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Comment: I have used it to learn Spanish (Score 2) 75

by realkiwi (#47383353) Attached to: Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

Working nights in a hotel (read "lots of spare time") I decided to learn Spanish. I live 11km from Spain so it is kind of usefull... Last night a Spanish guy said I spoke real good Spanish for someone who learnt from an internet site on his own.

I guess that is an endorsement of the quality of Duolongo lessons.

Comment: Re:Mark sees a future without Facebook (Score 1) 199

by realkiwi (#46293009) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

You thinking that people over 35 are old means you are very soon going to be in hot water. Breaking news: you are going to be joining us the "uncool" RSN!

My young adult kids think I'm cool and that is all that really matters when you are "old". I always thought that facebook was a load of crap and have never bothered with it.

Comment: Of course there are exceptions... (Score 2) 147

by realkiwi (#45724601) Attached to: Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

Born and raised a NZ farmers son I have been allergic (pollen) and suffered from asthma (allergic not chronic) all my life. I grew up surrounded by dirty dogs and more sheep and cattle than most people will ever see in a whole lifetime.

Did the fact that precautions were not taken with farm chemicals back then have something to do with the allergy. I have been exposed to DDT, pesticides, feretilizers, you name it.

So OK maybe this works in a city environnement with kids that live in a modern hyper clean envirronment and who eat agro-industry cr@p er sorry food. Didn't work for this farmers son.

Comment: Re:That's sorta up to you; (Score 1) 314

by realkiwi (#43678291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

I'm calling BS on this, sorry! I learnt my second language at over 21. I'm learning a third one right now. I have no problem with languages. Accents you work on if you have the time.

I learnt progamming at over 30. The PC came on the market when I was over 30... I'm still learning. It depends on the individual. Some people can, others can't.

If I had stuck with what Iearned before 14 I would be a sheep farmer. That was all there was in my neck of the woods.

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.