionable day was that Professor McGonagall could sure scream loud. Professor Flitwick’s Charms 5th-year Charms class was close enough to catch the full effect, and the door had been left open besides; en masse the students recoiled with shock and a miscast Hiccuping Charm broke one of the windows (out which the entire flock of ravens they were practicing on escaped to the Forbidden Forest where they only had to worry about centaurs, rather than annoying young humans with wands). Up in the Divination Tower, Sibyl Trelawny preened over her foresight to have warned her students of an unprecedented catastrophe likely to occur before the hour was out. Out in Greenhouse Five, a NEWT-level Herbology class looked up in puzzlement, and most of them were subsequently bitten by the Venomous Tentaculae they were attempting to propagate. It does not do to ignore a Venomous Tentacula when you’re prodding at its intimate parts with a cotton ball held in tweezers, so the class was cancelled while two-thirds of the students headed for the infirmary and the rest of them headed into the castle because if they stayed with the Venomous Tentaculae they’d be outnumbered, and nobody wants that. And down in the dungeons, Professor Snape turned away from comparing Lee Jordan’s Pepper-Up Potion to spoiled cream at what sounded like a woman screaming from the entrance hall. At the second scream, he ordered the class to remain where they were and behave, sweeping out of the room just in time to miss Theodore Nott suddenly jumping up and yelping as if someone had put a crocodile heart down the back of his robes. Fred Weasley stepped back from the unfortunate Slytherin, shared a smirk with his twin, and stuck his head out the door to make sure Snape had rounded the corner before leading the way out of the classroom. - Back in the Transfiguration classroom, about four minutes ago, it had started innocently enough. Ron Weasley, possessed of a broken wand and a lurking suspicion that most of the family’s magical talent had been soaked up by his siblings before he was around to get any, had attempted to turn his pet rat, Scabbers, into a teacup. Scabbers had not become a teacup. Scabbers, blast his useless furry little backside, had become a furry, vaguely teacup-shaped monstrosity out of which absolutely no one would have been tempted to drink, and to make matters worse, he still had a tail. It was moving. Harry was hiding a smile behind his hand. Dean and Seamus weren’t even trying to hide, elbowing each other and laughing. Parvati and Lavender were looking with disgust and horror at either Scabbers or him, and Hermione was opening her mouth, no doubt ready to tell him exactly what he’d done wrong. Which only made it worse that he really thought he’d done everything right this time. He snatched Scabbers off the desk (eww, the base of the cup had the same texture as rat feet) and turned away from Hermione. He made the wand movement again, picturing in his mind the way McGonagall had demonstrated it. “Erreverto.” “Erreverto. Erreverto. Erreverto.” It didn’t work. It didn’t work when Professor McGonagall stopped by and gave Hermione two points for Gryffindor for getting the spell perfect in both directions. It didn’t work when Harry made his successful transfiguration (Ron looked; the pattern was a little bit furry but it was definitely a teacup). Ron’s lips formed the shape of a word that would’ve made his mother box his ears had she heard it and attempted the reverse transfiguration, which didn’t work either. Finally, faced not only with the indignity of failure but the threat of Scabbers being stuck like that, he’d gone up to Professor McGonagall’s desk. “Um, Professor?” Professor McGonagall looked up from the paper she was grading and looked from him to the squirming teacup. “Problems, Mr. Weasley?” “Um, yeah, Professor. I can’t get it to work in either direction and it’s not fair to Scabbers to make him stay as a teacup just because I can’t do a spell right and can you maybe … ?” “I suppose so, Mr. Weasley,” she said, and waved her wand in the exact manner Ron had been doing all along. Nothing happened. Professor McGonagall looked very, very puzzled. “Now that’s odd,” she said softly. As one, the other students rose from their seats and quietly moved closer. She did not attempt the transfiguration in the other direction. Instead, she made a complex motion with her wand and murmured an incantation that possibly only Hermione recognized. The teacup squeaked. Professor McGonagall looked more puzzled than ever, and made a sweeping wand movement that ended with a sharp jab and uttered, “Arcanum finite!” And there was a loud bang, and there was a pale, pudgy, and very naked man sprawled out on her desk, and she jumped back hard enough to knock her chair into the wall and screamed. - Having taught a particularly rigorous course of magical study to children and teens for quite some time now, Minerva McGonagall had become accustomed to certain things. Students who didn’t listen. Students who did rude things to the mice when they thought she wasn’t looking. Students who accidentally turned a frog or a raven into a flock of starlings or a school of strange slimy South American fish (and tried to solve the immediate problem by filling the classroom with two feet of water, neglecting to consider the gap under the door). Students who tried to transfigure their noses into a more appealing shape and wound up in the hospital wing regrowing their nostrils. Naked men on her desk was something Minerva McGonagall had never had an occasion to get used to. What made it worse was that she recognized this one, and he’d been dead for more than a decade. Inferius! was her first thought, followed shortly thereafter by Animagus, which collided with Peter Pettigrew! and produced the utterly horrifying thought of what if all four of them were Animagi? which didn’t bear thinking about at all, so her brain jumped to if he wasn’t killed by a Dark Wizard then why didn’t he say so? and realized there was only one possible explanation why, and about that time her eyes registered that parts of Peter Pettigrew she really doesn’t want to know about were flopping about in front of her face, and she was screaming as she jumped back. The flow of invective which followed somehow failed to surprise her one bit. Some part of her registered, peripherally, the shocked faces of her students, but most of her attention was directed at Peter Pettigrew, who at very least faked his own death and at worst framed Sirius Black and if Black didn’t betray the Potters then who … did. And the words poured out of her, filthy English and filthier Latin while Pettigrew squirmed on the table, his face rage and guilt and fear and something shifty and contemptible, and he turned to look at the stunned students and lunged for Ron Weasley’s wand. - Severus Snape had reached the Entrance Hall by the time the scream died away and the invective replaced it. He almost smirked, amid the alarm; of all the things he’d never expected to hear from Minerva McGonagall … he took the stairs two at a time, still not noticing the students who followed. He did notice the Herbology class, which had stopped on the way to the Infirmary and were staring transfixed in the direction of the Transfiguration classroom, but pushed his way through them, getting Venomous Tentacula pollen all over his robes in the process. From the other end of the corridor came Professor Flitwick’s Charms class, with Professor Flitwick bringing up the rear and pushing his way between students. - Ron looked stunned as the man who’d been his pet rat snatched the wand from his hand; Professor McGonagal’s expression shifted to one beyond fury and when the entire class recoiled, it wasn’t from the naked man with the wand. “Laedo!“ Minerva McGonagall roared. - Ron Weasley’s wand cast a Splintering Curse many years beyond its rightful owner’s abilities, and it did Peter Pettigrew the poor favor of eliminating the door, which might have slowed him down a bit. - Severus Snape flailed and skidded to a halt as the Transfiguration classroom’s door shattered. He stepped back just in time, and stared, jaw dropped in shock, as a naked man he recognized from his school days flew past him and bellyflopped against the wall, bounced, and collapsed to the ground just in time to avoid the “Exitium!” which followed and vaporized an impresive chunk of the castle’s stone wall. Fred and George and Lee Jordan, determined to stay at the front of the crowd, had been pushed almost against Professor Snape by their fellow Potions classmates and some pollen-coated Hufflepuffs. Fred squirmed aside hastily as Professor McGonagall appeared in the doorway, the look on her face so utterly livid that Professors Snape and Flitwick both reflexively stepped back. Snape tripped over George’s foot and fell against a knot of Hufflepuffs, releasing another cloud of pollen and knocking them backwards. Pettigrew saw his opportunity and took it, scrambling to his feet, stumbling sideways, and launching himself towards the gap. And Minerva McGonagall made a thrust with her wand and said, “Perdo.” In the very loud silence which followed, Filius Flitwick squeaked, “The Splinching Charm, Minerva?” She might’ve looked embarrassed for a moment, and then she smiled as she looked down at Pettigrew, who lay on his belly, his arms and legs lying akimbo some distance away. “Unorthodox,” she said, “but useful in a pinch. If someone would inform the Headmaster, and send an owl to the Ministry—-not Fudge, not Crouch, someone competent—-Shacklebolt, perhaps. Students, return to your classrooms, please. Mr. Weasley, I’m very sorry, but I do believe it’s impossible to return you your rat. However, the zero I was going to have to give you for the day’s work is entirely undeserved, as you were not transfiguring a normal rat. You may make the lesson up any time this week.” - The story was, of course, much embellished by the time it reached all the students. Versions of it had the intruder peppering Snape with a Glitter Hex or transfiguring Ron’s rat into a pair of boxers, and people had to be disabused of the notion that it had been Voldemort who’d been hiding as a rat all this time. Snape gave both Weasley twins detention for tripping him, and took forty-seven points total from Gryffindor over the next few weeks for various pretend-subtle pollen references. Kingsley Shacklebolt showed up with a team of Aurors in time to meet Professor Dumbledore; the Wizengamot launched an investigation into the events surrounding the Potters’ murder; the results turned into a scandal which saw the release of Sirius Black and the forced resignation of both Director Bartemious Crouch and Minister Cornelius Fudge. Director of Magical Law Enforcement Amelia Bones was confirmed as Minister of Magic shortly thereafte, and the Daily Prophet reported that Sirius Black (“Godfather to the Boy-Who-Lived!” “Framed, Abandoned, Condemned to Living Hell!” “Heart-Wrenching: His Release In Pictures, Page 17!”) was considering applying for a teaching position at Hogwarts, “but just for a year, I’ve been cursed enough for one lifetime.” (“The Prophet reminds its readers that the so-called “curse” on a certain Hogwarts teaching position is almost certainly a mere string of coincidences.”) And, Minerva thought with relish some months later, it was almost three weeks before anyone attempted messing around in her class. A personal record. I’ve probably reblogged this before but I’m going to do it again right now I think this is literally the best au this entire fandom has produced I’ve only seen this legendary bit of writing in memes and screenshots. I feel so blessed to see it in person. Beautiful, simply beautiful! Reblogging my own post because a) it’s my damn horn and I’ll blow it if I want to, and b) I just (finally!) cross-posted this to Archive Of Our Own, so if anybody wants to go read it over there, here it is. YESSSSSSS!  Love it!!
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Animals, Bad, and Children: 61below tumblr Follow lovelylilpup prokopetz I've seen a lot of videos going around of urban-dwelling critters coming to humans for help with various problems, ranging from boxes stuck on their heads to young trapped down a storm drain, and it's gotten me to thinking On the one hand, it's kind of fascinating that they know to do that. On the other hand, setting any questions of how this sort of behaviour must have arisen aside for the nonce, does it ever strike you how weird it is that we've got a whole collection of prey species whose basic problem-solving script ends with the step "if all else fails, go bother one of the local apex predators and maybe they'll fix the problem for no reason"? roachpatrol well, come to think of it, we're at the top of the food chain but we almost exclusively hunt and kill prey out in the country raccoons and possums and foxes and crows all succeed in an urban environment because they're opportunistic and observant. and almost none of them would have observed us pounce on one of their species and then start eating it, you know? a lot of them would have observed that we scream and chase them out of wherever we don't want them to be, but other animals are territorial too. but there's a number of situations where humans feed whoever's bold enough to take them up on the offer, and we do tend to pull garbage off of other animals as soon as they slow down enough for us to catch. 'a human got me but nothing bad happened' is a much more frequent thing than 'a human got me and tried to eat me anyway like, we're masters of our environment, we make weird shit happen all the time, we have lots of great food and sometimes we share, and we almost never eat someone. it makes sense for urban animals, over the last century or so, to just keep an eye out for opportunities to use us, and to pass the habit on to their kids. tsfennec It really is a weird, funny thing. Like yeah, technically they're predators, and they get pretty screamy, especially if you try to take any of their stuff... but given the chance it seems like they'd rather help us out and sometimes they'll just randomly give you food, so??? I mean, I guess in fairytales and myths we've got our fair share of stories about dangerous people/creatures who might well kill you or otherwise ruin your life but to whom people nonetheless turn for help in desperate circumstances. So it's not like the perspective is exactly a foreign thing to our own mindset, really It's just that, y'know, we can't actually go make a deal with the faeries when there's something we can't figure out Which brings me to an interesting thought about the ubiquitous rule about never eating the faery food lest you find yourself forever unsatisfied with anything in the human world- and the potential parallels to the dangers of feeding wildlife human food lest they become addicted and too tame and dependent to be safe for either themselves or us. Hmm.) sapphicaquarius Okay, but that last bit with the Fae... makes almost perfect sense Of the stories I've read, the food of the Fae, its origins and effects, are often strange and/or obscure- Just like our food to most animals. The Fae are strange beings that seem to know weird things that give them power or an edge over us.- Just like us to animals. The Fae work and live by strange rules also ofen nonsensical or obscure to us Just like us to animals. The Fae can easily obtain vast amounts of things we consider rare/precious/desireable, and have no problem with dishing it out wantonly for no other reason than amusement.- Just like us to animals. The Fae sometimes are amused by having us around, but only on their terms and IF it amuses/intrigues them.- Just like us to animals. GUYS, I SENSE A PATTERN.... -they have arcane social conventions and the punishment for not paying the correct respects right is banishment, if you're lucky, and death if you're not -they have wild and unexpected parties where you'd least expect to find them, but if you're bold enough to entertain them they'll feed you and caress you and play with you all night time runs strangely in their realm. their homes are summeriands: warm and bright, no matter the season. there is always fruit on their tables. but not everyone who comes in from the cold is let back out again. -their games are cruel and complex and unfair, but if you can beat them by their own rules you will access riches beyond imagining. sometimes they just fucking fuck with you, the fuckheads -they will absolutely steal your children away. when your children return-if they ever do-they will come back strange. they will know things they shouldn't. they won't know things that they should. your strange children might survive, might even prosper, might take wives and husbands and have children of their own but they will always be marked by their time away from your world. the price for pissing them off is always death. sometimes just you. sometimes your whole community if you are very good, and very smart, and very brave, they will grant your wish. oceaxereturns My eyes just got wider and wider the further down I read. 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Anna, Brains, and Church: SKILL HARD WORK TO ACHIEVE A LEVEL OF SKILL IN ANYTHING YOU HAVE TO STAND ON A PILLAR OF HARD WORK. OH, I JUST STARTED HERE TALENT & I HARD WORK TALENTHARD WORK owLTURD.com violent-darts: charlesoberonn: jelloapocalypse: These bother me sometimes. We all start as literal useless babies. No one gets a magic ticket that makes them better at anything. If someone says they “never practice” it’s probably because they like doing the skill and see it as a fun use of their time instead of “practice”. I will qualify this a small but I think important amount, because what it is is actually complicated:  Some people’s brains and nervous systems are wired for better hand-eye coordination. Some people’s brains and nervous systems are wired for better pattern recognition. Or translations of audio input. Or whatever.  What this does is combine with @jelloapocalypse‘s EXTREMELY WELL-OBSERVED COMMENT (If someone says they “never practice” it’s probably because they like doing the skill and see it as a fun use of their time instead of “practice”.) in a way that can be both invisible and give this kind of person a massive leg up while being really discouraging to someone who doesn’t have that wiring.  It doesn’t get to the actual original comic’s level of “oh I just started here”. But let’s take two people called Riley and Kennedy, and we’ll do singing, since that’s what I teach.  Riley and Kennedy have exactly the same kind of background: parents who listen to the radio sometimes, the usual social stuff around popular music of whatever genre, etc, but no formal training. Neither of them sings in a church choir, neither of them falls into a formal disability category, whatever.  The first time Riley shows up in my studio and we sing a really simple song I use as a diagnostic, she gets it mostly right. She can follow the tune; she can hear pitch, and it takes very little work for her to chivvy her voice into matching that pitch as long as there’s not something pulling her off. (In other words: as long as I’m singing the same notes as her and playing them on the piano, and as long a she can hear both herself and those notes).  For Riley the lesson is really fun and validating and she goes home and sings along to her own music for a while and comes back next week with six songs she wants to try learning. And most of her lessons are like that: pretty easy positive feedback. That means Riley “practices” a lot in exactly the way @jelloapocalypse describes, even if she doesn’t think she’s actually practicing (that is, sitting down to sing the songs we’re working on together in a systematic way) at all.  In contrast, the first time Kennedy comes to my studio, she struggles. It’s harder for her to hear the difference between notes, and it’s much harder for her to make her voice actually match the pitch she wants to sing at. When we pull out the diagnostic tune, she mostly manages to drone a few clusters of semi-tones, and while she can hear that she’s Off, it’s actually very hard for her to tell HOW she’s off, or what she should do to correct it.  In most cases, for Kennedy, lessons - and in fact the overall experience of singing - is not fun. It’s not validating. It’s a whole process of Not Being Good, of Doing Things Wrong, and given the way humans are often in casual situations being laughed at. When Kennedy goes home she doesn’t sing along with any music she plays: she keeps her lips pressed together and at best enjoys other people singing (and maybe feels envious and demeaned because she can’t do it).  Now the thing is, the practical “skill” difference for Riley and Kennedy here at the beginning is minimal. But the Rileys will tend (if they like what they’re doing) to ROCKET UP THE SKILL LEVEL, because of the “practice is fun so it’s just the thing I do” - because there is always a bunch of validation and positive reinforcement in the act of doing whatever it is, be it doodling or singing or math.  The Kennedys won’t. In fact if they’re not lucky enough to have a good teacher, and one who can put a lot of this into perspective for them, they will tend to be inhibited. The worst time is when a Riley and a Kennedy are friends and sign up to learn together, and Riley takes off and Kennedy’s left sitting there feeling like she’s somehow Deeply Flawed.   And in fact the whole Doctrine of “It’s Just About How Hard You Work” will in and of itself become part of what inhibits them, because they will watch the Rileys - and even the Annas, Anna in this metaphor being the Totally Normal Student who never really exists - grasp things faster than they do, even if they ARE working hard. And this will HAPPEN. They will watch this reality happen in front of them … and then people say to them “oh, it’s all about how hard you work, dear.” And it’s like being gaslit. (Well, to be fair: it IS being gaslit, just without malice intended on the part of the people doing it.)  And that message is horribly horribly toxic: here Kennedy is, and she IS working hard, but she’s still not progressing as fast as Riley or Anna no matter what she does! But it’s All About Hard Work, right? So that must mean that no matter how hard she THINKS she’s working, she’s actually just lazy, or doesn’t want it enough. It’s clearly a moral flaw in her.  I actually have, personally, really good luck with teaching the Kennedys because I literally have this conversation with them when they come to my studio. I actually outright tell them: firstly, anyone who has working vocal chords can sing. Anyone who has working vocal chords and the ability to distinguish audio pitch can even sing on key in tune! But some people have an easy time learning this and some people have a hard time, and sometimes which it is has some relationship to, say, “early exposure to music” or whatever but sometimes it seems to be utterly fucking random - pure luck of the draw.  You CAN SING. The capability is there. And if you want to we will find out how to make it happen. It might not happen as fast as for some other person, it might take more work, it might take more care, but that’s okay: that’s not your fault, that doesn’t mean you’re NOT working hard, but it does mean that here at the beginning we do things like recalibrate victories, we make your progress about YOU, not about Riley or Anna.  But I’m also not going to gaslight you or make you feel like you’re either delusional or somehow especially So Terrible You Don’t Fit In The Rest Of The World: sure, I’ve got some Riley-types who walk in here, noodle around, and we go on to Art Songs. They exist.  So what? Tall people exist. People with broad shoulders exist. People with dark hair exist. Physical embodiment and neurology hand out luck of the genetic roulette with no interest in outcomes. If you’re born blonde, it’s always going to take more work for you to have brown hair than someone born with brown hair, but much like dyeing your hair to match what you want, we can train the muscles of your voice and the neural pathways for hearing to do what you want.  The differences between Rileys and Kennedys are very small. If Riley didn’t discover she liked singing and Kennedy worked at it for years then no, Riley would not “start out” as good as Kennedy is after those years. And you can be Riley and if you DON’T do the fucking work, the Annas of the world especially will blast past you and leave you in the dust.  But on the other hand the Rileys get this wonderful cycle of positive reinforcement that does often start from a place of their coincidental physical embodiment giving them a slight leg up. And pretending that’s not the case does a big disservice to the Kennedys.  We just absolutely do need to reframe that for what it is (a tiny fundamental difference and then a HELL OF A LOT OF “this is fun so I practice more so I get more validation so I -” and more or less no moral meaning at all), what it doesn’t mean, and how to compensate for it. 
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Butt, Fall, and Fucking: pixiezq extraordinaryaardvark July 28th 2014, 4:08:15 pm 30 minutes ago Source: jtoday WHY DO THEY ALWAYS SLICE THEIR PALM TO GET BLOOD. do you know how many nerve endings are in your hand?!?! why don't they ever cut the back of their arm or their leg or something omfg" me everytime a character in a movie has to get a few drops of their blood for some ritual bullshit (via jtoday) WHILE WE'RE AT IT, why do people try to cross those skinny bridges over lava/chasms/whatever by walking upright. IT'S CALLED CENTER OF GRAVITY. get on your hands and knees and crawl across that thing. HUG IT. SCOOT YOUR BUTT ACROSS. "but i look stupid!" lalalala but we'll avoid that dramatic moment where you almost fall over and die because your damn fucking self wanted to look COOL (via jtoday and stop yanking IV lines out of your arms the minute you wake up in the hospital (via panconkiwi) That is a broadsword, why are you fencing with it (via gallifrey-feels) There is a freaking door right there. Stop smashing through windows, damn it. (via intheforestofthenight) yes, mr. action hero, I am aware that running dramatically from the baddies at breakneck speed is important, but know what else is important? NOT GETTING SHOT. RUN IN A FUCKING ZIGZAG PATTERN ON THE OFF CHANCE THAT THE MOOKS WERE NOT COACHED IN MARKSMANSHIP BY THE IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS (via pterriblepterodactyls) Oh, hey, you there, sneaky hero-type breaking into any place for any reason? WEAR SOME FUCKING GLOVES. They're called fingerprints dumbass. You have them and you're putting them all over the fucking place (via dawnpuppet) If something really fucking huge is falling on you, don't FUCKING RUN ALONG THE LENGTH JUST TAKE LIKE TWO FUCKING STEPS TO THE SIDE (via takshammy) Survival Tips
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Books, Confused, and Music: HOW TO GET BETTER AT LISTENING COMPREHENSION by rhubarbstudies Listening comprehension: is a huge part of learning (and speaking) any language 1. It's about discrimination; isolating sounds and words while you practice 2. Pronunciation and comprehension go hand-in-hand. As 3. Listen with prejudice: listen for certain words, certain information. one improves, so does the other Best practice: Listen to your target language often: 5 hours/week in class is a good start. Watching shows or listening to music in your target language is a enough to significantly improve your understanding of the language Strategies and tips for improvement Music: listen to music and read the words at the same time. The goal is to start training your brain to recognize the letters that go with the sounds. The better you get, the more you'll be able to understand the words when vou hear them without text. Read out loud: just like when you learned your first language, reading aloud in your target language is a basic way to advance your comprehension. Use your book: its more than likely that your textbook has a section on listening, so use it Dare to mispronounce: use the words often and out loud. The more familiar y uth muscles become with making the sounds, the better you will get at interpreting them. → Repetition: if you have listening exercises, repeat those over and over again. The more you use them, the better you'll get. HOW TO STUDY GRAMMAR by rhubarbstudies Grammar: is the nuts and bolts of language Best practice: Nightly review: good, organized notes & repetition for mechanical proficiency. Think of grammar as the moving pieces of lanquage. It's flexible. There is rarely one right way to say something Study strategies for grammar (choose as needed) → Examples, examples, examples: write copious examples in your notes: the more ways you see things done, the clearer the pattern is. → Look for patterns: most grammar is very clean, there are rules and the the grammar will follow them in organized ways. When you notice a pattern, write it down, draw arrows and cartoons and anything else that helps you remember. → Become familiar with the parts of speech: (in all languages) and what they do. These are the building blocks of al language, and there are only seven. For conjugations: practice new forms immediately. If you get them into memory, you'll never think about them again, and you'll always have them ready Montessori shapes: associate different elements of a sentence with shapes and colors. Use whatever you can to help features stand out. → Translate this is the old school method. The more connections you forge between you current language and your target language, the easier the target language is to understand. Grammar drills: this is boring, but repetition has a huge success rate with grammar. Meet with your teachers: they most likely understand the topic they're teaching, so meeting with them is often the easiest thing you can do HOW TO MEMORIZE VOCABULARY by rhubarbstudies Vocabulary: the meat of the language-acquiring vocabulary is one of the most important parts of study. The goal is to enter it into long-term memory (saving you work down the road) Best practice: Nightly review: no more than 5 minutes. Flashcards are the most efficient method Other methods for working with vocabulary (choose as needed) ord groups: create charts if words grouped together that are similar, the more associations between words, the easier they are to recall Pictures: associate new words with both images and definitions. Vocabulary fan: write all the vocab down the side of a piece of paper, then fold it over and write the definitions. Keep doing this until, you have filled the whole page, and the page will be folded into an accordion shape Recopying: some people find success with the traditional way of writing out lists and definitions until you don't need the lists anymore Vocab journal this is what the pros do-keep a notebook purely for vocabulary. Any time you come across a word you've had to look up more than three times, add it to the journal with a definition. Kinetic study: associate movement with words and definitions. Engage your whole body in the topic. Your body helps jog your memory. Interactive notebooks: use foldable (like the vocabulary fan) to make flip books or flip boxes that you paste into a notebook. The more senses you engage, the faster toy can assimilate the new information. Drawing if you have a penchant for art, draw the ideas that come with the words. sing your vocabulary; set it to music that sticks with you. SongES HOW TO GET BETTER AT HOMEWORK by rhubarbstudies Homework is really a necessity in mastering new concepts because it's repetition. Use your book & other resources: if you have a textbook/workbook set, the homework you're doing most likely has corresponding sections. Look up words and anything else you don't know. Understanding the directions and questions is super important to sense of what your practicing Try anyway even if you get confused, try anyway. Giving up will only lead to getting behind and more confusion down the line identifying what you don't know is hugely helpful write questions in the margins of your homework/book so that you can remember them in class for next time or look them up on your own. Ask for help your teachers are most likely easy to contact and willing to give you homeworlk support or a quick meeting to clarify things. Keep up with your work and engage in class: if you work out of your workbook/textbook a lot, your quizzes and tests will most likely reflect your books. Keep them up to date. Correct wrong answers and use the books together rhubarbstudies: [5/27/17] My French teacher gave us these tips for studying a new language, so I typed them up for you guys! You can check out the original doc he gave us here

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Anaconda, Anime, and Bad: MASTERPOST OF LITERALLY EVERYTHING baku: ever wanted to do some stuff? like, different stuff? tired of having to scroll through your huge ref tag? LOOK NO FURTHER!! Have a masterpost of LITERALLY EVERYTHING which took me 5 hours to make so reblog it Art: Painting tutorial Female/male arms Kneeling + Sitting ref Dragon head view tutorial SAI brushes 86786 Drawing expressions Sai Brushes 1 NGE colour palette 1 100+ colour palletes Avoiding same face Face contours/highlighting  free art MyPaint Body anatomy help 1 How to shift images using blur in PS Drawing clothe folding How to draw ice Colour palette 1 Colour palette 2 SAI brush settings 2 SAI/PS pixel brushes Warm/Cool gray Flower crown tutorial Skin colour palette Pink colour sheet How to draw buttsthighs The male torso Drawing glowing stuff in SAI Drawing horse/animal legs on humans Drawing clouds Muscular male with bow stock photos Pastel colours Drawing grass fields in SAI ExpressionsLegs All about the human body 20+ colour palettes  Colour conversion Kissing ref Creature design  Colour meanings Creating expression Tutorial masterpost (100+) Lineart Canine How to colour Pose studies Feline comparisons How to draw penis Leaf pressing 100+ anatomy references  How to draw folds SAI brushes 3 Sitting poses Colour palette 4 Cloud painting How to draw 3D rooms Colour info Colouring ref Hair tutorial Clothing ref Bodies and poses SAI brushes 5 Colour scheme designer Folding ref HeadsAngles  Paint tool SAI masterpost Drawing ref masterpost (10+) Hair+Fur How to draw faces SAI brushes 4 Anatomy of mutant humans What should I draw? Free art software pastel colour ref Mass art ref Soft SAI brushes ways to draw stuff SAI brush settings baseball cap ref Penis ref Drawing human wings Cool free art software Huge art ref Colour blender 2 SAI brushes Photoshop for free  Writing: Inspiration 1 Instead of ‘whispered’ Music for writing fight scenes Writing fantasy Emotions vocab sheet How to reveal character Writers block resource Writing a death scene BIO help Music to help you write Writing prompt generators Got writers block? How to torture a character Degrees of emotion ULTIMATE writing ref, 500+ Character names Body language 25 days of fic HOW TO DRAW ANYTHING Writing people of colour nanowrimo start kit character flaws General:  Becoming an adult masterpost cute OTP things Resource masterpost For bored people Anime + Manga recs how to make a blanket nest Getting an apartment what should i read next? If you’re bored Delete tourists from photos Cute pet nicknames Family tree explained  Pulling an all nighter  masterpost of themes/pixels/emoticons List of demon names Demons Deities in the bible Moss graffiti  Types of attraction Trampoline = outside bed College textbooks God masterpost Creepypasta OTP necklaces Super silky summer legs Plastic keychains How to write cover letters make music on itunes sound great Documentarys  Classic lit Makeup: Black/gold ref 1 Cosplay eye makeup Halloween eye gore makeup (tw eye gore) Rotting skin halloween makeup Eyeliner ref bloody halloween nails Gender: Getting gender-neutral pronouns on facebook Backgrounds: Pokemon mystery dungeons iphone Ghosty backgrounds  Themes/pixel/backgrounds Clothing:  1000+ everything clothing ref Awesome jackets Cheer up/Be happy If you’re having a bad night Movies to watch when you’re down Confidence Sowing: 8ft giant squid pattern Food: Cheeseburger cupcakes Deep-dish cookie for one Exercise:  Burning stomach fat Games: PokéRadar guide Play pokémon games online Pkmn Shiny hunting guide Animal crossing new leaf face/hair guide Free RPG games Mental health: Talking about your mental health
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Bones, News, and Police: Peaceful Streets @PeacefulStreets Following "Officer Cecil Garrett, 48, showed a "pattern" of pulling drivers over without cause after arn investigation... Clermont officer had 'pattern' of unlawful stops, prosecutor... The State Attorney's Office dismissed five cases after a Clermont Police officer was arrested Wednesday for falsifying arrest reports, prosecutors said. orlandosentinel.com 5:49 AM-28 Jul 2017 Jokey Jokerson @Tomkrajewski74 &-Follow Follow)v All cops do is lie cheat steal beat rape and murder! They don't protect & serve us. They only uphold the law,regardless of how unjust it is Peaceful Streets @PeacefulStreets Officer Cecil Garrett, 48, showed a "pattern" of pulling drivers over without cause after an investigation... .fb.me/3D3PaFFv3 6:00 AM-28 Jul 2017 black-to-the-bones: The State Attorney’s Office dismissed 10 cases after a Clermont police officer was arrested Wednesday on charges that he falsified arrest reports, a prosecutor said Thursday. Officer Cecil Clifford Garrett, 48, showed a “pattern” of pulling drivers over without cause after an investigation showed he didn’t run their tags before stopping them, Forgie said, adding that Garrett “lied” in arrest reports about when he ran the tags. Source One more vivid example of the fact that police officers feel like they can do anything they want without any consequences. Our society and the law taught them they can beat people without any reason, humiliate them and even kill , especially if they target black people. It’s unacceptable and we need to stop this ,madness as fast as we can. Just imagine how many innocent people are in prisons right now just because cops wanted so.

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All Lives Matter, Chicago, and Family: DreTookHer BeardedDre Follow 3 black federal employees died in a month span. No uproar from "all lives matter" only people that care are black... SPREAD This media may contain sensitive material. Your media settings are configured to warn you when media may be sensitive. View RETWEETS LIKES 52,473 42,359 VOLD 3:02 PM-26 May 2017 from Virginia, USA THE DAILY BEAST POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT WORLD US. TECH ARTS CULTURE DRINK FOOD STYLE GRIM MILESTONE First Judge Killed in Chicago History by Gun Violence He Fought Raymond Myles was shot to death outside his home Monday morning, in a seemingly random act of violence after a career spent locking up criminals behind massacres, the death of Jennifer Hudson's family members, and more. BOB CHIARITO 0410.17 11:41 PMET SEARCH The New Work Eimes N.Y. / REGION Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Judge on New York's op Court, Is Found Dead in fHudson Kiveir By MATTHEW HAAG and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM APRIL 12, 2017 Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam at the Court of Appeals in Albany last year. Hans Pennink/Assoclated Press T-Mobile LTE 5:57 PM 40% [-]), + Tweet Tariq Nasheed @tariqnasheed Another Black federal prosecutor has been found dead. This time it's Berantorn Whisenant Jr. a Florida US attorney. This is a pattern 5/26/17, 2:37 PM from Pico Rivera, CA 2,470 RETWEETS 1,423 LIKES Tweet your reply Home Explore Notifications Message:s lagonegirl: Politically powerful Black people are a threat to White Supremacy.

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Fucking, Music, and Run: burndownmiddletown: mr-hoodrat: roe-your-boat: disparition: afloydianslip: fencehopping: Electron microscope video of a needle on a vinyl record. H O W  like you can tell me all you want how the sound is stored in the grooves but fucking H O W  HOW DOES THAT GET INTO THE NEEDLE HOW ARE THE VIBRATIONS TURNED INTO MUSIC THAT YOU CAN HEAR??? H O W The vibrations aren’t “turned into” music, they are music. When vibrations occur inside your inner ear, your brain processes this as sound. The grooves in a record are an analogy for these vibrations, a method of remembering them so that they can be recreated later on.  Put your hand on a speaker while loud music is playing and you’ll feel the vibrations. Those are exactly the same vibrations happening inside your ear when you hear the music.  But how do you capture that?  Take a surface that vibrates strongly when a sound is played, like the skin of a drumhead for example. Connect that surface to a little tool - when sound causes the surface to vibrate, the tool digs a little bit into some wax, leaving behind a pattern that matches - in proportion - the vibrations of the surface caused by the sound. This is your analogy (hence: analog music).  Now, when there’s no sound playing, you run that little tool back over the pattern. This causes the skin to vibrate again, this time in response to the tool running over the pattern instead of because of an external sound. The vibrations should match, proportionally, the original vibrations of the music.. and thus these new vibrations, if you were to amplify them, would be a recreation or “recording” of the original music.  That’s oversimplified of course and things have changed a lot since the days of wax, but that is very basically how the process of recording music worked at first, and the general idea of how sound gets from a groove in a record into your brain.  (reblogging for Disparition commentary)  Thank you Science side of tumblr I hugely appreciate people taking to the time explain stuff like this, as it helps put an end to the “wow, science is magic!” trope that’s become far too common.
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Food, Life, and Animal: l'll take a Double Triple Bossy Deluxe on a raft, four by lfour, animal-style, extra shinales with a shimmy and a squeeze light axle grease, make it cry burn it, and let it swim lwilhave the meal known as the Bossy dele,execpt doubledaswellas triped and on afotation device the patterm should be quadruple by quadruple,syled after the creatures of the animal kingdom, extra roof omamentsshimmied and embracedas wellas light varety of connecting pipe food oil, make ithoribly depressed,set talight a llit to proplltselfinthe water. I, the invertibrate known as bubblebass, will be partaking in the popular bikini botom food known as the Krabby Patty the form known as the bossy deluxe in particular,however,Iwould, in addition to this,Iwould like the burger to be modified in the following ways the amount of ingredients used should be doubled, then the aforementioned ingredients should be tripled,ona device created for the purpose of floating atop water,Ishall make the pattern of the burger to be in the format of four, followed by another four,it should follow severalmilarites particular mainly to the genus ofcreatures known popularly as wellas scientifically as the animal kingdom,additional ornaments are to be applied to the top of t, shookenthouroghlyand compressed between fingers, as wellas a notably non-heavy connecting lavored food lubricant, force the burger into suicidal depression, make the several times aforementioned burger combustas wel, and give it the freedom to move in the four cardinal directions in the undersea area l am an undersea creature from the genus commonlv ofinvertibrates rerefreeerd to as fish particularlaythe veraity known as basss, despite hte fact theat it is illogicaetl to expect a fishl, especiallyonme of my varietly to order a hamburerr but dispite thisl would heavilly prefer tohavfe a burger from the popular bikinini bottob resturant to as the krucstie krak in orderr to have eno of thies brugers thea variety of burger that l would like tooo order wouuuld be the authority-exersising elite edition on a device created by the homohomohomohomosapien speciesssin ordere to make them able to flaot atop the chemical refererereed to as as h2o, the pattern in which should be asssembleed is the four by four by four by four by four by four by four, in should also by increased in sized in order to use double the atoms in its makup in order to make it ore able to sustain my life wwwwith ist nutrientss, makee the burger have even more ff ornaments then ti should usually have, condense the atoms that make up the burger in such a way as the constitute the actillion auajai TO as a squeeeeze, add particulararly non-heavy food fat, mocc the burger until it has a massive tdeisiser to kil itself like mine as welll u should allow it to take part in the activity wherein it mush use its body to propell itseeelf in the presviously mentioned hhhhh2222o000 I, the under sea umnde sauucse crecker ffered as bubble bass would bperfer a genus of squeeze SW ngin ah20 ned homosa sty raft and ase nts to make the chen some ofhteli ngan as nnihninininininininininin inimnini bObbbbbot7ummeme men ñeme in uorlippe towoo this myself woooc like somme sucicidal dpersssion aaaaaaaa Krabby burger

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Dogs, Love, and Tumblr: classycollars: Jax looks dazzling in her geometric #ClassyCollar! Email classy.collars@yahoo.com for this pattern! #love #dogs #petcorner #dogsofinstagram

classycollars: Jax looks dazzling in her geometric #ClassyCollar! Email classy.collars@yahoo.com for this pattern! #love #dogs #petcorner ...

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