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10 remote learning apps to help you (and your kids) acquire new skills while you're stuck at home

Due to the spread of COVID-19, a lot of public schools, universities, shops, and workplaces are closed, with many people working or studying from home. If you're starting to go stir-crazy without the outside world and looking to challenge your mind with something other than games and films, there are tons of remote learning apps out there that can teach you something new while you're confined to your own four walls. We've also got a suggestion for you if you need some support while homeschooling your children.

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Duolingo adds support for Latin

Whether you're curious about the Roman Empire, want to master new romance tongues, or are simply keen to discover a new one, Latin can be an interesting choice. Unfortunately, learning an an extinct language isn't always easy, mostly because there are few people to practice with, but also due to the limited resources available. Thankfully, Duolingo, which is famous for its free mobile language courses, has just added support for Latin.

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Duolingo helps you learn the difficult but beautiful Arabic language

Being a native Arabic speaker, it never occurred to me how complicated the language is compared to many others. I learned to speak it, read it, and write it ever since I was a kid, so I rarely notice its idiosyncrasies and instead simply think of all of it as second nature. If you come from another background though, Arabic can be a daunting language to learn, but that's exactly what Duolingo has taken on. The service now offers Arabic courses for English speakers in its apps and on its site.

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Duolingo adds courses for Hawaiian and Navajo languages

Duolingo is a great resource for anyone looking to sharpen their second-language skills. The platform already offered 30 courses for English speakers, and now it's adding two more in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day: the Hawaiian ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, and the Navajo language Diné.

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Fictional or not, Duolingo adds High Valyrian and Klingon to its Android app... and Czech too

Duolingo has updated its Android app to add three new languages: Czech, Klingon, and High Valyrian. All three were already supported on the web version of the service: High Valyrian launched in July of 2017, Czech eight months ago, and Klingon only this past March. But now they're accessible on mobile as well.

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[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools' Roundup: All the jokes from around the web

April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early as the remainder dribble out over the day itself. Google's various divisions do some decent work each year—last year's Google Gnome was itpretty good, and the Maps team's 2014 Pokemon prank was memorable. OnePlus even has a history of pulling off a decent prank. But, there are a ton of individual companies and gags to follow.

It can be tough keeping track, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.

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[Qapla!] Duolingo's Klingon course is live, but only on the web for now

I have a fascination with languages and accents, and even though I never watched Star Trek (ducks), I find the guttural spit-inducing pronunciation of Klingon ridiculously awesome. I wouldn't, however, ever think of learning it: 3.5 languages are nice enough for me now. But for those of you who are excited about learning a language that not many people can speak, there's a Duolingo course for that.

Klingon has been promised by Duolingo for months - it was said to be coming at the end of last September. Instead, the course has just officially launched though it's only available on the web for now.

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[你好] Duolingo adds Chinese (Mandarin) to its list of languages

You don't have to be a genius to work out that China is going to be an increasingly significant nation in the coming years, culturally and economically. More than one billion people already speak Chinese, and that's sure to continue rising. It's been one of the most requested languages over at Duolingo, which is ready to launch Mandarin Chinese in its mobile apps and on the web.

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Duolingo launches Korean language course, Klingon coming by the end of the month

Duolingo's Korean for English speakers language learning page has been asking for people to sign up for a while now. It's one of the top languages people register their interest in and today the course is finally launching.

While I don't see the option in my Duolingo app yet, the lesson courses should show up soon — today, hopefully. They follow the same style as Duolingo's other courses, using fun cards, associations, listening skills, and a gamification aspect to keep you coming back for more lessons to improve your new language skills. Korean isn't the first East Asian language supported (Japanese and Vietnamese are already available), but it serves to grow Duolingo's coverage and appeal.

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Duolingo releases its TinyCards flashcards app on the Play Store

You may know Duolingo as the company who makes one of the funnest language learning apps, but a year ago, it also released TinyCards, a flashcard app, on iOS. It took a year, but now the app is available on Android too.

TinyCards is a flashcard app a bit in the vein of Duolingo. It has animations, fun graphics, multiple levels, and progress bars that you need to keep topped up. And there are over 200,000 flashcard decks from varying topics to learn, including Chinese, the periodic table, geography, math, and more. Plus you can import your Duolingo-learned words as a flashcard deck to keep your memory fresh.

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