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Eplans.com is a website that sells blueprints for houses.
This might not seem that helpful but if you want a characters house you can make selections based on what sort of house you want them to live in.
Then browse through the results and find the house you want. Then you can view the blueprints and have a room layout for that house, which can help with visualising the space they live in.
It makes describing generic homes so much easier.
Oooooh, that’s awesome! I was actually thinking about that a few days ago, how it would be splendid to have a website do the work and plan houses for you. I’m no decorator and need these references.
I have some basic architecture programs that I use to design houses from scratch but this might be even better (what with me not being an actual architect). But I will say having a floor plan to work from ABSOLUTELY improves art and writing when it comes to detailing the scenery.
Books I own: (Far East) Illustrated 300 Chinese Character Dictionary, Reading and Writing Chinese (Tuttle), Chinese Link (favorite textbook so far), Integrated Chinese (Not as good as Chinese Link imho. Less organized/structured in a good format), Basic Spoken Chinese (Tuttle), Schaum’s Chinese Grammar
Books I own: Japanese in Mangaland/Kanji in Mangaland, Learning Hiragana & Katakana (Tuttle), The Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook, A Dictionary of Japanese Particles (Kodansha), Essential Japanese Grammar, Barron’s Japanese Grammar, DON’T buy Yookoso! I’m using it right now and I hate it, it’s frustrating and confusing and uses an uncommon Romaji system for far too long. I’ve used six different textbooks in three different languages and this is hands down the worst of any of them. Genki is probably your best bet.
Can I become Fluent in ______ in ______ months/weeks/days? No. You can’t.
Can I learn Japanese from just watching Anime/Korean from Kpop/Chinese from Wuxia films? Not on your life. Do you only speak the english you know from Spongebob? N’SYNC? The 300? Didn’t think so.
What about Rosetta Stone? For $180-$399 dollars? Are you insane? The program is built to teach you the Romantic languages. If you buy Rosetta stone for $400, and pass up every free resource on this list, I doubt your desire to actually learn anything. Don’t do it to yourself. That is a lot of money you probably won’t get back.
But I heard that Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Arabic/etc is really difficult: Well if over a billion Chinese people can speak Chinese, why can’t you? No really, don’t let something like this bother you. No, this is not the ease of moving from a English to a Romance language or German, but hey, if you wanted to learn German (and all those ridiculous cases) you’d be doing that.
But what about ______? I have knowledge on resources mostly limited to JPN/CHI/KOR classes. This is a participatory list, which I am more than grateful to take submissions for.