. Monday, May 7, 2018 .

 ENG/JP POST! :)


In this post I'm going to include a brief summary of what I did at the festival and such in Japanese as well, just to get some practice in! I took a little vlog of my time at the festival, I hope you enjoy!! I had a lot of fun, I really recommend everyone to go to Sakura Matsuri at least once in their lives~


先週末、私はホワイト・プレインズの桜祭りに行きました!過去5年間に、毎年桜祭りに行ったことがあります!前の5年間は、毎年桜祭りに行く時は、浴衣を着たんですけど、今年手伝える友達がいなかったので、普通の洋服を着ました!祭りに行く前に、ビデオを取る予定があったけど、あまり使えるビデオ映像はあまり取れませんでした!!

私は祭りの色々な美味しい食べ物に気を取られすぎました。私の友達カリスさん、が初めて来たから、ビデオで日本のお菓子を食べて見る経験が撮りました!楽しかったです!本当に少なくとも一度は桜祭りに行くことをおすすめします!撮ったビデオをぜひ見てください〜


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. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 .



I've been teaching English online to Chinese students for about 6 months now, and I've finally decided to move to another company after using TaoTao English, my first online teaching job.

I really enjoyed working at Tao Tao, and I noticed that when I first signed up for the program I couldn't find any resources from other teachers that explained how to use the app or what the teaching experience was like.

For that reason, I decided to make a video talking about my experiences and the pros and cons of working with TaoTao. I'll be perfectly honest and say that I'm sad to be moving on from working with them because I love my students there but I'm ready to jump into my next position which is also a teaching job teaching English to students in China!




By the way, I know my bangs are super messed up in this video. I didn't check them before I started filming the video which is my bad LOL.

I hope this video is informative and can help you if you are someone who's looking to teach online!

Despite the issues I may have had with TaoTao,  I really recommend them as an entry-level position for getting your feet wet into the remote/online teaching world.

Enjoy!

. Monday, April 9, 2018 .


When studying a language, having a plethora of examples is an extremely useful tool for seeing how the word is used.

I have used both Tangorin and Tatoeba in the past when looking for example sentences for new JLPT vocab! I thought it would be fun to compare them, so here we are!

I wanted to make a comparison post with some pros and con's for each one because I feel they have a few similarities.

Let's get started!


Tangorin



So this is the launch page when you click the website! It's pretty simple, and the tags are pretty self-explanatory.  The color scheme is pretty much orange, black, white and grey.


I decided to search the word '教育'. Here we can see not only a definition but also a breakdown of the Kanji. This is using the general tab, which encompasses all of the other tabs into one large search.


Since I use this site to help me find examples for new vocab, I just clicked the 'Examples' tab right after using the 'General' tab and a few examples popped up. This is only half of what was offered, so needless to say Tangorin offers a lot of natural sounding and pretty commonly used phrases.

The cool thing about this site is that if you click the grey plus button at the end of each example, you can save these to your account on the site. Then you can easily access your favorite examples and use them to study!

Another feature is that they sort of have additional translations available if English isn't your native language. However, this seems pretty limited.




Pros:


  • Easy to read, nice layout
  • Multiple language options
  • Ability to save examples
  • Simplistic but effective search options

Cons:


  • Not all examples have other language translations up and ready

Tatoeba


So Tatoeba is a little bit different in the way that the examples are crowdsourced from the user base. These users can take examples from basically anywhere, and I noticed some exact copies from Tangorin.

Another thing about Tatoeba is that you don't even need to use it for Japanese, it can be used for anyone who's learning a foreign language and would like to just search for something in that language.


This is the top half of the launch page. I decided to use the same word '教育' and search without applying any language filters, just to see what results the site provides me.


I got these results, which means the system picked up these two Kanji as Chinese. I can't read Chinese but I can understand the French sentence, which basically said that education is important. So it looks like we have the meaning down, but the language is incorrect.


So once I set the language to Japanese I got a correct search, accompanied by some other language translations. Something interesting I want to point out here is that this sentence came from a user who submitted it. However, this is the exact same sentence that was displayed on Tangorin.


Scrolling down a bit, this sentence is clearly also from Tangorin. It even uses the exact same name: Tom. 

My issue with this site is that, though translations and submissions need to be approved, I don't really trust user provided example sentences. 
Another thing is that, if you look at the side, the users can self-identify as a native speaker. I'm not so trusting that all the people that 'self-identify' are actually natives.

However, I will say that this site is miles ahead of Tangorin regarding other language translations. If you don't speak English and want to use Tangorin, your examples are a lot more limited.

When you click on the 'i' next to an example, you are taken to this page. This is where you can see who added, liked or commented on this example. Also, I think it's really cool that some of the translations have audio!

Pros:

  • Can be used with virtually any language
  • Multi-language translation
  • Seems like a fun and active community
  • Possible audio that can come along with the examples

Cons:

  • The site seems a little messy 
  • Not sure about crowdsourced example reliability
All in all, I think if I was learning a language other than Japanese I might take a trip to Tatoeba, but for now, I really like Tangorin! Luckily, I speak English natively and don't need to use the other language functions. For those who don't, I really recommend trying out Tatoeba and seeing how you like it.

I hope this post was helpful!

. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 .

I had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful gift from my boyfriend Vincent for our two year anniversary, a bottle of my favorite perfume: Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. This is the Eay De Parfum Intense spray. I received a sample of this perfume a few months ago when Vincent got me a lovely red lipstick by Chanel. He chose this sample, along with a sample of their mascara. I quickly became obsessed with the scent and tried to conserve the tiny sample I'd received. I mentioned, while video chatting with Vincent one night, that I loved the smell of it. 

To my dismay, he told me the sticker price for 3.4 fl oz, to which I quickly said 'Never mind!'. 

My love for the perfume stayed in his mind, and he gave me this box days after our anniversary had passed. The shipping was slower than he'd expected, so it became an after anniversary surprise.



In the package came this little card. I think it's a very cute touch to add this little note. The actual packaging it came in looked very unassuming. It was wrapped in grey plastic and the sender's address was just a bunch of numbers. I think they did this to make the package look inconspicuous when being sent, which is a smart idea. 

Other than looking pretty, this card has no purpose. I think I'll save it for my friend Amanda to paste in her journal.


This is the box opened up! The paper inside the box is sealed with a Chanel 'wax seal', which sadly is not an actual wax seal but a thin sticker. I was a bit disappointed it wasn't an actual wax seal, considering how high-end Chanel is. Included in the box was my perfume, another mascara sample and a sample of Chanel No.5. Vincent selected these samples himself!


Here is the perfume and the box! The perfume is a lovely rose gold shade. I have the 1.7 oz bottle, which retails at around $110. 

Chanel describes this scent as: 'An extreme, luminous and deep concentration of Patchouli infuses COCO MADEMOISELLE EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE with a voluptuous dimension. The warm, soft and feminine Amber accord — an intoxicating blend of Tonka Bean and Vanilla from Madagascar — wraps the scent in sensuality.'


I have to agree! This scent comes off as very youthful, with a hint of nostalgia. 

When I was younger, an aunt of my purchased Princess by Vera Wang as one of my birthday gifts. I used the entire bottle in under a year because I was so obsessed with how flirty it smelled. I get a bit of nostalgia when I smell Coco Mademoiselle because they both share strong notes of mandarin and vanilla. 

Coco Mademoiselle gives the essence of the fun, flirty young woman on the run. It feels like a perfume I should wear while walking down the streets of new york in a flowing white top and cigarette pants. This is the perfume for the modern girl whos discovering her style day by day. 

I really enjoy the intensity of this perfume. It may come off as a bit heavy for some but I love to have a signature scent waft into the room with me as I step in. I'm hoping this perfume can become my next signature scent, so I've been wearing it every day. I spritz a small amount of my left wrist and a small amount of the base of my neck. 

A lot of reviews I read said they think this perfume is long lasting, and Vincent agrees! While I've become a bit used to the scent as the days go on, Vincent says he's been 'smelling it for days'. For me, this is a huge plus because this means other people smell it as well! I don't think there's anything wrong with a powerful smell, as long as it's a good one!

I hope you enjoyed my little review, and I encourage you to get a sample size of Coco Mademoiselle if you can!

. Sunday, March 25, 2018 .
I've been into How To posts lately, so I wanted to share some tips about something I struggled heavily within the past -- staying positive.



I find myself always promising myself in the beginning of every year that I want to be more positive, however as the months pass by, I usually forget my goals and let stress take me over. Through a series of trial and error I've learned what works and what doesn't, so here are some tips as to how to revolutionize your way of thinking RIGHT NOW to create the optimal environment to clear out negativity and reach your goals!