"so why do you like lord of the rings so much?" [opens 80 slide per point presentation] [pulls out index cards] [places graphs on stands in front] [carefully arranges posters] [clears throat] "why, friend, i am so glad you asked"
Little Hermione doing Hermione things.
Hiccup + Flight Suit
Requested by Hicksderhune
The best part is he gets slowly more annoyed
ideal hogwarts students:
- aromantic wizards being absolutely immune to amortentia, it only smelling like the ingredients put into it when they smell it, and teaching other students how to identify the stuff on any food or drink
- gender confused ravenclaw leafing through glossarys of pronouns and accidentally getting 80% of the class to stay up leafing through similar glossarys, screaming out pronouns in the common room when they think they found one that may fit
- slytherin students sometimes taking polyjuice potion to pose as one of their depressed members who was having a bad day and really couldn’t bring themselves to classes
- kids who read about the second great wizarding war and, when reading about Severus Snape’s brave acts, argue “well yeah ok but he was kind of an asshole still?”
—Wizard broomchairs instead of wheelchairs. No need to worry about stairs when you’re floating, right? Just say “up” to it like you would with a broomstick and it hovers a comfortable 7 inches from the ground, though it can be raised and lowered depending on the wizard’s preference/mood.
—No one giving Wizards with ADD/learning/organizational disabilities any guff about the rememberalls they carry on hand.
—Aspie and autistic Wizards with dazzling proficiency in more mysterious and complex branches of magic like Wandlore and wandmaking.
—The books in Hogwart’s library reacting to dyslexic students trying to read them and helping them: breaking up paragraphs, highlighting words, sometimes reading themselves aloud if the student is having a particularly difficult time or has eyesight problems.
—Professors enchanting gloves to use sign language next to them as they teach for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
—Neville Longbottom instigating a schoolwide program to foster better communication between students and teachers and better regulation of how house points are handed out, and the general effort toward a less stressful learning environment, referred to lovingly by students as ‘Deebass,” from the joking acronym, “Don’t Be A Snape”
This breaks my heart
my uncle left this comment on his friend’s Facebook status, a white British man who was bragging about how easy it is to be a native English speaker when trekking to different nations. (via commanderspock)
Fun fact, one of the easiest languages to learn is Tagalog Filipino
It’s a phonetic language that follows only short vowels and simple consonants. You don’t have homonyms, you don’t have weirdly spelled words, and you don’t have consonants which sound the same. You have twenty letters in the alphabet, all distinct from one another, and the sentence structure is the reverse of English—basically the way Yoda speaks (ie “I’ll follow you” will translate to “susundin kita”=”follow you, I will”)
A BA KA DA E GA HA I LA MA NA NGA O PA RA SA TA U WA YA
A is pronounced as “ah”, E is “eh”, I is “ee”, O is “oh” (as in “hock”), U is “oo”. The letters C, F, J, Q, V don’t exist because they are covered by K, P, DY, KY, and B respectively.
This is why Filipinos are particularly good at learning other languages (especially English) and picking up pronunciation—because our languages are phonetically simple to learn, and a good base to build on when you want to jump to another language. I don’t know of any language simpler than Tagalog apart from the other hundred something Filipino languages, as well as similar South East Asian languages, phonetically speaking.
Learning Tagalog after any other language, phonetically, is having to learn backwards, which is to say, to go back to the basics. And if you don’t know the basics, you’ll be doomed to fail when you move forward.
I can’t stand these fucking people with these fucking family window stickers on their cars a murderer is gonna come into your fucking house and you’re gonna try to hide your kids in the fucking closet and he’s gonna be like naw bitch I saw your fucking mini van I know you have six more kids where are they