The Twitterverse can be pretty profound sometimes. On June 7, writer Ella Risbridger (@missellabell) realized that combining the nonsensical sentences she was tasked to translate in beginner Spanish on Duolingo, the popular language learning app, resulted in darkly foreboding poetry. "Here is a sort-of found poem called My Sister Goes To The Institute," Risbridger posted on Twitter. "It is all the best sentences from my Duolingo Beginner's Spanish."
Duolingo notoriously leverages somewhat contrived, oft-repeated phrases to drill users on vocabulary and grammar. A pretty typical practice sentence is something like, "No, she does not drink oil," or "The cat is my friend." Strung together, the phrases in Risbridger's lessons add up to a surreal, poetic saga about violence, food, and feminism.
Duolingo even joined in on the fun, complementing Risbridger's way with words.
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