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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!

One year later, Rachel Jeantel graduates high school, blames herself for racist jury
July 15, 2014

Rachel Jeantel never expected the amount of scrutiny placed on her when she was pushed into the national spotlight last June when she took the stand as the prosecution’s ‘star witness’ in the trial that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. 

From the moment she flashed across our television screens, Rachel was consistently teased and tormented because of how she looked and the fact that she, at the time, could only read at a third grade reading level.

She recently sat down with CNN and revealed that after the trial ended she partially blamed herself for the verdict.

CNN: Were you blaming yourself when George Zimmerman went free.

RJ: A little bit.

CNN: Did you think you should have said something different, or acted differently.

RJ: Yeah, act different.

CNN: You think the jurors didn’t take you seriously?

RJ: They judged how they talk how they look, how they dress.

CNN: And they were judging you?

RJ: Yes.

In the year since the trial, Rachel has worked hard to turn her life around and to keep a promise she made to her friend Trayvon — which was that she’d graduate high school. She told CNN that she was able to use the stress of the trial to motivate her to complete her goal of graduating high school, saying

 “I kept my word to Trayvon that I would do this.”

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Congratulations, Rachel! You are not responsible for the ignorant racism/classism of those not-guilty-voting jurors. Stay strong. <3

No Surprise



Denmark doesn’t care what you are. Only thing that matters is if you want to have sex with him or not.

Thailand is a kathoey which is different from a trans woman in that they often still identify as male on some level, or third gender. You should look it up. :)

And the language of animals is not as interesting as you might think. Sure, the young druid is ecstatic when they finally master the delicate, fluttering language of the butterflies, right up until they learn that there is only one word in butterfly, which is “Pretty!”

“Pretty! Pretty! Pretty!”

This is their word for everything. Flowers, potential mates, themselves (especially themselves.) The trick is determining which one they’re talking about at any given time. Even then, they’re not great conversationalists.

Bees are exactly the opposite. Bees are caste-riddled and caste-conscious, and have more levels of respectful titles in one burrow than an entire Imperial shogunate. Ancestors help you if you address a third level supervisory administrative assistant in the mode suited to administrative third level assistant supervisors. Don’t run for the water. They’ll wait. Tall grass is a better bet.

Birds, on the other hand, don’t care how you address them. They’re delighted to talk to you, no matter what. All day. Every day.

Every twig that gets added to a nest or rejected is narrated. Every insect that passes their beak is recounted, in exhaustive detail. Every pulled worm will be discussed at great length and compared to every other worm the bird has ever encountered, as well as The Worm That Got Away.

You spend the first twenty years of your life learning to hear the language of the animals, and then you spend the next twenty trying to learn how to tune it out.

From Dramatic Photos of California’s Historic Drought, one of 22 photos. A section of Lake Oroville is seen nearly dry on August 19, 2014 in Oroville, California. As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the State’s lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows. Lake Oroville is currently at 32 percent of its total 3,537,577 acre feet. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

FiKi December Challenge 

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Faena District in Miami

Located in Miami Beach, the Faena Forum enjoys a unique site that stretches between Indian Creek and the Atlantic beachfront. OMA has designed three buildings for the three block site along Collins Avenue - an arts center, retail bazaar and car park. These distinct functions are linked by a sequence of public domains including a plaza, courtyard and marina dock.

The Faena Forum is divided into two volumes - a cylinder that accommodates gathering spaces and a cube of hotel and meeting rooms. On the building’s third level, an Assembly Hall occupies both the cylinder and the cube. Since each volume has a distinct form and character, the two halves of the Assembly Hall can be used separately on in combination for a variety of uses. The Faena Bazaar is a renovation of the historic Atlantic Beach Hotel, built in 1939 and designed by prominent Miami Beach architect Roy France, whose work includes the Saxony and Versaille opposite the site. The Bazaar preserves and restores the existing lobby and facades, while reprogramming the building for retail.

See more ARCHy here.

Meet Cute: Mutually Assured
  • I’m sure you have no idea what’s going on right now, I don’t have time to explain, I don’t know you and I don’t actually care about you outside of the fact that we have a mutual loved one who is going to kick my ass if you die on my watch so come with me.
  • We were both invited to a friends thanksgiving celebration and we jumped at the chance to not be alone on the holiday/eat our own weight in Mutual Friend’s divine mashed potatoes, but the meal quickly devolved into a viciously snide family drama dinner. You and I slunk away to avoid the conflict and are now painfully hungry and painfully awkward as we make small talk in the kitchen.
  • Propriety dictates that my best friend and your best friend who are disgustingly infatuated with each other are chaperoned during any encounter, which means that we have somehow entered a new level of third wheeling… and no you are not leaving me here alone with them– I will challenge your best friend to a duel for my best friends honor in a heartbeat if you try to turn me into a single… third wheel… person.
  • My friend laughed in my face when I asked them to go with me to see A Show/Performance/Sportsball That I Enjoy but in deference to my desire to not go alone they said they’d send somebody that they know that just adores the Show/Performance/Sportsball That I Enjoy and… I guess that’s you.
  • Our mutual friend has a secret identity… you know them as their secret ID, and I know them from their daily life. We’ve both been kidnapped as collateral against them, and now we have a good long while to get acquainted and boy do they have A Lot Of Explaining To Do when they get over here to rescue us.

OH MY GOD OKAY IMAGINE THAT CLARKE LEFT HER SKETCH BOOK BEHIND AND BELLAMY FOUND IT AND INSTEAD OF LETTING ALL THE PAGES SHE’D LEFT BLANK REMIND HIM THAT SHE WAS GONE WHAT IF HE DREW HER INCREDIBLY BAD DRAWINGS OF INTERESTING/FUNNY/FLAT OUT EMBARRASSING THINGS THAT HAPPENED WHILE SHE WAS GONE. LIKE SHE GETS BACK AND THERE ARE TWENTY THIRD GRADE LEVEL DRAWINGS OF THE DOG THEY’D DOMESTICATED AND MONTY WITH MUD ON HIS FACE FROM WHERE HE FELL OVER HIS OWN TWO FEET. I??? FUCK.