a pleasant surprise on the progress test
This was an unexpected success which has very much brightened my morning... I knew it was going well when it kept throwing sentences at me from the end of the tree, but I really didn't expect this;
Now, I'm 99.99% certain that 5/5 doesn't mean I got everything right, because there were a couple of things that were pure guesswork. I got 5/5 on the EO test when I hadn't even finished the tree. I almost wish Duolingo would save a score of 5 for absolute perfection not missing a thing.
However... I am of course pretty thrilled to get 5 :D:D:D does happy dance
I wish I had kept track of when exactly I took the second progress test; I'm pretty sure it was not a whole two weeks ago. The first one was from when I hadn't even started the tree or done the placement test. I think the second was maybe around the third checkpoint?
Now I need to practise a bunch and gather all my confidence up to go lurk and post in the Russian Duolingo forums a bit more...
I just looked it up, because I was curious about the etymology - unfortunately I'm tired and headache-y, so I'm relying on wiktionary, and most of the info is only in Russian, and I'm tiiiiired.
However, it does appear that that пожалуй part of please is indeed an imperative form of пожаловать, and that ста is a grammatical particle of some kind, and пожалуйста seems to be from an old fashioned construction (but the explanations for that were in Russian, and my grammatical Russian is shaky even on good days!). Apparently Pushkin used it. And then at that point my brain went NO STAAAHP. So I did. LOL.
But the short version is you're not nearly as far off as you might have thought, plus you prodded me to figure out something I've been meaning to look up for an age (what добро пожаловать means literally) and pointed out a link between the two words I've never noticed before! Спасибо :D