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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dogely

Jokes as a Bonus Skill?

Bonus skills can be bought from the Lingot store and you can have up to 3 active at a time. However, I only see 2 available skills (currently) from the German store so far: flirting and idioms. There is also a Christmas-themed skill available only during the holiday. It would be nice to see jokes there someday.

June 30, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Katrina.-

I definitely agree, as long as they are good jokes. It would be so cool to go to Germany (or any other place) and speak jokes to the natives in their language.

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwoWholeWorms

Nah, they need to be really bad cracker-type jokes otherwise you risk people just not finding them funny rather than that groan of reticent laughter that everyone bonds over.

"Twee koeien zitten in een veld. Een zegt: "Maak je zich zorgen over Gekke Koeien Ziekte?" En de andere antwoorden: "Nee, want ik ben een kip!" " <--- That sort of thing. :p

October 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Skapata

Swearing as a bonus skill. \o/

July 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Honore

It'd be useful for watching foreign TV and films. : ) Or anything similar to the Dirty <insert language> : Everyday Slang series. It tends to be hilarious stuff.

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/douglasannjodie
July 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lakmali_e

Made my day. Vielen Dank!

August 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aprendisimo2019

I know this is meant to be humorous. But understanding colloquialisms such as scatological terminology could benefit someone if they intended to understand people beyond those in academia and even they likely spout unsavory statements on occasion.

August 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatieSpink

:P no thanks :)

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwoWholeWorms

There's a fantastic song by Jeroen van Meerwijk which is great for examples of creative uses of Dutch profanities. :D

October 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dagurlgurl

Yes Jokes! For all languages! :D I was also thinking, how 'bout songs as a bonus skill? :D

July 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aprendisimo2019

Song Lyrics, in the sense of memebytes?

August 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/azureskye

The 3rd is Christmas and only available during Christmastime.

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dogely

Ah, I made my account 9 months ago but never saw or knew about the Christmas skill. Thank you for your input on this.

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/azureskye

Neither did I. I just know from other people, and I've seen the 'circle' of it. Santa Claus. :)

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwoTridents

It'd be nice if they had a Bonus for Holidays specific to the regions that speak the language. Like a Day of the Dead bonus skill for Spanish.

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wstockall

Maybe actually varying the contents based on time of year? It would be nice not to see exactly the same stuff every time. Of course, that would require a lot of work on someone's part.

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/azureskye

That would be cool. :)

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Griffin.cz

What about sports phrases???

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimothyGeek

Definitely! I strongly agree! That would be so cool! I'd be willing to pay a lot of lingots for a bonus skill like that! (partly because I have so many anyway...)

Not only would it be fun, but we would also learn something about their culture.

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dogely

I would too! I'm glad you also look forward to it!

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ewcroft

jokes would be awesome :D

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/condor888

there's only 2 skills available for all language, while there are 3 active skills slots, so I agree I'd like so see great jokes skills for all languages

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Comradesev

The third slot is a Christmas/holiday skill slot that can only be purchased around that time.

July 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Honore

Common slang (esp. internet/texting language) would be helpful as a bonus

Jokes would be fun. I assume they might be fairly bad jokes - of the Christmas cracker or popsicle stick variety - but they would still be appreciated.

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatieSpink

oh...internet slang would be nice to be able to use! :P on the gross jokes though.

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Honore

By "bad jokes" I mean silly jokes (i.e. not the world's best jokes).

In practice I'm not sure how well puns and such carry over into other languages.

July 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rotmike

Great idea! The excellent French-produced Assimil language learning series had a lot of clean jokes and humorous material well-integrated into the lessons. It definitely helped to keep up the motivation to complete the thorough but lengthy course! A typical example: Frage: Wer hat Sie hier erlaubt zu fischen?! Antwort: Dumme Frage--meine Frau, natürlich!

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mohrchen

One correction: "Wer hat Ihnen erlaubt, hier zu fischen?" And one addition: usually you would say "angeln" when you are using a fishing rod (german: die Angel). You usually use fishing for fishing with nets.

July 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rotmike

"Wer hat Ihnen erlaubt, hier zu fischen?" ist genau der originale Satz aus Assimil. Danke für die Berichtigung! Und auch für Ihre Erklärung, als Erläuterung, von wie und wann man das Wort "angeln" benutzen soll. Es freut mich immer, etwas neu und interessant über der deutschen Sprache zu entdecken! Aber vielleicht in Frankreich, jagte man damals immer Fische mit Netze! :^)

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dogely

I had a good laugh. That's pretty funny!

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rotmike

If you can find an old copy of the Assimil "Deutsch ohne Mühe" course, I highly recommend it! It contains a lot of that kind of Gallic humor. :^)

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dogely

Thanks! I'll look it up!

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rotmike

Gern geschehen! Übrigens, danke für das (den, die?!) Lingot!

July 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mohrchen

@Dogely: I can't replay you directly, but you don't say "du bist willkommen" in those situations. You say "gerne geschehen" (as a short form for "Das habe ich gerne gemacht") or "keine Ursache".

July 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rotmike

@mohrchen: I cannot respond here to you directly, but one does not say "I can't replay you directly"; one says, "I can't reply to you directly". Thanks again for your earlier correction; I thought you might appreciate one in return! :^)

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cinovor

How about this joke?: "Wenn ist das Nunstück geht und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das oder die Flipperwaldt gesput!".

July 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eulad

Hahahah, thank you, I never knew how that was spelled !

July 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACatterpillar

Translation please?

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cinovor

It is a Monty Python joke. Check it out!: http://youtu.be/8I3zCQzZx68

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACatterpillar

I still don't get it...

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cinovor

It's the "german" version of the killer joke in that Monty Python sketch I just shared with you. It doesn't mean anything (outside the sketch, that is).

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACatterpillar

Oh, ok. Thanks!

July 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gc49k

are there any popular german comedians?

July 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/beekysky

There should definitely be jokes in all the languages. Nothing impresses an audience more than a language learner who can recite a quick small joke. And it's a great cultural 'in' as well, because humour can vary (and yet be the same) throughout different cultures. Puns in particular are difficult to learn, but can be very rewarding. I would LOVE to see joke units.

July 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsabuscus1

Still four years later.. (weint auf Deutsch)

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davix13317

yes i hope so too

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Intifadanow

I agree!

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nopah

i would love jokes:3

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Creepered007

Jokes as a bonus skill?YES!!!

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ramseyschool

I agree. And maybe they could also add something along the lines of vocabulary. Something to make us sound really smart.

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lachym15

insert Thor meme here "I like it!"

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kayleeqaz

That would be totally awesome!

July 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prinkipissa

That would be great! Honestly the bonus skills offered rn aren't even that interesting, more variety would be welcome

July 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaterCheek

I think that's an excellent idea.

July 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EijiAhad

I agree. Although flirting and idioms are useful,the best way to be social is to know a joke or two.

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NATALIADIAZ3

YO LO QUIERO MUCHO

July 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/icecheetah2

I support jokes or more slang like languages skills too. And if the staff read this they are more likely to ask coursemakers?

July 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morrighann

it is the same for french, jokes is diffidently a good suggestion.

July 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brandy.d.s

I definitely agree that there should be more bonus skills available for all the languages. Jokes. Local Holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Nation's Independence Day if they have one, etc). Slang. Pop culture. Music. Cooking. All sorts of stuff I wouldn't mind learning how to say.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillAz1

Are bonus skills added as a section to your tree? I have not done any yet, are they any good?

May 2, 2018
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