This is an episode packed with Tiny Tips and Dumb questions and listener reviews. Dr. Maryanne Garry is back in Chit Chat Across the Pond, and Steve posted a video of her recent talk, “The End of Facts” at Claremont Graduate University. I was on The Phileas Club with Patrick Beja at frenchspin.com/…. Sandy brings us a Tiny Tip on how to add a workout to Apple Health via iPhone. Terry Vogelaar reviews Duolingo for learning a new language like Esperanto. I’ve got a Tiny Tip on Reader view in Safari on iOS and macOS to make your web reading more pleasant and readable. I created a page on all my podcasting gear. . Steve Sheridan brings us a Tiny Tip on how to get apps that are cranky about Face ID to straighten up and fly right. I’ve got a redux of my post about how you should ask me to change things about the podcast and website, and how I might just do some of them. In Dumb Question Corner, Rally Barnard asks some great questions about the new HEIF/HEVC formats on iOS 11 and High Sierra.
I am Terry Vogelaar from Holland and I would like to review Duolingo. The problem to be solved is that as the world turns into a global village, being able to speak more than one language becomes increasingly important, especially for people in the less wealthy countries. But traditional language education is expensive. So there is the desire to learn, but not the budget. That is where Duolingo comes in.
I wanted to learn Esperanto. Why Esperanto, you might ask? Because I’m a geek. This is a constructed language. It’s almost as straightforward as a programming language. It has no exceptions and the grammar is very visible. And it is a neutral middle ground. Whenever I speak English, I am well aware of my Dutch accent. I took a big step to learn English with all of its quirks. But I still feel inferior to native speakers, because I came to their territory. But with Esperanto, everyone took the same small step towards each other.