Learn New Languages At Your Own Pace Using Duolingo

As an aspiring polyglot, I am constantly trying to find new ways to learn languages in a way that is convenient, simple and fun. School has been a liability to my progress, since a lot of my focus and effort has to be shifted to that. Nevertheless, my prayers have been answered when I stumbled upon Duolingo, a website specifically catered to learning foreign languages from scratch!

The interface is user-friendly and appealing for children and adult learners alike. Duolingo gives a series of ‘skills’ starting from basic words and phrases to more complex sentence building and vocabulary. These skills are then further divided into a series of short exercises. To answer the exercises, you would primarily rely on translation from that language to English (or vice versa), listening then typing, listening then translating and reading the words yourself in that language using a microphone. It’s really simple – you’ll be familiar with it in no time. As you progress in the exercises, you get levelled up as your knowledge in your language increases. Right now, I am a Level 4 German and a Level 2 French. Continue reading “Learn New Languages At Your Own Pace Using Duolingo”

A Character Profile of Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Warning: Long, wordy post ahead. Why, you ask? Because it is time for the Creative Corner!!!

For those who don’t already know, the Creative Corner is where I post a lot of my ready-made pieces of writing from school which are posted onto this blog for everyone to see. I have posted some pieces of writing already which I have made as practice for my IGCSE English as a First Language subject. Now, since I am studying in the International Baccalaureate system, I am taking English A: Language and Literature subject. Throughout the study of this course, I have been tasked with writing many different essays and other forms of writing as part of my class and homework.

Last school term, my class studied The Great Gatsby as part of the Literature component of the course. A novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the book is renowned for its faithful portrayal of the lifestyle of the upper-class American society during the 1920s. I don’t want to bore you with the details of the plot, you could read the book yourself to find out.

I was tasked with creating a characted profile of Gatsby based around the accounts from different characters in the first three chapters of the book. There was a lot of intended vagueness, mystery and contradiction around his character which was deliberately done to reveal the plot in the story. Without further rambling, let us begin the analysis. Continue reading “A Character Profile of Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald”

A Reblog from Blogger – Where I Shall Remain

Good day everyone! As you already know from my previous post, I will be blogging much more regularly from now on, but I did not specify whether that would be on this one or my old one. Well, I hope this ‘reblog’ would clarify everything – it’s this post from IaATR@Blogger but placed in a WordPress format. The the post was written in a Blogger-specific context. Just for the record, there is no convenient way of reblogging Blogger posts on WordPress and vice versa. What you’d have to do to ‘reblog’ is to copy and paste the content like the way I did here. Continue reading “A Reblog from Blogger – Where I Shall Remain”

“Perhaps weekly posts aren’t enough… Hmm…”

I promised myself before to publish a new post each weekend so that I could be a consistent blogger worthy of global attention. For most part I kept to this promise and posted something on Friday or Saturday, the weekend days here in Egypt. However today, I realised that many successful bloggers here publish on an almost daily basis – ranging from a post a day to even a post every several hours.

I follow quite a few blogs here but each time I look into my news feed, I’d have 6 to 14 new posts each day calling out to me. I make the effort to look into what new stuff are in store – maybe an uplifting inspirational story or a travel journal to a far-away land. The thing is though, I often see the same names popping up in my reader feed and they are the most prolific – posting about 2 to 7 posts a day. With the amount they post each day, it would be impossible for me to catch up with every single post.

As a loyal follower, I hope I am not expected to read everything. But what if I am in the place of that blogger – the one who has around hundreds of followers on WordPress and beyond, whose readers expect a regular serving of fresh written entertainment? What if I had that pressure on me to keep going and to produce quality pieces all the time? Continue reading ““Perhaps weekly posts aren’t enough… Hmm…””