//Aujourd’hui//

Salut! Aujourd’hui je pensé que ce serrait bon à écrit un blog dans français donc je peux vous montrer comment mal je suis à français. Il y avait beaucoup d’erreurs dans ce mais je vais procéder néanmoins!! Donc, aujourd’hui je me lève plus tard parce que c’est une banque vacance lundi donc je n’ai pas allé à l’école !!! Yay ! Je passe le matin en ville avec mon père et ma sœur car je regardais pour des bijoux pour ma promo école de bal en juin. Malheureusement, les bijoux je trouvé dans l’internet le mois dernier était pas en magasin. Nous passé les heures marche en ville mais seulement trouve des boucles d’oreilles puisque la plupart des bijoux était bleu clair et ma robe est blue sombre. Cependant, j’adore les boucles d’oreilles particulièrement car ils regarder comme des balloons! Ils ont aussi très confortable au porter et ils regarder bon avec ma robe. Apres aller en ville, nous rentré a la maison et manger du dejeuner qui était genial mais le soupe était trop chaud! Puis je fais des revision pour la biologie qui est tres ennuyeux donc je écouté de la radio au lieu. Ma mère trouver des cassettes lequel ma sœur et moi fabrique quand nous étions petits. Ils ont très amusant !!! Depuis j’ai révisé des français et écrit ce. Merci beaucoup pour lire ce !! Désolée pour toutes les erreurs !


My, that was stressful!! It’s so hard to get all of the accents and tenses and stuff correct when your computer insists on doing an English spell check on everything! Nevertheless, I MANAGED to write something in French!! Yay! I guess it’s a start to me becoming more fluent in French. Admittedly, I did have to look up a few words/spellings in Google translate but the majority of it came out of my own brain. I’ll type up a translation for those of you who don’t know French.

Hi! Today I though that it would be good to write a blog post in French so I can show you how bad I am at French. There will be a lot of error in this but I will proceed nevertheless!! So, today I woke up later because it is a bank holiday Monday so I don’t have to go to school!! Yay! I spent this morning in town with my dad and my sister because I was looking for some jewellery for my school prom in June. Unfortunately, the jewellery that I found on the internet last month was not in store. We spent hours walking round town but only found earrings because most of the jewellery was light blue and my dress is dark blue. However, I love the earrings particularly because they look like balloons!!

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This is a really bad quality photo.

They are also very comfortable to wear and look good with my dress. After going to town, we returned to the house and ate lunch which was great but the soup was too hot! Then I did revision for biology which is very boring so I listened to the radio instead. My mum found some cassette tapes which my sister and I made when we were little. They are very funny!!!

Since then I have revised some French and written this. Thanks a lot for reading this!! Sorry for all the mistakes!

Ooh, I forgot! Today I also rope braided my hair and LOOK AT THE AMAZING RESULTS!!!
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ACTUAL. PROPER. CURLS. Not the pathetic excuse for curly my hair usually is!! I’m so pleased with it. I’m definitely going to try this out more often and may even end up using it as a basis for my prom hairstyle. By the way my hair is actually brown, not ginger. I think I used the flash for this photo, that’s why. My hair colour is normally like this:
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Dull and brown 😂 but I like the other photo better so I showed you guys that one! 😂

Anyway, hope you all had/are having a lovely day. Back to school tomorrow for me. Ugh. But only for 4 days then I have two weeks off!!!!!! 🙂

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//Language is freedom//

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Languages are amazing if you think about it – they allow us to get our thoughts and views and thoughts and feelings heard and understood. Without them, know one would know what each other was saying – imagine a world where no one can communicate with eachother. Imagine how lonely and isolating that would feel…

I think it’s so important to be able to speak multiple languages, even if it’s just a tiny bit of another language. I think a lot of British people are under the impression that they will never need to leanr another language because the majority of the rest of the world also learns and speaks English. Especially young people, I find. Like, I’d say about 80% of my French class at some point has moaned about how boring and hard and pointless it is to learn another language. Learning a language, however, is the complete opposite of that. How can gaining an insight into another countries culture and identity be boring? How can it be pointless to equip yourself with a valuable skill that can open so many new doors for? Learning a language, however, is hard. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on it! I find learning languages really rewarding as as you gradually go along, you find yourself understanding more and more of that language without even having to think about it! The more you practice a language, the more effort you put in to learning, the easier it gets.

Personally, I have studied French at school for seven years now but only in the last year or so have I actually appreciated the value and importance of learning a foreign language. I really enjoy learning French but, as I said earlier, it seems that most of my classmates do not. They all complain about having to learn vocab each week and having to do writing and speaking assessments and what not. They are not able to see the value of learning another language, of gaining and developing a new skill. This makes me sad.

Especially in today’s society, a language is a valuable skill to have and could be the difference between you getting a job or not. Even if after studying French I slowly start to forget parts of the language because I will be out of practice, the fact that I will have GCSE (and hopefully A-Level) French on my CV will prove that I am capable of learning new skill.

I really, really hope French sticks with me for a long time though. I mean, at the moment I am definitely not fluent in speaking French. I can write better then I can speak it but still not as well as I can read/hear French and understand it. The thing is, pretty much all of my friends who take French dislike it so I never have anyone to peactice speaking it with. I know speaking it moee often would help me understand more and possibly help with my listening exams as I wpuld be able to understand the sometimes difficult pronounciation more, but talking French to yourself is not much fun and feels kind of weird to be honest!

According to Duolingo (the language-learning website I use to revise for French – I highly recommend it to learn any language to be honest) I am currently 46% fluent in French. As the website only tests my reading, listening and writing skills though, I know I am definitely not that fluent in speaking it! I think you can get it to test you on speaking too if you want but you have to download the app on to your phone/tablet and my phone doesn’t have enough space.

Anyway, back to my point (whatever it was – it’s really annoying when I ramble amd get off track sometimes), even though I can’t speak fluent French, I’d like to think that I could understand quite a bit of French if I actually went to French (hopefully or else the past 7 years have been a waste!). I also started learning German on Duolingo last summer and got to about 35% fluent but when I started revising for my GCSE French exams in February, I had to give up German as I didn’t have time to do both but someday I will pick up German again because I have always wanted to learn it (probably due to my obsession/love of Germany and everything German).

But what I’m really trying to say here is that learning languages is good and important and interesting. I think people should really start to value languages more and, especially in my school, show respect towards their foreign language teachers and actually put effort into learning a new language.

Even with my small amount of German, when I went to Berlin last year, I did manage to speak a little bit of German like ‘hello’ and ‘thanks’ and ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and ‘goodbye’ and whatnot. I even managed to order food in German which I was surprised at. So you see, languages make going to foreign countries a whole lot more interesting and fun because it’s so rewarding to make yourself understood in another language.

So, if you have the opportunity to learn a new language, I’d say embrace it! Languages are such a magnificant thing and laguages really are freedom, after all. 🙂

Hope your all having a good Easter weekend, whatever religion you belong to!

P.S. I couldn’t find a related feature image sooo…yeah I kinda just chose one from Berlin! 🙂

//The beauty of the world//

Today the weather has been absolutely beautiful – the sky is blue as far as the eye can see, not a cloud in sight and it even reached 20 degrees Celsius today! Although autumn has always been my favourite season, spring is rapidly growing on me. The weather this spring as been the best it’s been in a while (mainly because we have only had a few days rain in March so far which is unusual).

I’m so annoyed me and my family have the flu right now because it’s Good Friday so it’s a national holiday here (don’t know about other countries) so usually me and my family would go out somewhere for the day. Last year we went to a beach nearby and climbed up the headland and went to an old WW2 fort on the headland. It was a really beautiful day then, quite like today actually, and I took some really nice photographs which I really wanted to upload on to here but when I turned my old and broken camera on just now it had wiped the memory card! So…no photos from last Easter 😦

However I did manage to go out into the garden this morning and take some photos but guess what? My camera wiped them off of the memory card too. :/ So I just had to go outside and take a load more on my phone but they aren’t as good because my garden is mostly in the shade now.

Oh well, I’ll show you them anyway.


Also today I found my parents old vinyls so naturally sat down for two hours listening to all of their vinyls and taking loads of photos of them.


Honestly though, music sounds so beautiful on vinyls though. I may have kinda got a bit obsessed with them and spent all of my money (which I was saving to buy my friends birthday presents – oops) on a Circa Wave’s vinyl. But honestly though it will be worth it! No one’s gonna be able to drag me away from the record player when it arrives!

Aside from listening to music and doing some photography, I haven’t really done anything else today, mainly because the flu has taken away all of my energy so most of the time I just want to fall asleep!

Hope you guys had a better day than me and enjoy your Easter weekend everyone! 🙂
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//Room tour!?//

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved having a bedroom, a space I can call my own. I don’t really spend a lot of time in my bedroom, however I still like to keep it looking tidy and presentable. Recently, I’ve really gotten into interior design so having my own bedroom has given me the perfect chance to personalise and decorate my own little space.

I am really quite fond of vintage things so have tried to give my room a sort of vintage feel to it. I’m really happy with how my room is and when I go off to uni in a couple of years I’ll be so sad to leave it all behind!

Anyway, let’s begin the tour!

First up I want to show you guys my wallpaper because this is what started off the whole vintage theme for me:

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I really do love the flowery pattern!

Next up is my desk/chest of drawers which I only got last year I think but I really like it! Before I redecorated my room pretty much all of my furniture was pine and I had had it since I was a baby so luckily my parents agreed to get me a new desk! I still have a pine bed and bookcase though but I might paint my bookcase white or blue in the summer.

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I have a few vintage-style ornaments on my desk too like this jewellery stand which I got for Christmas a couple of years ago:

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I also have some awesome notebooks – one of which contains my bucket list:

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Then I have other random ornaments like my ‘jar of happiness’ and a pen pot made of playing cards these aren’t really vintage style but I love them nevertheless:

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Oh I almost forgot! I also have this crossword puzzle book which I display on my desk because I love the pattern on the cover and it kind of goes with my room theme.

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Next I’ll show you my walls and wall art:

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This is the end wall of my room – I have two white walls and two wallpapered walls. I love the quote canvas I have on this wall which says: ‘Great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget’. I also have a canvas on this wall which I painted when I was 8 😂 (on the left).

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Also on this wall I have a shelf (which is pine but I’m hopefully going to paint that in the summer too) which also has a canvas I painted on it and my owl clock which I love and other random little ornaments.

Underneath the shelf I have my world map and Scout neckerchiefs:

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I’d love to have the map higher up somewhere but I don’t have enough wall space! Also I have a little cupboard here with my jelly bean blue lamp on it which kind of goes along with the vintage theme!

Here is the other wall art in my room (all of which I made myself):

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And I also have blue bunting on the white walls too.

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And then some other various objects around my room:

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Another shelf which was pine but I painted it white.

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I love this map box and really want to get more of them!

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Owl doorstop.

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My money jar which I love! I loved writing the typography on it but it was kind of hard because the jar is curved.

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Some sea-themed ornaments on my windowsill.

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My keyboard (a.k.a. my baby)!

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Owl cushions (I made the one on the right – it’s a double-sided owl).

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Here is my bedspread that matches my wallpaper!

Then moving on to my bookcase because why not?

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More typography yay!

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I also have one shelf of my bookcase dedicated to my Airfix models.

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I made an aircraft hanger to keep them in (although they don’t all fit so some are kept downstairs).

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Okay so that is it for my room tour!! Sorry for the bad quality photos, I’m off school sick with the flu at the moment so don’t really have enough energy to spend ages taking photos. I hope you are all ok and have a good Easter on the weekend!

Bye! 🙂

//#HermEm’s anniversary?!//

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A while ago (and The Blog Squad can back me up here) I announced that I was in love with Herman (this is gonna get so weird to explain so bare with). Basically, Herman is a typo (*gasps* in horror – don’t worry Herman, you’re more than just a typo to me!). I meant to type ‘I love German’ but accidentally typed ‘Herman’ without realising until after I’d pressed send and the wonderful Elly created HermEm (our ship name).

Now Herman isn’t just my imaginary typo boyfriend (I’m weird ok…I’ve warned you many times, so don’t you roll your eyes at me!), Herman represents Germany as a whole and my love towards the country.

Therefore I made today, 19th March, mine and Herman’s anniversary considering it is the date that I flew to Berlin last year and fell in love with the city and country.

So, today marks a year of mine and Herman’s relationship!!!!!

To show Herman just how much he means to me, I decided to make a YouTube video dedicated to him. It is a video scrapbook of my trip to Berlin last year and also includes the poem ‘The City That Stole My Heart’ that I wrote a while ago that was inspired by the city.

Here is the video:

Hope you like it, it makes me so emotional to remember all those amazing memories! (And yes I did waste another whole day filming for YouTube again, like I did last weekend, instead of revising for my mock exams…oops).

I should be going off to spend the rest of our anniversary helping out at a Cub Scout sleepover now BUT my mum won’t let me go because I have a cold/virus thingy and she doesn’t want me to ‘infect’ the kids which sucks because I was actually looking forward to going. :/ So I guess I’ll just have to spend the evening reminiscing about Berlin and being sad that I can’t go back for a while.

Anyway, thanks for reading, I hope you had/are having a better day than me! 🙂 ♥

//In spite of everything//

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In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank.

How can it be that such a young girl who faced such terrible persecution and violation of her human rights could still find it within her to believe that deep down people are good and have good intentions, however deep those may be hidden. It still puzzles me now even after having known about Anne Frank’s story for years.

She, along with millions of other Jews, suffered immensely during Hitler’s reign of terror yet she could still see the spark of goodness in people.

I wonder why? Was it her faith? Was it her upbringing? Know one will ever know. Anne, unfortuantely, is just one of millions of Jewish youngsters who died too soon. Who were snatched from this world for what? For what reason did they die? Oh, because Hitler said so.

It sickens me to even consider that Hitler had even an ounce of goodness within this, yet Anne Frank could and she was the one who suffered at his command.

Maybe Anne wasn’t including Hitler when she said this. Maybe she just meant humanity as a whole has goodness within them, even though they allowed the Holocaust to go on for way to long (not entirely their fault though, many, many, soldiers from all around the world lost their lives in an attempt to stop Hitler and I am no way devaluing the sacrifice they made). Maybe Anne believed that her and the rest of her race’s suffering would eventually have a good outcome and ensure that something as tragic as the Holocaust never happened again. Maybe she knew that she didn’t deserve to be persecuted. All of these questions will remain unanswered for eternity. We can only imagine what Anne and other Jews had to go through and how that affected them.

None of this should have ever, ever happened but maybe Anne Frank knew that the world would be righted. Her life should never have been taken out of sheer spite along with all other 6 million Jews who died at Hitler’s hand, but maybe Anne’s faith led her to die in hope that future generations would never have to suffer her fate. I hope so, I really do. I hope that every single person who died in concentration camps, death camps or even in hiding or on the run from Hitler, anyone who died because of him, died with hope.

Yes, Hitler could deny them of their dignity and decency, humiliate them, treat them as ‘sub-humans’ but after all he savagely took from them, I hope he never took their faith and their hope. I hope that at least they died with that, even though they deserved so much more.

These people all deserved their lives – who knows who they could have become? What they could of achieve? And now we will never know.

If there is one thing I do know, however, it is that the Frank family and all the other Jewish, communist, homosexual ect people who lost their lives during the Holocaust were and are still an inspiration to us all. They showed us that in all the adversity they faced, they still remained true to themselves, their faiths, their political beliefs, their sexualities and by doing so they died dignified – yet so, so unecessary – deaths.

I will always continue to be inspired by people like Anne and I will never forget the sacrifice they made to ensure our generation will never have to endure such persecution again. Yes, our world is flawed, but because of all of those who lost their lives in this terrible time, there is one less flaw in the world.

No matter what adversity I face, Anne Frank has taught me that staying true to yourself allows you to see the ‘good’ in humamity and allows you to live in hope if a better future for not just you but those generations after you.

As is repeated on 11th November at 11am every year in the UK to remember our fallen soldiers,

For our tomorrow, they gave our today.

Anne and others like her were an ‘army’ of a different kind who we should also remember. Not just on Holocaust Memorial Day, or even Armistace day, but every, single day.

//Exams, exams and more exams: the English school system//

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I always find it really interesting learning about other countries education systems so I thought I’d attempt to explain the English education for my non-English followers and friends.

If you are English, please tell me if I have written something wrong because I know it does vary slightly regionally. Oh and by the way this is based on my experience of education so I have no idea if primary school has changed slightly because I went to primary school like 5 years ago.

Right, lets begin.

Primary school:
Year Reception – age 4-5.
Year 1 – age 5-6.
Year 2 – age 6-7.
Year 3 – age 7-8.
Year 4 – age 8-9.
Year 5 – age 9-10.
Year 6 – age 10-11.

In primary school the only exams we do are called SATS and we only take them in English (spelling and comprehension) and maths (although they may have introduced science ones now). You do SATS in summer every year from Year 2 onwards (I think) but only in Year 6 – the final year – do your SATS exam papers get sent off to be marked. SATS are graded from 1-5 with 5 being the highest result. Your SATS grades don’t really count towards anything other than determining which set you are placed into for maths and English in Secondary school.

Secondary school:
Year 7 – age 11-12.
Year 8 – age 12-13.
Year 9 – age 13-14.
Year 10 – age 14-15.
Year 11 – age 15-16.

Years 7 & 8 are basically just to get you used to secondary school life. You are taught a range of subjects and get no choice over what you study. In my school, the subjects I did in Years 7 and 8 were: English, maths, science, humanities (history, religious studies and geography combined), French, ICT, drama, art and music.

Now, this is where it can get a little confusing as it is up to the school to decide whether to start GCSEs (the main secondary school examinations) in Year 9 or Year 10. My school starts them in Year 9, so I’ll explain it this way.

At the end of Year 8, you get to pick 4 options for your GCSE subjects which (in my school) we start in Year 9. You get a choice because the only compulsory GCSEs you have to study are maths, English, religious studies and science. Therefore you don’t have to do art, drama, music, humanities or French anymore so you have a lot of free hours to fill.

So, for my GCSEs I chose to study Triple science (which is just an addition to the compulsory science), History, Geography and French.

I spent the whole of Year 9 and 10 learning the course content for my GCSE subjects then in March of Year 10 I took mock exams for all of my subjects to see if I was ready to take any of the real exams in the summer. I ended up doing my Geography and History exams at the end of Year 10 but for all of my other subjects, I carried them on to study them for another year.

This meant I went into Year 11 having finished Geography and History so was able to choose a new subject to study to fill the empty hours. All of my other GCSE subject exams are taken at the end of Year 11 (my final year of secondary school).

College/sixth form/apprenticeship:
As you leave secondary school at 16 years old, you have to go to either college, sixth form or do an apprenticeship as it is compulsory to stay in education until you’re 18.

College:
– A seperate establishment to secindary schools, you can study either a-levels there (the next level up from GCSEs, they are mainly in academic subjects and take two years. You can choose up to four a-levels and depending on subjects, you either take half of the exams at the end of each year, or all of the exams at the end of two years) or BTECs (which are assessed through coursework and practical work NOT exams and you can study a range of things from hairdressing to animical to engineering etc).

Sixth form:
– Sixth forms are attatched to secondary schools and are basically the same as colleges but you can usually only study a-levels there.

Apprenticeships:
– You can also do apprenticeships where you have a job placement and are taught the skills to do that job over a course of two/three years and are usually paid for your work.

University:
If you wish to you can continue your education and go to university although this is not compulsory. To go to university you need to have either done a-levels or a BTEC course to have the right qualifications to apply.

Typically you study either one subject or a combonation of two subjects for your degree and most courses last 3 years.

So, there we go. A not-so-short guide to the English education system. I hope you found this useful/interesting. Sorry if I just bored you all to death. I’m weird, ok? I find all this stuff fascinating.

Anyway, bye for now! 🙂