Thank you, Duolingo
Thank you, Duolingo team, for creating the Russian for English program.
The effort and the tree itself were very impressive.
I took about 200 days to complete the tree. Now comes the hard part: Actually speaking the language well.
I plan to keep at Duolingo as a reminder and redo many of the more difficult lessons.
I had planned on completing the tree with all bars golden. But the program defeated me. I signed up for 20 points a day, and when I started doing more to keep the bars golden, the computer started taking down more bars.
The program seemed to go into a frenzy the closer I got to completing. About five or six bars vanished overnight. Last night I left with nine bars yet to be gold. Today there were about 14.
I suppose if I quit my job and checked into a monastery, I could keep up somewhat.
I noticed that the program removed a bar from a lesson I completed successfully last night. And the program sometimes takes down a bar while I am working on a lesson. Not good for morale.
I was very impressed by the knowledge in both languages shown by moderators and others. Sometimes the linguistic discussions were way over my head. I presume many are distinguished academics.
I do have some final comments.
I do not understand how students, however, can do the lessons with the Latin letters. I think Duolingo should require Cyrillic.
Also, I notice that those doing the English translations of Russian reject sentences when the adverbs are not between the auxiliary and main verbs. They should not. Although English continues to be a language in transition and the rule about not splitting verbs appears to have fallen into disuse, there is no rule that you have to split the verbs. So a sentence such as should be accepted along with
I can only guess at the amount of work that went into this. What a wonderful idea that has been advanced by modern technology.
A heartfelt thanks, Duolingo.