I DO believe in a Smiling God
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.
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HAPPY OCTOBER EVERYONE! (yeah I know I’m posting this on September 30th but sue me, ok, I get excited) AND WELCOME TO WITTYANDCHARMING AND JAMIEJEDI’S SUPER DUPER EXCELLENT HALLOWEEN MASTERPOST!
In honor of our favorite holiday, my sister (JamieJedi) and I have compiled all sorts of goodies to make the month of October and it’s ultimate end in the greatest holiday known to man (or, in Jamie’s world, tied with Christmas due only to the inclusion of presents and ham) a MOST EXCELLENT MONTH! We’ve got over 50 movies, a playlist we collaborated on of our favorite music to play this time of year (as well as two instrumental ambiance albums I found), recipes, decorating ideas, and MORE!!!! So get down with some spooky foods, slap on some zombie makeup, and DON’T GO INTO THAT DARK ROOM ALONE!
All links are streaming unless otherwise specified
Dracula (1931) (5 parts)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) (10 parts)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
The Shining (1980)
Children of the Corn (1984)
The Hitcher (1986)
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Pet Sematary (1989)
The Burbs (1989)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
The Halloween Tree (1993)
Lumpkin the Pumpkin (1993) INCLUDING THIS BECAUSE OMG I WATCHED THIS AS A KID
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Crow (1994)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Casper (1995) (torrent/download)
The Canterville Ghost (1996) (10 parts)
The Craft (1996)
The Frighteners (1996)
Practical Magic (1998)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Cabin Fever (2002)
Van Helsing (2004)
The Corpse Bride (2005)
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Silent Hill (2006)
[REC] (2007) —English dub
Paranormal Activity (2007)
30 Days of Night (2007)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
The Wolfman (2010)
- Prologue—Lady in the Water
- Toccata and Fugue in D minor—Bach
- Libera Me—Interview with the Vampire
- Aim For The Head—Creature Feature
- Charmed, I’m Sure—A Circus Contraption
- Dead Man’s Party—Oingo Boingo
- Missed Me—Dresden Dolls
- This Is Halloween—Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Bad Color—The Village
- I Was a Teenage Werewolf—The Cramps
- No One Lives Forever—Oingo Boingo
- The Time Warp—Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Doctor Finklestein/In The Forest—Nightmare Revisited
- Friends on the Other Side—Princess and the Frog
- I Want to Kill You—Darling Violetta
- White Skin Like The Moon—Jane Eyre
- Trick or Treat—Nekromantix
- Tubular Bells—The Exorcist
- Zombies Ate Her Brain—The Creepshow
- Lestat’s Recitative—Interview with the Vampire
- All Hallows Eve Ball—Van Helsing
- Grim, Grinning Ghosts—Disneyland (The Haunted Mansion)
- Walk Like a Zombie—HorrorPops
- The Horror of Our Love—Ludo
- Horrible Tragedy—Dracula
- Devil Went Down to Georgia—Charlie Daniels Band
- Fluffy’s Harp—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Ghost Children—Coraline
- Come Little Children—Hocus Pocus
- Psycho Killer—Talking Heads
- Family Secrets
- Darkness Descends
- Fallen Grandeur
- Room 47
- Born of the Night
- Raven’s Hollow
- Haunted Nursery
- Army of the Dead
- Dark Legacy
- Morbid Fascination
- Deadly Intentions
- Undead Hunters
- Grisly Reminder
- Residents Past
- Veiled Hunter
- Alchemist’s Chamber
- Noctem Aeternus
- It Knows We’re In Here
- Demon’s Lair
- Sunken Tomb
- Head Toward the Light
- I Can Feel Them Crawling
- Lost Souls Room
- No One Can Hear You Scream
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