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5 synonyms of partner from the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, plus 14 related words, definitions, and antonyms. Find another word for partner. Partner: the person to whom another is married. Another word for partnering. Find more ways to say partnering, along with related words, antonyms and example phrases at Thesaurus.com, the world's most trusted free thesaurus. partner (verb) a person who is a member of a partnership. Synonyms: cooperator, better half, married person, pardner, collaborator, spouse, mate. partner (verb) provide with a partner. partner (verb) act as a partner 'Astaire partnered Rogers' Partner synonyms. Top partner synonyms (verbs) are join, combine and unite. Synonyms for Partner Synonyms for (noun) Partner. Synonyms: collaborator, cooperator, pardner, partner. Definition: an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest. Usage: the musician and the librettist were collaborators; sexual partners Another word for partner. Find more ways to say partner, along with related words, antonyms and example phrases at Thesaurus.com, the world's most trusted free thesaurus. Definition of PARTNER (verb): be someone’s partner in dance or game. Definition and synonyms of partner from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Education.. This is the British English definition of partner.View American English definition of partner.. Change your default dictionary to American English. Partner definition, a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate. See more. Synonyms for partner in Free Thesaurus. Antonyms for partner. 46 synonyms for partner: spouse, squeeze, consort, bedfellow, significant other, mate, better half ... Synonym.com is the web's best resource for English synonyms, antonyms, and definitions. synonym.com. antonym.com Word of the Day: mayhem. Trending Searches 🔥 negative-impact ... 3. partner verb. (ˈpɑːrtnɝ) Provide with a partner. Synonyms ...

"Quicky" -- pet peeve

2020.08.10 22:41 reelrighter "Quicky" -- pet peeve

Should have put this in my other big post, but forgot so adding it here.
Stephen King talks about getting rid of adjectives and adverbs as much as possible, which seems excessive until you really get into what he's talking about.
I've worked with a writing partner who overused the word "quickly" a lot.
Bob walks to the car quickly. Bob quickly grabs the phone. That sort of thing.
This eats up space and, more importantly, it's boring. Almost every verb has a faster synonym. (Or slower, or whatever particular adverb you are using).
Bob dashes for the car. Bob sprints for the car. Bob beelines for the car. Bob snatches the phone. Bob strikes at the phone like a cobra. Whatever.
Almost anything is more interesting than "quickly".
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2019.11.22 05:21 Qigong90 A Dangerous Teaching

In SGI, there is this concept called substituting faith for wisdom. It's a concept that surfaces quite a bit in the literature.
"President Toda explained this passage from the standpoint of the implicit meaning as follows:
The line 'The wisdom of the Buddhas is infinitely profound and immeasurable' means that the wisdom of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is infinitely profound and immeasurable, The passage 'The door to this wisdom is difficult to understand and difficult to enter' refers to the 'door of faith' in the Gohonzon. By substituting faith for wisdom, we can enter the 'door to this wisdom.' This door is 'difficult to understand and difficult to enter." - The Heart of the Lotus Sutra page 32
"Firm faith in the Gohonzon leads to the highest wisdom. This is the principle of substituting faith for wisdom." Ibid. 55
"Moreover, Nichiren Buddhism teaches the principle of substituting faith for wisdom. Correct faith itself becomes wisdom. Through believing in the Gohonzon, we in the Latter Day of the Law can gain the same benefit as we would by carrying out all of the six paramitas, including the paramita of obtaining wisdom. In conclusion, those who believe in the Gohonzon and advance toward kosen-rufu together with the SGI can gain benefit of the six paramitas. Those who persevere in carrying out activities for kosen-rufus lead lives of the highest wisdom. The examples of your many seniors in faith attest to this. When we look back on our lives later on, we can see this clearly." Ibid. 78
(If you are a hoarder who defected after 1996, you can find these between the May 19, 1995 World Tribune and the April 5, 1996 World Tribune).
"By 'substituting faith for wisdom' - bringing forth Buddha wisdom through faith in the correct teaching - we, as ordinary people, can triumph over fundamental darkness just as we are. The power with which we can subdue fundamental darkness is solely the power of faith,our minds and the inherent enlightened wisdom our own lives." Learning from the Writings: The Hope-Filled Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin
(Now factor the above quote with this one from the February 1, 2019 World Tribune, "Rather than announce themselves, devilish functions may appear in obscure and tricky ways, sometimes arising under the guise of common sense and virtuousness, or inconspicuously assailing us in our most vulnerable areas. Fortunately, we have very reliable ways to discern these devilish functions:
Telling people who are vulnerable, gullible, poorly educated, under-read, and of varying degrees of illiterate is dangerous and has time and time again been proven to have disastrous results; especially when they are in positions of leadership.
Proof:
NSA latchkey children and non-NSA family
Before 1991, when it came known as SGI-USA, it was NSA (Nichiren Shoshu of America). During those days, it was activities damn near everyday. There was street shakubuku in the evening that could go for hours; especially in the months of February and August, which was a Shakubuku Battle of the Sexes. (Women's shakubuku month was February; and men's shakubuku month was August). There were of course study meetings and zadankai with the publications and lectures from Daisaku Ikeda and General Director at the time George Williams. There were toso sessions that could go from 1 to 12+ hours on tatami mats where people were sitting on their heels. Also there were huge productions every damn year whether it was a parade or festival. Bear in mind though that participation in these activities was mandatory, not optional. You were expected to participate, even if you just got off of work. So what became of the children of these practitioners? They were left in the care of grandparents, non-NSA family members, strangers, some more than likely became latchkey children. Now of course these parents never intended on being deadbeats. They were just persuaded to believe that their efforts in faith would result in good fortune, the transformation of their personal, financial, familial, and employment karma, and protection of their children. And so, these parents did all of these activities with their children and their futures in mind. This is substituting faith for wisdom. And did their relatives look at them and say, "Hmmm. Let me try what they're doing?" Not often. Because what the relatives saw was this person leaving their children in the care of others for hours; missing parts of their children's lives. Besides, how would you rather be spending your evenings off of work in 1979? Watching Hart to Hart, or in meetings, activities, brass band rehearsals, gymnastic rehearsals, and sitting in Vajrasana chanting words you don't even know and no one can tell you the literal meaning?
Brian Daisaku McCloskey's words :
" My parents were very supportive and I never consciously resented my parents for being away at Buddhist activities all of the time. I did, how-ever, always have “behavior problems.”
I would posit that the resent was more subconscious than conscious. I know from various sources when children have any sort of resentment, they act out or engage in self-sabotage. It would really explain Brian's behavior. I did it myself back in middle school.
Brian McCloskey, " By the time I was16—when I started smoking, drinking and experimenting with drugs—I had been kicked out of two schools and was on the verge of being kicked out of a third. This was 1991;my father was being transferred to Chicago from Maryland.My family was, of course, moving with him and no one was thrilled about the move or very supportive of my father.Once I arrived in Chicago, I began to find outlets for all of the violent anger that had been building in my life. I drank heavily and went out every night looking for a fight, hanging out in alleys and finding other people who were doing the same. I spent the next three years in and out of jail, going to court, getting kicked out of two more schools and getting my G.E.D. One night I came home and had to wake up my father to help dress my wounds because I had been stabbed in a bar fight. I wouldn’t go to the hospital because the police were certainly watching them. I had stabbed several other young men and didn’t know if I had killed any of them or not. Nothing could have hurt my father more. This was how I spent my time from ages 16 to 19. "
This practically screams "I'm punishing you dad for choosing the SGI over me."
And Mr. McCloskey's actions were all in the spirit of substituting faith for wisdom. A parent who is not a member, and with a certain level of shame, would say, "Okay. Let's dial the activities down a few notches , even if for the sake of my reputation." Not in the SGI. Here's what Daisaku Ikeda said:
" Life is best lived by being bold and daring. People tend to grow fearful when they taste failure, face a daunting challenge or fall ill. Yet that is precisely the time to become even bolder. Those who are victors at heart are the greatest of all champions. " So it's a safe bet that the McCloskey couple cranked up the activities a few more notches in the hopes of the entire family winning over this situation. The way they chanted for Brian, especially Mrs. McCloskey, was synonymous with a 1984 NSA toso. They even left Brian, who was also a skinhead by this time, in their house as they went on a weekend leadership program. When they returned, their house smelled like a still, and it looked like Brian had hosted a Fight Club event. To add insult to injury, the person who got assaulted while they were gone, returned and damaged the couple's vehicle. Eventually, Brian cleaned up his life and did in a motorcycle accident when he was 28.
Domestic abuse cases
When someone is in an abusive relationship, what's the non-religious answer? Get the hell out. SGI response: change the karma.
Greg Martin, "
“Another aspect of Karma which is often misunderstood is this: we often think our Karma is something outside of us. However, someone else’s behavior is not your Karma. Your Karma is that you don’t know how to deal with their behavior. That’s your problem. Your behavior is your Karma. Sometimes we may think that we are a terrible person if we have someone in our environment who is a terrible person. That’s not true. They are a terrible person in their own right. The question is why are you suffering?
You have the Karma to be with that person, but they were going to be that way anyway. You didn’t make them that way. Ask yourself why are you unable to deal with that person? Why does that person make you angry? Why do you let that person make you unhappy? In such a case, you have the Karma to be unable to handle things in your environment. That is your problem.
When you chant daimoku (*nam myo ho renge kyo ) to be able to handle that person, to be able to grow and be stronger than that person so that you are no longer affected, then it no longer affects you. You’ve transformed your environment.”
One of the reasons Tina Turner is respected is not because she became someone no longer affected by Ike's vicious assaults, but because she abruptly left with $0.36 and a gas card; and even though by California law she was entitled to half the assets and properties, she eventually let it go and left with her stage name, song royalties to the songs she wrote, and her Jaguar.
Substituting faith for wisdom encourages people to stay in a dangerous and deleterious relationship and work it out. And if the abusive partner one day picks a fight and throttle the member to death, the SGI's attitude will be "Oh well. It was their karma." (This organization is the reason I don't even discuss karma anymore).
Leaders who encourage youth to go for broke (figuratively and or literally) in order to accrue good fortune
I believe about 98% of us can attest to this, if not the full 100.
Remember this tale from those go go NSA days:
" Sometime around 1987 or 1988 there was a big trip of some kind to Seattle. I was a YMD (Young Mens Division), and they were gearing us up to go. But i was broke, barely getting by. At the time i was living in West LA in a house with 5 other people - non members - well one kid, Larry, was a member - but the rest were students etc - and it was a crazy house, party house, roommates moving in and out every week. I forget who was on the lease or even if we had one.
We did this activity where we made a human pyramid on rollerskates. Apparently we were looking to break the world record doing this lol. Because I'm a tall guy (over 6 feet) this put me on the bottom level with the other big guys. Wearing the skates, with a board on my shoulder that all of the other levels would stand on. And so we would do these activities on the weekends, where we would get dragged out of bed at 5 AM ("Challenge your negativity! This is a great cause for Kosen Rufuuuu!!!!" arg!) to go somewhere and chant, do calisthenics in big groups early in the morning, and then kill ourselves in the hot sun while guys climbed up on the boards (did they have insurance lol?? I have no idea).
And all along the way I am telling them that I am broke. And they keep telling me that I am making the cause to get out of my financial situation. That what i was doing - because it was related to the practice - working with others toward changing the karma of the world - that this would directly influence my bottom line. They seemed pretty sure of themselves. So I kept testing it.
When the time came to pay for the plane ticket and cost of the trip (which was somewhere around $400.00 I believe) - I reached a moment where I had to make the decision. I had invested all that blood sweat and tears into doing this crazy activity. I really, really had some serious problems with money and also with what i was doing with my life. I could either A) Do the responsible thing and pay my rent, or B) Trust in the practice ... roll for broke ... and hope for a miracle.
I got some guidance from everyone. My district leaders, chapter leaders, senior leaders ... they all said the same thing. "Go for it. Change your karma!"
So I gave them the money and before long I was flying to Seattle. The actual trip was all about the organization; I dont remember all that much about it other than the trip into the city from the airport, seeing Seattle and the Space Needle through the fog and rain from the bus window on the way in ... a hotel room where they served us cheap pre-packaged lunches in paper boxes (I think I remember a sandwich on white bread, an apple, maybe some chips etc).
This was no site seeing trip. I never saw or experienced any of Seattle other than the bus trip, the hotel, the convention center, and travelling back toward LA the same way. I remember being really tired from all the stress in my life at the time ... and the worrying about what happened to me when I got back.
Yes we did this insane huge pyramid on the floor of some huge convention center in front of thousands of members. Yes we pulled it off and no-one got hurt. All I remember from the actual moment is a big dim room with stage lighting around us and the cheering, and me standing on the bottom of a pyramid about 3000 lbs of guys while standing on roller skates; all of that weight bearing down on my arms and shoulder thinking (and chanting) "stay in the moment, stay in the moment, hold up and make sure nobody falls ... it will be over any second hold up!!" lol
And thats it. We went home. And the whole way home on the plane I was wondering what the hell I was supposed to do when I got back ...
Where was my miracle supposed to be coming from? Where was I going to come up with the rent? Was I going to get enough to eat? What was going to happen .... ?
Buddism and the entire SGI machinery had convinced me that I would be protected by the Shoten Zenzin and that natural law would make sure that it all turned out in my favor in the end. But this was putting it to the test far beyond what ordinary common sense would tell a reasonably intelligent person it was wise to.
Well ... I got back to LA and ...
I didnt have the rent. I had no money to eat or do anything at all until my next paycheck, which was about a week away. So ... I could survive one way or another: they could wait a while for the rent, and I had friends or roommates or somehow could get enough to eat. But it was worse than that. Somehow ... the timing was such that everyone in this house I was living in - for one reason or another - was splitting that month. This one was transferring to a new school; that one had found a new place somewhere else; this other one was moving back home with parents ... about 5 other people ... GONE. Which left me. With no money for the rent. No money to find a new place to live. And with all of my family on the other side of the country, and not long term friends in LA that would take me in . I had no place to go. At 23 years old: all of a sudden I was homeless in LA. And SGI was just about all I had. How did they respond? NSA turned thier backs on me. These people that I had spent a good 2-3 years of my life with, my district "family" that had welcomed me into thier homes, encouraged me to chant, gongyo, shaka-buku, pulled me out of bed at 4 AM for activities, drove me to meetings all over town, called me during times when I was having doubts about the practice with long conversations, debated with me, helped my members I was trying to get started . These people that were an intimate part of my life, who were some of my closest friends and confidants in many ways .. my local District ... these people skulked away like cowards when they were confronted with the reality of what happened to me.
At the time I was working as a shop assistant and delivery driver for a florist up the road in Brentwood. So, with nowhere to go, and without telling my boss (because I was embarrassed by my situation) .. I used the delivery truck from work to pack up what little belongings from my house and put it all in the basement of the shop. Then would sneak into this tiny basement of the florist through the back door and sleep at night. The floor was concrete and hard. I used a flashlight to read random stuff - Stephen King novels (I read "IT" in that basement LOL), old World Tribunes, a copy of the Gosho. Then I would get up during days, walk around to the front of the building and walk in to work - make money - and survive another day. One morning I remember my boss suddenly opening the door and walking in to the basement, seeing me on the floor ... looking at me, then walking out saying nothing. He wasnt too happy about it, but I think basically he was a good guy and realized that I wasnt harming anyone, just down on my luck trying to survive. Members of my District knew what was going on ... but down to a person as I recall they had nothing of value for me to add other than "This is your karma, chant more" and "Do your human revolution" and other such platitudes.
What I did not hear, from anyone: "Are you ok?" or "Im sorry this happened ... is there anything I can do? I have a friend with a spare room" or "Hey I know someone that needs some help at thier company, you can make better money there lets get you out of this situation" Nobody brought me food. Nobody gave me any practical advice that was useful, or went out of thier way to pick me up and bring me to thier house, or simply sat there and listened as a friend that cared while I was going through this crisis. They either gave me the same old NSA platitudes about karma and human revolution etc ... or they noticably avoided me at meetings because they didnt know what to say. There was no compassion, no help, and no love from these people. Other than ...
Only one: a girl, a YWD in the practice - around my age ... we started spending time together and we ended up hooking up - I began staying at her place and moved out of the basement - and she became my girlfriend for the next two years or so. So we fell in love and she helped me ... AGAINST NSA and SGI policy (we were both members in the same District). And in this way I pulled out of my situation. Soon after my return from Seattle I went "taitan". Why wouldnt I? Because when the chips were down these people abandoned me. They were not "family". They were not "friends" by any definition that matters. They ended up being some people I did stuff with, and paid money to support thier activities, gave them my energy and output and free time to support what they did ..
But they did not care about me and my welfare. So I quit."
Now if these members had had an atom's worth of integrity, they would have reimbursed him the money he gave, and then given him some kind of lodging.
Now here is my experience. In December 2017, I wasn't seeing eye to eye with my mother at the time and trying to find a place in the area, especially in order to make it to the last meeting of the year. I had been told that making it to the meeting would allow me to accrue good fortune. However my apartment was a day late. The only place I could have went in the city was the homeless shelter. The MD who was to drive me to my new apartment dropped me off at the homeless shelter. Even if bunking with him would have been a tall order, he could have either had me lodge with someone else, or just dropped me off at the shuttle and said, "I'm sorry you can't make it. Just get on the bus and go back home. See you in 2018." Not drop me off at a homeless shelter. (Update: my mother and I are doing better, she was rightfully mad as hell when she found out about me being in a shelter). Fast forward summer 2018, I was living with my maternal grandparents after graduation. The events of 2017 left my self-confidence and ravaged my faith in a way synonymous as an EF5 going through a trailer park. Another MD who was taking me back home from zadankai told me that I should have stayed in the city and fought for the success of 50K, even if it meant being homeless. I wasn't doing that again. I didn't give a damn what the Japanese Teflon Don said about getting bolder upon tasting failure. Last time I checked, he never went homeless.
katmommy
" One event in particular that stood out to me was the big meeting we had when the current general director was appointed. They wanted a full on production with only 3 weeks notice (this meant 8 hour practices all weekend long ). Youth members were being scolded by leaders during practice & at one point I found myself wanting to yell 'if you wanted some fancy performance, maybe you should have organized rehearsals months in advance. Stop getting frustrated with these kids who aren’t professional performers for being ... regular kids!'"
That is implausible, and if this production was to be awesome, impossible. Even with college adults and professional adults, full on productions take months of preparation. I know because I was in a college choir. We would have a huge concert in March, and we had begun preparing to learn the music for it in August of the previous year. Eight hours of practice on the weekends for three weeks will not suffice; it will still be a Billy McFarland Fyre Festival. And this story breaks my heart because regular children were catching the brunt of the leaders' frustration. They were expected to automatically go from being amateurs to working like professionals. Simply because some jackasses, in the spirit of substituting faith for wisdom and making the impossible possible, concocted this idea with no concept of time and preparation.
anabeeverhousen
" Have been having conversations with Blanche on Rock the Era recently. It got me thinking about how it all went (was about 10 years ago, so the memory is slightly fuzzy) but, I recalled that a few months before RTE, the youth marched in the MLK parade in LA, in the pouring rain. Mind you, this was several miles, and youth are as young as 12. They marched for hours, came back soaking wet, after dancing, singing, promoting RTE,& SGI while carrying A GIANT FUCKING POSTER WITH IKEDA'S FACE ON IT AT A PARADE MEANT TO HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, (I got so sick of the "Ghandi, Ikeda, and King schtick). I get it, of course other groups continued marching. Most things that are organized like this are put on by the city, and tend to be rain or shine. However, other groups were their to support the true honoree, any youth groups had their parents present to take them home afterward. We all know that the youth in SGI travel long distances (often without parents , in a carpool) to go to these events. Think these kids had a change of clothes? Nope. And what did the SGI do about it? Soup. Lots and lots of fucking soup. I was byakuren, and actually not been assigned to walk, but was at the center to help organize in the morning, and in the afternoon/evening, and the marching byakuren took breaks upon their return. So, I wasnt wet, but got to tend to tons of kids freezing their asses off, with no change of clothes, and most had to endure multi hour trips back home in those very clothes. But, of course, it rained for their Human Revolution. "
This scenario is just abusive. Given that a number of those children lived hours away from the kaikan, that means that parents likely had to be encouraged to come up with the expensive round-trip bus fare, and allow their children to participate in this aggrandizing march. (And when I use the verb encourage, I mean on the lines of members saying to the parent "this is a great way to gain good fortune", "this is a great way to change your karma". The kind of words you read when you read someone's experience in the Living Buddhism and The World Tribune). Apparently no one checked the weather report for that day, and if anyone got sick then they got sick.
This concept of substituting faith for wisdom has had grievous consequences. It's only encouraged because if people used wisdom more than faith, not only would they begin to solve their own problems, and maybe find their own enlightenment, but they would also keep their money, and ration their time and energy. Eventually, the organization would be as weak as the Aggressive Christian Missions Training Corps after Maura Schmeirer sued them and won $1,000,000.
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2019.11.21 22:52 Qigong90 A Dangerous Teaching

In SGI, there is this concept called substituting faith for wisdom. It's a concept that surfaces quite a bit in the literature.
"President Toda explained this passage from the standpoint of the implicit meaning as follows:
The line 'The wisdom of the Buddhas is infinitely profound and immeasurable' means that the wisdom of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is infinitely profound and immeasurable, The passage 'The door to this wisdom is difficult to understand and difficult to enter' refers to the 'door of faith' in the Gohonzon. By substituting faith for wisdom, we can enter the 'door to this wisdom.' This door is 'difficult to understand and difficult to enter." - The Heart of the Lotus Sutra page 32
"Firm faith in the Gohonzon leads to the highest wisdom. This is the principle of substituting faith for wisdom." Ibid. 55
"Moreover, Nichiren Buddhism teaches the principle of substituting faith for wisdom. Correct faith itself becomes wisdom. Through believing in the Gohonzon, we in the Latter Day of the Law can gain the same benefit as we would by carrying out all of the six paramitas, including the paramita of obtaining wisdom. In conclusion, those who believe in the Gohonzon and advance toward kosen-rufu together with the SGI can gain benefit of the six paramitas. Those who persevere in carrying out activities for kosen-rufus lead lives of the highest wisdom. The examples of your many seniors in faith attest to this. When we look back on our lives later on, we can see this clearly." Ibid. 78
(If you are a hoarder who defected after 1996, you can find these between the May 19, 1995 World Tribune and the April 5, 1996 World Tribune).
"By 'substituting faith for wisdom' - bringing forth Buddha wisdom through faith in the correct teaching - we, as ordinary people, can triumph over fundamental darkness just as we are. The power with which we can subdue fundamental darkness is solely the power of faith,our minds and the inherent enlightened wisdom our own lives." Learning from the Writings: The Hope-Filled Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin

(Now factor the above quote with this one from the February 1, 2019 World Tribune, "Rather than announce themselves, devilish functions may appear in obscure and tricky ways, sometimes arising under the guise of common sense and virtuousness, or inconspicuously assailing us in our most vulnerable areas. Fortunately, we have very reliable ways to discern these devilish functions:

Telling people who are vulnerable, gullible, poorly educated, under-read, and of varying degrees of illiterate to substitute faith for wisdom is dangerous and has time and time again been proven to have disastrous results; especially when these people are in positions of leadership.
Proof:

NSA latchkey children and non-NSA family
Before 1991, when it came known as SGI-USA, it was NSA (Nichiren Shoshu of America). During those days, it was activities damn near everyday. There was street shakubuku in the evening that could go for hours; especially in the months of February and August, which was a Shakubuku Battle of the Sexes. (Women's shakubuku month was February; and men's shakubuku month was August). There were of course study meetings and zadankai with the publications and lectures from Daisaku Ikeda and General Director at the time George Williams. There were toso sessions that could go from 1 to 12+ hours on tatami mats where people were sitting on their heels. Also there were huge productions every damn year whether it was a parade or festival. Bear in mind though that participation in these activities was mandatory, not optional. You were expected to participate, even if you just got off of work. So what became of the children of these practitioners? They were left in the care of grandparents, non-NSA family members, strangers, some more than likely became latchkey children. Now of course these parents never intended on being deadbeats. They were just persuaded to believe that their efforts in faith would result in good fortune, the transformation of their personal, financial, familial, and employment karma, and protection of their children. And so, these parents did all of these activities with their children and their futures in mind. This is substituting faith for wisdom. And did their relatives look at them and say, "Hmmm. Let me try what they're doing?" Not often. Because what the relatives saw was this person leaving their children in the care of others for hours; missing parts of their children's lives. Besides, how would you rather be spending your evenings off of work in 1979? Watching Hart to Hart, or in meetings, activities, brass band rehearsals, gymnastic rehearsals, and sitting in Vajrasana chanting words you don't even know and no one can tell you the literal meaning?
Brian Daisaku McCloskey's words :
" My parents were very supportive and I never consciously resented my parents for being away at Buddhist activities all of the time. I did, how-ever, always have “behavior problems.”
I would posit that the resent was more subconscious than conscious. I know from various sources when children have any sort of resentment, they act out or engage in self-sabotage. It would really explain Brian's behavior. I did it myself back in middle school.
Brian McCloskey, " By the time I was16—when I started smoking, drinking and experimenting with drugs—I had been kicked out of two schools and was on the verge of being kicked out of a third. This was 1991;my father was being transferred to Chicago from Maryland.My family was, of course, moving with him and no one was thrilled about the move or very supportive of my father.Once I arrived in Chicago, I began to find outlets for all of the violent anger that had been building in my life. I drank heavily and went out every night looking for a fight, hanging out in alleys and finding other people who were doing the same. I spent the next three years in and out of jail, going to court, getting kicked out of two more schools and getting my G.E.D. One night I came home and had to wake up my father to help dress my wounds because I had been stabbed in a bar fight. I wouldn’t go to the hospital because the police were certainly watching them. I had stabbed several other young men and didn’t know if I had killed any of them or not. Nothing could have hurt my father more. This was how I spent my time from ages 16 to 19. "
This practically screams "I'm punishing you dad for choosing the SGI over me."
And Mr. McCloskey's actions were all in the spirit of substituting faith for wisdom. A parent who is not a member, and with a certain level of shame, would say, "Okay. Let's dial the activities down a few notches , even if for the sake of my reputation." Not in the SGI. Here's what Daisaku Ikeda said:
" Life is best lived by being bold and daring. People tend to grow fearful when they taste failure, face a daunting challenge or fall ill. Yet that is precisely the time to become even bolder. Those who are victors at heart are the greatest of all champions. " So it's a safe bet that the McCloskey couple cranked up the activities a few more notches in the hopes of the entire family winning over this situation. The way they chanted for Brian, especially Mrs. McCloskey, was synonymous with a 1984 NSA toso. They even left Brian, who was also a skinhead by this time, in their house as they went on a weekend leadership program. When they returned, their house smelled like a still, and it looked like Brian had hosted a Fight Club event. To add insult to injury, the person who got assaulted while they were gone, returned and damaged the couple's vehicle. Eventually, Brian cleaned up his life and did in a motorcycle accident when he was 28.
Domestic abuse cases
When someone is in an abusive relationship, what's the non-religious answer? Get the hell out. SGI response: change the karma.
Greg Martin, "
“Another aspect of Karma which is often misunderstood is this: we often think our Karma is something outside of us. However, someone else’s behavior is not your Karma. Your Karma is that you don’t know how to deal with their behavior. That’s your problem. Your behavior is your Karma. Sometimes we may think that we are a terrible person if we have someone in our environment who is a terrible person. That’s not true. They are a terrible person in their own right. The question is why are you suffering?
You have the Karma to be with that person, but they were going to be that way anyway. You didn’t make them that way. Ask yourself why are you unable to deal with that person? Why does that person make you angry? Why do you let that person make you unhappy? In such a case, you have the Karma to be unable to handle things in your environment. That is your problem.
When you chant daimoku (*nam myo ho renge kyo ) to be able to handle that person, to be able to grow and be stronger than that person so that you are no longer affected, then it no longer affects you. You’ve transformed your environment.”
One of the reasons Tina Turner is respected is not because she became someone no longer affected by Ike's vicious assaults, but because she abruptly left with $0.36 and a gas card; and even though by California law she was entitled to half the assets and properties, she eventually let it go and left with her stage name, song royalties to the songs she wrote, and her Jaguar.
Substituting faith for wisdom encourages people to stay in a dangerous and deleterious relationship and work it out. And if the abusive partner one day picks a fight and throttle the member to death, the SGI's attitude will be "Oh well. It was their karma." (This organization is the reason I don't even discuss karma anymore).
Leaders who encourage youth to go for broke (figuratively and or literally) in order to accrue good fortune
I believe about 98% of us can attest to this, if not the full 100.
Remember this tale from those go go NSA days:
" Sometime around 1987 or 1988 there was a big trip of some kind to Seattle. I was a YMD (Young Mens Division), and they were gearing us up to go. But i was broke, barely getting by. At the time i was living in West LA in a house with 5 other people - non members - well one kid, Larry, was a member - but the rest were students etc - and it was a crazy house, party house, roommates moving in and out every week. I forget who was on the lease or even if we had one.
We did this activity where we made a human pyramid on rollerskates. Apparently we were looking to break the world record doing this lol. Because I'm a tall guy (over 6 feet) this put me on the bottom level with the other big guys. Wearing the skates, with a board on my shoulder that all of the other levels would stand on. And so we would do these activities on the weekends, where we would get dragged out of bed at 5 AM ("Challenge your negativity! This is a great cause for Kosen Rufuuuu!!!!" arg!) to go somewhere and chant, do calisthenics in big groups early in the morning, and then kill ourselves in the hot sun while guys climbed up on the boards (did they have insurance lol?? I have no idea).
And all along the way I am telling them that I am broke. And they keep telling me that I am making the cause to get out of my financial situation. That what i was doing - because it was related to the practice - working with others toward changing the karma of the world - that this would directly influence my bottom line. They seemed pretty sure of themselves. So I kept testing it.
When the time came to pay for the plane ticket and cost of the trip (which was somewhere around $400.00 I believe) - I reached a moment where I had to make the decision. I had invested all that blood sweat and tears into doing this crazy activity. I really, really had some serious problems with money and also with what i was doing with my life. I could either A) Do the responsible thing and pay my rent, or B) Trust in the practice ... roll for broke ... and hope for a miracle.
I got some guidance from everyone. My district leaders, chapter leaders, senior leaders ... they all said the same thing. "Go for it. Change your karma!"
So I gave them the money and before long I was flying to Seattle. The actual trip was all about the organization; I dont remember all that much about it other than the trip into the city from the airport, seeing Seattle and the Space Needle through the fog and rain from the bus window on the way in ... a hotel room where they served us cheap pre-packaged lunches in paper boxes (I think I remember a sandwich on white bread, an apple, maybe some chips etc).
This was no site seeing trip. I never saw or experienced any of Seattle other than the bus trip, the hotel, the convention center, and travelling back toward LA the same way. I remember being really tired from all the stress in my life at the time ... and the worrying about what happened to me when I got back.
Yes we did this insane huge pyramid on the floor of some huge convention center in front of thousands of members. Yes we pulled it off and no-one got hurt. All I remember from the actual moment is a big dim room with stage lighting around us and the cheering, and me standing on the bottom of a pyramid about 3000 lbs of guys while standing on roller skates; all of that weight bearing down on my arms and shoulder thinking (and chanting) "stay in the moment, stay in the moment, hold up and make sure nobody falls ... it will be over any second hold up!!" lol
And thats it. We went home. And the whole way home on the plane I was wondering what the hell I was supposed to do when I got back ...
Where was my miracle supposed to be coming from? Where was I going to come up with the rent? Was I going to get enough to eat? What was going to happen .... ?
Buddism and the entire SGI machinery had convinced me that I would be protected by the Shoten Zenzin and that natural law would make sure that it all turned out in my favor in the end. But this was putting it to the test far beyond what ordinary common sense would tell a reasonably intelligent person it was wise to.
Well ... I got back to LA and ...
I didnt have the rent. I had no money to eat or do anything at all until my next paycheck, which was about a week away. So ... I could survive one way or another: they could wait a while for the rent, and I had friends or roommates or somehow could get enough to eat. But it was worse than that. Somehow ... the timing was such that everyone in this house I was living in - for one reason or another - was splitting that month. This one was transferring to a new school; that one had found a new place somewhere else; this other one was moving back home with parents ... about 5 other people ... GONE. Which left me. With no money for the rent. No money to find a new place to live. And with all of my family on the other side of the country, and not long term friends in LA that would take me in . I had no place to go. At 23 years old: all of a sudden I was homeless in LA. And SGI was just about all I had. How did they respond? NSA turned thier backs on me. These people that I had spent a good 2-3 years of my life with, my district "family" that had welcomed me into thier homes, encouraged me to chant, gongyo, shaka-buku, pulled me out of bed at 4 AM for activities, drove me to meetings all over town, called me during times when I was having doubts about the practice with long conversations, debated with me, helped my members I was trying to get started . These people that were an intimate part of my life, who were some of my closest friends and confidants in many ways .. my local District ... these people skulked away like cowards when they were confronted with the reality of what happened to me.
At the time I was working as a shop assistant and delivery driver for a florist up the road in Brentwood. So, with nowhere to go, and without telling my boss (because I was embarrassed by my situation) .. I used the delivery truck from work to pack up what little belongings from my house and put it all in the basement of the shop. Then would sneak into this tiny basement of the florist through the back door and sleep at night. The floor was concrete and hard. I used a flashlight to read random stuff - Stephen King novels (I read "IT" in that basement LOL), old World Tribunes, a copy of the Gosho. Then I would get up during days, walk around to the front of the building and walk in to work - make money - and survive another day. One morning I remember my boss suddenly opening the door and walking in to the basement, seeing me on the floor ... looking at me, then walking out saying nothing. He wasnt too happy about it, but I think basically he was a good guy and realized that I wasnt harming anyone, just down on my luck trying to survive. Members of my District knew what was going on ... but down to a person as I recall they had nothing of value for me to add other than "This is your karma, chant more" and "Do your human revolution" and other such platitudes.
What I did not hear, from anyone: "Are you ok?" or "Im sorry this happened ... is there anything I can do? I have a friend with a spare room" or "Hey I know someone that needs some help at thier company, you can make better money there lets get you out of this situation" Nobody brought me food. Nobody gave me any practical advice that was useful, or went out of thier way to pick me up and bring me to thier house, or simply sat there and listened as a friend that cared while I was going through this crisis. They either gave me the same old NSA platitudes about karma and human revolution etc ... or they noticably avoided me at meetings because they didnt know what to say. There was no compassion, no help, and no love from these people. Other than ...
Only one: a girl, a YWD in the practice - around my age ... we started spending time together and we ended up hooking up - I began staying at her place and moved out of the basement - and she became my girlfriend for the next two years or so. So we fell in love and she helped me ... AGAINST NSA and SGI policy (we were both members in the same District). And in this way I pulled out of my situation. Soon after my return from Seattle I went "taitan". Why wouldnt I? Because when the chips were down these people abandoned me. They were not "family". They were not "friends" by any definition that matters. They ended up being some people I did stuff with, and paid money to support thier activities, gave them my energy and output and free time to support what they did ..
But they did not care about me and my welfare. So I quit."
Now if these members had had an atom's worth of integrity, they would have reimbursed him the money he gave, and then given him some kind of lodging.
Now here is my experience. In December 2017, I wasn't seeing eye to eye with my mother at the time and trying to find a place in the area, especially in order to make it to the last meeting of the year. I had been told that making it to the meeting would allow me to accrue good fortune. However my apartment was a day late. The only place I could have went in the city was the homeless shelter. The MD who was to drive me to my new apartment dropped me off at the homeless shelter. Even if bunking with him would have been a tall order, he could have either had me lodge with someone else, or just dropped me off at the shuttle and said, "I'm sorry you can't make it. Just get on the bus and go back home. See you in 2018." Not drop me off at a homeless shelter. (Update: my mother and I are doing better, she was rightfully mad as hell when she found out about me being in a shelter). Fast forward summer 2018, I was living with my maternal grandparents after graduation. The events of 2017 left my self-confidence and ravaged my faith in a way synonymous as an EF5 going through a trailer park. Another MD who was taking me back home from zadankai told me that I should have stayed in the city and fought for the success of 50K, even if it meant being homeless. I wasn't doing that again. I didn't give a damn what the Japanese Teflon Don said about getting bolder upon tasting failure. Last time I checked, he never went homeless.


katmommy
" One event in particular that stood out to me was the big meeting we had when the current general director was appointed. They wanted a full on production with only 3 weeks notice (this meant 8 hour practices all weekend long ). Youth members were being scolded by leaders during practice & at one point I found myself wanting to yell 'if you wanted some fancy performance, maybe you should have organized rehearsals months in advance. Stop getting frustrated with these kids who aren’t professional performers for being ... regular kids!'"
That is implausible, and if this production was to be awesome, impossible. Even with college adults and professional adults, full on productions take months of preparation. I know because I was in a college choir. We would have a huge concert in March, and we had begun preparing to learn the music for it in August of the previous year. Eight hours of practice on the weekends for three weeks will not suffice; it will still be a Billy McFarland Fyre Festival. And this story breaks my heart because regular children were catching the brunt of the leaders' frustration. They were expected to automatically go from being amateurs to working like professionals. Simply because some jackasses, in the spirit of substituting faith for wisdom and making the impossible possible, concocted this idea with no concept of time and preparation.

anabeeverhousen
" Have been having conversations with Blanche on Rock the Era recently. It got me thinking about how it all went (was about 10 years ago, so the memory is slightly fuzzy) but, I recalled that a few months before RTE, the youth marched in the MLK parade in LA, in the pouring rain. Mind you, this was several miles, and youth are as young as 12. They marched for hours, came back soaking wet, after dancing, singing, promoting RTE,& SGI while carrying A GIANT FUCKING POSTER WITH IKEDA'S FACE ON IT AT A PARADE MEANT TO HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, (I got so sick of the "Ghandi, Ikeda, and King schtick). I get it, of course other groups continued marching. Most things that are organized like this are put on by the city, and tend to be rain or shine. However, other groups were their to support the true honoree, any youth groups had their parents present to take them home afterward. We all know that the youth in SGI travel long distances (often without parents , in a carpool) to go to these events. Think these kids had a change of clothes? Nope. And what did the SGI do about it? Soup. Lots and lots of fucking soup. I was byakuren, and actually not been assigned to walk, but was at the center to help organize in the morning, and in the afternoon/evening, and the marching byakuren took breaks upon their return. So, I wasnt wet, but got to tend to tons of kids freezing their asses off, with no change of clothes, and most had to endure multi hour trips back home in those very clothes. But, of course, it rained for their Human Revolution. "
This scenario is just abusive. Given that a number of those children lived hours away from the kaikan, that means that parents likely had to be encouraged to come up with the expensive round-trip bus fare, and allow their children to participate in this aggrandizing march. (And when I use the verb encourage, I mean on the lines of members saying to the parent "this is a great way to gain good fortune", "this is a great way to change your karma". The kind of words you read when you read someone's experience in the Living Buddhism and The World Tribune). Apparently no one checked the weather report for that day, and if anyone got sick then they got sick.
This concept of substituting faith for wisdom has had grievous consequences. It's only encouraged because if people used wisdom more than faith, not only would they begin to solve their own problems, and maybe find their own enlightenment, but they would also keep their money, and ration their time and energy. Eventually, the organization would be as weak as the Aggressive Christian Missions Training Corps after Maura Schmeirer sued them and won $1,000,000.
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2019.06.12 15:04 n0ggy The Russian Learning Journey: tips, truths, myths, mistakes to avoid, apps and resources

Last update: January 8, 2020
Hey there /russian ,
I've been learning Russian for a while now, and though I'm nowhere near fluent (I think about around B2), I want to share the various tips, mistakes, resources and insights that I got while learning the language.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
While some advice in this guide is corroborated by language experts, a lot of it remains subjective.
I do not preface every sentence with a "in my opinion" for the sake of readability, but you should still consider it an opinion piece.
I prefer learning through stories and natural speech so most of the advice and resources are favoring these things over lessons and exercices. That doesn't mean that a more academic approach won't work for those who like that kind of thing.
Here we go:

BEFORE YOU START: DEBUNKING A FEW MYTHS

LEARNING RUSSIAN IN WEEKS/MONTH.

False
Sorry to say, but these types of posts I say every week on /russian are a perfect illustration of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
You're not learning HTML, you're learning a real language. Right from the start, accept that language learning is going to be your new hobbie for a long time. This will help you avoid disillusion and giving up after a few months. You better like the journey, because the destination is years ahead of you.
People looking for the easy way also tend to neglect the fact that the process is NOT a waste of time. The learning process will impact you life positively in many aspects. Trust me, this journey is not a time-waster.

THERE IS A BEST METHOD

False.
I see way too many people spending more time searching for the miracle method than practicing the language. Memory works differently from one person to another so there isn’t a method that works for everyone.
Even if there was, learning involves hundreds of hours and even the most motivated person will eventually give up on a method they don’t find fun or interesting.
Take me for example. I don't like Flashcards. I prefer learning through natural content. I know how efficient Anki can be, but it's just not for me.
The only way to find what works for you is try things out. You’ll see what is productive and isn’t. Failures are NOT failures, they’re experiences and they will help you know yourself better.

CONTENT IS KING

True.
Context helps memorization. This is why we can perfectly remember dialogs and scenes from a movie we only saw a couple times and struggle so much with isolated words.
As soon as you can, you should favor sentences over words, and then content (stories, articles, videos, movies) over sentences.
Try using text and audio together as much as possible. It's more maintenance on vocab lists and significantly reduces the amount of content resources to pick from, but it is the best choice.

INPUT PRACTICE IS ENOUGH

False.
Unless you have a weirdly specific objective like reading “War and Peace” in Russian and nothing else, you can’t avoid talking. Output is undubitably harder than input but you need to integrate it in your routine.
Note: mumbling in the back of your throat is NOT talking. Talking is an actual bodily exercise and you need to speak out loud to improve your endurance and precision. If your mouth, tongue and throat feel sore after talking, you're doing the right thing.
Also, talking helps with memory. Output is an excellent way to remember vocabulary. You remember what you say more easily.
Besides speaking, it’s also important that you practice writing. Create sentences, short paragraphs or texts and submit them to a russian native for review, here or elsewhere.

THE ALPHABET

Do not approach the alphabet thinking "some letters are the same as in English (а, е, к, м, о, с, т), let's just focus on the ones that are different".
It is very important to approach a foreign alphabet through the lens of phonology, not calligraphy. None of the letters are pronounced the same as in English, so consider that all letters are new. Trust me, it will avoid terrible accent and pronunciation struggles.
Take your time to nail the pronunciation. Practice with simple cognates like мотор or такси using the Shadowing technique (see below). Speak slowly. It's not a race.
Regarding resources, check out Daria's Real Russian Club video on the dreaded letters ы and щ as well as her 1-hour long pronunciation video.
The Russian Alphabet
Alphabet & Pronunciation video
Letter Ы
Russian Щ

ABOUT CURSIVE

I completely neglected cursive during my learning and I still haven’t caught up on this issue because I'm a bad lazypants. I know it’s going to bite me in the ass if I ever go to Russia, so don't do the same mistake I did and go learn and practice it.
Russian for everyone has a cool page listing letters and how to write them properly.
Also, a redditor provided cursive sheets that you can print to practice handwriting skills.
For more advanced learners, printing a text with a cursive font is also a good way to get into the habit of deciphering cursive which is significancy different than the manuscript style.

PRONUNCIATION & HEARING

Overall, I advice consuming content that has audio to get familiar with how the language sounds.
When you're a upper beginner, books are either too simple to be interesting or too hard to be enjoyable. Real conversations, podcasts and YouTube videos are preferable.
Over time, pronunciation will seep into your subconscious and become familiar. Then, you simply need to practice output. Use the shadowing technique (see below in the Output section), tutors and language exchange partners to do so.
Though I favor practice and immersion, a well-explained lesson can sometimes unlock a better understanding of how the language works. For that, here a bunch of useful videos from the Russian Grammar channel that I recommend:
Hard and Soft Consonants in Russian
More on Soft and Hard Signs in Russian
Russian Pronunciation: Final Devoicing
Russian Pronunciation: Voicing in Clusters
When и sounds like ы
The Letters of the Three Spelling Rules of Russian
Vowel reduction 1
Vowel reduction 2

DUOLINGO: A GOOD PICK TO START?

Duolingo is a pretty attractive app for beginner because it is heavily marketed and provides a clear learning curve for beginners who don't know where to start.
I personally used it when I started learning Russian. Here my two main opinions on the app:
• Duolingo is bad when used in a vacuum and decent when used in combination with a grammar book or resource. The reason is that it's good at providing practice exercices related to specific grammar concepts (a case, a tense, etc.), but it's terrible at explaining the concept itselt. Without a book, you're going to practice by remembering patterns through trial and error instead of actually understanding the mechanics and rules. Be careful about that.
• Duolingo is quite addictive. There's an experience system, streak and combo systems, reminders... You can end up getting caught in a mindless routine that isn't really productive. I actually think you don't even need to finish the course and that you should move on to short stories and easy podcasts as soon as you finished half or 2/3 of the course.

CASES

Learning all the case declensions like multiplication tables is boring and not extremely efficient. You need to assimilate cases organically without thinking about lessons or declension tables. Here's how I did it:
  1. Learn the nominative case and its declensions (pronouns, adjectives, nouns) by heart.
  2. Print all the other cases declension sheets.
  3. Don't dive into the details but simply get a broad understanding of each case's role: accusative for direct object, dative for indirect object, genitive for origin and possession, prepositional for location, and instrumental for manipulation and temporality.

RECAPS

Cases functions

Russian Cases functions in brief

Case endings

Russian Memorization.pdf

DETAILED EXPLANATIONS

Genitive Singular
Genitive Plural
Accusative
Prepositional
Dative
Instrumental
Now you can start reading and listening to content that you like and is matching your vocabulary level.
  1. Notice adjectives, pronouns and nouns whose endings seem to differ from the nominative case you know.
  2. Look at your printed sheets to see which case is used and try understanding why it is used based on grammar lessons.
  3. Repeat and try referring less and less to the cheat-sheets and the lessons.
Over time, you will assimilate the cases naturally instead of thinking about rules. This is an extremely long process that will last for months. It is absolutely normal and will be much enjoyable than learning declensions by heart.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

All resources listed below are good (except the "avoid" section) but those marked with ☆☆☆ are personal favorites that I very strongly recommend.

DICTIONNARIES

Wiktionary ☆☆☆ : often overlooked because it feels like the white bread of language learning tools and lacks a decent app version... Yet Wiktionary remains the best English-Russian dictionnary in my opinion because of how complete it is: IPA form, sound sample, stress marks, detailed declensions, examples... It falls a bit short for groups of words or slang, but 95% of the time it is really the best. It is also the only good dictionnary to accutately translate prefixed verbs, especially the Russian version of the site.
 
Yandex: Yandex is better than Google Translate for individual words because it better displays the default form of a word and I find the translations more accurate, albeit less natural when you translate a whole sentence.
 
RussianGram: This tool adds stress marks to a text to make sure you pronounce words properly. An excellent help when you want to practice speaking with a printed text.

GRAMMAR & PRONUNCIATION

Alpha Dictionary ☆☆☆: the best free resource for basic grammar in my opinion. Don't be scared by the late 90's design. It's great.
 
Russian Grammar ☆☆☆: amazing channel to deeply understand grammar on a mechanical concept. When there's a concept that doesn't click, this is your resource to finally understand it.
 
Forvo: sometimes you need an audio sample to match words of your vocabulary list. If you can't find it on Wiktionary, there's a good chance you can find it on Forvo.
 

BEGINNER (A1-A2)

Duolingo: already expressed my opinion on the app earlier. It is a decent tool, but it shouldn't be used in a vacuum and you shouldn't stick too long with it.
 
LearnRussian.rt: In my opinion, a better alternative to Duolingo for beginners.
Pros: It has a nice learning curve, printable material, nice short conversations for beginners and a pretty complete coverage of the basics.
Cons: There's no app, it uses Flash, and the online exercices aren't alway well made (multiple valid answers for an exercice that will only accepts one answer).
 
Russian Made Easy: Probably the earliest podcast one can listen to if you want to dive into content as soon as possible.
 
Real Russian Club ☆☆☆ : Amazing Youtube channel, website and podcast for beginners from A1 to A2. The From Zero to Fluency playlist is great is you prefer video format over text for grammatical concepts, and all her Slow Russian & TPRS videos and podcasts are amazing content for beginners.
 
Amazing Russian ☆☆☆ : (This one is A2-B1 level). Great channel with videos on various topics: grammar, vocabulary, listening, TPRS... Really well made an covering a lot of stuff. It is especially good for specific topics like "How to express time, tell your age, ask for directions, etc.". Also props to Olga for delivering super understandable Grammar lessons without ever speaking in English. It helps killing two birds with one stone.
 
Be Fluent in Russian: Overall, a little too much rambling and English for my taste on this channel. However, his listening practice videos are worth checking if you want more content.
 

INTERMEDIATE (B1 - B2)

Russian with Max – YouTube Channel ☆☆☆ : my favorite Russian vlogger & podcaster. He is amazing and so is his content. Super likeable, smart and an entertaining host. Even putting language learning aside, you will learn a lot with him. As soon as you reach B1, this is go-to resource up to upper B2. Content is 100% in Russian, the production quality is both authentic and polished, topics are interesting, funny and unique. I especially recommend his Website & Podcast which is available on Spotify. The earliest are more tailored for B1 level (slow talking speed with a 20 min format) while the latest are for B2 level (faster pace, less repeating, more complex vocabulary and lastin up to 50 min). I also want to mention that his paid plan is a great deal given the quality and amount of material it gives you. Getting his podcasts transcript is extremely useful.
 
Tatiana Klimova Youtube Channel: great channel, especially her videos about a specific topic like cinema, or university. A good pick for intermediate learners who like to tackle vocab by theme. Good videos about conversation words as well. Check out her podcast, there’s tons of stuff there as well.
 
Russian from Russia : Another interesting channel. The style is pretty old-school and I must admit the host voice is a bit annoying but she creates a lot of culture-oriented videos and playlists that are genuinely interesting if you want to learn about Russian culture. Check out her playlist where she travels accross Russian by car, you'll learn a lot about Russia's history, culture, and remotes locations.
 
Russian verbs from Russia Podcast from the same creator but with a completely different spin: verbs and their synonyms and variations. Each issue focuses on 2-3 similar verbs and she explains, entirely in Russian, the nuances and how to use them properly. The podcast is also available on Spotify.
 
Ilya Speaker: cool little podcast (10-20 min) focusing on Russian idioms. The short format is appreciable for those who want something easily digestible. It is only available on SoundCloud. There's no transcript but the pronunciation is clear enough to decipher unknown words by ear.
 
Russian Progress ☆☆☆: probably the best ressource for those who want the closest thing to immersion in terms of content without actually going to Russia. Content is for upper B1 up to early C1 I'd say.
Artyom has a uncompromising approach: normal talking speed, slang usage, stream of consciousness natural speech with interruptions, mistakes, 90° topic shifts, everyday life topics, no paraphrasing, live podcast/vlog in street with background noise...
Everything makes it sound like a regular native vlog that has nothing to do with language learning. However:
• Artyom provides a playlist called 7 principles of Russian learning as an introductory course to harder content. He's a polyglot and has a lot of experience with what works and doesn't when it comes to language learning. His advice is extremely valuable and applicable to any language beyond his own. Do not miss this playlist. Transcript and translations can be found on his website if you want to understand everything. His advice has become the cornerstone of my learning methodology.
• A good chunk of his early videos come with a full transcript for free and latest videos require a small Patron support (like $5) to get the transcript. Given how rare Vlog content with subtitles & transcript are, it is a good deal for upper intermediate learners. And if you're on a budget, I think all his YouTube videos have subtitles for free.
 
Гарри Поттер и философский камень aka "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" ☆☆☆ : I just started reading the first Harry Potter book in combination with LingQ and audio from an AudioBook. It's an excellent way to boost vocabulary, familiarize yourself with the various participles, as well as complex sentence structures. I'd say it's for early B2.
The amount of unknown words might seem a bit overwhelming at first but you'll quickly realize that a good chunk of it is just conjugated/prefixed/reflexive variations and declensions of familiar vocabulary. In combination with the audiobook, this will help you get into the habit of listening to the stem of a word. I personally never read Harry Potter in my native language (French), so it's an excellent way to discover this fascinating saga while learning Russian.
 
Орел и Решка: Channel about travelling, unrelated to Russian learning and it's actually Ukrainian. I put it in my list because I was pleasantly surprised to see that quite a lot of their videos come with subtitles. As for the concept: it's a show in which each video focuses on a famous travelling location or city. The two hosts spin a coin. Whoever wins get to visit a famous location the rich-man's way, while the other has to visit it the poor-man's way.
 

NOT RECOMMENDED

Russian 101 : This one is not terrible per say, but it is SO highlighted on Youtube results that I think I need to write a small PSA about it. I believe their business model is made to "trap" you in an overly long paid plan with wayyyy too much mediocre content to keep you subscribed. Their “Listening practice” playlists are free and worth checking though. Warning: the required level is highly underestimated so don't get discouraged if you find these too hard.
 
[XX] words about [topic] videos : Again, personal opinion but I just don't see how a bunch of words about a specific topic that you learn in a vacuum can be of any help. Alright you learned 10 names of animals or 10 words about school. Unless you intend to write a text using these words, you're going to forget about them in a few days. It's much better to listen to a podcast about school or read a book about animals in my opinion, or simply add the words directly into your vocab list in 3 minutes rather than watch a 15-20 minutes video.
 
Be fluent in [XX] days/weeks/months : Total scam. Give up on language learning if you're expecting to learn Russian that quickly. You can't rush your way to fluency.
 
Learn Russian while sleeping: These videos claim that you can subconsciously learn vocabulary by listening to 10 hours audio while sleeping. It's pseudo-science hogwash. Do not damage your sleep with such nonsense.

METHODOLOGIES & TOOLS

No matter what you read on the Internet, the common thing almost everyone agrees on is that you need both input practice (listening, reading) and output practice (speaking, writing). Everything else is just bickering regarding who has the most efficient method to work on these things.

INPUT PRACTICE

There are two famous ways to practice input when learning a language: Organically through content (text, podcast, video), or structurally (Flashcards, vocab lists, etc.).
Personally, I liked using Flashcards at the beginning because it helps kickstart your vocabulary to quickly build up a decent set. However, it gets boring pretty quickly so I switched to organic content as soon as I could with easy texts and podcasts.
Organic input practice is more enjoyable. Reading, watching videos and listening to dialogues is entertaining. The progress is also less... measurable and linear. You'll remember rare useless words for some reason and struggle to remember useful frequent ones. However, this problem fixes itself over time so it's worth it.
Now, about the tools:

Structural input tools

Anki is the king of Flashcards apps. It has a very active community and it is highly moddable and customizable. So much so that it can be confusing for those looking for something modern and simple. It is entirely free.
 
Memrise/Decks: Also a Flashcard app. If I had to explain the difference between Anki and Memrise, I'd say that the former is Linux and the latter is iOS. Memrise is much more user-friendly, accessible and simple, but Anki offers more flexibility and options. Since Memrise was my personal pick, here's my feedback:
• Default courses aren’t worth a damn.
• Paid features aren’t worth it for the price but the free version is good.
• A well-made custom deck is time-consuming (especially if you add grammar information, notes, and manually upload audio) but much more valuable than another person's deck.
• Audio upload was tedious but really helped me so I advise you don't skip this part.
 

Organic input tools

LingQ ☆☆☆. This app brings content, flashcards, multiple choice reviews, close deletion practice, progress data and dictionnaries in a single tool. It is, in my opinion, the best app for language learning. It especially shines for intermediate learners and above.
If I had to sum up what is does: it removes 90% of the time spent on managing vocab lists (searching, copy-pasting translations, searching for audio sample). This sounds trivial but busywork is actually a huge time-sink in language learning. This tool is to language learning what a cooking aid is to cuisine.
Here how it works:
LingQ allows you to import any text (audio is optional but posssible and recommended) to a personal library. (articles, ebooks and even YouTube videos with subtitles through a simple Chrome extension)
You can then read the content directly on the app and click on unknown words (or sentences) to add them to your vocab list.
The tool is connected to all main online translators and text-to-speech modules so that you don't have to search in another tab. The community also leaves their own definitions that you can also pick.
On top of that, LingQ comes with review tools such as Flashcards, Reverse Flashcards, Multiple-choice, Cloze Deletion and Dictation.
Finally, it allows you to select your mastery level for each word and provides statistics so that you can track your progress.
You simply read your imported content over and over and adjust the mastery level of highlighted words based on how well you remember them.
It is a paid app (about $120/year) but if language learning is your hobby, then it's perfectly reasonable to invest in such a great tool.
 
Alternatives. If you can't afford LingQ or don't mind management time, you can use a collection of content, vocab lists and review tools. It also works, it's just more time consuming, especially on mobile.

OUPUT

Shadowing: simple but effective method to physically train yourself to speak and make your passive vocabulary active. Find some text with audio, add stress marks with RussianGram, then play the audio and repeat sentence after sentence. It helps with muscle memory and I think it's a great tool for shy people who feel like they need to train a little before talking to a native.
 

LANGUAGE EXCHANGE: KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE

Obviously, immersion is the best method because it allows you to practice both input and output in an authentic way.
Italki ☆☆☆ is a great language exchange website with a much better and more commited community than HelloTalk. To save money, I personally like to find someone who wants to learn my native language and then use Skype to do 60 minutes sessions (30 min in my native language (French) and 30 minutes in Russian). If you prefer to have a whole hour all for yourself, you can also find teachers at affordable rates on Italki.
A method I also find pretty efficient is to write some text and submit it to a native. Ask them to correct your text and read it out loud while recording themselves. Then ask them to send the MP3 file along with the corrected text. This is great when you want to practice talking about a very personal topic that you just can't find in podcasts or online.
I feel that one can feel a bit uninspired when trying to come up with a text in their target language. We spend a lot of a time on Reddit writing extensively about our hobbies, opinions and feelings in a pretty natural way. Why not look at your post history and simply work on translating them, then submit them to natives for corrections and comments?
Thank you for reading. Any comment or feedback is deeply appreciated.
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2019.03.20 16:58 TampaTank Fear

fear
/ˈfi
noun
1.
an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
"he is prey to irrational fears"
synonyms:terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress
verb
1.
be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.
"farmers fear that they will lose business"
synonyms:be afraid of, be fearful of, be scared of, be apprehensive of, dread, live in fear of, go in terror of, be terrified of, be terrified by, cower before, tremble before, cringe from, shrink from, flinch from.
Emotions for me have always ran very deep, even though l don't always outwardly express it.
Stoic, unwavering and firm is how I appear to most.
This stoicism however does not translate to indifference.
It is merely a mask, worn to protect the emotions within.
Those emotions rooted so deep, like love, joy, excitement and peacefulness congruently give me the strength to wear this mask.
Having a family that I love and care for deeply, a partner in life that resonates with my soul, accomplishments in life with my family and partner through countless hardships and setbacks, the undying trust, loyalty, understanding and compassion in the one you love most in life.
Are the very foundation, the support, the root system that planted these emotions so deep within.
Strength born of the certainty of my direction in life. And the love shared with those closest.
What happens when life decides these certainties and emotions, the very foundation of your soul, are undeserved?
What are we left with, when it's all taken away, instantaneously uprooting and obliterating all the you hold dear to your heart?
What remains when your soul is gutted, stripped of all the things that gave you the strength to wear the mask of stoicism?
What is left of your life, when your actions, or perceived inactions, are revealed to be the tool of your own unmaking?
Frustration, sadness, shame, grief, guilt, depression, despair, doubt, jealousy.
Fear.
I've found the fear of uncertainty in the direction of life to be the single most debilitating emotion.
Fear of having so easily lost control.
Fear of irreparable damage to the soul of my most beloved. And the damage inflicted to my soul as a result.
Fear rooted so very deep because the things that gave strength, were so easily stripped away by the only person my soul was vulnerable to.
Fear of the future.
41 days ago, there was no fear.
Now fear is all I know.
The fear of uncertainty.
And the fear has a name.
Cancer.
A few days ago, the prospect of obtaining a new certainty in my life were presented to me.
Unfortunately, this certainty is one I would never wish on anyone. Not even my worst enemies.
The certainty of death well before the time originally thought to be so very far away.
I have certainty again in my life.
And over the course of the last six weeks. My life changed so profoundly, all the fears exposed themselves. And the mask crumbled.
My certainty is fear.
And there's not a good damned thing I can do about it.
Any advice on how to deal with this unrelenting fear. Would be greatly appreciated.
For right now, klonopin is the only thing holding the fear back.
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2018.06.26 18:36 sil357 Español: advice for jump from B2 to C1

Hello, I'm seeking some advice on making the jump from B2 to C1 in Spanish. Quick background: I was a Spanish undergrad major (2010) and reached B2 through those studies, and recently picked up the language again. What are the best programs or methods you recommend? Here's what I have available:
-My wife (native Honduran) and her friends
-iTalki tutor (1 hweek. We're currently reviewing subjunctive and she has me speaking most of the lesson)
-Homework from tutor. Doesn't take long to do, but possibilities are endless for how to apply to conversation.
-I have all of my undergrad Spanish gramma500 verbs/synonym/antonym books, etc, but haven't been using them
-Also have maybe 10+ fiction/non-fiction books in Spanish, half of which I read in undergrad, the others are new since then
I still could use more vocab, but duolingo was way to easy and boring when I tested it. Should I just read a lot of books and seek out conversation partners / my wife? Is that enough? What about something like Glossika, or is that for earlier levels?
I appreciate your advice and expertise!
P.S. I'm also learning Catalan through Spanish. Progress is fast since I'm a beginner, but it's important to me that I start working more on my Spanish too to reach my desired level of C1. I have goals to go to Spain in late 2019.
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2018.01.30 02:49 naanbred The Ultimate Guide to Learning Kansai-ben (関西弁)

なんでやねん!
Kansai-ben (関西弁) is the dialect of the Kansai (関西), or Kinki (近畿), region of Japan, which includes the prefecture of Mie, Osaka, Kyoto, Shiga, Nara, Hyogo, and Wakayama. The dialects of each prefectures differs slightly, but they are all united under a few basic principles. Kansai-ben is considered by most to be a more melodic, as well as harsh way of speech, in comparison to standard Japanese (標準語). However, as the old Imperial Capitals of Japan were located in both Nara and Kyoto, Kansai-ben is considered to be more closely related to the de facto standard dialect of the past (aka its ancestor, Kinai-ben). These days, the Kansai dialect has become synonymous with manzai and Owarai culture. In fact, for this very reason, people from the Kansai region are generally considered to be more upbeat, and claim a better sense of humor than those from the Tokyo area. For example, the 5 boys from Gaki no Tsukai all speak with a thick Kansai accent.
So, why learn Kansai-ben?
Okay, I think I'm game. But, am I ready to learn Kansai-ben?
The most important thing to ask yourself before embarking on this voyage is "Do I already understand basic Japanese Grammar?"
Kansai-ben should, under no circumstances, be learned before mastering at least N4 Japanese grammar. Learning Kansai-ben is pretty simple if you've come this far, because the core of learning the dialect is simply swapping out words or sounds that you already would know, and replacing them with something else. If you have not already perfected the, let's say, core grammar found in the Genki I and Genki II textbooks, then learning Kansai-ben is not for you, yet.
I would also recommend learning Kansai-ben if you are living in the region, or planning to live in the region. Yes, people in Kansai can speak standard Japanese, but in my experience people get a lot more excited when they can speak to you in their natural way.
Cool. This is great. Really.
Thanks I'm glad you think so.
Anyways,
Kansai-ben Basics (お前暇やろ?)
The basic rule for Kansai-ben (and most Japanese dialects for that matter) is that while in terms of grammar structure, almost nothing will change. Vocabulary makes all the difference. Obviously, this has some exceptions, and I'm really just talking out of my ass, but I think you'll understand what I mean in the end anyway, so whatever.
Let's go over some basics. The FUNdamentals.
Francis Ford Copula
です。It's a cool word, isn't it? Probably the first Japanese most of us were aware of. Even more familiar is its cool younger brother, だ。 But, are you ready to meet the weird uncle of the Japanese copula family? Say hello to
や operates exactly like だ. Seriously. Take any sentence and replace だ with や. Congrats. You are speaking Kansai-ben.
「私の車は日本の車 「今年の5月まで大学生やった See? Super easy, right?
Now, let's talk about expressing yourself. In standard Japanese, the particles ね and よ are used for getting someone to agree with you, and making a declaration, respectively. In Kansai-ben, ね is commonly replaced with (although ね is still regularly used), and よ is replaced with . Have you ever seen やで at the end of something? This literally just means だよ, except it's Kansai-ben.
But Kansai-ben has a few tricks up its sleeve. The words やん, ねん, and variations of are commonly used to the same effect as their counterparts な and で. It's hard to explain this in a concise way, but if you study Kansai-ben you will soon come to understand the proper usage of these terms.
Verb Conjugation
Copulas and particles are only half the fun! With Kansai-ben comes an entirely new way for verb conjugation to be more of a pain in your ass.
Say hello to へん.
No, not the へん you use to describe the American kid in your language school who collects AKB48 trading cards. へん is Kansai-ben's answer to the negative verb conjugation, ない.
For example, 食べない becomes 食べへん, 飲まない because 飲まへん, etc.
する verbs become せえへん or しいひん. 来る becomes きいひん or こうへん.
Imperative form, such as 買え, becomes 買い, usually followed by a ーや! Other verb conjugations, such as the consultative しよう get shortened to しよ, but this is not necessary.
ok cool, thanks. this is way too long.
The Kansai-dialect is, unfortunately, way too nuanced to explain in a single reddit post, but I hope I have at least succeeded in getting you interested in learning the Kansai dialect. Or, any dialect for that matter. What I'm trying to get across with this post is that not enough people focus on learning a regional dialect when they study Japanese, and that's a real shame. It opens up so many opportunities, and if you live in the area where they speak the dialect you learn, you will instantly form a tighter bond with the people of that area.
If you have any questions about Kansai-ben, feel free to ask! I won't claim to know everything, but I know a decent amount, and can maybe help you out!
For those of you interested, check out this website for a more comprehensive guide to the dialect, as well as examples of the unique pronunciation of Kansai-ben. There are even example conversations for practice.
Also, here are a couple examples of why learning Kansai-ben is the most fun you will have learning Japanese. Oh, and also a list of the most commonly used phrases in the dialect.
ということで、 ほなまたなぁ!!
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2016.10.08 22:17 clvfan My thoughts on Google's Pixel strategy, Duo, Messaging, and /r/android's outrage

I submitted this to /android this morning but it's stuck in the self post mod approval process. Oh well, I think we can have a good discussion here. Without further ado:
Google's announcement is the biggest and most important in recent memory. Ben Thompson gave a smart analysis in this post and on his podcast but I'm going to unpack some of the bigger points that I don't think people are considering here.
Android's first goal was to maintain a landscape for Google to provide its services and it has been a complete and total success. Over 80% global market share is astounding. The downside of gaining market share via partners (OEMs and carriers) is that they have their own interests/priorities and Apple has clearly "won" all the profits from selling hardware in this era.
Sundar laid out that the next era of computing is AI and that is an era that Google has superior technology BUT without controlling the device, your superior technology will not win. Google is making a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment in that future.
As for messaging: /android is being so irrational about this. Disclaimer: I have a Nexus 6p, Project Fi, use Hangouts ALL the time... I get it. Saying "why doesn't Google just create iMessage, duh?" is so simplistic and wrong. Hangouts is an "all of the above" solution but it has nothing to offer that Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS, etc. doesn't already do.
Notice in the announcement and the Pixel marketing that Duo is one of the key features. Why? Because it is "Facetime for everyone." Think of how mainstream Facetime is - people, especially average consumers, use Facetime as a verb and use it synonymously with video chatting. Google has the opportunity to make Duo the "WhatsApp" of video chatting. I've used Duo and it really is great: it's easy, simple, focused, and works well.
So what about messaging? How do you overcome the huge lead that the competition has? Google Assistant, that's how. It won't happen overnight but Google Assistant is the key differentiating feature IF it gains popularity (again, circles back to the hardware strategy) and people recognize the benefits.
Lastly, let me address the sense of betrayal in /android. Google is making a business decision that I think is a good a necessary one. If you really want them to create an iMessage competitor and have efficient hardware/software integration, this new strategy is the only way it will happen.
Edit: I guess the mods finally approved it in /android but it must not be a popular opinion: 0 points (36% upvoted)
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2016.10.08 13:49 clvfan My thoughts on Google's Pixel strategy, Duo, Messaging, and /r/android's outrage

Google's announcement is the biggest and most important in recent memory. Ben Thompson gave a smart analysis in this post and on his podcast but I'm going to unpack some of the bigger points that I don't think people are considering here.
Android's first goal was to maintain a landscape for Google to provide its services and it has been a complete and total success. Over 80% global market share is astounding. The downside of gaining market share via partners (OEMs and carriers) is that they have their own interests/priorities and Apple has clearly "won" all the profits from selling hardware in this era.
Sundar laid out that the next era of computing is AI and that is an era that Google has superior technology BUT without controlling the device, your superior technology will not win. Google is making a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment in that future.
As for messaging: /android is being so irrational about this. Disclaimer: I have a Nexus 6p, Project Fi, use Hangouts ALL the time... I get it. Saying "why doesn't Google just create iMessage, duh?" is so simplistic and wrong. Hangouts is an "all of the above" solution but it has nothing to offer that Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS, etc. doesn't already do.
Notice in the announcement and the Pixel marketing that Duo is one of the key features. Why? Because it is "Facetime for everyone." Think of how mainstream Facetime is - people, especially average consumers, use Facetime as a verb and use it synonymously with video chatting. Google has the opportunity to make Duo the "WhatsApp" of video chatting. I've used Duo and it really is great: it's easy, simple, focused, and works well.
So what about messaging? How do you overcome the huge lead that the competition has? Google Assistant, that's how. It won't happen overnight but Google Assistant is the key differentiating feature IF it gains popularity (again, circles back to the hardware strategy) and people recognize the benefits.
Lastly, let me address the sense of betrayal in /android. Google is making a business decision that I think is a good a necessary one. If you really want them to create an iMessage competitor and have efficient hardware/software integration, this new strategy is the only way it will happen.
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2015.12.11 21:45 lucaslink [META] Scammer /u/incredigasmic

scam

/skam/
noun
  1. a dishonest scheme; a fraud.
synonyms: fraud, swindle, fraudulent scheme, racket, trick;
verb
  1. swindle.
synonyms: swindle, cheat, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull;
Many of you had positive dealings with incredigasmic but a recent interaction of his has led to a ban.
After reviewing a number of PM's it was clear incredigasmic was dishonest with a potential trade partner by pretending not to know what a particular artisan keycap was. Luckily this person asked a knowledgeable user for advice before committing to the trade and was made aware of incredigasmic's intent to deceive.
As someone with over 50+ trades, we would absolutely expect him to ensure that his trades were fair and legitimate. What he did here was dishonest and deceitful.
He has been banned, but he can still pm you. Please message /mechmarket if you have any questions.
Thank you!
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2014.08.20 15:51 throwawaystartagain Ephesians 4:23 - Day One

and be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Ephesians 4:23
(I'm trying to keep off Reddit, so accountability partner, text when you can!)
Day One begins with a simple phrase, one that we all should memorize. Renewing our minds is the first step we should take, from when we wake up in the morning, as we go about our days, and even as we return to bed. It's only by renewing our minds of God's love for us that we can push out the temptations that threaten to pull us under.
Renewing, defined:
verb gerund or present participle: renewing resume (an activity) after an interruption. "the parents renewed their campaign to save the school" synonyms: resume, return to, take up again, come back to, begin again, start again, restart, recommence; re-establish (a relationship). "he had renewed an acquaintance with McCarthy" repeat (an action or statement). "detectives renewed their appeal for those in the area at the time to contact them" synonyms: reaffirm, reassert;
Note the definition in bold - re-establish a relationship. This is the definition that really sticks out to me because I feel that when we renew our minds to God, that we're re-establishing our relationship with him.
How do we renew our minds?
Glad you asked. We renew our minds when we close ourselves off from the world and talk with God. We renew our minds when we study the word and meditate on it. We renew our minds when we "think on these things:"
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. -Philippians 4:8, NJKV
When we're thinking or meditating on these things, we're renewing our minds, and when we're renewing our minds, we're re-establishing our relationship to God.
Be blessed today, brothers and sisters! Jesus is coming soon!
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