Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Tips for learning a language! // GUEST POST

Hello everyone!

Today you've got a guest post from Liam of The Life of A Thinker so this is just a quick wee message from me to say go check out his blog & enjoy! Over to Liam!

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Back in March 2014, it was fair to say that I had no knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL). I am mildly deaf and had previously been invited to join a youth board of 18 deaf young people. When I went to my first board meeting, I knew that learning BSL would be useful and help me to communicate with other members of the youth board who use it. Now, one year later, I went from knowing no BSL to being able to have full conversations with BSL users.

So whilst I wouldn’t say that I’ve learnt the language completely (I’m still learning), there’s definitely things I did throughout the year to help me pick up the language easier. Whilst BSL is a visual language, these 5 top tips of mine will definitely help if you wanted to learn a foreign language as well.

1. Practice with those who speak the language

This is obviously one of the best ways to practice a language. They can correct you on things such as pronunciation, and you can even make new friends through practising with them!

2. Buy an English to *insert language here* dictionary

When learning a language, I often have moments where I cannot remember the word I wish to say. For that reason, having an English dictionary handy can often help solve that problem. Whilst paying £30 for a BSL dictionary can be a bit too much, dictionaries often have helpful, easy-to-understand tips on how to pronounce a word too, and they are incredibly invaluable.

3. Watch TV shows/films etc. in the language

I still do this now. At weekends, when the Coronation Street omnibus is shown on Sunday, I often pay attention to the BSL interpreter in the corner signing and can sometimes learn new signs through that. As for foreign languages, DVDs and some TV shows often have subtitles with other languages available. Why not watch the programme in another language and then have English subtitles on screen in case you get stuck?

4. Take courses/lessons or buy books

With foreign languages, always try and see if a local college, university or school offers free courses or lessons. They’re often great places to meet fellow learners and more people to practice the language with! Also, there are numerous books out there which can help. Some of them may be targeted at children, but they often explain the language in a clear, easy-to-understand way so they can be useful.

5. Make use of YouTube videos or apps.

If courses are too expensive or aren’t available where you live, then YouTube is always a brilliant place to go. Videos on YouTube are free and can sometimes be easier to understand than books (especially when it comes to pronunciation). There’s also the really useful app and website, Duolingo, which sets you quizzes to help you learn a language for free!

So those are my top five tips for learning a new language. Even though I say in the title that these may help you to learn a language quick and fast, it’s also good to remember that you can language at your own pace. Take as long or quick as you like, and best of luck if you plan on learning a new language!

What languages do you know, and which ones would you like to learn? Comment below!


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

♫ July Playlist ♫

Hello everyone!

It's time to share what I've been listening to throughout the month of July!

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Everything Everything

I've had Regret stuck in my head this whole month! I first heard it when they performed it on a TV show then again on the BBC's Glastonbury coverage. It's ridiculously catchy with it's punchy rhythm - you'll be singing it non-stop! I didn't realise they're the same band that also sing Kemosabe, a song I loved when I heard it last year so I'll have to get listening to more from them!

Kid Astray

Kid Astray's song Diver was on one of the Spotify ads at the start of the month and I was immediately drawn to that indie pop sound! Think fun, easy breezy, chilled out vibes. I probably should go and listen to their full album now!

The Weeknd

Ah, The Weeknd. I'd heard him on various songs with Drake in the past but for some reason I never really listened to his own stuff until now. Holy moly, I was missing out! Wicked Games is by far my favourite song of his; if you're adverse to the odd f-bomb, maybe give it a miss but if alternative R'n'B sounds like your kind of thing, see what you think. Can't Feel My Face is his current (less explicit) single which definitely takes on more of a pop sound. When I first heard it on the radio I wasn't sure about it but now it's had time to grow on me I love it!

Years & Years

The trio released their new album this month which I was pretty excited for, already being a fan of their singles I'd heard previously. Unfortunately the majority of Communion just didn't do it for me but there are a few tracks that did stand out! I'm absolutely loving Shine, Worship & Desire. I'd love to know what you thought of the album!


& last but not least, I couldn't not include the Empire soundtrack! I loved the series on E4 so it made sense I'd enjoy the album. Hip hop fans will love the cast's take on Money For Nothing but I imagine Dire Straits fan might not! I've been singing You're So Beautiful all over the house - Jussie Smollett's voice is gorgeous!

Well I hope you enjoyed my July Playlist! Get involved in the comments below and let me know what you think of the songs I included!

What have you been listening to this month?

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Weekly Reflect // #46

Hello everyone!

It's time to reflect on another week!

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This week . . .

. . . got off to a fantastic start - we had a little family day out to the shops on Sunday afternoon which was so lovely! We had a coffee in M&S first thing then had a wee look round the shops. Boots, of course, as well as Next and Pets at Home! The sale in Next was a bit hectic but I managed to try on a few things and made a few cheeky purchases. Pets at Home was the best - I was genuinely having the time of my life with all the rabbits & guinea pigs and there was a gorgeous bearded dragon! I absolutely love lizards but my parents really don't so it wouldn't be fair to get one while I'm under their roof. Maybe when I move out!

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I did my first Periscope when I got home! It was a little nerve wracking but I really enjoyed it, although a lot of people seemed to watch but not comment. I might do another one soon so be sure to add me @ThriftOClock if you like watching broadcasts!

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With my illness I rarely go out two days in a row. I was feeling okay so on Monday we went on another family day out to Dobbie's. It's a garden centre which also does homeware and other bits and bobs. My mum wanted to pick up a few things so we had a look round and naturally took full advantage of the delicious sweet treats in the cafe!

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Tuesday was a day for resting but on Wednesday we took a wee drive into Moira!

I've also noticed that my hair has been growing so fast! I don't know whether it's down to the fact I've been reverse washing it or what but I swear it's getting longer by the second. Anyone with short hair will understand the annoying middle stage so I'm not sure whether to keep getting it cut short or grow it out really long again. I came across a photo of myself with really long hair from a few years back and really miss it! I'd need to make sure it would be in good condition so these haircare tips from AllCures are so useful! It'll be lots of carrots and dark green leafy veg for me from now on!

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My brother and I got back into playing Mario Kart on the Wii this week which was hilarious - we're both so out of practice! Who remembers when that used to be the ULTIMATE game back in the day?

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Oh and also, you all know how much I love tea, right? Well I used to only have a coffee once every few weeks but over the past few days I've been really getting into it - more so than tea!

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And that takes us right up to yesterday! I had the best day ever in Lisburn with my friend Megan who I hadn't seen in ages. We hit up Caffe Nero, Castle Gardens, Bob & Bert's, looked round the charity shops and of course, had lots of existential chats!

Well I hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget, if you want to keep up with my week as and when it happens, follow me on Snapchat! I'm basically daily vlogging on there so add maeve.toc! Get involved in the comments and let me know what you got up to this week!

How was your week?

Thanks for reading,

♫ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 
No, I wouldn't.
This post contains a sponsored link from AllCures but all opinions are honest and my own. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

10 Things Ain't Nobody Got Time For

Hello everyone!

Y'know those annoying little things that just make you sigh? Well, this post is an ode to ten of them. Here are ten things ain't nobody got time for!

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1 // The daily untangling of the earphone wires.

2 // I could maybe deal with one Facebook game invite a day. When it rolls over into double figures though, that's when I just can't even. *insert sassy hand emoji here*

3 // Who has the time to shave their legs every week? Not me that's for sure!

4 // Auto DMs on Twitter. Need I say more?

5 // And while we're on the topic of social media, ain't nobody got time for when people follow, unfollow & refollow you multiple times. If you'd like me to follow you, start up a conversation and let's be friends! 9/10 times the whole following/unfollowing thing will act in the opposite way you're hoping for. Ya feel me?

6 // You've just painted your nails and they're looking pretty fine if you do say so yourself! You allow them time to dry and just when you think they are, BAM, you've smudged them opening the door or something. The struggle is real lads.

7 // When products are overpackaged to the extreme. Not only is this pretty wasteful but it takes up valuable time that could be spent eating the donut (or any other kind of snack) inside the wrapping.

8 // When things are always out of stock. I'm looking at you Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold - I've swatched you many a time in store but can't buy you because you're only a tester!

9 // Spending time doing your hair all nice just for you to step outside the door and the wind ruins it. This is why I barely bother most of the time!

10 // Lastly, on a slightly more serious note, I just don't have the time for negativity. Haters. I'm lucky not to get them myself (touch wood) but it makes me so sad seeing people get hate online. Can I get a collective "ain't nobody got time for that!"? Their time and energy could be so much better spent sharing positivity!

Well I hope you enjoyed this post, it's just for fun! Get involved in the comments below and let me know if any of these things get on your nerves too - we all have to passive-aggressive vent somewhere!

What are your pet peeves?

Thanks for reading,

(P.S. I'm now on Snapchat! Add maeve.toc to see my daily stories!)

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Keep up with my Snapchat story!

Hello everyone!

Last week I blogged about life without a smartphone, this week I'm loving Snapchat and updating my story!

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Yep, I've made myself a new account and I'm snapping away - it's a fun way of instantly vlogging! So far we've been to Pets At Home, M&S and Dobbie's and I've captured it all in my story. There are of course gonna be times when I'm just chilling at home with Mia so expect no makeup sing-songs sooner or later!

I'd love for you to join me & let this be a new way to connect!

Add: maeve.toc

So if you'd like to keep up with my Summer adventures, add me on Snapchat! Get involved in the comments below and share your usernames if you'd like to!

Are you on Snapchat?

Thanks for reading,
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