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How to Learn Faster with the Feynman Technique (Example Included)

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If you want to cut your study time, using the Feynman Technique is a great way to do it. Named after the physicist Richard Feynman, it revolves around explaining a concept in simple language as if you were teaching it to someone else. In this video, I'll show you exactly how to use the Feynman Technique. Want examples? You can find them here: https://collegeinfogeek.com/feynman-technique/ My book "10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades" is completely free, so check it out if you're interested in improving your grades! http://collegeinfogeek.com/get-better-grades/ ---------- Videos you might want to watch next: 5 Tips for Acing Multiple Choice Tests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1y8c_MZYvE The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVajQPuRmk8 ---------- If you want to get even more strategies and tips on becoming a more productive, successful student, subscribe to my channel right here: http://buff.ly/1vQP5ar Twitter ➔ https://twitter.com/tomfrankly Instagram ➔ https://instagram.com/tomfrankly ~ created by Thomas Frank Music: "Nola" by Broke for Free: http://brokeforfree.com/ Graphics: https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/081-The-Feynman-Technique-tKx0c7JzZ6rzkraWIZ1Bm My wallpaper: http://i.imgur.com/M6tL2a8.png
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Thomas Frank (1 year ago)
Correction on the example - 25 + 9 = 34, so C would be 5.83. Bonus tip: Don't do math at midnight while also trying to pack for a 5am flight
Nancy Miller (2 months ago)
The 𝙃𝙤𝙬𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙞nn 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙚. 𝙄𝙩 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙨𝙩, 𝙛𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩tt, 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨ss 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 and 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢. >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?kafadar43
Emerson Swan (2 months ago)
Brains. Trouble every time. Wetware errors.
Aslam Walikom (23 hours ago)
If you don’t explain it simply then you don’t understand it well enough very nice
Mozelle Clark (1 day ago)
💥♩  𝓨𝓸𝓾𝓻rr 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝓒𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮 𝙄𝙁 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙒𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙑𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙤 (𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙮 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙇𝙖𝙬 𝙤𝙛 𝘼𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙏𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙞𝙦𝙪𝓮ee)  😋😁 >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?ee36sansar99 😍😍 2579
jasleen virk (2 days ago)
Impressive
devanois (6 days ago)
Step 1 5:47
Rishabh Raj (7 days ago)
For quick review, 2:26 - 3:44
vrjdvdheveb vsbs (7 days ago)
I have less than 2 months for md exams...
Damir Komesarovic (9 days ago)
Pff this ant some fayman tehnic basicli most people learn thst way
Greg Merritt (10 days ago)
With this video, you used the Feynman technique to explain the Feynman technique.
Dominic Brown (11 days ago)
Thanks for the great video explaining a very useful technique. It might have been worth saying at some point, that one should always be careful not to loose anything fundamental when simplifying. There is a limit to how far you can "simplify" some concepts, and a flawed explanation would rather defeat the purpose.
Akash Singh (12 days ago)
this is the technique i use generaly but i write in my own language like i m from india so i write in hindglish( actually its hindi written in english alphabets) but i try to teach myself in that but i think i need to upgrade now😇 thanks a lot
pk kp (12 days ago)
Actual video starts at 2:10
kássia Ellen (12 days ago)
Meu Deus que canal maravilhoso. Como não o conheci antes.
Michael Georgievski (12 days ago)
Wow I actually kinda used this technique without knowing it existed lol
The Nerds Table (13 days ago)
They Feynman Technique. The perfect rule for online educators and students.
Charlie (14 days ago)
My fried does this very well. He calls it ELI 5 (explain like I'm 5). He has helped many people (including himself) understand mamy comlicated ideas over the years. Funny thing is he seems to do this naturally. Great to have it broken down into a process.
A levels demystified (15 days ago)
You just put a name to my favourite method of study.Overall a great video,interestingly worded and informative.
Carla McNiel (17 days ago)
😄😍 🇭🇴🇼 𝙏𝙤 🇹🇷🇦🇮🇳 𝙏𝙝𝙚 🅼🅸🅽 𝙏𝙤 🅰🆃🆃🆁🅰🅲🆃 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙧𝙚! (𝙇𝙖𝙬 𝙊𝙛 Attraction) (𝙉𝙚𝙬 🇺🇵🇩🇦🇹🇪) 😄😍 >> >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?orrJlyny7KUs 😄😍 1567
Safdar Iqbal Gondal (18 days ago)
make video how to lower cortisol, sir
Serion (18 days ago)
4:20 did he seriously say dbz and put naruto:? i dont like this guy
Excellent.
DX3ii (23 days ago)
Everytime i learn something new, i fap.i consider it as a reward
Amor Fati (23 days ago)
I was going to like this, until that DBZ/Naruto blunder.
Jazmine (24 days ago)
When you watch a video, read the comments and realize so many people missed the whole point of the video. Seriously 0.0
Nutrition Philosophy (26 days ago)
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Anamika Uniyal (26 days ago)
I am using this technique since I was 14 and now I have turned to 18...then why do I score less in my exams... neither my concepts are that clear...god be my savior
Emma F (27 days ago)
Man I just watched this video again after reading "the meaning of it all" by Feynman and I'm even more amused by this brilliant man
Jamila Bass (27 days ago)
😘😏 🇭🇴🇼 𝙏𝙤 🇹🇷🇦🇮🇳 𝙏𝙝𝙚 Mindd 𝙏𝙤 𝘼𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩tt 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙧𝙚ee! (𝙇𝙖𝙬 𝙊𝙛 𝘼𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣nn) (𝙉𝙚𝙬 🇺🇵🇩🇦🇹🇪) 😘😏 >> >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?886Fpf0fmBngQdfsA 😀 9516
nomadicway (27 days ago)
Get to the point.
peter bauman (28 days ago)
in a video about simplifying this guy doesn’t get to the point until 2 min in. not bad overall but just ironic.
plolee blowoteehow (28 days ago)
the problem is that even if you could explain it, how do you know the person you are trying to explain it to will understand it? explaining and understanding are two different things. but the point is for you to understand it by explaining it. so who do you try to explain it to? yourself. if you can explain it to yourself.. then it means something. if you can't explain it to yourself.. then it doesn't mean anything. sometimes it's best to not try to explain something to yourself. after all.. if it can't be understood in its present form.. then why waste time trying to reformulate it so that you can understand it? how do you know that taking something apart so you supposedly understand it is wiser than not taking it apart and only understanding it in a supposedly limited form?
Fancy Lion (30 days ago)
To learn faster, put on 2x Speed. Stay frosty, fellow students.
Gershon Hoffman (1 month ago)
To be consistent with your own remarks .. should have used an example nothing to do with math / science which is a higher discipline than the humanities which you mention, e.g. history, etc. Could have used "Mary had a little lamb" and immediately understood via Professor's Feynman's teachings. Believe he would have : ) Had a great sense of humor, FYI. Thanks for the vid!
issack mad (1 month ago)
Skip 2:30
Charles Champion (1 month ago)
This is just simple, basic, problem solving.... you did all that talking and said absolutely nothing...
Anka Tümkaya (1 month ago)
Chosen cake right ?
Art Vandolay (1 month ago)
The first 2:30 of this 5:00 video is a pointless and useless preamble. Also your shirt is hideous.
baja bajic (1 month ago)
Hi! Maybe it's stupid to ask, but if there's a cure for easy and fast learning! I asked this question because I have a dyslexia and I'm really hard to learn! I apologize if I did not write well, I do not know English well! It's hard for me!☺️
Tim B. Green (1 month ago)
Good stuff:-) I'm an English teacher and I often tell my students that if they can't USE vocabulary in a sentence, they don't understand it yet. I also encourage them to ask wh questions of each other, then strive to explain or reply using the simple and concrete language of a young child including sensory words that correspond to what a child sees, hears, feels ...especially when they experience something new and explain it to another child who's never experienced it. ie. It's an animal that climbs trees, eats bananas and is very smart. Until they understand what a monkey is, does, looks like, behaves... it's just an abstraction UNTIL they associate it with the animal that word represents.
SwearingOakTree (1 month ago)
Why isnt modern education like that?
Duy Dang (1 month ago)
That is not Naruto, that's Feynman
Classic Wisdom (1 month ago)
hmm
Sandy Warlick (1 month ago)
🌷👑  ➀➄ м𝕚Ňⓤt𝔢 𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣nnn 尺єᵛ𝓘ⓔ𝔴?—?𝙃𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩 Revieww 𝘽𝙮 𝙐𝙨𝙚𝙧rrr  👹☠ >> >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?65fadsdddbaga21 3279
Beatrix Porto (1 month ago)
Your first quote is actually from Mortimer Adler... Not exactly in those words though.
Architector #4 (1 month ago)
1;50 Hold on, HOLD ON, WHAT IS THAT RADICAL KEYBOARD, I WANT THAT
oraz aly (1 month ago)
good
Rene Valleramos (1 month ago)
4:20 it's Naruto, not dragonball z, WHY????
Nitin Verma (1 month ago)
OMG i'm not telling a lie. I DO SAME FOR LEARNING THINGS. FIRSTLY I EXPLAIN IT TO MYSELF BEFORE STUDYING A TOPIC. THEN I NOTICE MY WEAK POINTS . THEN I WORK ON THEM.
Leigh Clay (1 month ago)
𝗜𝘁 openss 𝘆ourr 𝗺𝗶nd 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁edd 𝗮𝗯𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻cee 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂re 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀ss >> >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?anave44 9235
Zhoul Palaiz (2 months ago)
just when i heard that a kid would ask why and how that work, its a concepts show that its a feynman technique is too make we learn deeper. Its wasting time to think if we really understand theorem pythagoras but to explain to kid how its work by kids imagination. How can you say it learn faster but we had to learn something else or other thing than only to understand the pythagoras cncept deeper.
BoykaDK (2 months ago)
Good video but you said Watch DBZ and put Naruto … hhhmmmm
klaswoodklas (2 months ago)
15 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙪tess Of 𝙈𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙩ionn 𝙄𝙣 𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞ngg 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙒𝙖𝙣tt! >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?pamaka22 5038
Alexander Iwanoff (2 months ago)
Thx for explanation! Also your plain English (+subtitles) is good for "English-Lerners" too. Keep it up! 👍👍👍
Annette Mader (2 months ago)
You showed Naruto not dragonball but the technique is interesting 😸
Mr Corpsy (2 months ago)
As said in the article, Scott Young made this method. Also, the American philosopher Richard Paul made a better method for clarifying something called "SEE-I" (State, Elaborate, Exemplify, Illustrate).
AbdulMoiz Ahmer (2 months ago)
I have been using it since 2014 with out knowing it was called feynman technique. I sort of figuerd it out myself :D. It does work. Though i added a little twist with it i used to explain it to more than one person some times more than ten but every time i understand a new thing from same topic.
hamid ez (2 months ago)
I'm so happy because i used this technique 5 years ago even i never learn about it.
Aishwarya (2 months ago)
Do you own 'what i've learned'?
Pat Silver (2 months ago)
Albert Einstein was absolutely 100% CORRECT .... teaching helps to refine thoughts
Robert McPhalen (2 months ago)
I use this technique to teach an acting class (based on the principles of Sanford Meisner). I teach a free acting class for disabled veterans at the Sepulveda VA and I require my students to teach once they reach a certain level because teaching is part of each students personal growth. Just like in Martial Arts training (at SOME schools) where each student is expected to teach once they reach a certain level.
Drea mer (2 months ago)
Thank you Thomas
Prerna Verma (2 months ago)
This was really amazing. I had studied this theorem in school Feynman but never got it. now i got it clearly. but one thing, can you tell something to learn painting, drumming or sketching faster?
Matthew Seven (2 months ago)
It was said to Einstein during his patent clerk job....Remember Einstein had an ego like everyone else..Feynman is the HAPPIEST physicist to live thus far.
Catherine Greenberg (2 months ago)
Subject is interesting the audio and video not being in sync is driving me nuts.
cdreid99999 (2 months ago)
you poeple understand that a: this video is using Feynmans name to con the stupid and B: feynman is mostly a self created illusion whos not particularly important in physics.. belay that. not remotely important in modern physics... and that being a physicist and being anything else are completely nonrelated right? Tip: even the most brilliant physicists.. no especially them.. wouldnt succeed anywhere else. Theyre that special and rare
Anam Mohammad (2 months ago)
By the way 25+9=34😂 Lol
temp tmp (2 months ago)
lol ... this is the classic method to learn; anybody should know that early in school
Ace Venchurro (3 months ago)
Helpful video, appreciate the info
Ace Venchurro (3 months ago)
"shuggeshian"
Rec Manyeah (3 months ago)
At 2:28 is when it starts....thank me later.
George V. Roberts (3 months ago)
15 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙩𝙚eee 𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤n 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬?—?𝙃𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨t 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬 𝘽𝙮 𝙐𝙨𝙚𝙧rr >> >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?d3jager44 4528
faiz (3 months ago)
Thanks man.
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werfer855 (3 months ago)
𝗜𝘁 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝘀𝘀𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱dd 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱dd 𝗮𝗯𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗲𝗲𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲eee 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 >> https://twitter.com/WhoubeJ/status/894172023181770755?bavare54 6123
David Link (3 months ago)
You should put your cheat card on the camera. Not off to the side
Robert J. duPreez (3 months ago)
Better than six minute abs. Thank you!
Ice CubeMaker (3 months ago)
4:20 Wait, that's not Dragonball, that's Naruto
jimin jams (3 months ago)
too much of talk 😑💔
Shirzad Khory (3 months ago)
@02:56 Isnt 25+9=34? not 36????
Byron Thomas (3 months ago)
This sounds great. I will start using this technique today.
BULL-DAG (3 months ago)
The greatest thing I have learned is to learn it and then teach it because when you teach it you retain 90 to 95 percent of the information instead of just being a learner for a test. That is another reason why I like to learn the subject then teach it to learn faster or more efficient.
Pratham Dave (3 months ago)
2:58 25 + 9 is not 36🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Kevin Wines (3 months ago)
wish i knew this when i was a student
vox OX (3 months ago)
dude it was naruto....
Mabel W (3 months ago)
𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝘽𝙖𝙙 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨𝙨𝙨𝙨 𝙆𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙃𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙔𝙤𝙪 & 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝘿𝙤 𝘼𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙄𝙩 (𝙇𝙖𝙬 𝙤𝙛 𝘼𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙣) >>https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?get6yu788 7369
druzy woozy (3 months ago)
just saying i can't explain something too plain to someone like i get disgusted by it because i'm missing giving him the entire theory behind it i feel like im keeping him stupid yeah i can say about games theory that "creating a coalition game is always better than creating a rivelry game" but he will never know why and the mindset behind it
Roquet Fabien (3 months ago)
« Ce qui se conçoit bien s’énonce clairement » of Boileau: meaning What you understand well, you enunciate clearly.
Hui Ko (3 months ago)
The Importance of Staying Positiveeeee! - Law Of Attraction > https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?df3sdsa 3493
Matthew Paluch (3 months ago)
One of my favorite feynman anecdotes from his book "Surely youre joking" was when he went to Brasil (sorry Brasil) to a top university, to lecture their very best students as a reward for them. He was REALLY impressed with how they could rattle off by rote some very advanced stuff, more advanced than one would expect for students at their level. but he grew curious because their answers were too perfect - they seemed "memorized, not learned". he (loving challenges and also pranks) asked a question and got a textbook perfect answer. but then he said "well what if we change XYZ, how would that affect it?" and no one knew. this was repeated a few times, and his fear became clear - they had the (very advanced!) math and formulas and proofs down cold... but lacked a basic understanding of WHY they worked. so when he modified the situation slightly from what they had memorized, no one could account for how a small change would affect the methodology or solution or even approach to solving it. the difference between knowing and understanding.
Punocchio (3 months ago)
2:08 That's slightly wrong. It is: "The first principle is that you shouldn't fool anybody. And the second principle is that you are the easiest person to fool.".
J. Young (3 months ago)
Law Of Attraction: The Best Teachingsssss On Law Of Attraction and Abundance By Neale Donald Walsch > https://t.co/iwLrU6RZzP?fg6s 4976
Arif Aziz (3 months ago)
I become insane after watching this
The Jils (3 months ago)
I wrote a reply under Christian Samuelsson thread where I describe the the technique of ALR: Alogorithmic Logical Reduction...it got a bit philosophical on my part, so here I will try to explain what I mean in practical terms...in learning most things, everybody, no exceptions here, start out at the END! It may be an absurd statement but if you think about this for a little you will find that learning something from somebody else or a documented source like a textbook, it is clear that mental DNA has evolved such that cognition, mainly subconsciously, starts with a basic question that asks HOW or WHY. Example: once, my cousin was contemplating learning how to play the piano...I am a classically trained pianist so naturally she approached me and asked me many things about HOW I learned to play the piano...she knew the endpoint here in that if you learned how to play the piano well enough you can play the instrument making meaningful sounds...in other words, you can MAKE music...but what's so overwhelming about the instrument is that the standard piano has 88 keys, 88 separate white or black keys that need to be pressed by specific digits in a certain order or sometimes simultaneously depending on the music notation...and human beings have ONLY FIVE DIGITS ON EACH HAND! This is what she was thinking: HOW do you do it? What's the trick? I told her that what it boils down to is the concept of learning the FINGERINGS for the instrument (in fact, this is true for most instruments that are fingered instruments; some are not fingered, like the trombone, so what you need to learn are slide POSITIONS)...for the piano (and in fact ALL fingered instruments) you FIRST need to learn how to play SCALES...OK, but like aren't there 8 notes in a typical octave scale? HOW do you even do that because there still are only five digits on one hand that need to play 8 consecutive notes that usually constitute most scales...see what has been done here: we REDUCED the complexity of playing 88 keys to playing only 8 keys or notes...now the answer to this ? turns out to be the Eureka! moment in learning how to play the piano and is one of the first things that you need to master by practicing and probably one of the most important, if not the single most important, maneuver that you will ever NEED to learn if you want to be successful at playing the piano: it is the thumb "cross-under" technique...because we humans are blessed with opposing and freely moving thumbs, we can reposition our complete hand by just nimbly tucking our thumbs under respective palms to play the next logically accessible note in a scale (or whatever we're playing) with THAT THUMB to RE-POSITION the hand and play the rest of the scale or passage with the rest of the digits of that hand...THAT'S THE KEY that essentially unlocks playing every single note on an 88 key piano...but do you see how we started at the END by essentially asking how do you play ALL 88 keys on a piano and REDUCING the question to essentially the most fundamental ? of how do you just play a scale...this is the Algorithmic Logical Reduction approach at its finest and can be applied to learning ANYTHING! The key is to arrive at asking the Eureka ? which usually is so basic it is found at the END of our learning journey...that is the best way to not only LEARN anything but to TEACH it as well!
Yash Raj (3 months ago)
Faynman technique is best for studying science with interest...
Mauricio Casanova (3 months ago)
2:33 "down at the top"
Gracidia Noir (3 months ago)
Thomas : can I have another Oreo? *cue Oreo pic Thomas : can I go watch dragon ball z? *cue naruto doll Me : *spits soda
Orion Yeung (3 months ago)
That awkward moment when you realize this video isn't on the integration technique.
elbertyip (4 months ago)
I see what you did here... You're using Youtube as your Feynman Technique
fireblazer6661 (4 months ago)
Naruto Ball Z
Sudhanshu Panta (4 months ago)
Dragon ball z...main character naruto..lol

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