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Duolingo finally released a Japanese course, currently only available for iOS. I've been curious what they'd do for that for ages, so I immediately took their placement test to start the course. Background, so you know where I'm coming from: I've been studying Japanese for a hell of a long time, and I'm ... middling at it, been stuck in the intermediate plateau for years because I haven't been able to devote much time to study. Kinda hovering around N3 level, though I have yet to actually pass the N3. But I can get around and have some conversations depending on the topic and read things depending on the vocab. And I've tried a lot of different tools and courses between my formal education at university and my self study.

Also, after I was placed, I found the things I missed were either me making a stupid mistake I did know but failed to input correctly, or me incorrectly guessing what English sentence structure they were intending me to respond with. So instead of going through the rest of the course normally, I tested out of each topic individually, which took me between 1 and 3 tries for each topic. Again depending largely on my luck in guessing what English sentence structure they were looking for. Except for the Olympics topic, which I knew I didn't know much terminology on, so I completed that one normally. It took me around 3 hours to complete everything.

The tl;dr version is that it seems like a decent introduction to Japanese, but the amount of material it covers is approximately the amount we covered in my first month or two of material in the beginning class at college with focus on somewhat different topics. My guess is, based on my experience with the Russian course, that you'll still want to study hiragana and katakana on your own outside of it, but it does provide a relatively gentle introduction to the characters and the entire course is using them, so you'll get practice in reading. If you're looking for just an intro or practice reviewing basics, this would be fine. But don't expect to come out of this course with anything more than basic/travel Japanese. You will sound oddly formal, but understandable, and be able to read... nothing, really, with the amount of kanji and grammar they teach.

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It's a little difficult for me to compare to their other courses since I haven't completed any others, but also just this course seems sparse on content. As a general Duolingo critique, I'd love to see some of the features that are available in languages like Spanish (or possibly only Spanish?) in other courses, really. Such as the interactive chat bots and speech detection. The speech detection is somewhat spotty in my experience-- I've said things in English to the iOS version that it counted as correct Spanish, but the Android version seemed better at detecting me saying the actual words-- but if they could improve it that would be also nice to have elsewhere. (Russian, please!) Also, give us something else to do with lingots.

RP Game Idea

May. 18th, 2017 07:42 pm[personal profile] sativa
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So, I started listening to Hell Divers which is a book about what happens about 250 years after world war III has turned the earth into an electrical storm driven wasteland of a radioactive planet. The only way humanity has survived has been in these Zeppelin esque war planes that have been perpetually floating all this time thanks to the efforts of the Hell Divers, aka, people who volunteer to to sky dive down to the surface of the planet scavenging for supplies and nuclear reactor cores to keep the planes afloat. The catch, of course, is that the average hell diver only manages to make something like 15 jumps before they die either because of the storms they have to jump through, radiation poisoning (or if not radiation,then cancer because of high levels of radiation exposure), or just plain dying because of the monsters on the planet's surface.

So, my thought was that for an RP game, you could use the electrical storms as a "gateway" for "recruits" to come on board from multiverses to aid the cause in keeping the ship afloat. Your character could come in with the intent of being a Hell Diver, an Engineer, a Lower Decker, Physician, Farmer, etc. However, there's a twist, because since this is post apocalyptical, the odds of your character dying is extremely high. So I'd like to do something like every 7 weeks (7 days IC) the cycle would start all over because the ship would go through a "time loop" caused by the storm which allows characters across the multiverse to board the ship and be assimilated into the crew and start all over with trying to save the ship.

This way, your characters can die mid drop, by radiation poisoning, revolts in the lower decks for food, random helium explosions on ship, etc. Whatever we want every two months! But thanks to the time shift, depending on how good or bad characters were at trying to complete their missions, the ship would be in either better or worse shape to start off with once it rematerializes. and characters can shift around on ship and instead of being a hell diver, the next time they can be a chef or something else and retain approximately half their memories so if they have old threads still ongoing, it can still impact their characters as much or as little as they want.

And then just keep cycling it through while building relationships, etc. until either the ship is permanently destroyed or they find a safe place to land and rebuild humanity.

Basically, the game would be a cross between CDC, Exitvoid, Marina, and a Murdergame.
syntheid: [Guild Wars] Doug Williams concept for Asuran golems (clockwork angel)
asuran mesmer with Bolt's lighting footfall
asuran mesmer with Bolt's lighting wield effect

Bolt. Finally. Now on to Astralaria, haha.

Media Diet

May. 18th, 2017 01:26 pm[personal profile] hauntedreality
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