1. 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.

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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!

    Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

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  2. aerobicblaine:

    hello if you’ve just discovered a new artist but you don’t know which of their songs to listen to, to the best of is a really useful website! you just type in the artist’s name, and a little blurb with info about the band along with their top 10 tracks pops up. ◕‿◕

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  3. beahbeah:

    this website SAVED MY BRAIN when i was a stressed out college student who couldn’t stop flipping out long enough to prioritize. quite a few of you are still suffering through college so i hope this helps you too!! c:

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  4. thesilvereye:

    View the fullsize tutorial on DA | The most handy hair structure tutorials are this video by Proko and thisblog post.These are useful for thinking about the direction hair locks flow with different styles: 1 2 3 4 5 | Painting Realistic Hair | Shading with gradients: 1 2 | Tutorials by me including: Gimp Brush Dynamics, Coloring Eyes and Coloring Method.

    All example characters are fromThe Silver Eye webcomic!

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  5. warriorinatrenchcoat:

    lifewithwingchun:

    Workouts specifically made for nerds. I as a nerd myself am totally interested in trying some of these!

    http://neilarey.com/

    This will be a historical post in my life: the one post that made me want to start working out for real.

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  6. astroize-archive:

    I am no expert of anatomy, but these tricks have helped me throughout the years! My technique of drawing is basically measuring different body parts against each other, no joke

     


  7. disneysmermaids:

    cherribalm:

    site that you can type in the definition of a word and get the word

    site for when you can only remember part of a word/its definition 

    site that gives you words that rhyme with a word

    site that gives you synonyms and antonyms

    THAT FIRST SITE IS EVERY WRITER’S DREAM DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE TRIED WRITING SOMETHING AND THOUGHT GOD DAMN IS THERE A SPECIFIC WORD FOR WHAT I’M USING TWO SENTENCES TO DESCRIBE AND JUST GETTING A BUNCH OF SHIT GOOGLE RESULTS

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  8. nihilisme:

    ittybittylittleworld:

    punkasslouis:

    I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell

    I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up

    Go here and just, don’t waste any more money okay?

    (Source: harrywantsababy, via niclci)

     


  9. Stuff Nobody Tells you About Getting An Apartment.

    hipdomestic:

    This’ll cover the basics, such as financial expectation, rental history, what to bring for the application process, etc.

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  10. omgthatdressxx:

    How to Pack Luggage?

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