In Honor of the Olympics in Rio, I Finished the Portuguese Tree!
I just finished my fourth Duolingo tree... Portuguese! (From English)
I'm a big fan of the Olympics... I love seeing all the hard work that people put into their sports; I also enjoy the human and cultural side of the Olympics.
For quite some time, I've wanted to learn the language where the Olympics were going to be held. I tried in Beijing (learned a few words, but gave up on Rosetta Stone Chinese a little early), I totally rocked the whole English thing for the Vancouver and London Olympics, didn't learn as much as I wanted to for the 2014 Sochi Olympics (although I did know a little Russian at the time because I took it in high school).
January 1st, I decided that I'd start learning Portuguese for the Olympics in Rio. I started learning from Spanish, but it was a little challenging, so later, I switched to the tree from English (that doesn't mean that I won't finish the other tree at a later date to reinforce my languages, just not now). Family came, friends came, and I got a little behind. I wanted to get these done before August 5th!
Slowly but surely though, I hammered away at the tree. For a while, I got a little burnt out, but I kept going. Yesterday, I got within 7 skills, and even though I had two days left to finish before my goal, I told myself, "I'll finish tomorrow."
So I did. I finished the Portuguese tree. I'm not fluent in it (although my knowledge of Spanish goes a very long way here), but I know enough to feel good about it and understand a little.
There's more languages to challenge myself with, and more improvements to make on the languages that I already know, but I did Portuguese.
I still have almost 2 years to learn Korean... but I started learning the alphabet last week...
And I started the Russian tree in support of all of the innocent, clean Russian athletes who have been unjustly banned from competing at the Olympics solely because they happen to come from a country which ran a state sponsored doping program. :)
Great job! I love your idea of learning the language along with where the Olympics are held............I might just steal it!
Great job! Your idea about learning the language of the country where the olympics held is pretty cool. I might copy it for South Korea as I have always wanted to learn Korean. I originally planned to finish my Portuguese tree by the Olympics but I have instead been re-doing the skills I have already learned as I forgot a lot it after taking a break and I am halfway through the tree. However, I am sure the Olympics will inspire me to learn Portuguese more and continue studying it.