Arabic: Easier than you think!

Marhaban! Hello! How are you doing guys? Myself, I’m enjoying the last week of my vacations. How fast time flies! It’s already autumn, leaves are falling, and I’m about to discover a whole new world: the world of the Arabic language. I assume that some of you might be possibly interested in the Arabic language, but are afraid of its form – especially the alphabet. It’s possible to learn Arabic in a fun way, no matter how difficult it seems.

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I believe that to learn languages better we should start to like them first. If you like something, you’re bound to do it more willingly, and that’s exactly what we aim for.

When it comes to Arabic, you have to remember that so many people speak Arabic, that there are many varieties of the language: we call them dialects. Main dialects include:

  • Egyptian Arabic
  • Levantine Arabic (Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Syria)
  • Iraqi Arabic
  • North African Arabic (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya)
  • Gulf Arabic (Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait)
  • Najdi Arabic (Central Saudi Arabia)

These are only the main ones. Sometimes differences between dialects are rather small, sometimes quite big.  My Moroccan friend says it’s quite hard for other Arabic speaking people to understand their dialect, and it says a lot about how complex Arabic actually is. Don’t get too stressed out: there’s something called Modern Standard Arabic. It’s widely used in TV and newspapers across the Arab world, so it’s understood. It makes it the perfect base for learning dialects. Once you are very familiar with MSA, dialects will become easy to you. You might ask: why would I learn dialect if they can understand me? Well, imagine you started talking like Shakespeare’s characters do. Maybe I’m  exaggerating now, but… Even though people will understand you, it will sound funny to them. To communicate, they use their dialects, not MSA. MSA is a perfect start, though!

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First thing: get used to the language. Listen to songs, watch some movies. Who cares that you don’t understand a thing? It may be fun to speculate what they’re talking about! Plus, create a learning plan. You want to stay consistent. Let’s say: you choose to study twice a week for one hour. Write it in your calendar, and make it work! Every language in the world shows you something else in everything you have ever known, so give it a chance. You can do it!

Anyway, the next posts will be all about the alphabet and my favorite learning channels, so stay tuned!  The least, but not last: The song in Arabic for you to enjoy!

Thanks for sticking with me, you’re great!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

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The Infinity Dreams Award

Hello guys! Today’s post will be a bit different than most of my posts, as it is all about The Infinity Dreams Award! I got nominated by a lovely Charlotte from Charlotte around the world.  I encourage you to check her blog out, especially if you’re learning French – her posts are written in both English and French, so it’s an amazing way to learn! Plus, she’s truly awesome, so you won’t leave disappointed.  Charlotte – thanks for nominating me, I truly appreciate it! Anyway the rules  of The Infinity Dreams Award are:

  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
  2. Tell 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

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11 facts about me

  1. I’m obsessed with spaghetti. It’s my favorite dish ever! Actually I like  Italian cuisine very much, though Polish food is also nice.
  2. I love languages very much, and when I’m fluent in Arabic and Spanish, I would love to start learning Hebrew and French.
  3. Classical music and Portuguese Fado make me calm and relaxed.
  4. My dream places to live are Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.
  5. Reading is one of my favorite things to do.
  6. I’m fascinated with South America, especially Argentina.
  7. I drank too much Yerba Mate yesterday and I couldn’t sleep. Lesson learnt: love Yerba Mate deeply, but not too widly!
  8. I have a younger brother, who I absolutely adore.
  9. My role biggest role models are: my dead grandmother who was one of the strongest women I have ever met, Taylor Swift who works hard for what she has and can turn every negativity into opportunity and a top 10 hit, John Green who not only writes well but also supports education in many amazing ways with his Youtube projects, Francis Scott Fitzgerald – for his writing skills, Malala for her courage to speak against violence, and my mom and dad for teaching me how infinite love can be.
  10. I write song lyrics.
  11. My favorite TV shows at the moment are: Stitchers and Outlander.

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Now it’s high time I answered Charle’s questions, so here I am:

1. What is you best travelling memory?

That’s quite a hard question to answer because the older I am, the more magic I see in small trips and little things, so each moment is best in its own way. When I think more about it though, my mind fills with pictures of autumnal leaves, sparkling in all shades of gold, red and orange in The Bieszczady Mountains in Poland. During my international exchange with German students, we visited The Bieszczady Mountains and we went for a hike. I felt so happy and connected to everything, what was around me that it will forever remain one of the most magical moments of my teenage years.

2. What’s your best memory at home?

Each and every memory has become so precious to me now that I’m moving out of my house that I can’t tell. Everytime we laugh together, it’s my best memory.

3. Would you consider yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m definitely an introvert. I enjoy being on my own, and “me-time” is essential for my well-being. That having been said, I need people to evolve, and being around right (aka inspiring and empowering) people makes me happy. Nevertheless, I “charge my batteries” faster, when I can enjoy my own companionship, so introverts’ team all the way!

4. Which book would you say had the biggest impact on your way of viewing life?

Each and every book, which I loved deeply and continously has left its trace in my heart, but I believe “The Great Gatsby” takes the top spot. It made me realise how dangerous it is to idolise people and hold on to what’s gone. Definitely my favorite book ever!

5. What/ who inspires you in writing?

Music, nature, world’s beauty in general, but I feel the most inspired by people. We bleed emotions, and we are so complex, that it will forever buffle me enough to keep me writing. There’s no me without writing.

6. What are you grateful for?

Now I’m simply grateful for each and every day of being alive. When it comes to a certain type of gratitude: my family. They built me in more ways than I used to realise, and I’ll be forever grateful for that.

7. What is the best advice someone gave you?

My friend Linda adviced me to “fake it until you make it”. I changed it to “fake it until you become it” after having watched Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk, but the message is still quite the same. I’ve been learning how to gain confidence, and I’m still searching for a way, but the search itself changed me a lot, and I like it, so it may be the best advice I have ever been given.

8. How many languages do you speak?

Well, I’m a native Polish speaker, and I’m fluent in English. Besides, I can speak basic German, as I was learning it in high school. As of now I’m learning Spanish and Arabic, and I can say things  in both of these languages, but my journey to total fluency has just begun.

9. What kind of traveler are you?

An observer, I guess. I love observing, taking long strolls and talking to people. I don’t mind museums, castles and so on, but I enjoy seeing the soul of the place, which is often hidden in its citizen’s hearts.

10. Did one of your dreams (i.e. goals) came true?

When I was way younger I dreamt of starting studies at the very old university, but as I was becoming older, my dreams changed. Eventually though, my first dream, which I almost forgot about, ended up coming true. Universe has its own way of making things happen, I guess.

11. What is currently your biggest dream?

To explore the world’s extraordinariness through words and travel. To write and to find what I’m looking for in this old world.

That’s all, I guess! I would love to nominate these amazing bloggers:

  1. Fabiola from My heart of Mexico.
  2. Juliet from Yours, Juliet.
  3. Ana from Faded Spring.
  4. Sonia from Sonish Space.
  5. Amanda from My purple pineapple.
  6. Allison from  Live life well.
  7. Veronica from Siniciliya.
  8. Lindsay from It’s simply Lindsay.
  9. Jasmine from Color U bold.
  10. A New Perspective Perhaps
  11. Amanda from Blissful gal.

My questions for them are:

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  3. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
  4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
  5. If you were to eat only one dish until you die, what would you choose?
  6. Have you ever danced in the rain?
  7. What cheers you up?
  8. What’s your favorite word?
  9. Who is your hero?
  10. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?
  11. What animal best represents you and why?

Thanks for sticking with me, you’re absolutely amazing!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

Smarter every day: videos of the week!

Hello guys! How are you doing? Myself, I’ve started preparing for college classes, which start in October. This is my first semester ever, so you can see that I’m very excited! As a passionate learner, I decided to start the next series, called “Smarter every day”, so I could share with you my learning hacks, favorite educational videos, and so on. I know that college life can make me like learning a bit less, so I have to arm myself against this threat, and keep learning fun. I hope to do it with you! Here we go – smarter every day: videos of the week!

  1. Minute physics – Why it’s impossible to tune piano?

I love music, but I have never been very interested in the way music instruments work. Then… this video appeared and I see how much I missed out! One of the best 4 minutes spent online this week! The video is well-done and truly interesting, so I highly recommend you to watch it, and maybe even subscribe to  this channel!

           2. Crash course – Neutron Stars: Crash Course Astronomy

You know how much I love Crashcourse – I manifested my love for this channel in the post about my favorite learning channels. Their astronomy series seems to be my favorite one! It’s incredibly fascinating! Don’t hesitate to find out more about neutron stars, because you’ll feel smarter, I guarantee! At least I do!

          3. My Trip To Haiti | Karlie Kloss

This is not a typical learning video, but you can indeed learn from it! Karlie Kloss, who is a model, decided to visit Haiti and help the organisation called “Every Mother Counts”. In this video, we can see all shades of the world, and be reminded once again that we’re all people, and we should support each other, no matter what our skin color, race, and religion is.

           4.  Braincraft: Do Dogs Dream?

My little dog is barking outside, and I can’t help, but think how much dogs rule. How much I know about them, though? How much do we all know about them? New video by Braincraft answers a simple question: do dogs dream? Must-watch!

         5. Unearthing the Old Village | INDIE ALASKA

Discover Alaska’s new shades! The video is a gripping narrative of Alaska’s past, and present. I loved it. Maybe you will too!

These are my favorite educational videos this week! What are yours? Last, but not least: I would like to share with you my three favorite channels about learning.

  1. Study with Jess

I absolutely adore this channel, as it’s full of fun videos about studying! Study tips, awesome “Do it yourself” videos, ways to get organised – you can find everything you need there, especially if you are still a student!

          2.  Thomas Frank

I always look forward to Thomas Frank’s videos! They’re very useful, yet entertaining and they can make an organised person out of you. Or at least… a little bit more organised person! Thomas Frank all the way!

         3. How to adult

How to adult teaches us how to be adults! It covers variety of subjects: from getting organised to paying taxes, doing your laundry and all these things, which adults should be able to do! It’s perfect for young adults, but its entertaining formula makes it a good watch for everyone. I definitely recommend you to give it a try!

That’s all for today – Explore, dream, discover and make a new week count! Plus, thanks for visiting my blog, you’re truly amazing!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

Smarter every day: my favorite learning channels!

Hello guys! How are you doing? Today I would like to share my answer to a common question: how to get smarter every day?  I wouldn’t call myself a person, who knows everything about everything, but I’m definitely working on becoming a smarter me every single day.  Just like Hermione was!

Anyway, I believe little things can lead to great changes. They don’t have to be expensive to make all the difference, even more – they can be free and easily accessible. John Green helped me discover the whole new universe of meaningful little ways to get smarter with his amazing TED talk. Infinity of possibilities – this is what I saw, and how right I was! And where you can find it? On Youtube! Yeah, you got it right, aside from being full of funny videos, which encourage procrastination, Youtube is a very rich educational centre, like no other in the world! I’m honored to present you my favorite youtube channels, which are all about making you smarter everyday! Stay with with, and keep reading!

1. Crash Course

It may be my absolute favorite. Crash Course covers variety of subjects: from history, economy and politics to biology and astronomy. Each episode is very informative, yet very funny and colorful. It’s just fun to be getting smarter with Crash Course! You definitely should subscribe to this channel, because chances that you will regret it are very, very low! Real talk, here.

2.  Braincraft 

Braincraft is all about how our brain works! Each video is fascinating and truly well done. No better way  to combine pleasure with business than getting down to watching such amazing videos. Definitely a big: “YES!!!” from me.

3.  It’s okay to be smart!

That’s right – it’s okay to be smart, and with this channel you can discover all shades of cool and fascinating! The channel could be also named: it’s okay to be awesome, because it’s truly out of this world!

4. Smarter every day

This channel truly makes you smarter. Do you want to know where little kangaroos are kept by their mothers and how does it really look? Are you curious about how a space station looks inside? No problem, if you subscribe to Smarter everyday!

5. Minute Earth

Nice animations, superb content and everything served in less than 5 minutes! Let’s talk about perfection, because here it is. It’s a great option even for the busiest of us!

6. Gross Science

Another way to look at science and our world! Truly interesting and funny, yet also very informative. Gross science is totally an incredible companionship for every day!

7. The Art Assignment

It’s high time we got a bit artistic! The Art Assignment is devoted to Art, but not in your traditional way, which may bore you. Not at all. It’s creative, yet… for everyone! Plus, it’s truly stimulating, and can help brighten up a grey day.

I hope you will love the list as much as I do.  Thanks for sticking with me!  Let me know what are your favorite ways and channels to learn!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

Me gusta la música: Learning Spanish with music!

Hi, Hola, Marhaban! Welcome to my language zone. Today I can officially invite you to its Spanish sector, which you will hopefully like. As a passionate learner, I love looking for interesting materials and tools, which make learning even more amazing, and I would love to share my findings with you! As I’m a total beginner, my series is mainly aimed at people, who want to learn Spanish or have just started, and are still beginners. Of course, it will change, as I will progress, but now… I’m starting from the scratch! Posts from my Spanish zone should appear every week, and if I’m extremely busy – every two weeks. I’ll do my best to be consistent. Anyway, let’s get started — no better way to get ahead!

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Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages out there, and it’s surely very interesting. I’ve become interested in Spanish, when I became a huge Shakira fan. She’s absolutely amazing, and I wanted to understand what she’s singing about. It took me long before I actually started, though. I didn’t really know  how to do it, but I believe I do now, and you can read my post about getting started here. Anyway, I made so many mistakes, but I got right one thing: music! As they say:

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Yes, you got it right: music connects people! It also helps you become more motivated to learn a foreign language, and makes a connection between the language and you! Plus, even if you don’t notice, you are starting to get used to the language, its tone, and pronunciation just by listening to it. You might not understand a single word, but your brain still listens and learns, and it’s a great preparation for an actual learning process! That’s why I’ll share with you some of my favorite songs in Spanish, most of them with English subtitles. Here we go!

1. Shakira – La Tortura 

I love Shakira so much, plus… this song is pure magic!

2. Pablo Alborán – Solamente tú

Such a sweet song to listen to!

3.  Selena Quintanilla-Pérez  – Como La Flor

Who doesn’t love Selena Quintanilla- Pérez? Selena, the world will always remember you.

4. Eiza – Te Acordarás De Mi

You can find its translation here. It’s so catchy, isn’t it?

5. Natalia Oreiro – Cambio Dolor

You can find its translation here. I feel old, when I listen to this song, as it’s from a soap opera, which was extremely popular in Poland, when I was 7 or so!

There are many other songs I adore, and I will share them with you in my future posts. If you have any songs to recommend me, I would love to see your comments! I’m always open for new music, especially in Spanish!

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One more thing: I’ll also start my series about Arabic language, which I will be studying at the university this fall. That’s not everything what I have in store for you in the language zone – I know some of you don’t speak English as your first language, and neither do I, so I’ll share with you some tips from my own journey to total fluency. Last, but not least info I have for you – those who are willing to learn my mother tongue – Polish are warmly welcomed too, as I would be honored to help you master my lovely language. Thanks for sticking with me, you’re absolutely amazing! To make sure you’ll always stay tuned, you can like my Facebook Page.

What’s your favorite song in Spanish? Would you like to take Spanish up? Please let me know in comments! I would also be honored if you could share this post with anyone, who wants to give Spanish a go!

Have a lovely day,
Jessie

Say hello to Yerba Mate and Green Coffee!

Hello my dear readers! How are you doing? Today I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction I want papercoffeestore to go in, and it hit me immediately: education, especially languages. That’s what I would like to focus on. I will definitely continue with my “thinking outside the box” series, as well as “God, bless the tech”, and I’ll try to review at least one book per month, nevertheless you can expect more learning posts to be published. I feel like learning and exploring is papercoffeestore’s core, and I hope you will agree with me. Anyway, today’s topic is all about coffee and tea! It’s pretty obvious that I’m a coffee lover, but I’m crazy about tea too. No, I’m not British, but I can appreciate a good cup of tea. And coffee too for that matter. Ladies and gentlemen, I have a pleasure to introduce you (or reintroduce you) to Yerba Mate and Green Coffee!

Source & copyrights: Yerba Mate picture: http://www.guarani.pl/ & Green Coffee picture: authoritynutrition.com
Source & copyrights: Yerba Mate picture: guarani.pl/ & Green Coffee picture: authoritynutrition.com

Let’s start with Yerba Mate. It has been a beverage of Indians from Brazil and Paraguay for ages, and it’s considered to be widely popular in several countries of South America. People drink it in a sort of vessel. Very often it looks like that:

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“A drinking straw” you can see is called “bombilla”. My friend from Argentina says that drinking Yerba Mate without these two is like not drinking Yerba Mate at all. Yerba Mate is often drunk during social meetings, so it connects people. Nevertheless, it has much more power than that. It contains caffeine, so it stimulates us, and has several health benefits.

1. It’s rich in antioxidants, so it helps your immune system.

2. It increases your mental energy, enhances your ability to focus and doesn’t really have many side effects, like energy drinks or coffee can have sometimes. Why? It contains many minerals and vitamins, aside from caffeine.

3. It helps you lose weight. Yerba Mate is said to contain elements, which help you feel fuller quickly after you begin eating.

There are many, many more, but Green Coffee also requires our attention, so I have to stop here. You can find your guide to Yerba Mate world here. So what about Green Coffee? It is also worth mentioning!

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Green Coffee is just coffee. What’s different about it, then? Well, it remains unroasted. As a result it has much less caffeine in itself, and it said to be high in antioxidants. Some people claim they help with losing weight, but as there has been no clear evidence as of now, I can’t say anything more. Nevertheless, I feel more energised after drinking Green Coffee, and many Polish runners-bloggers claim to have improved their endurance a bit thanks to Green Coffee. When it comes to its taste, personally I would compare it to roasted peanuts. Maybe it’s just my perception of its taste, though. I still love it.

To sum up, I believe both of these drinks are worth a try. If they suit your taste or not, that’s a question, but if you never try, you will never know. When it comes to me I enjoy them a lot.

Thanks for sticking with me! I reached 100 followers on Instagram today, and it’s a little milestone for me, so… THANK YOU. You’re truly the best. Remember that we can stay connected via various social networks such as:  FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and Bloglovin’.

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

Language mode on: How to start learning a foreign language?

Hello guys! How are you doing? My September has been pretty nice so far, and I’m excited to see what it brings. Today my language mode is on. What does it mean? Lots of language love, of course!  I would love to master so many foreign languages, but when it comes to actually getting things done, well it’s much harder, isn’t it? Therefore, today’s post is all about starting. As Mark Twain said: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started”, so how to get down to work and make it work?

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  1. Choose a language you’re actually interested in. Going for something only because it sounds “kinda” cool, and everyone else is learning it makes you far more likely to give up. If you choose something, what truly interests you or can come handy in the future instead, you will be most likely more motivated to stay on the right learning track.
  2. It’s all about s.m.a.r.t goals. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound. Don’t think too big, or too small. Assess how much time you’re willing and able to spend learning a foreign language and make your learning plan based on it. Just like you can’t run marathon after a day of a running training, learning languages also requires time. Be patient and consistent – all great things take some effort.
  3. Immerse yourself. Do more than just learning new words and grammar. Start exploring the vibrant side of  a language you’re learning. Watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read books and newspapers.
  4. Find somebody to talk to! Speaking is a very important part of learning a foreign language, yet we tend to forget about it.  Look for somebody, who is also learning the language or is a native speaker. It will definitely help, because it’s just so cool to have a learning buddy. It will keep you more excited and inspired to practice. Where to find people interested in a language exchange? Penpal, Interpals, Italki.  I’ll talk more about these websites soon.
  5. Practice, practice, practice! The key to mastership is practice. You can’t just skip it and hope you’ll suddenly become a master. It just doesn’t work like that. Prepare yourself for a lot of hard work, and remember… it pays off!
  6. Don’t force it! When you’re overwhelmed, just give yourself a short break. Are short-term results better than long-term ones? Absolutely not. Don’t overdo it. Be consistent instead, and watch yourself become better everyday. Naturally and without rush. You want to become a speaker, and that’s a process, not a task, remember it.

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That would be everything I need to say… for now. That’s the first post of many more coming, and you will find them all in “language zone”. What do I have in store for you? Definitely some guides on how to get down to Arabic, Spanish and my native language – Polish. Stay tuned! Thanks for reading, you’re wonderful. Truly and undoubtedly!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

 

Music videos time: It’s all about love!

Hello guys! How are you doing? Today I’m all about music videos, which I absolutely love! Love’s everywhere, isn’t it? Anyway, I need to say one thing: videos which I chose aren’t necessarily the greatest music videos ever created. Not each and every of them has an outstanding production, a brilliant script and visuals, which seem to be out of this world. Yet all of them made my list, because it’s all about vibes, and connections. If something connects with you, it doesn’t matter how many better works are out there, because it’s special to you, and that makes all the difference.  Below, I’ll  show you my favorite music videos. Hopefully… you will enjoy the list as much as I do!

1. Taylor Swift – Wildest dreams

Love her or hate her, you must admit she’s good at keeping people interested, and her videos are how she does it. I’m a great fan, and since the very beginning I’ve loved her videos, but this era everything is so on point that it’s insane. Wildest dreams video has everything I enjoy in music videos: a  beautiful scenery, a storyline and a nice dynamics.  Makes me want to fall in love and whisper “let’s get out of this town” even if it leads to a goodbye like this:  “say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams”. Thanks, Tay Tay!

2. MIKA – Popular Song ft. Ariana Grande

I like its vibe and the story behind it. It helped me to stay myself, when people suggested I would be better off being like everyone else, and wanting what everyone wanted too.  “All that you have to do, is be true to you, that’s all you ever need to know” – that’s right! I might not be popular, but I certainly like the place I’m in now,  so being true to myself didn’t harm me  at all.

3. Selena Gomez – Come and get it

Let’s talk about visuals, because they’re breathtaking! Selena’s at her best, and so is the nature. The video won the award for the best female pop video at VMAs and it totally deserved it. How about outdoing yourself this era, Selena, huh?

4. Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Don’t get too annoyed with me – Taylor just had to appear here again. I just adore how ironic and funny the video is. Plus, its storyline is quite basic, yet it works.  Probably one of the best videos of 2014, and rightfully so. I’m so glad Taylor can laugh at herself and the way people see her, and even make millions out of it. Lesson learnt: turn negativity into positivity to run the game!

5. Gabrielle Aplin – Home

I’m just super happy with the way this video harmonises with the song, and how it shows so many shades of the world. It’s absolutely lovely!  Thoughts? “With every small disaster /I’ll let the waters still / take me away to some place real…”.

6. Colbie Caillat – Try

One of the most inspiring videos I’ve ever watched. Its message is absolutely perfect and the video is both bold and beautiful. More videos like that, please!

7. Shakira – La Tortura ft. Alejandro Sanz

Shakira has been in the industry for over 20 years for a reason, and I can see it very well. Such a simple video, yet it fits the song perfectly and is powerful. Plus, Shakira’s moves are just killer, no exaggeration!

8. Nina Nesbitt – Selfies

One of the cutest videos I’ve ever seen. It’s fun, but it offers much more than that. I believe it documents the way humans are now, and how life looks outside Instagram, when photos are still in progress. When life’s in progress. “I guess I’m reaching out to be assured /All I wanted was to be adored” – indeed!

9. Taylor Swift – You belong with me

The last, but not the least – Tay Tay again!  As a teenager, I could relate to this video very much, and it stills reminds me of being totally naive, and idealistic about relationships and people. You’ve got to admit – it’s cute, isn’t it?

That’s the end of my list, and if you’ve read it all, then… thank you a lot for being patient! Writing posts for the blog is one of my favorite things to do, and you’re surely the best readers ever.  I appreciate your presence a lot!

The last thing… Three quotes challenge! I was nominated by Charlotte. She’s truly an incredible blogger.  I said it before, but it’s still true, so let me repeat my statement: she rocks!  You can check her posts out here: https://charlottearoundtheworld.wordpress.com/.  And… thank you for nominating me, Charlotte! Anyway, the rules of the challenge are:

1. Post your favorite quotes or your own quotes for three posts in a row.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. Pass it on to three other bloggers per quote, each time you post them.

My second quote would be… “Life isn’t just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.” – Malala. Again, I believe in it. I want to make a statement with my life. As much as breathing is fascinating, there’s so much more to explore.

People I would love to nominate are: Veronica, Chelsea and Colleen. Why? They’re all wonderful, and I encourage you to check their blogs out!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

God, bless the tech: Open2study

Hello guys! It’s already September and I can’t help but wonder: will time ever feel slow? I know you might be thinking about all these times you felt so embarrassed, and yet the clock seemed to stop for the first time. God knows how many awkward situations I’ve been in, but generally speaking… time’s a great runner, winning all marathons, and I hope it will be a kind runner too, when I get older. Is it too much to ask for? Don’t answer that, please, in name of my last hope! Anyway, today I’m all about tech. I finally completed my Anthropology and Understanding the Origins of Crime courses, and I couldn’t be more happy about it, so it’s about time I wrote a review of a learning platform called Open2study.

Open2study is an Australian learning platform, and it works a bit like Coursera (You can find my post about Coursera here ), meaning you’re offered both free and paid courses, but as your account is totally free, you can choose and you aren’t expected to pay for anything, unless you chose a paid course yourself. Variety of universities from Australia offer their courses via Open2study. There are 49 free courses, which last for 4 weeks, and each month they begin again, so you always have a chance to try again if you somehow don’t make it in a particular month.

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As a student, I’m yet to support myself financially, and that’s why I’m mainly interested in free courses, so I’ll give them my full attention. Nevertheless, don’t forget about paid courses, they may come handy in your work or maybe become vital to expanding your knowledge about subjects you love, if any of free courses doesn’t really interest you. Myself, I completed two free courses via Open2study (Anthropology and Understanding the Origins of Crime) and I must admit I loved it. Each module is made of videos, quizzes, and one assessment work, which tests your knowledge about the module you finished. Each video is usually up to 10 minutes, so it’s not too long, and lecturers seem to be great. The little, yet great thing? Subtitles and transcripts. As English is my second language I like to see what’s being said just to make sure I understood everything perfectly. It also could help people, who have problems with hearing, and those who generally enjoy watching videos with subtitles.

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I’m planning on starting 3 courses this month: Astronomy; Discovering the Universe, Online Advertising and Writing for the Web. I’m not sure if I can find enough time to complete all of them, but I’ll try my best. New courses start on 7th September, so don’t hesitate to join the website, if you only can. Aside from courses I was talking about, you can also get down to Basic Physics, Chinese Language and Culture, Foundations of psychology, Financial Planning, The Art of Photography and many more. They’re all free.
To sum up, I can genuinely recommend Open2study to everyone willing to learn, especially to those, who don’t have time for attending any classes. It’s fun, free and totally awesome. God, bless the tech and Open2study, please!

The last thing… Three quotes challenge! I was nominated by Charlotte, who is truly an amazing blogger, and you can check her posts out  here. I highly recommend you to do so, because it’s so worth it. Thank you for nominating me, Charlotte!  Anyway, the rules of the challenge are:

1. Post your favorite quotes or your own quotes for three posts in a row.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. Pass it on to three other bloggers per quote, each time you post them.

My favorite quote is probably known by everyone, and may be cliché , but I don’t really care, because I believe in it. Here it is:

Source: quotasis.com

I would love to nominate three incredible bloggers: Amanda, Kara and Haley.

Thanks for sticking with me through the post! Keep shining! 🙂

Have a lovely day,

Jessie