28 July 2016

How many books have you read this year?

I use Goodreads to mark books I have read or would like to read some day. Beside that I challenged myself to read at least 20 books this year. Actually, I have not been taking it as a challenge, I just thought it would be nice to have some kind of goal and see, if I can read that amount of books. It is also very good to see the overview of the books you have read so far, so here are the ones I have read this year: 
As you can see, I am on track and hope to read at least 8 more great books during this year :D
Goodreads is also used to comment, rate and find new books to read. You can also add friends and keep an eye on their reading progress.
If you also have an account there, don´t be afraid to add me here.
Book recommendations are welcome any time as well!
Lots of love,

25 July 2016

How to learn Estonian!?

If you are interested in learning language that only 1,3 million people in the world can speak, then here are some tips for doing it :)
Firstly, I must say I am always so glad to hear that someone wants to learn my mother tongue, because Estonian is not a popular choice, but it definitely is very interesting one!
1) Websites and applications like Memrise or Duolingo are a great way to start language studies. There are different courses, some are divided by themes like "Eating, cooking and baking in Estonian" or "Clothes", some are dedicated to grammar. Also a website called Keeleklikk gives a good overview of Estonia´s culture, history and language.

2) Books At first it is probably a good idea to start with some children´s books or short stories, but it really depends on your preference. And of course, books that help learning language are very useful.
3) Music Listen to Estonian music, translate words to understand songs and enjoy! Who knows, maybe you will find some new favourites?
4) Youtubers Making videos and being a Youtuber has become more and more popular among young people in Estonia as well. It must be very useful to listen, how an Estonian speaks the language and try to understand, it. There is an option to use translation on some videos and it might help to get the point of the video, but usually the translation is full of mistakes, so better do not learn wrongly :)
5) Movies There are some new great Estonian movies, but also classics that most of Estonians know really well. Depending on what kind of movies you like, choose the most suitable for you and learn!  Some movies can be easily found on Youtube, so it should not be difficult to watch something. I would recommend "Kevade", "Naerata ometi", "Nimed marmortahvlil", "Klass" and there are 13 parts of "Tuulepealne maa", which is one of my favourites!
6) Friends I do not think this one needs a lot of explanation - talking/writing with your Estonian friend, who kindly helps you to
learn this language - learning from a native speaker is very useful and you can practise your knowledge right away! Or perhaps you find someone who learns Estonian as well? Studying with someone else might be a lot more fun than doing it alone :)

21 July 2016

☆Incoming postcards☆

Here are some postcards I have received from different places: Italy, USA, Austria

20 July 2016

Inspiration from art

At the end of the school year we had a very interesting task in art class: choose painting(s) and create something inspired by it/them. I chose Piet Mondrian´s 2 paintings, although several of his works look quite similar. 
I chose these as when I was searching for Mondrian´s art and saw these masterpieces, I got an idea for this task very quickly. And here is the final result:

Has art ever inspired you to do something? :)

17 July 2016

Visiting Rakvere

Good evening!
Last weekend we went to a city called Rakvere, which is about 45 minutes drive away from my hometown. We visited Rakvere Castle and went to a pub to have lunch.
 Enjoy pictures :) 

16 July 2016

Book exchange project

Hello, dear reader!
Some time ago my penfriend Julia asked me if I would be interested in taking part of a book exchange project. It sounded really nice, so I decided to participate. What I had to do is
1. Send one book to a person (Julia gave me the address)
2. Find new people to participate (at least 6)
And that´s it!
You can find more information about it searching for #savetheculture book exchange and if it sounds good to you, please let me know, so you could take part of it as well :)
You can leave a comment or write to me: mypenfriendsandlife@gmail.com