i’m really surprised the mercy thompson series isn’t popular on tumblr (OR ANYWHERE). i mean, the heroine is a super badass bi-racial woc in her thirties who works as a mechanic and lives in a double wide trailer and goes around kicking ass and taking names in her spare time all while being sassy…
I agree!! Write more & better fanfiction!
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 started using this thanks to Tumblr. Its an awesome recommendation and l feel it really, really helps my active language skills.
AGA : Acute Gravity Attack (as in: patient fell over.)
AITM : All In The Mind
AMA : Against Medical Advise
AOB : Alcohol On Breath
AWTF : Away With The Fairies
BIBA : Brought In By Ambulance
BID : Brought In Dead
BVA : Breathing Valuable Air
BWS : Beached Whale Syndrome
CBOH : Clean Bill of Health
CTD : Circling The Drain (as in Close To Dying)
DAFO : Drunk And Fell Over
DOA : Drunk/Dead On Arrival
DTMA : Don’t Transfer to Me Again
FLK : Funny Looking Kid
FLKFLP : Funny Looking Kid, Funny Looking Parents
GOMER : Get Out of My Emergency Room
GROLIES : Guardian Reader Of Low Intelligence in Ethnic Skirt
HBD : Has Been Drinking
HIVI : Husband Is Village Idiot
LOLNAD : Little Old Lady, No Actual Disease
LOBNH : Lights On But Nobody Home
MAAH : Mad As A Hatter
MTTT : More Tattoos Than Teeth
OAP : Over Anxious Parent / On Another Planet
PGT : Patient Got Thumped
PITB : Pain In The Butt
PVN : Patient Very Nervous
TEETH : Tried Everything Else, Try Homeopathy
UBI : Unexplained Bear Injury.
Source: Mangled English by Gervase Phinn