Senia's side/reference blog



Just pick a theme you like, a sidebar image you want, and then go to this website and it’ll give you a color scheme that’s nearly perf every time. It’s like super easy and it’s totally how I do all my schemes



Guide to Self-Studying Japanese

A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.

When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.

The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.


[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)
[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site]
[Kana Invaders Game]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….

The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.


[Memrise] as mentioned above to find and learn vocabulary lists.
[Most Common Words List]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.


[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through Mnemonics.[WaniKani] by the same people ho make TextFugu (below) can help you learn Kanji from scratch.
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.

If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.


[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.
[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.

The Fun Parts: Using Japanese Online Media

So you probably have learnt Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your learning advantage!

Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in. Try translating Japanese songs, etc.

The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!

For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List

Any more tips? Comment below!


If you have one healthy recipe you could take with you to the ends of the earth, make sure it’s this one: Baked Salmon with celery, ginger and fennel (5 MINUTE PREP)

The french have been doing it for a long time, and it’s about time that you did too. This dinner is wonderfully healthy, stunning, and yet - it takes 5 minutes to prepare. What? Am I a food hack God? Sadly not, this is one of the few and far between recipes that produce spectacular results with little input (much like life). But here it is, in all it’s glory.

  1. Get a piece of baking paper and cut it into a circle. Fold it in half, and place the vegetables (I use thinly sliced fennel bulb, celery, dill, and ginger)
  2. Make sure your salmon has been kept in the fridge (not freezer) or at some idle defrosting state throughout the day! Add a little bit of soy sauce, sesame oil and white wine (and garlic if you like!) to the salmon. 
  3. Place the salmon on top of the vegetables, and fold the paper over making sure to very tightly secure the edges.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees celcius for 10-12 minutes, depending on how ‘done’ you like your salmon.
Put it onto a plate and let your guests/family cut through the paper themselves! The fragrance rises like steam once it’s cut and it’s an actual 
experience. If you have any more questions/clarifications feel free to ask me, but as an 18 year old teenager I can attest to the fact that this really is as simple as it looks. 




Anime Chart - SUMMER 2014


Wow this season actually looks good.


let me seduce you with my extensive video game knowledge