what every young person needs to hear



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.

My dad uses this, and he loves it! He’s been multilingual for a long time (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and he says it’s taught him things that even he didn’t know. I might be using it for my german soon too, ‘cus I’m definitely rusty on that. Harumph

Duolingo has played a part of my life for a few years now and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. I use it to learn French and it’s just amazing. It holds steady my love for linguistics since middle school and if you are or have ever been on the fence about learning a new language, you can hop off of that fence now :-)


am I the only one who really likes it when ur holding someone’s hand and they just rub their thumb across yours

That’s my favorite.

(Source: lntemperance)




LOL what an asshole.


Accomplishment feels nice

I’ve been on a journey to learn how to ride a bike this summer and I’ve finally done it. I practiced with saywhatsharon, Isis, Jasmine and shahneephotography. Went to a learn to ride class earlier today and realized that I hardly needed the class. Although it was extremely useful for me. I’ve gathered that I get nervous around obstacles such as humans and traffic but aside from that, I can officially ride a bike!

I would always see people riding in the street so easily and I have no idea how they did it (still feel that way a little). But today I actually rode home from the train station on my bike and it was awesome. I have some nerves to get over though.

The thought of riding the Prospect Park bike path makes me so happy and I can’t wait to do it with kevinaranibarphoto and maybe Alexis if she gets a damn bike and gives up those Citibikes :P

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OH YOU’RE MY FRIEND???? name 3 of my albums.

Literally same.

Can this song never come on in the month of August? 😢
This is why I love my boyfriend 😢
True. @shoedazzle
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