I just found a huge database of free language resources.
It's called Language links database. Just click on the "Free Language Resources" link and choose your language.
The /r/Languagelearning subreddit has an impressive wiki, with many resources as well. Probably a few are already in the database that I first linked, but some of you mentioned that it lacked a Portuguese section, so this one is a very good alternative, at least for Portuguese. It also separates a few distinct accents/dialects for some languages (like French and Arabic).
I was trying to do a tax return. Now I'm going to spend the whole afternoon looking at Finnish resources. Thanks for that. :P
Haha, I know how you feel. I was solving equations describing the inner workings of a soy oil plant for my engineering classes... I took a Duo break, but I'm afraid this post means it'll be a bit longer than I had planned. :) If only there were a fun, gamified, and social way to do a tax return...
... well, of course there's an xkcd for that ;-) :-)
title text, for e.g. those on mobile devices:
Yes, it took a lot of work to make the cards and pieces, but it’s worth it–the players are way more thorough than the tax prep people ever were.
I want to play! :-D
And since this is Duolingo, can we have a different set of cards for each language and each tax system, please?
@annika_a: I see a new class of dedicated tax aficionados emerging, well-versed in the intricacies of tax systems all around the globe. How shall we call them? The Polyphorolot? Taxmanians?
Or, among polyglots, you just change the set of cards and keep going... ;-)
Aah, it might be because I am one of those (apparently rare) users who don't mind the (teensie-weensie) hassle of switching courses. :-)
Although, I've yet to figure out completely all the rules that actually affect me in any of the tax systems I've been subjected to... So maybe this is not my game, after all.
If only there were a fun, gamified, and social way to do a tax return...
That's an amazing idea for a mobile app! I should start to work on that.
You know, I might take you up on that! I already have more lingots than I know what to do with, but for some reason I still get a little buzz out of winning them. Anything to make a tax return a bit more interesting.
It's not due in for a few more weeks, and I've hit a technical bit, but I'll let you know when it's done. ;)
Upping the ante: If you get it done within one week, I'll give you 20 lingots. :-)
(Oh no, what am I doing pushing you away from Finnish resources?! This gamification thing must be getting to me, too...)
Ooh. I'm such a child. I don't know why silly things like this work on me, but they do. Hence the reason Duolingo is so effective for me.
I'm going away for three days, so that's going to make it a bit of a challenge, but I accept. :)
How many children do you know doing tax returns on a bet?! X-)
Happy travelling, hope your streak doesn't suffer! (Or if it's become a burden to you, hope it does suffer...)
Bet or not, I'm only doing it because I have to. Children are lucky enough not to receive tax returns.
I've belatedly realised I should register for the Streak Hall of Fame. Now I don't want to lose my streak until it has been recorded for posterity. I'll have to find wifi during my trip to keep it going until it has been recorded. After that I might take a break. ;)
Just let me know when you've posted it.
Yup, (for me, anyway) a little buzz from winning them, from hoarding them, and from giving them away as tokens of esteem.
Have a great trip. And if you do decide to let your streak lapse, at least go on to the next "decade" (multiple of ten days) to earn one last big shot of lingots.
Wow, thanks Slogger! My first duo post, I never expected to be rewarded for it! I shall take your lingot out to dinner and treat it to a whole bottle of vino rosso! :)
Hmm, obviously I'll try to converse with it during the meal, but I don't know whether it's 'un lingot' or 'una lingot'!
(I wonder why I had to reply to my own post, rather than yours. Perhaps Duolingo prevents the indentation getting too heavy.)
Since I'm currently doing a course from Spanish, my Lingot store says "El lingot es la moneda virtual de Duolingo.". So now you know how to address your companion. ;-)
I think Duolingo does indeed not want conversations to get too long winded. Sometimes people continue an interesting conversation on their own activity threads, or start a new conversation about that particular topic which also means that more people can see it. It actually works pretty well, in my opinion.
Wow, the link for Spanish has a lot of sites I've never seen before (and I look on this forum for outside resources quite a bit). Thanks a lot!
Thank you so much for this, there was a lot of resources for learning Spanish!
I think it is both funny and sad that out of so many languages, (some of which I've never heard of before) that Portuguese is not an option :( haha
You're welcome. Unfortunately, I can't say it in Dutch, Swedish or Turkish...
Das ist super! Ich schaue mir das nachher an.
!Qué bueno! Veré esto después.
C'est formidable! Je regarderai plus tard.
This is what I have to do to remember my languages. If I concentrate on one and not the others, I will forget or not get a chance to practice them so I have to use and translate all of them :D
Bitte. Es freut mich, dass magst du es!
De nada. ¡Estoy feliz que te gusta!
Ça me fait plaisir. Je suis bien heureux que ça te plaise !
You're welcome. I'm glad you like it!
Thanks so much for adding this. Shame there's no Portuguese but it's such a great contribution.
Wow. So many resources I didn't know of. Even reading material in Gothic (not that I can read it, but you have to applaud its availability :)). Thanks!
Well, I didn't build the list myself, but I think you can send them recommendations to add to their database. We could also send them Portuguese resources since it's not in their list.
Also, I believe the resources shared in that database are all legally free, I don't know if they would put that resource on their website.