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So let’s talk about your new favorite website and app, Duolingo.

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I haven’t seen anyone on my dash talking about this and that’s a fucking crying shame because Duolingo is the shit. You can use Duolingo to learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese. Even…

Speaking as someone who tried Duolingo, I’m not here to hate on the program, but I kind of wanted to speak up and say that this is not for everyone. For people who learn better in a very structured, linear way (like me) it’s extremely difficult and frustrating to be asked to memorize tenses and conjugations without a full set. The program asks you to memorize nouns at random, which is reasonably standard, but does the same with verbs and pronouns. It doesn’t provide you with a straight-up list of conjugations for a given verb, even just as a reference, and on occasion it doesn’t actually give you the gender of a noun. For me this was all very difficult because I had no way of comparing the various conjugations of a verb and sorting out for myself which was which. 

This may be a great way of learning for a lot of people. And it’s free, so it’s not like you miss anything by downloading it and trying it out. But if you end up as frustrated and annoyed as I did, please don’t beat yourself up for not being able to work well with a program that is designed for one very specific and not terribly cohesive learning style. By the time I removed it from my phone (and then unsubscribed from the email) I was irrationally angry about it, and I want people to know that failing to learn using Duolingo is not a personal, isolated failure. 

Good info to have, thanks! I get frustrated by randomness, especially if I don’t know to expect it. I think I’m going to try it out anyway, but at least I know going in how it works. 

Forgive me for butting in but I decided to give it a try. I would suggest using it as a language refresher tool rather than ‘learn a language’ tool. Especially since you can test out of certain sections. And as someone who has done a couple years of spanish and then didn’t, it’s not a bad refresher tool, especially for certain words I either missed and/or forgot. Plus, you can set the time goal for it, which is nice. The only other thing, besides the fact that it does do weird groupings, is that it will mark you down for spelling sometimes and does not help your pronunciation particularly. Still! Free app! And not full of ads. Is not bad!

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What happens to cats in zero gravity ?   more educational gifs«

OH GOD THOSE POOR BABIES i am sobbing i am laughing so hard

In the last pic the cat is all “oh thank god I found ground NO WAIT COME BACK GROUND”

THOSE POOR BABIES OMG WHY AM I LAUGHING AT THIS

Pigeons are even funnier in zero g, they don’t know which way is up and fly upside down 

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