Thursday, June 20, 2024

Technology...

Well, I still can't put photos on the old blog. A message does appear which tells me to do something incomprehensible (to me) - no idea if this would help. I'll maybe get clever young people to advise me. We haven't been doing anything particularly noteworthy anyway - most of my photos are floral. 

I've been polishing up my (faintly shiny) French and my (completely tarnished) German on Duolingo for the past year and it's been quite fun, but recently it's been going wonky on me, greying out the thing that you click on to submit your answer. Yesterday it worked for German but not French. How frustrating technology is; though also, I realise, how absolutely amazing that it (usually) works. 

Of course, I carefully write down in a notebook words and phrases that I don't know, or only half-know, but then do I look at them? Not a lot. Must Do Better. My knowledge of American is improving, though, as I've said before. I don't think I fully realised quite how many slightly different ways Americans have of saying things. Though - do you really talk about "tall" mountains, Americans?? I don't think I've ever heard of this. Maybe Duolingo has just got it wrong. Mountains are always high here, though now I think of it, buildings can be tall or high. 

Talking of Duolingo - I shall see how it's behaving tonight. It's free and so I shouldn't really complain. But ... 



8 comments:

  1. That's frustrating! I love your flower photos and the pictures of gorgeous Edinburgh. Young people can usually figure out technology. We do talk about the tallest mountains, but I've found that many people in flatter states call mountains what we would call hills. It seems quite strange to me.

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    1. Well, fancy that. Tall mountains. Thanks for telling me.

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  2. My duolingo has been playing up for some days, and it's the paid version. Refusing to load, mainly. I posted on Facebook and found others had similar issues. I do hope they're not in financial trouble: I'd hate to lose access. On a more upbeat note: your photos are a real pleasure.

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    1. Oh well, it's not just me, then. I suppose that's a comfort...? Yes, mine has been refusing to load occasionally on the desktop, but loading on my phone (but I much prefer the desktop). I do sometimes feel guilty that I don't pay... Thank you for your kind comment!

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  3. Technology is wonderful when it works . . .

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  4. Over here - or should I say Down here (in New Zealand) -mountains are high, buildings are tall or 'high rise', and usually ugly, and packaging for many products has shrunk while the prices remain high, higher or stratospheric!

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