Thank you duolingo
I recently began studying Italian because I was going to travel to Italy to meet my relatives there for the first time. None of them speak any English.
I was able to understand a fair amount of the conversation, and even take part in a limited way in some of them.
I've continued studying daily, and am now to the point where we are having some basic conversations via email.
Duolingo has made it possible for me to keep in touch with my heritage, and I am grateful for that.