https://www.duolingo.com/shawnmccormick

Russian: lingots are useless, add more things to buy !

I have about 67 lingots, and they are of no use to me anymore: I bought everything in the store already (and by that I mean the only two things worth getting, like the test and the timed practice), could we have themed lesson, like other languages do ?

Halloween/christmas related lessons with vocabulary and expressions, for example ?

Thanks.

December 23, 2015

32 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

well, satishvc had an excellent idea for a more conversational type of lesson that could be purchased with lingots. See the details here.

What I'd like to see is special lessons that teach you to sing a song, with Audio clips of each line being sung. I'd love to learn to sing коробушка for example. :-)

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Коробушка :-)

It's actually really easy, just find the lyrics (I can help) and follow/sing along while listening to a good recording. It's actually good for your pronunciation and will help your vocabulary too if you try to figure out what the songs mean.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GeninMage

Accidentally deleted my comment. :(

The song is also known as Коробейники. Very easily found, and probably well known because of Tetris.

I've found a Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zqqYyShqwc

It includes the audio (one of many people who have sang this song), transliterated lyrics on the video, and English translation. Cyrllic lyrics are in the description.

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Many thanks for the link. :-) That's very useful.

As for what you said in the deleted comment, yes, we can learn such things on our own. But then the same could be said of language learning in general. That doesn't change the fact that that it's much easier to learn such things when we have a tool like duolingo to feed it to us piecemeal.

No-one was suggesting that such lessons should be added as part of the tree, but I think they would make a very nice extra to be purchased with one's lingots, if one is so inclined.

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Yes, it would be a bonus lesson, tips and notes would explain archaic or poetic vocabulary and bending of rules to fit the poem. The format would likely be a bit different from a regular lesson.

We already talked about this some but adding it to the discussion here.

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Not a bad recording either :-)

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Oops, typo corrected. :-) Thanks again for the lyrics.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/km.s

that's true. the lingots are actually useles

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sluncheva

I think it's because the course is still in Beta, but I'd love to learn some idioms and proverbs, and Christmas vocabulary! :)

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GeninMage

Detailed list of Russian proverbs and possible equivalent: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Russian_proverbs#.D0.91

New Year is a much, much more popular holiday in Russia. However:

  • Christmas: Рождество
  • Russian equvalent of Santa Claus (For New Years pretty much) is Дед Мороз (Grandather Frost). Our "Santa Claus is just Санта-Клаус.
  • Christmas is also normally celebrated there on January 7th (The date is different because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old 'Julian' calendar for religious celebration days.)

That's about all I can think of right now. Good luck! :)

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sluncheva

Thanks a lot! Have a lingot. :)

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/shawnmccormick

True, although even well established courses (french, italian etc) don't have that many options for rich people ! Sure, you can buy outfits for the duolingo owl, but then again that's not really useful.

What if duolingo allowed the community to create lessons that would be purchase-able on a "second hand" market ? Everybody could contribute, not only the people in charge of the course.

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JonGSonOfTheDee

Good thinking - but allowing contributions on that magnitude means they now have to police that area. Still a good idea though, maybe we can hope for something like that in the future.

December 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/geneven

Here's another vote for adding flirting skills in exchange for lingots. I once irritated a beautiful Russian secretary by inadvertently saying something that was a bit too familiar -- I think it was just "poka!" -- and she convulsed my fellow office workers by responding sarcastically in Russian, with something like "Yeah, see you between the sheets."

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

:-D The French have a somewhat similar expression "we're not watching the pigs together"... I wish that one had made the flirting skill.

My Russian unfortunately is probably at a level still where I could get away with using the wrong word :-( Although that particular mistake is one I would probably avoid.

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TechSpeaker

I love how you made this discussion about how completely useless lingots are (very true) and you get given 41.. xD

December 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

I just had to give this comment a couple lingots :-p

December 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TechSpeaker

well golly thanks :)

December 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/shawnmccormick

It proved my point, everyone who's passed level ~5 has dozens of lingots to spare :)

December 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

That sounds like some great ideas to create an interesting post.
Who might have some ideas, or know of other discussions that people have put posts up on this. Or perhaps some suggested internet references to sources outside duolingo - that have some ideas on this ?

I wonder what suggestions people can come up with ?

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JohannesAdalie

if they are useless , give some to me , i really need them ... :-)

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFlash

If you want ideas for lingot uses, see the link: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7974728

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/shawnmccormick

Most of those uses are just workarounds around the uselessness of lingots after you've bought everything from the store. All the items in this list that mention messages are undermined by the upvote/downvote system already implemented.

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/km.s

but i'll still give you an extra lingot

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/shawnmccormick

Joke's on you, I gave it back to you!

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Hi! Well, we already have a Christmas lesson to buy. I am sure that a Hallowen one will come out during November 2016. Meanwhile, you could give out lingots in disscussions to those who need them or those who are helpful and generally good members of the duolingo community. By the way, your profile image freaks me out. :D Good luck with your studies. :)

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

We don't have a Christmas lesson in Russian yet.

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Oh OK. Maybe next yeat. ;)

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

I hope so! I also can't wait to see if they add a flirting skill...

Edit: They may not ever add a Christmas skill to Russian. New Year rather than Christmas is the big holiday. But perhaps there could be a combined New Year/Christmas holiday skill.

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Lol!

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/shawnmccormick

« Можно с вами познакомиться » ?

EDIT: that's actually a very stereotypical way of "breaking the ice", I do not advice you use this expression (mostly overly masculine guys use it) !

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Yeah, that would be a decent way to start the flirting skill :-)

December 25, 2015
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