Anyone else on Duolingo?
Right now I’m concentrating on Russian, and I’ll probably move on to French after about a few more months when I’m more familiar with Russian. I wanna learn Polish and Ukrainian as well (can you tell I have a thing for Slavic languages), hopefully moving on to Dutch at some point in time as I learn German in school. It would be interesting to attempt Hebrew, but we’ll see. currently speak fluent English, as well as semi-fluent Chinese (my Mother Tongue).
I find that, to use Duolingo (it’s an app as well by the way!), basic knowledge of grammar (things like conjugations, gender of nouns, adjective endings etc.) really helps maximise your learning experience. I definitely recommend learning a little grammar before using duolingo. Also, for languages that have a different alphabet to the language you’re familiar with (e.g. Russian which uses the Cryllic alphabet), you should learn to pronounce/read it first.
I really recommend this for language enthusiasts, because it provides not only resources to practise and learn new languages, it also means you have a community of fellow learners who can help you with any difficulties. It’s just nice to have company when you’re trying something new, y’know?
I used to write a lot (occasionally still do) and one of my favourite parts of it was picking out names for all my characters. Twelve-year-old me spent hours scrolling through articles with titles like “Nature Baby Names” or “Top Ten Unique Names to Give Your Child”. I still love names, and thought I would just put a few of my favourite names here. Side note: these are all names I would conceivably give my children, so there aren’t many names that are too hard to pronounce/too high-fantasy or wattpad-fanfictiony sounding.
I’m starting with boys’ names because- to me- they’re a little boring and limited compared to girls’ names. It’s like how when you eat your dinner and you eat the vegetables first to get them over and done with, and save the mashed potatoes for last.
Meaning: Victory of the people
Why I like it: It sounds vaguely Russian.
Meaning: Defender of the people
Why I like it: Can be shortened to Alex, and I like how Germans pronounce it.
Why I like it: I think it would be an honour to carry the name.
Why I like it: It just sounds really nice.
Meaning: This one has a pretty weird meaning- “stout person”.
Why I like it: It sounds so friendly and chill. Kade is the guy everyone wants to hang out with after school.
Meaning: Dimunitive of Zofia, meaning “wisdom”
Why I like it: The main female character in the book “Sophie’s Choice” (William Styron) is called Zosia by her family, and I love the book and the sound of the name.
Meaning: Brown, chestnut
Why I like it: This also came from a book (“A Dark Dividing”, Sarah Rayne). The mother wasn’t sure what to name one of her twins, and was thinking of “Violet” but decided she didn’t want a weak, shy name, so she thought of the plant wood sorrel and named her child after that instead. It’s a nice-sounding name, and it’s also really suggestive of the English countryside and good, strong earth to me.
Why I like it: It’s a Russian name.
Meaning: Stemmed from Norse goddess Eir, means “snow”.
Why I like it: It sounds really light and fresh.
Why I like it: Sounds and looks really pretty.
Meaning: Old friend
Why I like it: Long-standing favourite.
Meaning: Flows like water
Why I like it: Sounds nice.
Why I like it: I really love the sea, so the meaning obviously draws me in, and it’s also just really simple and easy to say and remember. Kai.
Meaning: …well, fox, I suppose
Why I like it: Realistically speaking, I probably wouldn’t name my kid Fox (think of the teasing) but I just really like the name. I would legitimately name myself Fox.