This will be a place where I can post random stuff, and perhaps occasionally something that's not so random.
And it will probably contain a lot of book related posts, because I simply just love books <3!
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!
Yes, now is the time, fashionably late and all that.
Wait, what’s Patreon?
For those of you who don’t know what Patreon is, here’s a quick summary:
It’s a crowdfunding site, that lets you support your favourite creators, either on a monthly basis or every time they finish a creation. You can pay what you want for content that is otherwise free, and in return, creators can reward their patrons depending on how much money they give.
What’s in it for us?
We think Patreon is a good way to help us keep B.I.B.L.E. up and running while slowly raising funds for things we have planned in the future, such as printing the remaining volumes of Rebound.
As things are now, everything we earn from the comic, stays with the comic. Maybe some sunny day we will be able to pay ourselves, but you can be sure that if you support us, the main purpose is to support the comic, not pay for our rent and groceries.
What’s in it for you?
While B.I.B.L.E. always have and always will be free to read, we will give you some extra perks as a supporter on Patreon. Depending on how much money you decide to throw at us, this includes Patreon exclusive concept art, behind-the-scenes stuff and other fun things like in-depth world building notes and even personalized artwork or comic related requests for those who are feeling extra generous. On top of these personal rewards, we have a handful of funding goals that, when met, will get us working on various things that will benefit all patrons (or even all readers).
How is this going to work?
Due to our kind of sporadic updates, our Patreon will use a “Pay per comic page” model so that you’ll never get less content for your money than what is agreed on.
“Per comic page? That sounds scary, what if you suddenly update four or five times a month?! That’ll ruin me!” No worries, friend, Patreon has got your back! If such a miracle of five pages a month should occur, you won’t pay any more than you want to. When you set up your profile, you can decide on a monthly maximum that is allowed to be taken from you. This is a very nice way to ensure that you never give away more money than your budget can handle, no matter how many updates we make. Neat, huh?
Well, that’s the gist of it! You can check out our specific pledge rewards and funding goals on our Patreon page. Even $1 per page is much appreciated and will occasionally give you some bonus content you won’t find anywhere else.
Feel free to ask if there’s anything else you’re wondering about. Thanks in advance for any and all support!