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    Hello, lovelies! This week, I talk about how I got a 2300+ on the SAT without any outside tutoring or prep classes. Yes, it’s possible, and I tell you how to do it in the video.

    I also put together a masterpost of resources below. Even if you aren’t self-studying, a lot of these things might be helpful:

    PREP BOOKS

  • Official College Board SAT Study Guide (The Blue Book)
  • Direct Hits Vocabulary (Volume 1) // Direct Hits Vocabulary (Volume 2) – What makes these books stand out from other SAT vocab books is the use of pop culture references to explain definitions. For example, the first word in Volume 1, ambivalent, is given the sentence: “In The Avengers, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Thor are initially ambivalent about joining S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Avengers Initiative.”
  • Barrons SAT 2400 – Fabulous book, helpful strategies. I didn’t read the whole thing or do all the practice problems; I only used it for extra help on the sections I struggled with.
  • Grubers SAT 2400 – Didn’t personally use it myself, but it was recommended by a lot of my friends.
  • CRITICAL READING

     Non-SAT Critical Reading Advice

    → My favorite reading sources:

  • The Atlantic – mix of interesting articles
  • Variety – pop culture focus, but with more cultured language
  • New Yorker – very cultured, good place to pick up vocabulary
  • New York Times – classic SAT reading material
  • Boston Globe – I have a soft spot in my heart for their entertainment and style sections
  • National Geographic – exactly the sort of passages you’ll find on the SAT
  • Vocab Flashcards (mentioned in video)

    WRITING

     Top Writing Errors

     Top Grammar Rules

    MATHEMATICS

     Khan Academy

    [App Review]—Beelinguapp

    Is this more of an app review or a book review? Today I bring you a review of Beelinguapp, an audiobooks app for language learners.

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    Sometimes studying can be a boring drag and you just want to do something a little less tedious than drilling grammar or a ton of vocab flashcards. Maybe you want to get into reading books in your language of choice, but you’re worried that it might be too hard to just pick up a book written in your chosen language and read it without guidance. In that case, I could recommend this app to you!

    As I already said, this is an audiobook app. There are free stories and paid ones both available to choose from. There are stories of all different types and difficulties, including classics and even sciency stuff, as you can see in the above image! The cool thing is that when you choose a story, you can also choose which languages to download it in! So far, I’ve downloaded all of my stories in English, Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese. When you go to listen to a story, you can choose what you want your learning language to be and what your reference language is. When you listen to the book, it will be read and displayed to you in the learning language, and you can do split screen so the learning language is on top and the reference language is on bottom. You can mix and match languages, so you could even have two learning languages up at once!

    There are a lot of things you can play with as you read. As I already mentioned, there’s the split screen option, and there is a night mode, text magnifier, voice speed control, and text highlight that follows the reader. The text highlight sometimes isn’t timed correctly, however, and of course if the languages you have set as your learning and reference have different word order or other major grammatical differences, you won’t be able to really use the highlight to, for example, match words you don’t know. Still, the highlight does make it easier to follow where the speaker is in the text with your eyes even if the timing is a little off.

    As for the actual audio quality, I’ve found it to be passable in all the stories and different languages I’ve tested so far, though some aren’t the absolute best quality. That isn’t to say the audio is bad, just that you can expect to hear some noise in some recordings. I’m assuming that the audio quality will be better with stories that you have to pay to download, but I’m too cheap so I haven’t tried any of those yet :B Anyway, in all of the stories I’ve listened to so far, the narrators speak at reasonable storytelling speeds, and if you aren’t super picky about audio quality, there should be no big problem.

    The major downfall of this app is, in my opinion, the lack of a dictionary function. You can long-press words to add them to your own dictionary in the app… but then you have to add a meaning for the word yourself, which is obviously not too helpful at all if you don’t already know what the word means! Sure, maybe you could take a look at the reference language text to see what the word means, but these stories aren’t translated word-for-word and sometimes matching up words between different versions of the same text could be hard. What I think this app really needs is an easy-access dictionary that, if you long-press a word, it pulls up a dictionary entry for that word. Of course, since there are so many stories in so many languages on this app, providing dictionaries for all of them might be hard…

    Verdict:

    Ultimately, I think this is a pretty good app with a few flaws that, if fixed, would make this a really excellent language-learning tool!

    PROS:

  • Multiple languages available
  • Can read along as you listen to the story
  • Can choose your display languages so you can even study more than one new language at once
  • Lots of little options to play with to optimize your experience
  • CONS:

  • No integrated dictionary :<
  • Audio quality is decent but a little lacking
  • Text highlighting sometimes isn’t synced properly
  • As always, happy studying <3

    Beginners Japanese textbooks

    So I get a lot of questions here and on Instagram about the books I use for Japanese and what I would recommend to beginners. So I thought I’d put together a little list of books I would suggest you start off with as a beginner in Japanese (these are all books I have used myself or had/would consider using) Obviously I’m not saying you need all of these books, pick one and see how it goes (although I do recommend using more than one resource)! I may do another post like this for intermediate learners if there’s enough interest (with the textbook series they will take you to a higher level, but this is just recommendations as a starting point) ^^ 

    Learning Hiragana and Katakana Flashcards

    Japanese Kanji Flashcards Volume 1

    Japanese Kanji for Beginners

    Japanese From Zero Series

    Kana From Zero | Hiragana From Zero | Katakana From Zer| Kanji From Zero

    Japanese From Zero 1 | Japanese From Zero 2 | Japanese From Zero 3 | 

    Japanese From Zero 4

    Genki Series

    Level 1 textbook | Level 1 workbook | Level 2 textbook | Level 2 workbook

    Japanese For Busy People Series

    Kana workbook | Level 1 kana ver | Level 1 romaji ver | Level 2

    Basic Japanese

    Japanese for Beginners

    A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

    Essential Japanese Grammar

    Essential Japanese Vocabulary

    600 Basic Japanese Verbs

    elriabrunnr

    Petition link

    achingroses

    Hey yeah this is very important.

    Amongst some of the things than could happen are:

    • Downloading, and distribution of PDF files would be illegal, as well as photocopying books.

    • Downloading files for academic investigations would become illegal.

    • English, robotics, and engineering workshops would become illegal.

    • Costs in education would increase.

    That last one is particularly important because sadly, Mexico doesn’t have a great public education system, thus, many people have to enroll into private schools and most of them are very very expensive. Sadly almost half of the population here lives in poverty, in consequence many children aren’t able to go to public schools. let alone costly private schools.

    • Amongst the things that would turn illegal too, would be electronic repairing businesses, and only those businesses with authorized licenses could work.

    • It would be illegal to add components to electronic devices, such as RAM memories, better processors, amongst others, regardless of the fact that said components were bought legally.

    • Maintenance costs would increase as it would be illegal to fix your own electronic devices, even if it’s just a small touch up.

    If things weren’t already bad, the way we use the internet would be affected.

    • Access to internet would become more expensive, new taxes would be added to platforms as well as media.

    • Internet providing services could block the access to downloading images, music, videos, books,  pretty much any content that could be found on the internet, including memes.

    And last but not least.

    Internet censorship.

    “If someone points out any post or publication that violates authors rights, said post or publication must be hidden, eliminated, or disabled without previous notice, proof, or any jurisdictional order coming from the internet provider (…)”

    Thus anyone, corporations and organizations, could demand for anything to be deleted and there wouldn’t be any reason to stop them as they would protect themselves with alleged authors right accusations.

    Overall, our government looks forward to silencing us, keeping us quiet and not allowing us of freedom of speech.

    This can have awfully consequences, as we would be silenced for expressing our political views and content would be manipulated to fit a certain political narrative.

    369 votes were given in favor to this law, 0 against it and 1 abstention.

    I am asking for everyone out there to please share this. My future and many others would be greatly affected by this law, many people could lose their jobs and fall deeper into the ever growing line of poverty that Mexico has.

    We can’t allow for the government to keep us silenced and censored.

    The original post comes from @/hiimnotlara on instagram. 

    alexseanchai

    [image: tweet dated 02 July 2020 by sax_chio, transcribed below:]

    2 days ago Mexico passed a law that criminalizes internet neutrality. You can even go to jail for fixing your tech devices in your own home!Please even if you r nt from Mexico help us to boost this hashtag we have a until july 31 to do something about it!

    #SinCensuraNiCandados