This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
1) We can keep the pound.
2) The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed pensions will be safe.
3) The Scottish people are not secure, strong or stable as a part of this union where our votes are not equal to those of the English and our MPs voted by majority against the bedroom tax but we had it thrust upon is anyway where we have the poorest areas in the UK as it is, and we have no choice in nuclear weapons being kept 30 miles away from Glasgow.
4) Consistently being an afterthought while contributing more than we get back per head doesn’t sound like the best of both worlds to me.
i try to take self portraits that can one day be turned into classic paintings.
"Always believe people about abuse" sounds like a good rule but it isn’t.
Artist Zimoun Creates a Storm of Styrofoam in a Swiss Museum
36 ventilators, 4.7m³ packing chips
Motors, metal, styrofoam, nylon, wood, controlling system. Dimensions: variable.Installation view: Art Museum Lugano, Switzerland, 2014
so, i’m back from holidays! (maybe i should have warned that i was going away)
i’ll try to upload some pictures from the pyrenées and italy + i found some old films from scotland and had them developed, so maybe i’ll post that too.
and i’m going to rock en seine! well i should have gone tonight but our car was broken :( anyway we’ll be in paris tonight, but i’ll miss arctic monkeys as they’re playing tonight, and that’s really sad (but i guess as long as i can see tinariwen and portishead i’m not fully sad)
and i’ll be back to posting at usual rate in a few days, i guess
The robe volante, or flowing robe, featured by Watteau at the center of his painting L’Enseigne de Gersaint of 1721, gave freedom and movement to the new fashion. In fact, it was not the style of gown that was new, but the use to which it was put. Worn over the boned bodice and petticoat, it had previously been worn only informally, in the privacy of the boudoir or bedroom, although its unwaisted shape sometimes made it the choice of pregnant women to disguise their condition (this, at any rate, was how it was worn by Madame de Montespan, whose little ruse fooled nobody: as soon as she appeared in the gown, the whole court realised immediately the nature of the happy event in prospect for the king’s favorite mistress).
enough about sex positions has anyone discovered a reading position which doesn’t get uncomfortable after 5 minutes