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
This is PHENOMENAL. I just started in my German major this past year, and the site is incredibly helpful for me to review what I know so far. I’m super excited to try it with new languages.
People become attractive over time as you get to know them. Someone who you once felt completely neutral towards can make your stomach do somersaults. It’s not that they were not good looking to begin with, it’s just that things happened which made your conscience ease up and your heart changed. Good character can contribute to how someone perceives you.
this still remains true to this day
'Tough girl' characters who use 'girl' as an insult make me want to cry.
There is such a weight to way he says, “Yes” in the final bit that I’m curious as to what, exactly, he’s saying “yes” to.
Clara is clearly making a joking assumption about what she thinks his next line will be, now that he knows SHE knows what he really said when he thought he was going to die, and when he thought she couldn’t hear him. She heard the intensity in his voice and, indeed, the pride. Him saying, “you were good,” isn’t just about her actions that day (up to that point, or hell it might not be about them at all) — it clearly means she was a good PERSON. Note that the leading question going into this series was Twelve asking Clara, “Am I a good man?” When he thinks his moments are narrowing down to a point beyond repair, he makes sure one of his last words is a statement acknowledging her own goodness, separate from how she acted in that day. She’s a good person.
But when Clara approaches him in this scene and shows she’s framing it as being good at being HIM, he seems to really heavily, significantly, and with a bit more weight than I expected, agree with her obviously jokingly assumption that he’ll make up an excuse. Again, why?
All I can think of is that this scene ties in to their last scene on the beach in “Mummy on the Orient Express.” When Clara notices for the first time that he wasn’t being heartless at all, he was simply pretending to be, and he looks at her with an equal intensity and speaks with just as much weight.
While that still doesn’t answer what he’s saying “yes” to, it does put things into a bit more perspective.