Chirpy's Slightly Weird, Always Interesting World

I emailed a former university professor of mine letting her know how I was getting on in life. Her reply started, “Wow!! You lucky little shite!”

Are professors with English PhDs allowed to use “shite” and two exclamation marks at once? Aren’t there rules against that?

Philadelphia

Went to Philadelphia today. I invited my girl but she didn’t want to come. No real excuse, just that she “wanted to rest to prepare for the week ahead” because she’s travelling for work. Can’t decide if that’s a reasonable excuse or not.

My gain either way though I think. It was my first piece of “proper” travelling since I moved to NY and it was as perfect as I could’ve wanted. No hiccups, no issues, not even much social engagement. I probably said less than 50 words all day.

Philly is amazing. I wasn’t expecting much but it was as good a Sunday afternoon as you can spend. Wandering around parks and looking at old buildings and learning some US history.

Last night (comedy show) was great. Didn’t really get on with the other two people but I wasn’t expecting to.

Tonight - Friday night - I’m at home in my room playing video games, drinking beer, and listening to Electro-Shock Blues by Eels. It feels right.

Going to a comedy show with my girl tonight, but we’re also going of her other friends because she got 4 tickets.

Really, ridiculously anxious about it. Would much rather just stay home and keep watching this marathon of Every Simpsons Ever.

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.

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.


Really need to get back into Duolingo

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.

image

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.

image

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.

Really need to get back into Duolingo

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Pitchfork’s '200 Best Tracks of the Decade (so far)' 


Presumably there are at least a dozen other songs by The National above this on the list.

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Pitchfork’s '200 Best Tracks of the Decade (so far)' 

Presumably there are at least a dozen other songs by The National above this on the list.

h0llo:

ive stolen this line and used it so many times

h0llo:

ive stolen this line and used it so many times

I feel like I’ve had the longest day ever, because I feel like it started yesterday morning. Skyped my parents and one of my closest friends - who’s in Korea - then went on that date, got home late, had little sleep, almost overslept but somehow managed to get to work on time, spent the day in a workshop at work on a topic I know anything about, then a team lunch at a nice restaurant.

Too many people. I’m going home now and I’m going to hide in my room, drink beer and play video games and watch TV.

Another amazing date with my new girl. After a nice meal, on a whim we decided to go to the Top of the Rock. That meant waiting two hours so we went to a quiet bar instead.

I’m grateful in a way. I feel like there would’ve been the expectation of a kiss up there with that view, but I can barely bring myself to kiss a girl when sitting next to each other watching TV with her hand on my thigh, let alone in public with other people around.

She’s perfect though. Three dates now, no flaws identified.