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!
Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.
I love this app. I just need to keep up with it better.
The funniest part about Fire Emblem is that any unit can “rescue” any other unit so it’s entirely possible for a mounted pegasus to carry a mounted horse over a lake, or for skinny swordsman to run with a mounted dragon on his back.
i think something went wrong
The Ballad of the House of Leg
When Hogwarts was first founded
By the noble Founders Four,
They looked upon their houses
And they asked: “Do we need more?”
"For some are brave, and some are loyal,
As each one of us knows,
And some are cunning, some are smart,
But some are NONE of those!”
"What shall we do with pupils
Who just haven’t got a clue?
Who have no proud distinctive traits
And may well smell of poo?”
"Let’s found another house for them:
A Hogwarts bargain bin.
The entrance code is simple:
If they’ve got a leg, they’re in!”
The cryptofascist Founders
Gave themselves both praise and plaudit
They gave the school the House of Leg
Then basically ignored it.
Thus left alone, the House of Leg
Became a decent place
For aimless wandering, cups of tea
And staring into space
The dull and non-distinctive
Found a quiet place to land on
And in times of trouble, Hogwarts always
Has its Leg to stand on…
Laughing like a drain right now.
I bought one of my textbooks used on eBay and it was only $10 because it’s “obviously used” but I just got it and aside from a little rip on the cover, it’s in near perfect condition and to top it off, the seller wrote “good luck :)” on a sticky note on the inside. There are some cool people in this world.
It’s entirely in my pose to beat Fire Emblem the Sacred Stones today, but probably not to do it without losing party members
i just realized that the crunchyroll logo is an anime eye
This is the best Sonic game and you can’t tell me different