Did you get any language Christmas present?
Not counting Duolingo and the presents from their team, which are obviously excellent.
I got myself a norwegian-italian grammar learning book. It's the first(only) norwegian-itialian resource I have. Sometimes it helps going from ones mother tongue to new language, instead of always going via a second language.
the best thing about the book though, was that I picked it up used for next to nothing.
I got Czech translation of A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1682214.A_Practical_Grammar_for_Classical_Hebrew). I know which language I will start to learn next!
I'm a Hebrew speaker! :-) Not sure what is meant by clasical Hebrew, though. I did not get any language presents, but once my sister got me Winni the Pooh in Latin for my birthday, which was pretty awsome and I hope to be able to make my way through one day...
"Classical" means "biblical" in this case. To be able to read Old Testament in original is the main reason why Hebrew is on my "to learn" list, but I'm interrested in modern Hebrew too - at least to see how the language have developed, but I might study Bible studies in Izrael one day and it's good to prepare gradually, for longer time.
About Latin, I have learnt it for two semesters, and started reading books in simple Latin meanwhile. At least outside Catholic Church you rarely encounter spoken Latin, so reading is the best way to let grammar basics into practice and into your heart. If you know English and some Romance language, it's quite easy to guess what most of the vocabulary means, and grammar is complex, but it's easier to learn by practice. That's why Duolingo focuses on translations and includes Immersion section :-)
Biblical Hebrew is difficult for modern Hebrew speakers too. The language has changed a great deal. Good luck and have fun learning!
Well, it's not a Christmas present as such, but before school finished I organised a meeting with my ex German teacher and she'll be getting me a bunch of grammar resources in the new year. :) She might even let me sit in on some lessons although I'm not taking German for A-level!