30 June 2020   No Comments

Well… I knew this was going to happen, to be honest, which is why I had already created a “butchered recipes” tag on my blog. If I only share my successful cooking\baking stories, I’ll update this blog about 10 times a year.

After living in France for half a year, none of its food was particularly appealing to me. Granted, I couldn’t go out to eat often, living on a student budget and all, so it’s likely I just didn’t have enough time to taste the good things. I do like la crêpe bretonne, though! It’s everywhere in the Brittany region and you should definitely try it when you visit.

One of the things I did very much enjoy eating in France was the macarons. I really miss eating macarons. Coincidentally, I saw someone tweeting about making them from scratch a couple of weeks ago, and thought “why not?”. After trying, however, I will tell you why not: this seems to be one of those recipes in which you need to have a lot of patience, a piping nozzle, a very strong arm or an electric food mixer. I have none of these things.

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15 June 2020   No Comments

I’ve wanted to talk about my experience studying Korean ever since I decided to have another go at a personal blog. Before I do that, I’ll talk a bit about my background with language studies and how it has become some type of hobby to me in recent years. This is a veeeeery long post, so if you’re only interested in some learning tips, you can jump ahead a few paragraphs (or just click here). (Unfortunately for my bank account, this post is not sponsored.)

My foreign language studies began when I was 8 years old, not by choice, but because my parents knew it would be important for my future if I could speak English. By then I was already very interested in pop music, and Brazil didn’t have much of it when I was a child (at least that I was aware of), so I listened to a lot of artists from the United States and, by default, was actually familiar with how English sounded. It turns out that my experience learning it was very smooth, and didn’t involve any studying techniques. I don’t recall ever sitting down and memorizing words, grammar (which I am pretty tragic at) and sounds, it all came somewhat naturally to me. I graduated from the English language school when I was 16, and then lived in the United States for one year. When I came back to Brazil, I did one semester of Spanish – which I had also grown up with, so once again not much studying involved. My English is definitely much better than my Spanish, though, as I’ve never had a chance to actually practice the latter.

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