Love and Kittens is now open!

A store containing some of my artwork and other designs, Love and Kittens (because who doesn’t love love and kittens? :D), is now open here on Zazzle. Check it out and tell me what you think! There’s also a link to it in the top navigation bar, and if you want to see some of the t-shirt and sticker designs in their original form, those are located on my Art page.

Norway has been fantastic so far, and I couldn’t have asked for a better roommate abroad. I’ve had a great time and have built up my leg muscles quite a bit, and I don’t imagine this’ll be my last stop ever to the country since it’s been so awesome. I’m getting stuff in order to return to Florida, but I’ll be back here sometime soon! =)

Swedish decks on Memrise

My last deck on Memrise now has 307 people who are learning Swedish from it! To celebrate its success, I created another deck, this time not on all kinds of Swedish words, but specifically the body parts in Swedish. Check it out here!

For those who don’t know what Memrise is, it’s an online flashcard-and-memory game where you learn words and, through Memrise’s spaced repetition algorithm, you get tested on those words just when you’re about to forget them. It’s free and has worked fantastically for me, and seems to be doing a great job of teaching words to those people using my decks, too!

Foreign music artists

I mentioned way back when that singing can help to learn a language. Listening to artists in my target language is one of my favorite ways to boost my vocabulary and listening/speaking abilities. Here are some of my favorite artists for each language; give ’em a try! The more asterisks (*), the more I love them.

Chinese
* alan (c-pop j-pop) – Japanese, Mandarin
* Alex Fong (c-pop) – Cantonese
* Janice (c-pop) – Cantonese
** Jay Chou (c-pop) – Mandarin
Joey Yung (c-pop) – Cantonese
* Jolin Tsai (c-pop) – Mandarin
* Stephy Tang (c-pop) – Cantonese

Dutch
Eva De Roovere (folk pop)
* Jurk (nederlandstalig pop)

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GMC Jam #8: 2nd place!

So, happy news for me as a programmer! The Game Maker Community Jam #8 competition was held recently. The GMC Jam is a competition with an average of over 50 entries that occurs once every three months on this large programming forum I frequent; each entry has to be made within the 72 hours from the late Friday to the late Monday during which it’s held. I met the Norwegian friend with whom I’m staying because of the GMC, so we’re both programmers and decided to team up and make a game. Our brainchild/game came in 2nd out of 62 entries! Download a copy of “The Little Tornado that Couldn’t” by clicking “Games” on the top bar, or just by clicking here.

And here’s the trophy:

2nd place trophy

News sites in other languages

Here is a useful list of links for news article sites (like newsnow.co.uk and onlinenewspapers.com and newspaperindex.com) to practice reading in other languages (* means they’re some of my favorites):

Danish
Akhbar (Danish news in Arabic) – Arabic
** Avisen (news) – Danish
* B.T. news) – Danish
Berlingske (news) – Danish
* Børsen (news) – Danish
The Copenhagen Post (Danish news in English)
Dagbladet Information (news) – Danish
DR (news) – Danish
* Ekstra Bladet (news) – Danish
** Erhvervs Bladet (business) – Danish
Ingeniøren (news) – Danish
* Jyllands-Posten (news) – Danish
* Kristeligt Dagblad (news) – Danish
* Politiken (politics) – Danish
TV2 (news) – Danish

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