Glad I Discovered Duolingo!
Not your usual student. I am 67, had to have brain surgery, recovered and then a stroke two weeks later. Had to relearn how to walk among a few other things. Therapists recommend sites like Luminosity and other Brain Games to work on the short term memory loss. After awhile it just seemed like a great waste of time. With Duolingo I am actually accomplishing something! I live in Austin, Texas and Spanish is the first language for most of my neighbors so it will even be an asset. Running a 22 day streak and Level 11 is a major accomplishment. 50% of my errors are typos. LOL .....but even getting back the function of my right hand! A few friends would be great. I live a pretty isolated life.
Welcome to duolingo! You seem to be doing great, level 11 in nothing to sneeze at.
That's actually a pretty cool story. You're doing great, don't give up.
Dang, texbuf!! You got to level 11 in 22 days? I think you're pretty close to a full recovery... No, seriously, you are moving through the lessons really rapidly. And guess what? Luminosity had to change its ad campaign because researchers determined it was 'junk science.' I tried it once (free tests only) then decided to read the "back pages" on the website. It turned out the 'scientists' behind it were going to present a peer-reviewed paper on the "results of their findings with Luminosity." In other words, they made people PAY to be their test subjects! And, of course, they made baseless claims about the benefits of their 'brain games' since they hadn't compiled any data yet. The last issue of Scientific American said playing ANY video game helped your brain--Call of Duty & Grand Theft Auto are JUST as effective as 'Luminosity.' But, of course, Duolingo beats all of them. You gain a real skill at the end of the day!
So many comments! Thank you all so much! And remember it's not about perfection......more about making progress. I figure I have choices.....down the tubes....or up the ladder!!
I am also Level 11 but in 40 days ... sure your doctor did something great ... : )
I'm nearing 60 and tried brain games too. I found them a waste of time and decided to find something that would challenge me and keep my brain sharp. Duolingo is great. Glad you found us.
I too have recently found out that learning languages is good for the brain. Keep up the great work!
Bet you never expected to have to be brave.
Bet you never expected to have to grit your teeth and just go forward.
Growing old is no place for sissies.
For all the snowflakes reading this: Your Gran'ma did this. And so will you.
If your lucky.
Remember texbuf, don't feel sorry for him, he obviously doesn't feel sorry for himself.
Remember texbuf and try to keep him in your life.
He deserves it.
You're a hoot, texbuf! Glad you're working hard to keep yourself in your life--always a challenge. Especially after brain surgery followed by a stroke.