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If I play tennis like this every other day maybe I will actually lose a good amount of weight before I go home for Diwali/fall break.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

iheart-jolie:

"We are delighted and honoured to be able to share these captivating photos of Brad and Angelina on their wedding day with their children and other close family members and friends in attendance,"HELLO!'s editor-in-chief Eduardo Sanchez Perez said. “We wish them all the very best for the future.”


As the incredibly natural photos show, the pair chose to marry in a ceremony on 23 August that was as simple as it was intimate. There’s the first look at Angelina in her breathtaking wedding gown by Luigi Massi of Atelier Versace, the veil covered with artwork by her and Brad’s children - Maddox, 13, Pax, ten, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. 

"It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter. It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family," Brad and Angelina told HELLO!.

*takes one good photo* posts on all blogs, posts on all social media accounts, makes wallpaper, sends to friends, prints out and frames, emails to obama

i initiate conversation about 80% of the time and then i forget to reply 99% of the time

franciscamay:

Meredith Grey Appreciation Week
» day one :: favorite scenes

i went to target today and almost bought some mike’s but then i remembered that i’m not drinking alcohol, so i bought some naked juice instead 

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rangdeeni13 replied to your post “My friend heard a bunch of guys at the grocery store today talking…”

Ugh

it’s okay, i told her to hit them with some zucchinis 

there was a guy i liked a bit last semester but he had a gf so i never really hung out with him or anything. my friend told me the other day that they broke up though so !!!!! but apparently it was because of castes and a bunch of other nonsense stuff so don’t think i want to get into that shit. also he graduated so ???? but he works close by and comes to chapter all the time so i’ll at least see him on mondays occasionally.