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Recognize the Armenian Genocide

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkey began the annihilation of the Armenian people, killing 1.5 million Armenians, and creating the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey has attempted to keep this genocide forgotten, however, the blood that runs in the veins of the descendants of the survivors has not allowed that to happen. While some countries have recognized it as a genocide, we still have struggled to obtain complete worldwide recognition. The Turkish government continues not to take blame for what their forefather have done. They deny any and all of those actions, despite the outstanding amount of evidence.

Tumblr, what I ask you today is to please reblog this to educate your followers, so that they may pass it on as well. Within this month, do something small. Maybe, post something on your social media having to do with the genocide, so that the people you know may be educated and pass the word on. If you are really wanting to get involved, there will be marches all over the world to get recognition. I know this is a website full of people who stand for activism. Please, help educate the world on this matter. It would mean a lot to me, who lost ancestors during that time, and other Armenians who share the same story. Thank you.

April 24th

Today is a day of mourning and remembrance that you might not be aware of. April 24th marks Yom Hashoah - a Jewish day of remembrance for the Holocaust - and it is also the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. In the 1910’s, almost 1.5 million Armenians (about 98% of them Christian) were rounded up and slaughtered by the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the name of Islam and for absolute control. Then, in the 1930’s-1940’s, the Nazi party (helmed by the infamous Adolf Hitler) in an attempt to exercise complete control over Germany and Europe through “National Socialism,” captured and imprisoned and murdered upwards of six million Jews.

Seven and a half million people, systematically killed at the hands of an oppressive government in the name of power, within the past 100 years.

Let us remember them all and never forget that evil truly does exist in the world, and that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke.

Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Nourhan Manougian, leads the Vespers, evening prayers, in the Grotto, in the Church of Nativity, as the Armenian community of Jerusalem celebrates Christmas in Bethlehem, West Bank, on January 18, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

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Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, Iran.

 The Vank Cathedral was established by the Armenian community which is still present in modern-day Isfahan. The church was built in the mid 1600s and the interior is covered with fine paintings and tiled work depicting events from the life of Jesus as well as the torture inflicted upon Armenian martyrs at the hands of the Ottomans

Language App Availability Master Post

This is a list of all the languages available in the 3 major multi-platform language learning apps.

Duolingo (1 course is the most)
Memrise (Courses vary from Community made courses to Memrise made courses. Memrise-made courses have 7 courses at the most, community courses are infinite.)
Mango Languages (4 Units is the most)

·See end of post for pros and cons of each app·

✔= Yes
❌ = No

[AS OF JULY 8TH] [THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE DUOLINGO INCUBATOR LANGUAGES]


·AFRIKAANS·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·ALBANIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·ARABIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: Includes dialects ⭕Egyptian (1 Unit)
⭕ Iraqi (4 Units)
⭕ Levantine (2 Units)
⭕ MSA (4 Units and 2 special chapters)

·ARMENIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ASL·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·AZERBAIJANI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·BASQUE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BELARUSIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BENGALI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·BOSNIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BULGARIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BURMESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·CANTONESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Includes Cantonese Jyutping, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·CATALAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·CHEROKEE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·CHINESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Includes dialects-
⭕ Mandarin (3 Memrise courses)
⭕ Traditional (Community Courses)
⭕ Spoken Mandarin Only (Community Courses)
✔ Mango Languages: Mandarin- 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters

·CROATIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·CZECH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·DANISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses made by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·DARI·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·DUTCH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses made by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·DZONGKHA·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·ESPERANTO·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·ESTONIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·FAROESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·FARSI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses ✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units

·FINNISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·FLEMISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·FRENCH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ France: 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters
⭕ Canada: 4 Units

·FRENCH SIGN LANGUAGE (LSF)·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·GEORGIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·GERMAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 1 special chapter

·GREEK·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Dialects-
⭕ Ancient (Community Courses)
⭕ Greece (Community Courses)
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ Greece (2 Units)
⭕ Ancient (1 Unit)
⭕ Koine (1 Unit)

·GREENLANDIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·HAITIAN CREOLE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·HAKKA·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·HAWAIIAN·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·HEBREW·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ Hebrew: 1 Unit
⭕ Biblical Hebrew: 1 Unit

·HINDI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·HUNGARIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ICELANDIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·IGBO·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Units

·INDONESIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·IRISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit and 1 Special Chapter

·ITALIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 3 Special Chapters

·JAPANESE·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Variants-
⭕ 3 Courses by Memrise
⭕ Community Courses
⭕ 3 No Script courses by Memrise
⭕ Kanji (Community Course)
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters

·JAVANESE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·KAZAKH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·KHMER·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·KOREAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·KURDISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·KYRGYZ·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LADIN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LATIN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·LATVIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LITHUANIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LUXEMBOURGISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MACEDONIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MALAY·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·MALAYALAM·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·MALTESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MAORI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MARATHI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MONGOLIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·NEPALI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·NORWEGIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·OCCITAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·PASHTO·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·PIRATE DIALECT·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Units

·POLISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Units

·PORTUGUESE·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Dialects-
⭕ Portugal (7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses)
⭕ Brazil (7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses)
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 3 Special Chapters

·PUNJABI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ROMANIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·RUSSIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters

·SANSKRIT·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·SCOTTISH GAELIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·SERBIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·SHAKESPEARE ENGLISH·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·SHANGHAINESE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·SLOVAK·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·SLOVENIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·SOMALI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·SPANISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Dialects-
⭕ Mexico (7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses)
⭕ Spain (7 Courses by Memrise)
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ Latin America (2 Units and 5 special chapters)
⭕ Spain (4 Units and 2 special chapters)

·SWAHILI·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·SWEDISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·TAGALOG·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·TAMIL·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·TELUGU·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·THAI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·TURKISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·TUVAN·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·UKRAINIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·URDU·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Course
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·UZBEK·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·VIETNAMESE·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·WELSH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·YIDDISH·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ZULU·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Course
❌ Mango Languages


If you’re new to language learning, you’ve never heard of one or more of the above apps, or you want to know which app would be best for you, consult the guide below.


DUOLINGO: Quality above Quantity

Pros:
⭕ Clean Interface
⭕ Totally free
⭕ You feel fine when you see an Ad because of how free everything is
⭕ Premium is available and takes away Ads and makes offline courses available for a price
⭕ Speech in some courses
⭕ You can join a club of people, or make your own with your friends
⭕ Streak Saver for if you are too busy to practice but still want to keep a streak
⭕ Good for learning the basics of a language for school
⭕ Good for learning the basics of a language for work
⭕ Very Good as a starting point
⭕ Tips & Notes (Helps with grammar) can be really helpful
⭕ You can contribute to making a course as long as you speak both languages involved
⭕ Forums
⭕ Reminder Notifications
⭕ I hear TinyCards and Chatbots are good (BUT I WOULDN’T KNOW BECAUSE IT’S NOT ON ANDROID DANGET)

Cons:

🔴 Tips & Notes is only on the Website
🔴 Takes a long while for courses because they’re made by contributors
🔴 When a course is quicker than usual it’s usually because Duolingo pushed the contributors to make it and it ends up slightly half-assed
🔴 Duolingo accepts languages based on their demand, so lesser-known languages aren’t accepted
🔴 Can’t delete courses through the mobile site
🔴 Tinycards (A flashcard app made by Duolingo) and Chatbots (An AI that talks to you in your target language made by Duolingo) is only available on iOS
🔴 Even though TinyCards has a Website, it’s still not available on Android
🔴 If they release a date for something to be out, it’s usually released a lot later than that (TinyCards was due on Android a month or so after it was released on iOS, it still isn’t out and its been almost a year)

All in all, if you’re a student, new to languages, or need to learn a language for work; this is the app for you.

If you’re wanting to expand your vocabulary (outside of casual phrases), you’re intermediate in your target language, or you want to learn grammar; this app isn’t for you.


MEMRISE: Quantity over Quality

Pros:
⭕ Memrise-made courses
⭕ A lot of courses available
⭕ Not just for Languages
⭕ Usually at least 200 words in each Memrise-made course
⭕ A lot of languages available if you don’t care about the quality
⭕ The most words I’ve seen in a course is 2750
⭕ Good for expanding your vocabulary
⭕ Good for starting out
⭕ Many lesser-known languages
⭕ Reminder Notifications (Report for training, Dojo!)
⭕ Space themed
⭕ Some community made courses are really good.
⭕ Sound in the Memrise-made courses, sometimes sound in the community made courses
⭕ Anyone can make a course about pretty much anything
⭕ Mems (Pictures to help you remember the word)
⭕ No Ads
⭕ Premium is available and adds courses like Difficult Words (Helps with words you’ve had the most difficulty with), Listening Skills (Helps with listening skills) and Meet the Natives (Videos of native speakers), Chat with AIs in your target language (Only available on some courses), Offline courses, and Grammar bot that helps with grammar (Only available on some courses) for a price
⭕ Okay without Premium
⭕ Good for students and workers
⭕ As long as you know your target languages grammar, you’re set on a Standard account
⭕ Teaches the alphabet along with vocabulary
⭕ Forums

Cons:

🔴 Prices are expensive for people who are broke or can’t pay the $129.99 lifetime fee.
🔴 Not a very clean interface (imo)
🔴 Some people think it’s on the way out
🔴 Some community Courses aren’t that good
🔴 the ratio of Memrise Courses to Community Courses is probably 1:300
🔴 No grammar unless you get premium
🔴 (imo) They try too hard to beat out Duolingo. Instead of adding Grammar, Tips, or Comments (On mobile, idk about website) they add interface updates and change things about the home screen.

All in all, if you’re starting out, want to learn more vocabulary, or you have to learn for school or work; this app is for you.

If you want to learn grammar, need help from others often, or you don’t want a very technical app; this app isn’t for you.

Pretty much if Duolingo and Memrise were computers, Memrise would be PC and Duolingo would be Mac.


Mango Languages: Need to learn grammar? I gotchu fam

I don’t know much about Mango Languages because I only got it recently.
From what I’ve seen by answering 2 whole questions on the Android app, this is what I concur.

Pros:
⭕ It highlights each word so you know which is which
⭕ Good for practicing speech
⭕ Teaches Grammar (!!!!!!)
⭕ No Ads
⭕ Many languages
⭕ I think they all have sound
⭕ Special Chapters teach special things depending on the language (i.e. Zodiac chapter for Chinese course etc.)
⭕ Teaches phrases (I wouldn’t like this if it wasn’t for the fact they teach grammar)
⭕ Clean interface
⭕ Seems to be mainly for conversational language.
⭕ Lady narrates everything so you can follow along easily

Cons:
🔴 Your local library pays for a subscription to Mango Languages, which will unlock the website/app for you. This is really bad, because if you live in a small town, or even live in a big town that doesn’t have subscriptions; you have to pay to unlock the site.
🔴 Doesn’t teach alphabets
🔴 Not a ‘press this button if you think the answer is this’ kind of app. You just go through slides and speak into the app and it tells you if you’re right or not.

All in all, if you want to learn grammar, the skeleton of the language, have another source for learning alphabets, and you have a good library; this app is for you.

If you want to widen your vocabulary, you have a sucky library, no money, and you’re only going to be using this app by itself; this app isn’t for you.


IMO, it’s best to get all 3.
With Duolingo helping you with basics, Memrise helping your vocabulary and Mango helping with grammar, you’re set.

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A note from Anita:

Every April 24th we mark the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, when 1.5 million Armenians were systematically exterminated at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Every year we try to get people to remember, recognize, and accept that this horrific act that we feel in our bones, passed down through generations, is really, truly a genocide, and every year we face denial and dismissal of this undeniable historical reality. It’s sad and stupid, ridiculous and infuriating and heartbreaking that this is the case. Yet again, on this 102nd anniversary, it remains so.

Those of us with direct ancestry to the genocide grow up hearing the horrific tales. Tales like my great-grandmother leaving some of her babies behind to be raised by supportive Turkish neighbours, children who are never to be known or heard from again because it was too dangerous to take all her children with her. Both of my grandmothers could barely share their stories because they couldn’t talk about what happened to them without bursting into tears. Trauma like this endures over generations, passed down in the memories of things spoken and unspoken, living on in the enduring anguish that comes from how even today, my family and I can’t see where we come from because it is land occupied by Turkey. So here we are again, telling the same stories, year after year after year, because recognizing atrocities is a part of healing and trauma recovery. Recovery that we have not been allowed.

(Images from today’s rally in Los Angeles)

Today marks the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In 1915, Over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by ottoman turkey. Not only Armenians, but greeks and assyrians were also murdered. Till this day, this act still gets swept under the rug and not taught in our schools because of the ties USA military has with Turkey. Turkey needs to be held responsible for The killing of over a million people.

NO ONE should get away with committing such horrible acts. 

1915 NEVER AGAIN.