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Visalakshi Ramani

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Duo-lingo VS Bhaja gOvindam?

My son enrolled me in Duo-lingo to help me learn German.
Previously I used to enjoy my time learning German in MY WAY!
At first I would watch simple fairy tales in German - made for children.

Then I graduated on to old classic comedies (aka grandfather movies)
Then I started listening to and reading Audio books available online.
So far so good.... since I was under no pressure of any kind.

But Duo lingo is entirely different.

It MAKES you learn perfect grammar without any lingering doubts.
It is the strictest teacher when it comes to correcting the answers.

The silliest mistake in the spelling of a person's name
or even a missing '-' makes you lose a heart.

You get 5 hearts per day or one per every 5 hours!!!
Five silly mistakes will take away all the five hearts.

Either you have to stop the lesson and quit - till you get new hearts.
OR you can buy new hearts paying 450 precious gems as their price.
If we try to retrace one step, all the progress made = 0

A small consolation is that we can earn a heart by revising an old lesson.
If you are wiling to put up with an ad 30 secs long- can get one more heart.
So the life goes on with losing hearts or gaining hearts by losing time or losing gems.

In the past weeks I was placed in a group of determined Deutsche learners.
During the previous weeks even 2500 points will place one among the first three positions.

In this batch even with 5000 points I could not reach the first place.
The one above me was hawk eyed and was following my progress.

He maintained the lead he made on Saturday through Sunday-
despite my earning ~900 points on Sunday

Our marks, positions, promotions are decided on Sunday at 5 P.M.

Suddenly A bitter truth dawned on me !

भज गोविन्दं भज गोविन्दं गोविन्दं भज मूढमते ।
सम्प्राप्ते सन्निहिते काले नहि नहि रक्षति डुकृङ्करणे ॥ १॥

Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda, Oh fool !
Rules of grammar will not save you at the time of your death!

DO I need duo-lingo at my age? Or can I place Duo lingo where it rightfully belongs to?
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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My son who enrolled me in Duo- lingo gave me a super idea - when I complained to him about the relentless cut throat competition among the batch mates.

He told me to start working from Monday onward so that as the desperate and determined Deutsche learners would have already formed their groups and batches.

The idea has worked out wonderfully well. Peace prevails and my life has gone back to the original normal from the new normal! :)
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

384a. Gib Respekt und nimm Respekt
384b. Give respect and take respect.

The world is round for many purposes!
What we give out comes back to us!

A traveler asked a man coming out of a village
"Is this village a good one to live in?"

The villager replied to the traveler,
"If you are a good man, then this village is also good place to live in"

foornotes:
Gib = Give
Respekt = respect
und - and
nimm = take
Respekt = respect.
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!


385a. Eine Katze kann den König anschauen!
385b. A cat may look at the king!

Rules of etiquette while in the presence of Kings and Queens
is only for the wretched human beings and not for pet animals.

So even as the kings looks at the cat, it can look back at him as well.

footnotes:-
Eine = A
Katze = cat
kann = can
anschauen! = look at
den = the
König = king
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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Never laugh at tiny and helpless (?) insects!
They are well equipped with techniques of self defense!

22. Chemical warfare!​




Some species of millipedes have developed highly sophisticated chemical warfare to protect themselves

from their predators. They can release clouds of lethal hydrogen cyanide through the miniature vents

along thesides of their body.They can crawl away to safety leaving behind a cloud of poisonous gas.


 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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TRULY UNRULY RULERS are not uncommon!

 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

386a. Es ist besser, allein zu sein als mit schlechten Gefährten.
386b. It is better to be alone than with bad companions.


"Show your friends to me and I can say everything about you!"
Sounds scary? But it is true!

The people who we associate with are either like us or are liked by us.
Remember the saying,"Birds of a feather flock together"?

The wrong type of friends can corrupt and change
a good person to become wicked like himself.

footnotes:-
Es = It
ist = is
besser = better
zu = to
sein = be

allein = alone
als = than
mit = with
schlechten = bad
Gefährten = companions
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

387a. Die unbenutzte Waffe wird rostig. Das unbenutzte Gehirn wird stumpf.

387b. The unused weapon becomes rusty. The unused brain becomes blunt.

We lose what we don't use.
We develop what we use!

When we use something it gets worn out.
When we don't use something they get rusted or become blunt

footnotes:
Die = The
unbenutzte = unused
Waffe = weapon
wird = become
rostig = rusty
Das = The
unbenutzte = unused
Gehirn = brain
wird = becomes
stumpf = blunt.

 
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A proverb a day to brighten the day!


388a. Können wir Eier an eine Henne verkaufen?
388b. Can we sell eggs to a hen?

Some sales persons can be called as 'vidaak kaNdan!'
They won't take 'no' for an answer!
They will keep trying to sell the eggs to a hen.

footnotes:
Können = Can
wir = we
verkaufen = sell
Eier = eggs
an eine Henne = to a hen?
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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The Art of Belittlement!

Why do I call the unpleasant belittlement as an Art?
It is complex and pervades everywhere like Lord VishNu!

Some people have this natural ability inherently.
Others develop it to prove their imaginary superiority over the others.

The two main ways are not to recognize the achievements of a person
and not reacting to the hardships suffered by a person.

It does not matter to them. Nothing matters to them!
In German it is said thus: "Es ist mir egal!" [ = I don't care!]

Out of curiosity I looked up that word and found a treasure cove of 78 words related to this Art of Belittlement. Enjoy the following article and those words.

 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

389a. Kind ist der Vater des Menschen
389b. Child is the father of man.

Man is the father of the child.
But the reverse is also true!

Child is the father of Man.
Child exhibits what kind of a man it will become when it grows up.

footnotes:
Kind = Child
ist = is
der = the
Vater = father
des Menschen = of the man
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

390a. Herabsetzen heißt klein sein.
390b. To belittle is called as being little.

footnotes:-
Herabsetzen = To belittle
heißt = is called as
klein sein = being little.
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!


391a. Grabe dein eigenes Grab nicht mit deinem eigenen Löffel und deiner eigenen Gabel.
391b. Don't dig your own grave with your own spoon and your own fork.

In fact, there are now almost two-and-a-half times as many overweight and obese people on the planet as there are undernourished. And more people die from eating too much than from not eating enough.

footnotes:-
Grabe nicht = Don't dig
dein = your
eigenes = own
Grab = grave
mit = with
deinem = your
eigenen = own
Löffel = spoon
und and
deiner = your
eigenen = own
Gabel = fork.
 
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