A Spooky Duolingo Story...
While going through various Duolingo courses, I've noticed that learners have begun putting together stories out of ongoing themes showing up in the sentences. Recently, I began to follow one particular story, about a spooky dog... dun dun dun
(Content warning: the word "kill" appears)
Are there any other stories (spooky or not) you're aware of in the Duolingo courses you're doing?
(Please note that eventually, these fun stories will likely be removed. And, to make our (mods) duties easier, please take a moment to read How to best utilize the Sentence Discussion forums. Many thanks! ^_^
I am reading through the Chicken Chronicles right now and loving it. When I got to "I'm wondering where the duck is" I died. It was like an second cake when I only suspected the first. x'D
Wait, how does that work? I mean, if Deliciae is a mod, than how isn't her badge up?
I'm only a mod on the Norwegian and Troubleshooting forums, here I'm a mere mortal.
It's a collaborative project!
Only the first handful of sentences were in the course initially, but people seemed to become invested in the fate of the chicken, so we gave it a more prime position.
We don't really have a spooky story in the Swedish course, but at least we have the Moosa-Lisa... :p
She is glorious. Quite a while back, I had saved her fan art there to my computer because I was so impressed with it. This is one of my favorite sentences.
This story is not spooky, but it’s a tormenting one nonetheless. It is one of my favorites on duolingo, and it's called Idensity Crisis
Check out the sentence discussion, because there were many more comments. I tried to be brief here, and yet the comments were too funny to pass up.
Oh yes, that sentence is so loved that Duolingo made a T-Shirt for it. You can find it in the Gear Store. :D
People wonder why some discussions get locked. It is because we've already deleted thousands of comments like this lol. They are fun stories, no doubt. I have definitely felt sad deleting some of comments I've found during cleanup sweeps.
Not a spooky story, but a rather tragic love story...
The Norwegian course promised me a Norwegian bride (first "I want someone to eat cheese with", followed by "we are getting married tomorrow"). Some vile secretary tried to steal her. Fortunately, he came to a bad end - I think he got hanged or something. However, my promised wife never turned up. The last I heard of her, she was in Russia. Since then I have visited Russia twice in search of her, but alas, she was nowhere to be seen, and I remain single, lonely and heartbroken, having no one to eat cheese with, and it's all Deliciae's fault.
She won't even let me hold hands with anyone... https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9382889
Argh... I still have no one to eat them with, and you just had to remind me again!! ;-)
What you just said makes an idea for an interesting spinoff post: Construct sentences from duo lessons to describe your life ;)
(Runs and hides in the rabbit hole) me? No no! It’s not a good idea to let introverts handle these things, their lack of experience and loath of exposure will ruin things. You have my blessing to make the post ;)
Just pretend you didn't see the link and treat it as a cheese date invitation.
Multiple cheese dates. (Theron, I'm still laughing that you only just now got it.)
Aww, I've missed you! Not quite as much as you've missed your bride to be, but still.
There's a new Norwegian tree, you know...
I know, I know... I've been planning to come back to see if I can get on her trail again, I've just had too much other stuff going on - besides, I have a secret fear that if I do take up the course again, I'll find out that my beautiful Norwegian bride is in fact a chicken.
A very specific fear... but certainly not an unfounded one! At least it would be a PM chicken though, so in a sense you'd be marrying up.
But given some of the things that chicken gets up to, that might be going out of the frying pan into the suitcase.
This image has a strobe effect. It is not enough to cause me to seize, but, everyone is different so I wanted to give a heads up.
To the "eloped wizard" comment: https://cdn.zapier.com/storage/photos/5188e9cd133362e349708cd3c859a6d2.gif
Wow, what in the world are you guys talking about? lol. Brides, suitcases, PM, etc. it must be in code :D
There are many things around here that are known only to the initiated.
But reading the Chicken Chronicles might explain some of them.
Yeah, that's what I figured :( Well, I guess I need to become an initiated. (whatever that word means, I'll have to find out tomorrow) :D
Ah, yes, the good ol' Norwegian idiom: "ut av stekepanna og inn i kofferten".
The initiated are limited to a rather special class of user - moderators, course contributors, and children of eloped wizards. Some of us, like Deliciae, fall into all three categories.
Lol, "children of eloped wizards" nevermind, I don't want to be an initiated.. JK :D
Thank you to everyone who participated. I enjoyed your comments and story records very much. These sentence forums collectively take up enormous amounts of time for moderators to clean. So, to help make our duties less strenuous, please take a moment to read How to best utilize the Sentence Discussion forums. Many thanks! ^_^
Pentaan, just for that, I'm going to make you a moderator. ;)
Ahem, anyway we might be getting a wee bit off topic in a few of these discussion threads. It has been fun though. Thank you!
Nah. I can't make them a mod for posting a video. To get a mod invite when one is not an Incubator contributor is an incredibly difficult feat. Only a rare few are chosen per year for their exceptional, tireless, and even tempered service to the community.
Lol, yeah, I didn't mean making them a mod just for posting a video (There would be a lot of videos if that was the case), I didn't know, I mean, can/do you send out any mod invites? Or how does that system work?
The Swedish course has a very disturbing story about a cat and a dog...
He probably shouldn't have eaten the cat...
I did a short one kinda in one sentence discussion in the Czech course (Dalsi Strom anyone?), but now I'm inspired to do more! I foresee that this will become a thing around DL after this post. Thanks for making it! Very interesting and funny. :)
Scarlett_Lucian, just don't get too attached. Off topic comments are eventually slated for the chopping block in the sentence discussion forums. Those forums have a much stricter structure, as you can see in Tips for using the sentence discussion. Moderators are cleared to remove everything extraneous to keep those forums working as well as possible with millions of people using them. I imagine a couple of gems you see here will last a tiny bit longer than some other off topic stuff. But, they are likely not immortal.
I often find myself wishing we could sticky the best grammar explanations in the sentence discussions. There's room for some fun as well, imo, but the funny comments tend to rise to the top in a way that a dry grammar explanation can only dream of.
I agree. That feature would be so great! I've even found really good explanations under the [Hidden] because people were trying to shame the person making an initial assumption. Sure, their assumption may have been wrong, but it lead to a beautifully helpful discussion. I'm always sad when those types get hidden.
Yes, I am very aware of that. But thanks for bringing it up just in case.
Oh, I love the "my cat's milk" story :-)
"You're drinking my cat's milk" in Norwegian
And... brilliant :-)
Poor dog! I hope it helped the grandmother and the people of the village in the afterlife tbh. I need to check but so far I have not found any ongoing stories in my courses. I hope I will!
Olja, I just realized it's confusing to navigate the comments with stories screenshot like this. Can you edit and paint a black line around the whole thing? That way, we can see where it begins and ends more easily. Thanks!
I didn't notice it until just now, but you have extremely nice language levels. Thumbs up on that ;)
It is a small dialog with links:
- Do you want chicken? The chicken is so tasty here!
- I do not want this chicken.
- Why were you upset?
- I cannot eat chicken. I want duck and rice.
- Where does she see a duck?
- The duck is swimming south.
- Yes, I see the duck already.
- Give me the duck!
- Tasty duck.
All these sentences have been taken from the Russian course.
Ah, this made me think of the story of Sergei and Anna from the Russian course's Numbers 2 skill.
Anna was born in two thousand. (Um...)
Who did Anna marry? (Sergei, of course.)
Anna is twenty nine years old. (But Anna was born in 2000...)
Sergei met Anna in the year two thousand. (...oh gosh.)
Sergei lives in a large house. (Welp, we know where to find Anna. Perhaps.)