idk i’ve been struggling finding resources for certain things so i thought i’d pool them in case anyone else needs them too
Lembas Bread (Lord of the Rings “authentic” Elvish bread)
2 ½ cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon honey
2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon of vanilla
Preheat oven to 425F. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and mix with a well till fine granules (easiest way is with an electric mixer). Then add the sugar and cinnamon, and mix them thoroughly.
Finally add the cream, honey, and vanilla and stir them in with a fork until a nice, thick dough forms.
Roll the dough out about 1/2 in thickness. Cut out 3-inch squares and transfer the dough to a cookie sheet.Criss-cross each square from corner-to-corner with a knife, lightly (not cutting through the dough).
Bake for about 12 minutes or more (depending on the thickness of the bread) until it is set and lightly golden.
***Let cool completely before eating, this bread tastes better room temperature and dry. Also for more flavor you can add more cinnamon or other spices***
We were watching RotK-xtd with friends this weekend, Diane had just made cheddar & chili scones to go with the wine, and during the Smeagol frames Sam with Lembas Crumbs scene, we all looked at her and said as one “you could make that stuff!” And now we’ve got a recipe!
Typically I’m mentally tweaking it already: leave out the cream so they keep better, add Horlicks & maybe rolled oats to enhance the travel nutrition authenticity (Horlicks Tablets were part of British military survival rations; Tolkien would have known this) and maybe some instant espresso granules to keep you going as far as Morgul Vale.
2. 4-strand braid
3. Rope braid
4. French braid
5. Fishtail braid
6. 5-strand braid
7. Dutch braid
8. Waterfall braid
sylph - a graceful and slender young woman.
euphony - a bearable or agreeable sound.
quixotic - extremely romantic and chivalrous.
pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon, wherein a person has the notion of seeing faces of people in clouds, hearing hidden messages and other such unusual feelings.
phalerate - decorated; made beautiful.
betwixt - between.
crepuscule - twilight; dusk.
epicaricacy - taking pleasure in other’s misfortune; schadenfreud.
nepenthe - something, such as a drink or a drug, capable of making one forget suffering.
exosculate - to kiss fervently or heartily.
lacuna - a blank space or missing part.
euonym - a pleasing or beautiful name.
quarender - a dark red apple.
halcyon - calm and peaceful; tranquil. Prosperous; gold.
ubiquitous - being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent.
soigné - showing sophisticated elegance; fashionable. Well-groomed; polished.
I’m attracted to all these words
- Lang-8 (Journal in another language, be corrected by native speakers. Do the same for others by correcting them.)
- Polyglot Link
- FSI Language
- BBC Languages
- I Kinda Like Languages
- GLOSS (Foreign Language Institute)
- My Language Exchange
- So You Want to Learn a Language
- Mango Languages
- Learning with Texts
- LingQReddit Threads:
SRS (Spaced Repetition flashcards):
- Memrise (Iphone/pad app available)
- Anki (droid/i-app avail)
- Skritter (Paid: Japanese/Chinese; i-app avail.)
Chinese (Mostly/All Mandarin):
- Chinese Grammar Wiki
- Fluent Flix
- Chinese Hacks
- Social Mandarin
- Hao Hao Report
- Hacking Chinese
- Why Chinese is so damn hard
- sugoideas, Taiwanese dramas
- Baidu radio, PRC radio stations
- Mac TV, Taiwan TV
- 中文字譜, site for making mnemonics
- Reviewing the Hanzi
- Perapera Chinese Firefox add on
- Better Chinese (Paid)
- China Sprout online retail
- Chinese Grammar (eh, looks dull)
- More Manhua
- Chinese Rage Comics
- English Slang in Chinese
- Pleco for iPhone
- Chinese with Serge (he’s pretty clear)
- Review the Hanzi forum thread
- Nciku (search characters by drawing them)
- QQ international version / Weibo (Chinese “twitter”) / renren
- Apps: Mindsnacks Mandarin ($5, personal recommendation), Manhua Reader App, Pleco, Word Tracer Learn Chinese, Chinese with Pengyou Pal
- Books I own: (Far East) Illustrated 300 Chinese Character Dictionary, Reading and Writing Chinese (Tuttle), Chinese Link (favorite textbook so far), Integrated Chinese (Not as good as Chinese Link imho. Less organized/structured in a good format), Basic Spoken Chinese (Tuttle), Schaum’s Chinese Grammar
- Hangul Type Attack
- Seemile (Also learn Chinese)
- Talk to Me in Korean
- My Korean 1 & 2
- Busy Atom
- Korean Wiki - Hangul
- Grammar Dictionary
- Radio Korea
- Songang Korean Program
- Hulu Kdramas
- Airang “I Love Korean”
- Seoul National University Korean Crash Course
- Apps: Korean Letters Lite App (Free/Paid available), Korean Study Buddy App, Learn Sounds of Korean App (currently free)
- Korean Champ
- Korean Class 101
- Hangukdrama and Korean
- Learn Korean
- Resource List (Also Japanese)
- Books: Integrated Korean (Common textbook, friends used/liked it for class), Learn Korean for Beginner’s (Tuttle), Basic Korean: A Grammar and Workbook.
- All Japanese All the Time (AJATT method; perhaps worth a read for other languages)
- So You Want to Learn Japanese…
- Perapera Firefox add on
- Reviewing the Kanji
- Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese / The app
- Beginner’s Guide
- Kanji Damage
- Tofugu / Textfugu (Some-Paid)
- Rikaichan FF/Chrome
- Lingualift (Paid)
- I Know! (Paid)
- Nihon Shock ($25)
- Tagorin Dictionary
- Read the Kanji
- Nihongo Dekimasu
- Before Breakfast
- Kotodama Typing Game
- Real Kana
- The Japanese Page
- All Kana Aesop’s Fables (Practice translating)
- Manga RAWs
- Apps: Kana iphone/ipad app (all Japanese game), Ninja worlds (free/paid $3 app), Human Japanese (Free/$10)
- How to Read Manga/Watch anime (and understand) in 2 years
- Pastebin Reddit Resources
- Pera Pera Penguin
- Nihongo e na
- Jbox Study items
- Books I own: Japanese in Mangaland/Kanji in Mangaland, Learning Hiragana & Katakana (Tuttle), The Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook, A Dictionary of Japanese Particles (Kodansha), Essential Japanese Grammar, Barron’s Japanese Grammar, DON’T buy Yookoso! I’m using it right now and I hate it, it’s frustrating and confusing and uses an uncommon Romaji system for far too long. I’ve used six different textbooks in three different languages and this is hands down the worst of any of them. Genki is probably your best bet.
- Other Books: Remembering the KanjiMalay:
- Tumblr tags: #learning _________
- Can I become Fluent in ______ in ______ months/weeks/days?
No. You can’t.
- Can I learn Japanese from just watching Anime/Korean from Kpop/Chinese from Wuxia films?
Not on your life. Do you only speak the english you know from Spongebob? N’SYNC? The 300? Didn’t think so.
- What about Rosetta Stone?
For $180-$399 dollars? Are you insane? The program is built to teach you the Romantic languages. If you buy Rosetta stone for $400, and pass up every free resource on this list, I doubt your desire to actually learn anything. Don’t do it to yourself. That is a lot of money you probably won’t get back.
- But I heard that Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Arabic/etc is really difficult:
Well if over a billion Chinese people can speak Chinese, why can’t you? No really, don’t let something like this bother you. No, this is not the ease of moving from a English to a Romance language or German, but hey, if you wanted to learn German (and all those ridiculous cases) you’d be doing that.
But… like… South Asia is Asia too.
Why is there literally no coverage of South Asia at all?
Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali are not difficult to find language resources on.
Because when you take classes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean those are the languages you have resources for. I focused mainly on those three because those are the general offerings at universities (Based on mine, for the sole reason that we’re the largest University in America). If you wanted to submit something, you can - and in fact I tagged it as such. But when I searched for the top 100 languages blogs, no Hindi/Tamil/Urdu/Gujarati/etc. Don’t assume that I don’t think those languages are Asian. Figure that I spent four days focusing on master lists of resources from languages I’ve personally studied or have friends who have studied.
This blog has always been the effort of one, and believe me it’s frustrating to have people disparage me for the things I can’t possibly know from experience when they could submit what they themselves know. :/ I even stated ahead of time this would be mostly a Chi/Jpn/Kor list, at which point someone could have said: “Hey, but I have some good stuff for…”
I don’t mean to come off caustically, but I do have about ten other things to be doing, so I go with what I already know.
Humanities & Social Sciences
- Hannibal - iTunes – Patrick Hunt, Stanford
- Architecture Studio: Building in Landscapes (Video) – iTunes – Jan Wampler, MIT
- Roman Architecture - YouTube – iTunes Audio – iTunes Video - Download Course – Diana E. E. Kleiner, Yale
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i hate when people draws mermaid’s tail like it was some sort of goddamn suit on normal human legs like this:
it just doesnt work
christmas has come early
For anyone that wants it
Instead of whispered, consider:
- said in an undertone
- said low
- said into someone’s ear
- said softly
- said under one’s breath
- said in hushed tones
INSINUATE IS NOT A SYNONYM FOR WHISPER, IT MEANS TO SUGGEST OR HINT (SOMETHING NEGATIVE), IN AN INDIRECT AND UNPLEASANT WAY