HOW TO SELF-STUDY A LANGUAGE

Everyone probably thought about this before. What if I decided to learn language all by myself? Whether you want to impress people or you are just passionate about learning languages I decided to write about several tips that could help you to be more efficient. I am studying JAPANESE all by myself and I faced a lot of struggles with keeping myself motivated or having my time managed for learning. So here are some tips I found helpful and they might help you:

1.BASICS OF THE LANGUAGE

Firstly when I started to learn a new language, I experciened a lack of information about it. I didn’t exactly know where to start looking or what to learn first. I suggest you to just basically type name of the language you want to learn in google. Go and search for the first step. Some languages may require new alphabet or they have specific differences. When I wanted to study Japanese. I was thinking like ‘Oh look, there are some signs, I bet I can learn them quickly, it’s not that hard’. Yes, I was terribly wrong. What I thought was a simple alphabet tree, was actually an alphabetical forest. I almost lost my motivation but I wanted to try it anyway. (Really there are 2000 signs and I’m still at 80.)

2.FIND MATERIALS

I’m sure someone may point out that the internet is basically the only source you need but in my opinion it’s still not enough. Yes, it has all the information but nothing is gonna win over good book and workbook. I actually started doing all the learning on the internet but all the information was different on every site so I quickly got confused. I decided to go for books to make my learning a bit similar to school system and it actually works pretty well. And with the internet as a bit of help it makes a perfect combo for efective learning.

3.STUDY PLAN

Now this has been the most challenging thing. At the start of my learning journey I was learning every day but as the months went on I slowly stopped. Everyone has a lot of work with school and activities after so it’s hard to learn language sometimes but you just have to go for it and learn everywhere. For example downloas apps or just revise vocabulary while you are wainting for bus, during school break etc. That way you will feel more connected with the language. Try to study at least two hours in week, maybe it will go slowly but it’s better not to push too hard on yourself.

4.SET GOALS

It can just be something simple like basic phrases, but it will help. I was learning Japanese firstly just because of fun, but l haven’t really had a goal. I wasn’t moving forward and i was being stuck at the same article for weeks. Then I decided to step up my game and take my learning seriously and I made a goal. I’m learning for Japanese proficiency test, which is like a Cambridge certificate for Japanese. Setting goal can really inspire you to learn harder and put more effort into learning.

This are the things that really helped me and I hope they would help you too.  If you know other useful ideas we will be happy for your feedback. We would also like to hear if you ever tried to learn a language and if you are doing good at it.

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Alexandra Mistríková, 1.A

 

(Ingrid Jančiarová)

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SPACE WALK

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Hi everybody,

My passion is space and things like that. So I would like to catch your attention to what you can see on the night sky since  October 21st, till the end of the year 2018.

Every month you can see at least one meteor shower :

21st Oct – 22nd Oct  Orionids meteor shower,

17th Nov – 18th Nov  Leonids meteor shower,

13th Dec – 14the Dec Geminids meteor shower

and a few days before Christmas 21st Dec – 22nd Dec  Urzids meteor shower.

However, for the real show you will have to wait till Christmas. After 5 years a comet 46P/Wirtanem-Christmas will come ´close´ to our planet. The Comet will reach its greatest brightness in the half of December. Also if you go on the midnight church mass, you’ll be able to see comet right above your head.

Lucka 1.A

a Anežka Barillová

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Euroscola

 

What is Euroscola about?

The programme gives young people opportunity of visiting Strassbourg, and spending one day at the European Parliament negotiating like the real Europarlamentarians. The European Parliament has established the programme Euroscola with 3 basic aims:

The first one is to acquaint European teen-agers of ages 16 to 18 with the internal operation of this supranational institution, whose parlamentarians are elected in general direct elections.

The second aim is to give young people experience of communitarian Europe, by their participation in sessions, where they can share their opinions regarding work with European format, or issues, which they are interested in (e.g. unemployment, protection of life environment, racism, etc.).

The last one is to try to somehow advert the importance of knowledge of foreign languages in united Europe.

During the one working day, approximately 500 young people meet at the Europen Parliament in Strassbourg. There is a demand to collectively consider the consequences of constructing the Europe. They also have to use their language skills to cooperate with their partners from the European Union member states, because students present their thoughts in English or French.

Working days of Euroscola programme are held since 1989. Nowadays, about 10 000 young people from Europe participate anually.

After the arrival to Strassbourg, each school gets a guide, who is responsible for entrance formalities. He (or she) also gives teachers and students information about upcoming day, and accompanies them during the whole day.

We participated in this programme 2 years ago, and we travelled to Strassbourg for a 4-day long “business trip” in October, 2016. We spent one day as Europarlamentarians and had opportunity to vote “for” or “against” some ideas, and to express our own opinions in front of 700 people. Subsequently, we have decided to take part in this programme in 2017, too. Our main goal is to support the young (un)employed people and the people, who are handicapped.

Several discussions took place at our school during this November in relation to our programme. The first of them was the discussion with the member of European Parliament Mrs. Monika Smolková and the member of National Council of Slovak republic Mrs. Lea Grečková, who is also vicemayor of the town Spišská Nová Ves. It was held on 9th November. Next discussion held on 14th November was the one with the director of the asylum in Hodkovce, Mr. Beňo. The last one was the discussion with the another European Parliament member Mrs. Jana Žitňanská, held on 15th November. During these discussions we asked questions related to (un)employed young people and people that are handicapped, and afterwards guests answered them.

We believe that thanks to this programme we wil help people, who really need it.

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An exchange with Germans

On the 21st of October German students arrived to Spišská Nová Ves. They stayed here for one week. They had an official program every day, but we had to figure out what will we do after that.

The first day when they came to Spišská Nová Ves we took them to the restaurant Gurmán where we ate pizza. It was really delicious. After that we showed them our town square and then we took them to Alchýmka where was a Movie festival. That night they were showing  short animated comedy movies from all around the world. Some of them were really funny.

The following day we took them to play snooker and I can tell you it was a lot of fun.

During the weekend the weather was really bad. It was raining all day, so we didn’t really know what to do. Some Slovak students took Germans to motocross, some took them to Markušovce to the manor-house and then they were playing board games together.

On Monday and Tuesday we took them to a bar. We chatted there, played cards and it was really good.

On Wednesday, the last day, we took Germans to play bowling. We were separated into small groups, in which we were mixed the Slovaks and the Germans. It was more funny and interesting that way, so we had a lot of fun playing bowling.

The day after we had to say our goodbyes to the German students in the morning, which was really sad for us. It was such a pleasure to have them here in Spišská Nová Ves and let them stay in our houses. We will always remember these beautiful and memorable moments spent with the Germans.

Katarína Gardošíková (3.E)

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You love out of art.

Hello human!
Here you go – art. From my experience the most … joyful phenomenon that goes along with it are emotions. When you feel a shakiness as old as the hills sparkling from your chest. You, dipped in the flow of something so aesthetic, something so blooming. I wish very much to every single one of you to experience this little moment some time in your life.
Anyway, without further ado let’s get into the main point of the article. I asked three students from our school to describe their experience with the joyful phenomenons while doing art. Soak it up!

Photography – Alexandra Papcunová 

The moment when I fell in love with photographing? Well, I was interested in art since I was a child, when my parents signed me up to art school. I was attending art classes for ten years. When I started going to high school my interest attracted analogue camera. First two years I was taking photos just for fun. I didn’t reckon it as anything serious in my life as now. Through that season I made only three films which contained my photos. The breaking point was when I developed my fourth film, which I consider as my best. The photos are from period from September to October of 2016. During those 2 months I have captured my feelings from the days spent in offshore Croatian’s town Poreč and consecutive trip to Paris with my best friend. Therefore, I met new people who were devoted to analogue photo. And so it happened. I started to learn, literally. Right now I’m using 3 different analogue cameras and I’m experimenting with them. I’m trying various techniques and I’m expanding my knowledge. After three years, this activity happened to be part of me. My biggest dream is to be on such level when I won’t be afraid to develop my own films.

♥♥♥♥♥

Dance – Viktor Kuzl

D A N C E W I T H H E A R T
When someones ask me what I feel when I dance my answer is everything or nothing. Why everything? Because when I see my friends or just ordinary people how they enjoy music and dance it’s incredible feeling. Another feeling is happiness. I’m so so happy that I found these people what are part of our dance community. They have very kind, soft, sensible souls full of love, gratitude … I love these people. A lot of them change my life every day. They make my dreams come true. I’m thankful for people around me and also for dancing, for opportunities. The most powerful feeling for me is love. When you come to the party or somewhere where dancers share dance between each other, love is everywhere. Everywhere! Because they love what they do, they love each other, they love music … You see smiles on their faces. You feel that they aren’t fake. They dance with heart. Always. It’s the most important thing when you’re doing anything. No just when you’re a dancer. Everything that you do, do with love. Share love, please. Question „When did you fall in love with dance“ is hard to answer for me. Why? I fall in love with dance over and over …
Second answer is nothing. When I start to dance I forget my problems. My mind is empty, but my heart is full. Just me, music and love to dance. With dance you can express yourself. We can express any feelings, but through dance we feel just positive feelings. You can talk. Dance is hidden language of soul. For me it’s everything. Dance is my life. Dance changed my life. Through dance I got second family. BDSKrew. And last thing … If you don’t know about dancing, about our street dance community anything, be quiet, please.
PEACE, LOVE AND RESPECT!!!
♥♥♥♥♥
Writing – Vika Kudriková 

When I was a small kiddo I loved reading books. Different stories of different people. Just to escape from my life somehow. As you could guess, I was a big antisocial bookworm. And I loved just to sit and read a book after book. I was startled by the beauty of words and by the art how authors are able to paint stories just by using words. So, I tried it myself. I say try because it was really just a try. I tried writing various fantasy stories since I was 12 years old. And to be honest, those stories were terrible. Full of clichés and without any plot twists. I wasn’t able to properly finish those stories either. So in the age of 15, when I realized that I suck in writing, I stopped. But at some point, one summer holiday ago, when I was almost 17 I started to write poems. Out of nowhere. I needed to put the feels out of myself, so I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote a poem. And to my own surprise, it wasn’t that bad. So, I kept writing. At the start, those poems were not really collected and they were too long to keep the reader interested. But after some time they started to get shorter and better. I realized that I can express my emotions and myself better in English. So when you will read some poem written by me it will most likely be in English and a bit depressive. I write when I’m experiencing some negative or very intensive emotions. Or when I want to tell humanity that it’s doing terrible job again.

XXX
She fell in love
with boy’s mask,
she trusted his lies
and his acts,
she was fooled
by his beautiful mask,
now she is crying out
the venom
he put
in her veins.
That pure shell
she once was
is now stained
by his hands
sordid
from bodies
of others.

♥♥♥♥♥

Veronika Gregoriková II.C

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World Vegetarian Day

For the celebrations of the World Vegetarian Day, we decided to prepare a talk about vegetarianism, closely related to why we, personally, became vegetarians.

Meat. For most of us the main part of our menu. But at some point in our history it has totally lost its necessity in our diet. So, is vegetarianism good or not? Let us have a look.

People love their food. And when it comes to their eating habits they think of the taste of the portion and the nutrition but they  forget to  think about the consequences. They are simply selfish and the only life they care about is the one they live. Just because we are on the top of the food chain (we could also argue about that), it does not mean we are the ones to decide whose life is more valuable. That is why we have decided to live our lives cruelty-free. But the animals suffering is not the only reason, let us show you some other reasons why we became vegetarian:

  • The meat on the market is full of antibiotics, so by avoiding it you can lower the possibility of getting food poisoning.

  • The conditions that animals are born and raised in are terrible. Animals live in hundreds in small and dirty cages. During their lives, they have to travel long distances without access to food and fresh water.

  • Meat consumption is rapidly increasing every year, which leads to massive increase of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere.

  • Cattle needs large fields to be raised on and their consumption leads to deforestation. Therefore, eating meat is not the truly ecological thing to do.

  • 1/3 of meat bought by an average family is wasted and thrown away.

 

As vegetarians, we know we can‘t (and don’t) force people to vegetarianism, but we are still often the victims of mean comments….

,, Without meat you don´t have enough protein to grow and you have lack of vitamins“ Actually, we are perfectly healthy because there are many alternative ways to get healthy nutrients. By eating plenty of fiber and protein from legumes you can make your diet as nutritious as any meatlover´s.

 

,,It´s not a lifestyle, you are just picky and spoiled“ We have our own brains and we have right to make our own decisions. We don´t judge you for eating corpses.

 

,,If you love animals so much, why do you eat their food? You are not a rabbit“ The energy needed to grow vegetables is much lower than the energy used to raise a whole cow. Anyway, you shouldn’t worry about the rabbits. Their lives are not dependent on human-grown crops.

 

To sum it all up, we can all live our lives the way we want to, but as modern and intelligent beings we should know that we are responsible for our actions. Your body is a temple, not a tomb. With meat or without it, we all should try to live according to that.

 

Thanks for reading.

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Article by: Stanislava Šimková, Lenka Lormanová, 2.C

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