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  1. Yes, the hearts are on the app. I have also heard that the website is better than the app, but Duolingo functioned for me as a filler activity. A thing to do on my phone when I stuck someplace waiting around. I don’t go anywhere now, and that is why I have fallen away from Duolingo.
  2. I'll be your Duolingo friend, @Matryoshka ! I'd have a friendly competition with you on Portuguese, but I think it is Brazilian Portuguese and I am interested in European. I haven't used my account in some time - I'll have to look up my user name. I've never had a paid account, so I don't know anything about that. I never HAD to upgrade to continue - is that new? I've had to do things like watch ads to get hearts.
  3. Hi. I started a new Foreign Language thread for October. Hop on over! Learning Foreign Languages Thread - October
  4. It was great to discover that so many WTM members are studying foreign languages. I'm not even studying Spanish, but I managed to learn a few things from the September thread! Please feel free to launch into any direction with this thread. I started using DeepL as a translator for Dutch. I like it a lot better than Google Translate. It supports quite a few languages. Alas for me, one of them is not Danish. Link to the September Thread -- For October, I plan to continue with Latin (Level II), Danish (Upper Intermediate), and Dutch (Beginner).
  5. I've actually never seen Borgen. I'm always told that it is a must-see for understanding Danish politics. In my defense, I am just now watching The Wire, which is considered the must-see series for understanding my hometown of Baltimore. And The Wire is 20 years old 🙂
  6. I read the middle grades novel, George by Alex Gino. The main character is a 4th grader who is transgender. It is a sweet and mostly gentle book. There is some bullying and the main character experiences emotional pain. But it is really a rather hopeful book. I almost wish that the author had made the main character a wee bit older because 5th and 6th graders often don't like to read about 4th graders, but many 5th and 6th graders are still kids not tweens. On their website, the author talks about the title of the book, and expresses some regret: "... I have now landed in a position where I ha
  7. I read a play this weekend: The Trial of the Catonsville Nine by Daniel Berrigan. The Catonsville Nine were a group of Catholic Vietnam War activists. In 1968, they forced their way into a Selective Service draft board office just outside of Baltimore. They stole draft cards and burned them in the parking lot with homemade napalm. It was broad daylight, and they waited around for the police to show up. Berrigan's play is of course a work of art, not a recitation of a court record. But it was a good piece of art. I really liked reading it. Here is a link to Maryland's Public Library resource o
  8. @hopeistheword Furious Hours looks like a book I would like. Added to the TBR. I'm still trying to get up the courage to read In Cold Blood. @Dreamergal I co-moderated a book club discussion of Enrique's Journey with a group of ESL (English Second Language) learners. It was so great to read that book with a group of people from so many different cultures and with so many different immigration experiences. I forget most of the book now, but the shared reading experience is a great memory. @Violet Crown As a liker of contemporary mass music, it is probably not a book for me...but the
  9. My 2020 started with an old friend (40+years) cutting me out of her life. That was the first week of January, so not COVID-related. But it sure was the harbinger of things to come. I still have a broken heart about it. I live about an hour away from two of my closest friends, so it is not like we got together all the time. But they have resumed all pre-COVID forms of socializing, and I have not. I'm hoping we can ride this out, as they are like sisters to me. I'm sort of walking on eggshells with them, mostly by deflecting invitations and avoiding the topic on the phone. However, I've mad
  10. We talked about Banned Books Week not too long ago. Well, it is next week! Banned Books Week 2020: September 27th through October 3rd. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), it is "an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some
  11. I think you might like Sigrid Undset (1882-1949). She won the Nobel Prize in 1928, and her most read work is the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. A number of BaW posters have read it. Undset converted to Catholicism at a time when there were very few Catholics in Norway, and an exploration of Christianity in 14th century Norway is at the core of the trilogy. The first book is The Wreath. The newer translation by Tiina Nunnally is the one I recommend. I am over-the-moon excited that a new Nunnally translation of another Sigrid Undset trilogy (Vows, Volume 1) is about to be released. These b
  12. I'll be focusing on two books this week: FICTION: Pirey (1980) by Petre M. Andreevski. This Macedonian novel is very engaging, and I look forward to picking it up each day. The back cover describes it as "...one of the most celebrated novels of modern Macedonian literature. Set during the Balkan Wars, the First World War and the years soon after, the story follows the major political shifts in the Balkans at the end of the Ottoman Empire and their catastrophic impact on a Macedonian village and a married couple, Ion and Velika." NON-FICTION Invisible Women: Data Bias in a
  13. @wintermom yikes I apologize if I offended. Do you think it correct to say that the introduction of nynorsk was due to a desire to have a language that was further removed from its former union with Denmark? That was my understanding, but maybe I am wrong.
  14. @wintermom Yes, my text is bokmål. If I recall correctly, nynorsk came about as a way to de-Danishify (yes, I made that up) Norwegian. I’m content with being able to read Norwegian. It is *so* close to Danish, and Norwegian literature has a lot to tempt me.
  15. Ooh, I would love to know some of the titles. You probably know this already, but Danish had a major orthography revision in the late 1940s. The main changes were (1) to stop capitalizing common nouns and (2) to change from aa to å. Some place names retained the aa. Aalborg is an example.
  16. Wow, I am super happy to read through this conversation! @Quill It took me a long time to feel this way, but now I cherish my mistakes. Especially if I became terribly embarrassed. Because I typically then never make that particular mistake again. I was shamed by a train conductor in Denmark when I used the wrong gender for a lid. I was asking for a lid for my coffee, and she gave me a smack down. It was forever seared in my memory that a lid is et låg not en låg. Not deferring to your daughter is a tough one. I would have the same problem. @Pen A common suggestion is that you use a
  17. FYI, this thread is a spin-off of a discussion we were having in the Book of the Week thread. So if you want to discuss books or audiobooks (English or non-English) hop on over there, too. Those are really nice textbooks, @maize Simplified language for science isn't easy to come by! As a retired homeschooler, I don't think to look at the Bilingual Board, so I am glad you posted it here. Eventually, I want to learn Portuguese so I will start squirreling away resources now.
  18. OK, here it is: The foreign language lovers thread - September edition. Of course, everyone is welcome. I just tagged the posters who have been geeking out on languages with me this week. I hope I didn't forget anyone. @Seasider too @Pen @Violet Crown @Junie @Matryoshka @Dreamergal @Little Green Leaves
  19. This thread is for discussing all things related to learning foreign languages. All foreign language lovers are welcome, no matter what language you are studying or daydreaming about studying. I'll throw out a few ideas, but take it any direction. I'll plan to do a monthly thread, unless I end up just talking to myself 🙂 What language(s) are you learning? What are your goals? What resources are you using? And here is a very important question: What are your favorite non-English Netflix shows? Maybe I'll do a longer intro later. For now, I'll just say that I am actively wor
  20. I’m taking a casual survey. Is there interest in a Chat Board foreign language thread? Maybe a monthly one?
  21. Thanks, @Pen I was not familiar with Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and I am always happy to find out about international poets. I see that there is a bilingual Portuguese/English edition of his poems - added to the TBR pile! P.S., the Lisbon poets are of course European Portuguese, but I believe that the YouTube video was a Brazilian Portuguese speaker.
  22. @Violet Crown I will send you a PM tomorrow about Latin. Hope that is OK. I'll tell you about the online class I'm taking, and about my self-study. ETA, I don't mind talking about the self-study on the forum, I just don't want to discuss the class publicly. By the way, when my LoA Faulkner arrived, it came without the dust jacket. Now, I don’t really care about having the jacket, but it was a tad surprising to unbox a naked LoA book. I don’t think I’d ever seen an LoA volume sans the black-and-white jacket, lol.
  23. Same. What is on your wishlist? Beyond the three that currently get attention (Danish, Dutch, and Latin), I’d like to add Portuguese and a Slavic language.
  24. I finished a Miss Read book (Thrush Green #8), which was a lovely palate cleanser. The book I really want to talk about is Lisbon Poets (bilingual edition). It profiles five Lisbon poets. Two have big, international reputations: Luis de Camoes wrote Portugal's big epic poem, The Luciads, in the 1500s. My understanding is that nearly everyone in Portugal reads this in high school. Fernando Pessoa is a Modernist poet. What is interesting to me about him is that he wrote under well-developed, alternative personalities (heteronyms). It is easy to find English translations of both Luis de Cam
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