A huge thank-you post for the Norwegian team :)
(yes, I sometimes feel like a cheerleader girl jumping all around, waving pom poms and shouting "Go Norwegian go!" but heey, there can never be too many thanks!)
Yesterday I have finished my Norwegian tree, it took me 76 days minus one streak freeze (was travelling and messed up with timezones). Today, I made all of that tree golden. And yes, it gives this warm fuzzy feeling when I scroll it up and down enjoying the view!
This is not the end of the journey of learning Norwegian; in fact, the journey only starts from here. And I want to express my sincere gratitude to Norwegian team who worked hard to provide such an excellent opportunity. What is given in this course is actually sufficient on its own, and you go from zero to "omg I really can understand people and people can understand me!". A special thanks for all your endless patience when you answer silly and/ or repeating questions :) comments
The Norwegian course contains over 2700 words, and it's among the biggest vocabularies on Duolingo (and I need to stress once again, the comment sections expand it even further!). Last night I put it to the test and tried to read online versions of most popular Norwegian newspapers - Dagbladet and Aftenposten. I browsed through different sections - news, politics, culture, food, society. Of course it was far from fluent - there were stumblings, rereadings, "eerrrhmmm"s and head scratching. But I was able to read and understand it all, regardless of a topic, with minor exceptions when the lexicon was getting too specific. Isn't this an ultimate test for the course - to see how dependant you are on the topic or if you can freely read and understand what is it all about? The Norwegian DL course passed it with A++.
So once again - a heartfelt thank you and best regards for all the awesome job you've done. Can't wait for the Tree 2.0 and bonus skills!
Congrats once more on finishing your tree!
Thank you for your kind words as well, and for sharing your experience with us.
It's good to know that the knowledge we're trying to impart actually translates to that scary place without hover hints... also known as the real world. ;)
it definitely does, which is a special achievement for many language courses :)