https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb

Bonus skill creation team

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Hi all!

It happens quite often that users create vocabulary lists containing words not in the Duolingo tree. Maybe we could start a creation team? We could create those "skills" weekly, always with a specific theme. And every language is welcome, even those not (yet) on Duolingo!

(It's also great if you know how to work with Memrise, it can come in handy!)

Ideas are always welcome!

Example of a bonus skill

If you want to join, comment below and please add your language :) Thank you!


2014

  1. Weather

  2. Music

  3. Technology

  4. History

  5. Holidays

  6. Amusement park & Circus

2015

  1. Vehicles & Transportation

  2. School

  3. Injuries & Sicknesses

  4. Mathematics

  5. Restaurants

  6. Physics

  7. Police & Crime

  8. Jewellery

  9. Post Office

  10. Grammar Terms

  11. Bicycle Parts

  12. Birds

  13. Children

  14. Geography + Countries & Cities

  15. Heroes & Villains


4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion
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I can do German (I already made a weather one here: http://www.memrise.com/course/453199/weather-in-german/)

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https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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I saw it! (Great!) I will add you too, thank you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth
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Hi davidvdb

I'm a little late to the party, but I'm in for Filipino (Tagalog). I know the language is still not on Duolingo, but I thought I'd share.

Here are the weather and music lessons:

http://www.memrise.com/course/460161/filipino-tagalog-weather/

http://www.memrise.com/course/460215/filipino-tagalog-music/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Great! There is no late here :) I'll add these!

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https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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I'm in for Italian. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Perfetto!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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So, how should we start? Do you want us to think of words on our own?

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https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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This week is weather, so... (I'll make a list as fast as possible so you can use mine as a base) You can start searching words :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion
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Personally, when I made the German one, I just used most of the words from the Dutch one, and then added a few of my own words

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https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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I wouldn't mind joining the BSCT (Behavioural Science Consultation Team / Bonus Skill Creation Team)! What language though...?

Oh yeah, Maltese.

By the way, I will do my best, but would it be okay if I didn't manage to do it ever week? As I said, I will do my best, and I should be able to, but just if I couldn't for any reason...

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https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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Welcome to our team! :) davidvdb is the one who makes it all official, but we'd all be happy to have another person (and another language;)

And of course you shouldn't feel any pressure, we don't hunt down the members who fail to create their course one week ;p davidvdb usually posts a new topic on Sunday, but you can add your course much later if you want.

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https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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That's great, I'm in then!

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I'm in for Spanish. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Great!

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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What did you have in mind for a theme? I'm looking through the Spanish tree and realizing there is no dedicated Weather skill...pretty important if you ask me, ha ha.

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https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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This could be the first one! (It's requested weekly or so!)

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I will get to it, then. ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/lotavio69
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I am a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker and could work on the PT front.

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https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Great! Added you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/knittingirl
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I'm not too late! Put me on the French team please.

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Of course knittin! Needed still someone for French :) (A lot of demand for the French weather skill)

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https://www.duolingo.com/jcarlosmjr
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If you still need some help with Portuguese, I'd be glad to!

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I expected you :) Great! I'll add you! You can join Lotavio!

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Thank you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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I'm in for Indonesian. :) (By the way, does it matter if I'm not a native Indonesian speaker?)

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https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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As long as you're (as good as) fluent, no problem :)

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I can do Hindi! Native here!

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Welcome to the BSCT! You can join TanytopiSal!

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Thanks!

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I can start doing Finnish! Some catching up to do, but...

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I've created the first seven theme lists (still working on them, though, adding sound files, testing etc.), so if you want to have a look, the main page is here: http://www.memrise.com/course/592668/duolingo-bsct-finnish-bonus-skills/ .

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Great, thank you! :)

4 years ago

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Tervetuloa BSCT-ssa! (My Finnish is so... :/ I'll need your course :D)

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Wau, kiitos :D

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Great! I suppose a lot of people will be thrilled :) you can start creating the skills at your own pace and then post them on davidvdb's profile or BSCT discussions for every topic :)

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Kiitos, RikSha :) Tuo on mahtava :D

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Ole hyvä :)

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huhu, finally! <3

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    I can do Chinese

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    https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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    Welcome :) you can start creating the skills at any time now and I'm sure you'll be officially added soon :)

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    [deactivated user]

      Ok, but for now, I have to teach my virtual Chinese class before I can start this.

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      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      I'm in for Polish if anyone's interested :) (I don't know how to work with Memrise, but I think I can learn :) )

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      Great! Welcome to the BSCT! And don't worry, it isn't difficult :)

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      I can do Esperanto if you want

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      Great, if you want :) I'll add you, you can do Weather and Music already, just use another list of the other languages as a base for yours, good luck!

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      Great! I added it to the post!

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      has erennert20 given up the bonus courses?

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      I kind of accidentally did because I forgot my password to this account but I found it again!

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      Hey! Could I join in too? I can make courses for Greek and French!!!! :)

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      I can add you for Greek! :) I guess knittingirl is fine with French. Καλώς όρισες!

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      Do I need to make memrise courses or should I just write the vocabulary here (in the discussions) and you'll make a memrise course? :)

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      I guess it'll be simpler for you make the Memrise course, but if you really want I could make them (if you gave me the correct words ;) I only know Ancient Greek, waiting for the Duo course for New Greek!) .

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      https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

      Usually we make the courses ourselves, but davidvdb is awesome, so if for some reason you can't create it, I am sure we will find another way (I might be able to if you give me the vocab)

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      I don't minding making memrise courses, but duolingo discussions are more convenient than memrise. Anyway, I'll make memrise courses. This weekend, I'll try to make as many courses as possible, even for the previous topics. :)

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      https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

      Cool! i cannot wait for them!

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

      Yeah! Can you make sure you add a Greek keyboard. i will do them!

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      https://www.duolingo.com/Artilex
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      I can do Korean but there isn't a Korean skill tree yet

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      No problem, the lists are made using Memrise, so every language is welcome! May I add you?

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      Anyone have ideas for next week or other lessons in the future?

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      I was thinking about music / music instruments, but if you have any idea, you can always share it :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion
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      That sounds like a good idea. I hadn't thought of anything.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      So, what's going to be our next skill (after music)? Any ideas? :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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      Are there plans to add Javanese?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      If someone who knows Javanese wants to create courses, they'd be welcome :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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      Then I'd like to volunteer

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      I'd say welcome!

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      Great! I'm not able to do it, but when davidvb sees it, he'll add you as a member of our team :) and now you can start preparing your first bonus skill https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6627655

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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      Cool, but what should I prepare? How many lingots is my payment?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      There is no payment. Maybe someone will give you a lingot if they like what you did, but there is no guarantee.
      If you use the link I gave you, you'll find memrise courses davidvb (in Dutch) and I (in Polish) have created. You can use English words from those courses and translate them into your language, creating your own memrise course. Then post the link to the course as a comment in the discussion or on davidvb's stream.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      Madam, to be exact ;)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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      Yes, Sir, will do

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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      I beg your pardon milady

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/OzrenIlic
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      What is difference between Javanese and Indonesian? Does Javanese also use Latin script?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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      Since they are different languages, there are many things that distinguish both languages. Javanese is about 12 centuries old whereas Indonesian is a produce of the Indonesian nationalist movement in the early 20th century. Javanese has had a big influence on the Indonesian vocabulary. Since nowadays most Javanese speakers live in Indonesia, they are obliged to learn Bahasa Indonesia as their main language. Javanese originally used its own script, the hanacaraka, but it is also common to write it in Latin and Arabic script. For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javanese_language#Registers

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/OzrenIlic
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      Thanks.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/anamarija_k
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      I'm croatian, can you add me?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      Hi! I love your enthousiasm! :) I guess the right person to ask is OzrenIlic, as he currently does the Croatian skills. Maybe he needs some help. :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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      I think it would be cool to have a post somewhere with some of the classic silly sentences people love, like "My hovercraft is full of eels", in all these languages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6D1YI-41ao

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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      Suggestion for a bonus skill: words/phases to help the learner. "Do you speak [a language]?" "I don't speak X" "I only speak a little X" "Could you repeat that?" "Please speak more slowly!" "Could you write that down?" "I don't understand" etc. Just a thought!

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      I think it's a good idea, especially since we have so many languages that aren't on Duolingo yet :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Gluehbirneee
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      In the list is no one mentioned doing the German skills. In case nobody is creating them (I don't want to take anyone's job away) I can do the German ones.:)

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      Great! :)

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Gluehbirneee
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      So schools, restaurants, police&crime and jewellery are yet to be done (at least there are no links so I assume they are not completed?).

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      If there are no links, you can safely assume there are no skills in this language :) Welcome and have fun doing skills! :)

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/RikSha
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      Grossartig :) Willkommen!

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/hackneyduo

      Hey that's a good idea. Have you cleared it with a moderator?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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      I'm a moderator and I approve this initiative. ;)

      He doesn't need mod clearance. He's not using vocabulary or sentences from the Duo trees, so it's all good.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/alexb528

      These should be added into the tree, or at the least, as a bonus skill purchasable in the store. Weather is an essential part of languages.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

      Would Japanese be in Kana, Kanji, or both?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      We'll see... (Depends on the person who'll start the Japanese team)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Kumatangz
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      add me for French

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Kumatangz
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      I really like this idea of making more skills

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica_mH

      Filipino (Tagalog)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      Yes, you can join, if you want. Welcome!

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco
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      Can I join in for Filipino?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      Hi! I really like your enthousiasm to join us. :) But for the moment we don't need anyone more for Filipino. But if I ever someone for Filipino, I know who to contact. :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso
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      Would you like Turkish?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      Of course! Welcome to the BSCT!

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      https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso
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      Thanks!

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/dividewhiteangel

      Would you consider adding Korean? I can do that as long as you don't mind that I'm not a native speaker (almost fluent though).

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      If you think you will be able to handle, I'd say welcome!

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      As far as I know, not all of our members are native speakers. If you feel that you know the vocab well enough to help - we'd be glad to welcome you :) just contact davidvb for details :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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      Since no one seems to be doing Esperanto at the moment, would it be okay if I made and posted some? I have been putting together my own Memrise course anyway with words in themed lessons (as most of the Esperanto ones on Memrise are based around specific classes; some of them are excellent, but the wordlists can be kind of random).

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/exception2
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      That's great that you're interested in helping us :) just contact davidvb for details :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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      Neat! I'll start catching up on the old ones and find links for the things I already have as part of my Memrise cost.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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      Welcome to the team!

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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      ps I will post the links to the various topics, and some of them are only half done, but this is the link to the entire course http://www.memrise.com/course/562060/esperanto-beginners-vocab/

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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      Apologies that I am so behind on the last few. Life happened! 8-o

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Boracasli
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      I'm going to take Swedish and do the remaining Greek and Turkish skills.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/SummersMeltMe

      Are you still doing this?

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ShatteredSans

      can you add Swedish bonus skills please?

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/reissecup

      I think it would be nice if there was one for dirty words.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/scorpionmaster15

      i am for german vehicle transporataion

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Svoaree

      I could help with German if there is still a need.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/DustinJacq

      Great idea!

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/canongigue
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      Any Thai yet?

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/minamikorea

      What about Korean? I can help with that if possible, but I don't have Memrise ... :) Can't wait for the EN/KO Duolingo to come out so I can see how it is set up...~~ :)

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/alexdouglas

      Spanish: alexdouglas

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/SummersMeltMe

      Spanish please!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/neumaticcross

      I doubt any will ever see this, but I was born in the Netherlands and can read and write Dutch fairly well. I might be able to help with Dutch vocabulary if you are still doing this, but I am unsure. Also, for those who want more technical dutch nouns, the "Van Dale Beeldwoordenboek Nederlands/English" is amazing. My copy is outdated (and likely older than me) but it has taught me very much. It gives you the English word, the Dutch word and definite pronoun, and amazing pictures.There are also diagrams of the human body system, the solar system, parts of a microscope, etc.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/LostSlough
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      I am doing the Tagalog skills one and I LOVE it. I've learned so much! I do have one request for this (and possibly other) courses, though. Can you differentiate between words that can be the same in English but different in the other language?

      For example, in Tagalog, there is present (kasalukuyan) and present (panahong pangkasalukuyan); or watch (manood) and watch (relos).

      When reviewing the entire unit, you have to take a guess at which Tagalog word the quiz is looking for. That could be cleared up by changing it to "to watch"/"watch (verb)" (manood) and "wristwatch" (relos), or "present" (kasalukuyan) and "present (grammar)" (panahong pangkasalukuyan).

      It's not really an issue unless you review the whole unit at once, but I'm probably not the only person who likes to do that.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth
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      Wow. Thanks for taking the Memrise course. I haven't worked on that for over a year.

      I do like your suggestions and I will make some edits on the words that repeat. If you find more, let me know. I thought that in the prompts in English, the parts of speech are included, but I guess that's not always the case.

      Also the Duolingo Tagalog team should be able to finish their Tagalog to English course by the end of the year, so you'll have more to learn!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/LostSlough
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      Thank you so much for making it. I've been trying to teach myself Tagalog for years but I'm one of those people who needs a structured course to actually learn, lol. It has been HUGELY helpful in that regard.

      I saw the edits, and thank you! The part of speech seems to be hit or miss for some reason. :/

      I cannot wait until the Duolingo course is finished. Thank you for the update.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Phytomancer

      How are the bonus skills actually activated after purchase? Thanks!

      1 year ago
      Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.