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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.

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 have to admit that this app deserves some credit. However, only at a beginner’s level. Since I was curious, I tested duolingo with all the languages I know (Italian, English, Spanish, German and French). While with some languages the placement test and the lessons were useful, woth others they were almost useless. For instance, my German is good, but not awesome, and my French is poor, so the exercises were actually helpful. When I tried it with Spanish and German, it gave me the same result (technically impossible, since I can understand EVERYTHING and communicate properly in Spanish, while my German is extremely limited). What I believe is that after a certain level (maybe something around B1/2 dependeing on the language chosen) duolingo is not effective anymore. Like, after a while the software cannot distinguish between a proficient user and a good/average user. On the other side, I started learning Dutch and I’m loving it!

    officialkia:

    pennameverity:

    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.

    image

    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.

    image

    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 have to admit that this app deserves some credit. However, only at a beginner’s level. Since I was curious, I tested duolingo with all the languages I know (Italian, English, Spanish, German and French). While with some languages the placement test and the lessons were useful, woth others they were almost useless. For instance, my German is good, but not awesome, and my French is poor, so the exercises were actually helpful. When I tried it with Spanish and German, it gave me the same result (technically impossible, since I can understand EVERYTHING and communicate properly in Spanish, while my German is extremely limited). What I believe is that after a certain level (maybe something around B1/2 dependeing on the language chosen) duolingo is not effective anymore. Like, after a while the software cannot distinguish between a proficient user and a good/average user. On the other side, I started learning Dutch and I’m loving it!

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    barackobama:

    sirlightbulb:

    dear god I hope that no one on this website ever tries to run for president

    excuse me

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    Being an exchange student is one of these few life experiences that makes you realize how important it is to live fully.

    Never be afraid of making mistakes.

    Never be afraid of not having enough time.

    Never be afraid of trying.

    Do what you like, surround yourself with people you love.

    Carpe diem. Seize the day.

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    Applications to be my prom date now open. I’m officially desperate.

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    So I usually see my friends Fridays after school. Today after a 5 min conversation everybody went on their own and there was just another girl and me left. We looked in each other’s eyes and we suddenly realized: it’s 29 days to prom and everybody has a date but us.

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    Run Or Dye - April 26th 2014 - St Paul, MN

    Run Or Dye - April 26th 2014 - St Paul, MN

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    winningwexford:

    vive-la-v:

    Here’s my recording of yesterday’s lacrosse game’s half-time show! Minnesota Swarm vs. Toronto Rock, with the best show ever! It was so surprising and breathtaking! Loved it!

    Literally thank you so much for recording this.

    okay so this is our (well my but since I can’t dance right now someone took my spot) figure. Won at nationals, next stop Worlds! Being at practice and learning the dance myself I saw first hand how hard everyone worked and I’m amazed at how far it’s come. It’s only gonna get better.

    Well, I had to record it! The first part was already really entertaining and well danced, and when I saw the second group preparing I didn’t hesitate a moment and made the video! I really appreciated this performance, I wish you all the best of luck! :)

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    First of all I’d like to welcome my new followers <3 
    Thank you, means a lot!
    And forgive me if I’m not updating lately; I’m in my last six weeks of my exchange year, have to think about graduation and college applications, and am really busy! Also, I have my AP exams in two weeks! D:
    Hope you’re all ok!
    Little, positive thought of the day: remember to never say never and follow your dreams :)
    The only reason why I got my exchange year is because even when everybody was telling me I should have stopped trying (“you’re too old”, “it’s too expensive” etc.) I went on my own path, and with a little luck and a lot of hard work I got the scholarship I needed and fulfilled one of my biggest dreams :)
    Same thing applies to dancing: I was struck for three years in the same category, had a couple injuries, and I even decided to quit. Of course two days after that decision I was back in the studio because I couldn’t just give up, I’m not like that. Ten months after my short-lasting choice to quit dancing, in July 2013, Lorenzo and I placed second at Nationals, after three years of getting close to the podium and nothing else, and therefore had the honor to be admitted to A class.
    My imminent graduation made me think a lot about what I accomplished (and what I did not!) in the last years, and made me realize how proud of myself I actually am. On a day to day basis I tend not to care about little things, but now that I can see my last years as a whole I could not be happier with who I am and what I did, or am doing.
    Dancing was, and still is, the biggest passion of my life, and I am missing it a lot. Giving up my dancing career to come here and graduate in Minnesota was one of the toughest decision I have ever made. It was choosing between two of my biggest dreams of all time: studying abroad in the USA, or dancing. But the scholarship they offered me was really generous, and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn’t refuse. Next September I’m off to college, far from my dance schools, or any other dance studio that offers the same kind of dance, folk romagnolo, and I still can’t believe I gave up on dancing.
    For every decision we make there’s a trade-off. When I decided to accept my scholarship, I quit dancing. I knew, deep inside, that it was a matter of months; I would have had to leave for college anyway this summer. However, the one I gave up on was my ultimate goal as a dancer: the A series, the opportunity to show off a beautiful, shiny black dress that only dancers at high levels can wear; customized choreography just for me and my partner, and smile among the best dancers of the country.
    I try to justify myself by saying that coming to the USA was just a way to speed up the process, because I would have had to quit dancing anyway to go to university, and not a choice that made me give up on it.
    I still think a lot about what would have happened if I were still in Italy.
    Then I remember what happened since I moved. All the amazing people I met from all over the world, the breathtaking places I visited, the many things I learned about not only American culture, but also other countries’ traditions. All the classes I took, the things I learned, the teachers I admired, and the so hated tests. Attending an international school made me open my eyes to the world, living far from my family, my friends and my country made me stronger and more independent. My English has improved a lot, and I have never been so happy to go to school my entire life.
    Sometimes life gives us the possibility to follow our dreams, sometimes the dream it wants us to follow is only one. The trick is to be grateful for that opportunity, to cherish it, to seize it and not letting it run away. This is our moment to shine, to be happy, to enjoy life. From many personal experiences in the last year and a half I learned that if there is something you should be happy about is waking up in the morning with a smile, wearing your favorite pair of shoes, hanging out with a friend who’s not your bff but makes you laugh until you cry, eating your favorite food, maybe cooked by your mom/grandma, going for a walk in your neighborhood, coming across people you haven’t seen in a long time, playing with your siblings, singing in the shower, dancing naked around the house when no one’s there. Appreciate little things.
    I fulfilled one of my dreams, but at the same time I missed out on the opportunity to do the same with my other one. Bad things happen in life, but setting a new goal in place of a previous one is not one of them.
    It is in our nature, as humans, to set goals and dreams and live to accomplish them. When you fulfill one or when you lose one, there is only one thing left to do:
    look for a new one.
    Be happy, enjoy what you have, work hard and seize the opportunities you’re offered.
    I love you all <3

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    agathaheterodyne:

    where-am-i-send-help:

    ougbad:

    karlimeaghan:

    A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says ”Five beers, please.”

    i dont get it

    No one explain it

    After the Roman drinks the beers, he tells the bartender, “I want a martinus.”

    "Don’t you mean a martini?”

    "If I wanted two, I would’ve asked for them."

    Oh Deus! Perfectus est! **

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    Here’s my recording of yesterday’s lacrosse game’s half-time show! Minnesota Swarm vs. Toronto Rock, with the best show ever! It was so surprising and breathtaking! Loved it!

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    winningwexford:

Kinda obsessed with the ending of our figure.

I was at the game yesterday and had NO IDEA they were going to dance! It was an amazing surprise, they were absolutely breathtaking! 

    winningwexford:

    Kinda obsessed with the ending of our figure.

    I was at the game yesterday and had NO IDEA they were going to dance! It was an amazing surprise, they were absolutely breathtaking! 

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    taliasfashionblog:

    IS IT RIGHT OR WRONG TO POST YOUR ACT SCORE ON HERE

    AND ALSO WHAT IS A GOOD ACT SCORE

    WITHOUT

    STUDYING

    EVER

    pls help

    (remember I’m a junior and have never taken this test either)

    I just got a 27 without studying at all. I’m a senior, but I’m an exchange student and have been in the US for only 8 months now (I’m Italian).They say anything over 21 is good, and I’m totally ok with this standard ;)
    I’m sure you’ll be fine! :D

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