One year on Duolingo
It was a year ago yesterday when I first registered for Duolingo. I don't know how to gauge my learning in that time. I've completed the Italian and German courses, and the reverse courses of both. For while, I was just concentrating on keeping my trees golden, then I decided to concentrate on reviewing one language. I chose Italian, since that is the language that led to my signing up on Duolingo. I'm doing general refreshing right now, and I have almost reached level 24. I've learned quite a bit of grammar, and a whole bunch of vocabulary, but I don't know if I would be at all comfortable trying to speak the language.
The reviewing is worthwhile. I have learned quite a bit just in that process. So don't quit if you finished your tree. Keep reviewing!
I cannot believe the progress that I have made with Duolingo in just over a year. I had a brief fling with Spanish about fifty years ago and in my time on DL I have just reached level 23. I have concentrated so much because of the studies related to dementia and Alzheimers. I don't have any plans after I reach 25 except to review and strengthen the Spanish, perhaps the reverse tree.
Congratulations! :) You've done brilliantly. I was inspired by you when I first joined Duolingo. I find the whole set up of the system really works for me, I enjoy the process and feel relaxed working here. I've even got my sister-in-law and some friends and neighbours to join up and people are pleased they did.
Congratulations, now the fun begins ! You should try to speak the language with locals, I think it is the best way to evaluate your level. It is like swimming, you can know everything about how to move your arms but if you don't jump, you will never know if you can really swim.
Congratulations, you've accomplished a lot in one year! I encourage you to get some real life conversation going, maybe even an italki tutor. It is difficult and a little frustrating, but it will come! I think it might bring you even more enjoyment. Thanks for your inspiring story!