Tutorial For Foreign Language Poem Reading

Since the United States is a multilingual country you need to find a poem online in a foreign language (or your native language) and record it in SoundCloud. You have an option of learning language during the week of the Audio Assignment or try reading it with the best accent you can. Also you need to include the poem in both languages: the language you choose and English.

Following are the steps for how to create the assignment.

1. Create an account in SoundCloud.

2. Click on the UPLOAD button in the upper right corner.


3. When you see this page click on START NEW RECORDING.


5. Now open the page with the poem you are about to read (record).




6. Go back to the SoundCloud and press the REC button.



7. Go back to the page with the poem and start reading it. After you are done, go to the SoundCloud page and press the STOP button. When you will see this


You can either play it for yourself to hear how it sounds (in case you don’t like it press Start Over) or UPLOAD YOUR RECORDING.

8. After uploading you can edit the page by adding the appropriate tags and the profile picture for your recording. Also you need to insert the poem in both languages into the description box.


9. The last step is to SAVE it.





Foreign Language Poem Reading

For my second  Create Your Own Assignment I chose to do an Audio Assignment.

The United States of America is one of the biggest countries where people speak all kinds of languages. People migrate from all over the world bringing their own language and traditions. Since this country is so multilingual the poem for this assignment was not read in English, instead it was read in Russian language (my native language).

I also included the poem in both languages: Russian and English, to the description in SoundCloud and in my blog post.

Winter morningCold frost and sunshine: day of wonder!
But you, my friend, are still in slumber –
Wake up, my beauty, time belies:
You dormant eyes, I beg you, broaden
Toward the northerly Aurora,
As though a northern star arise!
Recall last night, the snow was whirling,
Across the sky, the haze was twirling,
The moon, as though a pale dye,
Emerged with yellow through faint clouds.
And there you sat, immersed in doubts,
And now, – just take a look outside:
The snow below the bluish skies,
Like a majestic carpet lies,
And in the light of day it shimmers.
The woods are dusky. Through the frost
The greenish fir-trees are exposed;
And under ice, a river glitters.
The room is lit with amber light.
And bursting, popping in delight
Hot stove still rattles in a fray.
While it is nice to hear its clatter,
Perhaps, we should command to saddle
A fervent mare into the sleight?
And sliding on the morning snow
Dear friend, we’ll let our worries go,
And with the zealous mare we’ll flee.
We’ll visit empty ranges, thence,
The woods, which used to be so dense
And then the shore, so dear to me.


Зимнее утроМороз и солнце; день чудесный!
Еще ты дремлешь, друг прелестный,
Пора, красавица, проснись:
Отркрой сомкнуты негой взоры
Навстречу северной Авроры,
Звездою севера явись!
Вечор, ты помнишь, вьюга злилась,
На мутном небе мгла носилась;
Луна, как бледное пятно,
Сквозь тучи мрачные желтела,
И ты печальная сидела –
А нынче… погляди в окно:
Под голубыми небесами
Великолепными коврами,
Блестя на солнце, снег лежит;
Прозрачный лес один чернеет,
И ель сквозь иней зеленеет,
И речка подо льдом блестит.
Вся комната янтарным блеском
Озарена. Веселым треском
Трещит затопленная печь.
Приятно думать у лежанки.
Но знаешь: не велеть ли в санки
Кобылку бурую запречь?
Скользя по утреннему снегу,
Друг милый, предадимся бегу
Нетерпеливого коня
И навестим поля пустые,
Леса, недавно столь густые,
И берег, милый для меня.


The Words That Gave Me Hope

Daily Create 20

For the last daly create I chose these words of wisdom: He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Those were the words of encouragement for me when I was going through a tough time in my life. A friend of mine gave this cute painting to me for my birthday; it was an answer to my prayers like a glass of cold water to a thirsty traveler :)

Words of Wisdom

What a Sweet Grandma!

Daily Create 19

It was a sunny spring day when I Was Standing on the Corner of Winslow Arizona… When suddenly a huge dark cloudstreet-sketch-old-lady-umbrellaappeared from the distance. I didn’t pay too much attention to it thinking that it will most likely pass by. I continued playing my guitar and enjoying the weather. Ten minutes later the cloud was right above my head. I saw the raindrops coming from the other side of the street. I didn’t know what to do because there was no store around nor there was a place to hide. I was so worried about my guitar because it was my favorite thing in the whole entire world. As the rain was approaching an elderly grandma came up to me. She was so tiny that at first I didn’t realize who was talking to me. When she asked me a second time I looked her in the eyes and quickly agreed because at that moment I had started feeling the drops on my head. So I joined her under the large umbrella and both of us quickly started walking to a nearby hiding place; it was several yards away. When we reached our destination I thankfully hugged the sweet tiny grandma who was so kind to a random stranger; and she walked away…

Charlie’s Life.

Once upon a time there was a little puppy. He lived on the streets and had almost nothing to eat. He was always lonely and didn’t know where to go. Charlie’s mom died when he was just a few weeks old. He was not the only puppy that his mother gave birth to. There were 9 of them. One rainy day when Charlie was still asleep in the box under the trash bin his brothers and sisters were already playing on the street enjoying early morning sun. As he approached a corner behind which they were barking he heard the squeaky sound of a fast driving car with all 8 of them in the trunk. Charlie took off after the truck barking and hoping it would stop. It did not…  Charlie went back to his old dirty box, crawled in without even thinking to go search for the food as he would do every single day. That was one of the saddest day in his life after his mother’s death…



Next morning when he woke up he was very hungry. So he decided to go search for the food. Lots of people were passing by him but no one seemed to notice. In a little while Charlie stopped and set down for a rest. Suddenly he heard that someone opened the door. He turned around and saw a beautiful little girl running down the stair and screaming: “Mommy, Mommy, can we keep him?” Behind the girl, Charlie saw a tall very elegant lady dressed in a stylish yellow summer dress. He was about to get up to run away but something was telling him he was safe. Both of them came up to Charlie and started patting him. He was excited but scared at the same time not knowing what this might bring. The tall lady told her daughter that she could play with the puppy while she was talking to her Daddy. It was love from the first sight between the two, a tiny puppy and a little girl. When the tall lady came back the girl looked at her with the eyes full of hope that she would let her keep the puppy. And she did! Oh how happy was the girl, she jumped and gave her Mommy a big hug then she gave a hug to Charlie. He was wiggling his tail thinking that he has found a home. As Charlie found out later the family he was becoming a part of was the family of the mayor of the city. They were famous people not only in their city but far beyond it.

The next morning when the whole family went for a walk Charlie saw a newspaper cover being sold on every corner they passed by…

Charlie's life

Charlie was the happiest puppy in the world. But there was something that bothered him deep in his heart – his siblings; he was thinking about them every day. He didn’t know where they were and what was happening in their life.

Especially on a gloomy rainy days he was staring outside through the glass window and quietly crying. Those were bitter-sweet moments. Because every time when he was doing that his little beautiful friend came up to him and sang him a song to comfort him; her Mommy said Charlie missed his friends he used to play with.


The beautiful singing/humming by his new sweet owner would melt his heart and would take all the thoughts and worries  away. Then they would go play with Charlie’s toys; one of their favorite game was tug a war.

One sunny day the whole family went to a big city park that is always filled with people and their pets especially on the weekend. They settled under a huge oak tree to have a picnic. Charlie was enjoying laying on the soft green grass by the feet of his favorite little girl in the world.

Suddenly he noticed a big group of puppies in the distance; they were playing catch and tug a war. They were surrounded by many people who would hug them and pat them all the time. Charlie couldn’t believe his eyes…. he started counting: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8…. there were 8 of them!! It was them; they were his siblings!! What a joyful day in his life! He got up and started running towards them.

The girl and her family didn’t realize what happened; the girl was panicking saying: “Daddy, Daddy, he is running away… catch him!”

In a minute Charlie was approaching his sibling barking and wiggling his tail like never before. They recognized him! They did! All 9 puppies were jumping and licking each other! The day has finally came for them to reunite and to reassure each other that they were happy and taken care of. Since that day Charlie never cried again, he new his siblings were in good hands.


The End.

Once upon a time…

Daily Create 18

For this assignment I decided to write a fairy tail every little princess is dreaming about. So did my beautiful brown haired girl. And it actually did happen to her :)

Here is the story in reverse.

The End.

They lived happily ever after. He lifted her up on his horse and took her to her parents to say goodbye and after that he took her to his beautiful palace up in the mountains. she said yes. Right at that moment he asked her to marry him; Butprincess that fine young man knew exactly what to do because the minute he saw her his heart fell deeply in love with that tiny little princess with long brown hair hanging down her back in many beautiful curls. At first she didn’t know what to do or what to say. The girl was scared and excited at the same time. In the next minute a horse with a handsome young man appeared through the leaves. The leaves of the very thick tree started moving as “something” was about to appear. So one day when she was picking berries in the forest she heard a noise of something moving towards her. Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl who was dreaming about a prince charming who one day would come to take her to his beautiful castle up in the mountains.

Tutorial for how to Create Your Favorite Book Cover

Recently I created a Design Assignment – Create Your Favorite Book Cover. Now I would like to create a tutorial for it.

For this assignment I used Photoshop.

The following are the snapshots of all the steps I did

1 I used the magic eraser to delete the background.2 then I used Magnetic Lasso Tool to select first him.3 I cut him out first and later I repeat the same steps for her.4 5 I erased the name of the book using the same tool – magic eraser. And then taped the same name using the font I wanted. Then I use the warp text on the top bar to make it a different shape. 6 I played around with the layer formatting to edit the letters. 7 And here is the final result of what I got :) 8

Create Your Favorite Book Cover

I decided to create a Design Assignment.

It took me a while to decide what to do for this assignment. I’m a very visual person that is why visual work is easier and more pleasant for me to do :) So I decided to choose one of my favorite books (now movies) – Pride and Prejudice. I found the original cover and edited it using Photoshop. It wasn’t very complicated but it took me sometime. Here is the link to the design assignment page.




Design Assignment



Dancing in the Cold

For my Visual Assignment 1 I chose 1 Second Video from the Assignment Bank.

I would like to tell you a story in 1 second : )

One winter day my friends and I were traveling to Pennsylvania. On the way there we stopped at the rest area. My girlfriends and I came out of the restroom before the guys did. So while we were waiting we decided to warm ourselves up by doing some kind of dancing/jumping since it was a cold winter evening.We also needed some good exercise because we had been seating in the car for too long :) This is my very short 1 second story.

Here it is: