Title: Stumbling in the Dark
Pairing: Pre-slash Sterek
Notes: I dunno what I was talking bout when I got this mental image of human!Derek stumbling around in the dark bumping into shit and I was laughing so hard like oh man poor Derek having to deal with human senses what a fucking bummer man. Wait. I need to write this.
Stiles jerked out of his sleep, eyes flying open when he heard a loud thump outside his window. His body sat up like a shot thanks to the adrenaline that flooded his system. 'What the hell was that?' he wondered with his heart in his throat. Had something crashed into his window? Was it a burglar or worse?
He could hear a voice.
After pulling his bat out from under the bed, Stiles carefully crept up to his window, ready for anything. Only, there was more cursing, a strange clinking noise followed by another thump. ‘The hell?’ Stiles wondered, taking a careful peek out his window.
He gawked at the sight of Derek Hale pushing himself off the ground and onto his feet, dusting his butt and thighs. The man paused mid-glare when he saw Stiles and gestured angrily at the window.
Stiles dropped his bat and pushed the window open, “The hell dude?” He hissed. “It’s the middle of the fucking night!”
"Your phone was turned off!" Derek retorted hotly.
"So you decided to come here and wake me up?" Stiles asked in return, frowning a moment as something hit him. "Wait. You usually come up and knock on my window. Why didn’t you do that?"
It was too dark to make out but the awkward silence that followed gave Stiles the feeling that Derek was embarrassed. “I couldnt… ” Derek jerkily gestured at the shingled roof right under Stiles’ window. He couldn’t what? Wait. Oh. Oooooh.
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 heard about this site while it was still in development, and I was pretty interested, but I just went and signed up and my mind is BLOWN. I downloaded the app for my phone, too, and just completed the first few lessons for Spanish, which I’ve always wanted to actually learn. (I took it in high school, but the teacher who taught the second-year course was terrifying and not in the good way.) The fact that it’s set up as more of a game, and also that it has to practice a variety of skills — translating to the other language, translating to English, speaking, transcribing — means I’m already picking this up a lot faster than I’ve managed before with actual language classes. And the fact that I can do it all in my own time and on my own makes it about a million times less terrifying than that one awful, anxiety-inducing immersion class I did in college. (Let us never speak of it again. The experience practically gave me a phobia of the French language.) I am so completely stoked about this entire thing right now, holy shit.
Far longer than forever, like no love ever known, and with your love I’ll never be alone.
A deer that catches stars in its antlers
BABY!Rocket Raccoon and Groot!
Your character falls into the “friend zone” - Is this primarily a man’s problem, or are women put in the friend zone as well? x
DANIEL RADCLIFFE FOR ALL THE AWARDS
ALL OF THEM
"That’s a lot less pithy so people don’t ask me about that"