despairinducinglyhopeful
mexica-boricua:

drakeft-drake:

lord-swoledemort:

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!

I HAVE THIS!!! I love it and it’s so much fun to play around it!

My dad has this to learn English and he really likes it

my-heart-is-in-socal
this one right? It will teach us pickup lines!!

mexica-boricua:

drakeft-drake:

lord-swoledemort:

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.

image

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.

image

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!

I HAVE THIS!!! I love it and it’s so much fun to play around it!

My dad has this to learn English and he really likes it

my-heart-is-in-socal
this one right? It will teach us pickup lines!!
destiel-aus

casdasgay:

Destiel HS basketball AU is very important to me.

Ok so the idea is Dean and Cas are from different schools and they meet for the first time at some kind of opening ceremony (Dean you lil shit stop winking at Cas, look how flustered he is). They compete against each other and fall in love and everything’s perfect (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ *vomits rainbows*

Bless Laura for her awesome text posts about basketball au :)

destiel-aus

coleywinchester:

deanwinchesterprays:

“Come on. Just one date.”

The sincerity of the question takes Dean by surprise and knocks him breathless, stripping him of his usually suave demeanor. Like a goddamned idiot he’s huffing out a laugh, trying to find some way to give an answer that isn’t as freaking girly as the flush of his cheeks. The nervousness, however - the fear of being hurt - melts away with Cas’ growing smile, and Dean can feel the crinkling edges of his mouth upturning. 

Dean doesn’t give an audible answer, but the two men exchange numbers - a date, time, location. The usual stuff, really, like what he’d do with any other guy. 

But then, Cas isn’t just any other guy.

The table, Dean knows, has been set.

—-

“You lied on the phone again.” Castiel pauses, eyes sliding over every facet of Dean’s face before continuing on. “You can’t even tell your parents - ? I just don’t get it, Dean. Are you – ashamed?”

The question hits Cas hard in the gut, forces him to swallow back painful accusations, knowing all too well about Dean’s issues in regards to his mother and father. It hurts, though, to think about Dean being ashamed of their relationship – of the nights they’d spent in the dark, limbs entangled under cold sheets made warm with touches and lingering breaths.

Castiel doesn’t regret a second of it, but then, he’d been out for years.

“Is this too much for you?” Castiel murmurs, taking a single step forward when Dean does not reply, only fueling Castiel’s need to speak, need to shout, to get through to the man he had come to – well, love, probably. “I just - I want you to understand - all I want is you.”

Dean, holy Father, actually snorts, and Castiel recoils.

“Come on, man, don’t be melodramatic.”

Castiel’s tensing, the muscles in his body freezing before Dean finally sighs and crosses over to him.

“I’m sorry, okay? I promise I’ll tell them – soon. Just – I need some freaking time, yeah?”

Dean is smiling against his skin now, a silent apology prompting a series of breathy groans as Castiel melts into the sudden press of lips against his head, cherishing the light brush of fingers in his hair.

“All the time you need.”

—-

“I told my parents.”

Dean grins, hand on Cas’ leg as he speaks, the light hum of ACDC thrumming through the Impala’s speakers.

“Did you really?”

Dean can tell the guy’s trying to hide a smile, and hell if that isn’t the most freaking adorable thing he’s ever seen.

“Yeah,” he laughs, the pressure of his hand on Cas’ thigh intensifying with a hard squeeze. “I promised, right?”

For a few moments, Castiel doesn’t answer. He just looks out at the road, like he’s fighting to find the right words, before tilting his head.

“Yeah…that you did,” Cas murmurs, chapped lips thinning out before finally breaking into a satisfied half-grin.

“Told you.” Dean reiterates, turning away from the man in order to observe the road for a while, the light trickle of rain dancing across the window.

No–”

Dean turns his head towards the outburst, eyebrows furrowing with his confusion as to what Cas could be protesting about.

“Cas –”

The truck’s arrival cuts Dean’s sentence short, the impact so powerful that the last thing Dean hears before blacking out is Cas’ name on his own lips, solely accompanied with deafening crunching.

—-

Funerals, Dean thinks, are a goddamned waste of time and energy. They’re nothing but excuses for the living, with heads jammed so far up their asses they can’t help but tell themselves a bunch of lies about where the people they’re burying are going. Does anyone ever think, Dean wonders, that maybe the person they’re so convinced is in a ‘better place’ is really just going into the ground?

Yeah, sounds like a freaking great time. Six feet under without any friends or family. Without anyone to say ‘hey, pick up the damn pie’.

Worse though, is a funeral’s aftermath. The ‘I’m sorry’ the ‘if you need anything’ the ‘it wasn’t your fault’s.

Those are worse than the lies, only because they make Dean think about the reality.

He can’t look at the Impala anymore without remembering Cas. Cas’ hand in his, Cas’ hand on the wheel, Cas smiling and laughing and telling him that he’s not to blame for everything, that he can be strong.

Beating the Impala doesn’t help as much as it should – doesn’t take away the freaking goddamned emptiness that eats at him, the survivor’s guilt that makes him choke on air.

“Cas,” Dean breathes out, eyes looking at the wreck of twisted metal and black in front of him, “My parents wanted to meet you, man–” Dean swallows, can’t help the goddamned tears, the stupid flexing of his fingers, the only tick that keeps him from beating the Impala again. “Dinner’s at six. My place. You pick the day Cas – whenever you’re free just –come when you can.”

A date, time, location. The usual stuff, really, like what him and Cas would do on any other day.

But then, he remembers Cas will never show up.

Dean still sets the table.

Thanks, I totally needed to cry at work. Man…

destiel-aus

Sweaters & Cigarettes by lemonoclefox
“Just say it,” Cas says, clearly amused at Dean’s uncomfortable reaction. “Dick. … Or would you prefer cock?” “Stop it,” Dean mutters. “Why?” Cas says, with a chuckle, taking a slow pull on his cigarette. “You have one. I have one. And they obviously like each other. So what’s the big deal?” He looks at Dean, who can feel his face heating up. He can’t believe Cas is so comfortable talking like this. “Are you blushing, Winchester?” Cas says, and Dean doesn’t look at him, annoyed and embarrassed about the heat creeping up his neck. “Shut up,” he mutters unnecessarily, and Cas chuckles, a little bit more benevolently, this time. “It’s fine, I don’t mind,” he says. “Actually, I kinda like it, getting you all flustered. Makes me feel kinda special.”
“Just say it,” Cas says, clearly amused at Dean’s uncomfortable reaction. “Dick. … Or would you prefer cock?” “Stop it,” Dean mutters. “Why?” Cas says, with a chuckle, taking a slow pull on his cigarette. “You have one. I have one. And they obviously like each other. So what’s the big deal?” He looks at Dean, who can feel his face heating up. He can’t believe Cas is so comfortable talking like this. “Are you blushing, Winchester?” Cas says, and Dean doesn’t look at him, annoyed and embarrassed about the heat creeping up his neck. “Shut up,” he mutters unnecessarily, and Cas chuckles, a little bit more benevolently, this time. “It’s fine, I don’t mind,” he says. “Actually, I kinda like it, getting you all flustered. Makes me feel kinda special.”
destiel-aus
flirtygabriel:

because I haven’t been playing with photoshop for ages, because I have a fetish and because sassy, snarky punk!cas (hipster!cas?) with tattoos is so my jam

"Listen, Winchester, you’ve been checking me out for the last two hours and although I’m flattered because - let’s be serious - my ass looks ravishing in these slacks - it’s getting really frustrating. So either you come to terms with your raging bi-curiousity and let me devastate your beautifull ass upstairs.. or go home and keep jerking off to the fantasy of being sodomized by my gorgeous self." Cas winked. "My tongue piercing looks good but feels even better".

flirtygabriel:

because I haven’t been playing with photoshop for ages, because I have a fetish and because sassy, snarky punk!cas (hipster!cas?) with tattoos is so my jam

"Listen, Winchester, you’ve been checking me out for the last two hours and although I’m flattered because - let’s be serious - my ass looks ravishing in these slacks - it’s getting really frustrating. So either you come to terms with your raging bi-curiousity and let me devastate your beautifull ass upstairs.. or go home and keep jerking off to the fantasy of being sodomized by my gorgeous self." Cas winked. "My tongue piercing looks good but feels even better".