Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship

Aug 18
captaingrumpycub:

officialkia:

pennameverity:

This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

I’ve actually been using this for French, and it’s totally worth it.

captaingrumpycub:

officialkia:

pennameverity:

This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

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I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

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Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

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And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

Okay, what else?

Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

I’ve actually been using this for French, and it’s totally worth it.

Aug 18

Barb’s Bridge To Hope.

I know I just posted this a couple days ago, but if you could spare 5 minutes and $5 to donate to this cause, I would be so appreciative!

Both of her kidneys are no good and this would be such an awesome way to give her new life!

http://www.gofundme.com/d422xc

Aug 18
I found this way too funny. #Catterfly #Lol #ILoveCats #AndButterflies

I found this way too funny. #Catterfly #Lol #ILoveCats #AndButterflies

Aug 16

PLEASE READ

To all my followers here on Tumblr. I know that there has been many times where this community has come together to support a cause. Please take some time to read my cause. My 23 year old cousin has End Stage Renal Disease, which basically means her kidneys are no longer working and she is doing dialysis 3x a week to keep her alive while she waits for a new kidney. 

There are a lot of expenses that come along with that and she just doesn’t have the money. She’s currently in the process of appealing her temporary disability, but who knows how long that could take. 

If you could, please pray and donate! Even if it’s just $5. That’s $5 closer to a new kidney. My hope is that through this, she will come to know Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. 

And if you could, PLEASE reblog this post. This girl has been my best friend since we were in diapers. 

It’s weird asking for this kind of help, but I know God is faithful. Thank you! 

http://www.gofundme.com/d422xc

Aug 15
Aug 14

What I’ve learned from the 3 months I’ve been working in Foster Care

Nobody really understands why you do what you do, nor would they want to do it themselves. I’ve learned that most people live in their “pretend” world where they chose not to believe that kids are actually abused and neglected. Everyday.

Somebody always needs something from you.

Hearing about or getting to return a child home makes every hard day worth it.

It is the most draining job. If someone doesn’t hate you at least once everyday, you’re probably not doing your job.

Biological parents blame you FOR EVERYTHING. Sometimes the foster parents blame you too.

Jesus died for the people involved in the system too.

Your heart breaks for every case you hear about. You just want kids to be loved and protected.

God has called me to this job during this season in my life. I have learned so much about forgiveness, grace, thankfulness, patience, and reconciliation.

Your senses are heightened and you start noticing child abuse EVERYWHERE. Even in your own family.

Most parents that lose their kids have an addiction that destroys them. And it’s devastating to watch.

There is such beauty in adoption. It reminds me that God calls me as His own.

Sometimes you cry when you get home from work.

Kids in care are some of the most loving, kind, sweet kids you’ll ever meet.

God has a heart for broken families.

Sometimes you work really late.

You come to realize that most of your coworkers are awesome and such incredible people because working in Foster Care really shows your true colors.

It is always a reminder that this world is broken and we need Jesus.

I need His strength to face another day.

Aug 14
Aug 14
sweethoneytothesoul:

Yes yes yes. Needed these words tonight. Thanking Jesus for allowing me to have hope in this broken world.

sweethoneytothesoul:

Yes yes yes. Needed these words tonight. Thanking Jesus for allowing me to have hope in this broken world.

Aug 14
jalbrechtdesigns:

diamond and rose gold ring in an antique style
JOLIE

jalbrechtdesigns:

diamond and rose gold ring in an antique style

JOLIE

Aug 13

Lecrae

Lecrae

Aug 13
Aug 13
Aug 12

quote For a wound to heal, you have to clean it out. Again, and again, and again. And this cleaning process stings. The cleaning of a wound hurts. Yes. Healing takes so much work. So much persistence. And so much patience. But every process has an end and an appointed term. Your healing will come, God willing. And like all created things, your worldly pain will die.

— Yasmin Mogahed (via wordsthat-speak)
Aug 11

I’ve read all over the internet tonight about how it’s incredibly heartbreaking that we’ve lost such an incredible actor like Robin Williams.

While I am completely and utterly heartbroken, it’s not because this world’s has lost one of the best actors to have ever existed, but because Robin Williams felt so deeply alone, lost, and hopeless, that he thought the only way out would be to take his own life.

When are we as a community going to stop allowing a death to be “sad” merely because that person brought something to this would that we loved, and start being sad just because a man felt so hopeless that he could see nothing other than death.

This is not a time to mourn the loss of his acting abilities, but a time to mourn the loss of a human being. He took his life because of a mental illness that consumed him.

Be heartbroken over that and start bringing awareness to the real struggles of depression.

I mourn a man that took his life out of desperation for freedom. His acting was just a mere blessing.

Rest in peace, Robin Williams.

Aug 11