Somersault kisses take off in China.
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.
Me as Spain from Hetalia, Halloween version (as the hunter from the Little Red Hood)
Made by me for Polymanga 2014. it was my first victory >< (well not totally, I was only fifth on 20 but that was a begining XD)
Photo from Papetabellatchixtchix Tsointsoin
THIS CAT IS AN OLD MAN
Is tumblr fucking up for anyone else? Like my posts aren’t getting any notes
THIS FUCKING GUY
JUST GOT STRAIGHT UP FRAMED BY HIS BEST FRIEND
WAS SENT TO HIS DEATH BY HIS OTHER FRIENDS
ALMOST GOT KILLED IN A BOTCHED EXECUTION
CAME BACK LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER
AND STRAIGHT UP FORGIVES ALL OF THEM IN A HEARTBEAT NO QUESTIONS ASKED
LOOK AT THIS GUY
SOME OF YA’LL MOTHERFUCKERS CAN’T EVEN FORGIVE SOMEBODY ON THIS SITE FOR HAVING AN OTP YOU CAN’T AGREE WITH
YA’LL COULD LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM MOTHERFUCKING MAKOTO NAEGI
i was on mobile on the highway when i saw this so the pictures didn’t load and i was 110% sure this was a post about jesus until i got to the last line and then i just kind of turned off my phone and stared out the window for a while
Who is to say he isn’t?