https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago

16 & 17

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I finished my 16th and 17th trees in the last two weeks! Norwegian and Irish for English Speakers! One day, last September or so, I challenged myself to start a language from scratch and see how far I could make it doing lessons in one day. That language was Norwegian and I made it all the way to level 7 and past the second checkpoint that day. I followed the tree and was pretty active in the Norwegian Immersion community (got to tier 6 before I got distracted) and hit level 25 before finishing the tree. That was a LOOOONG tree! I picked Norwegian because what I read indicated that if I wanted to continue with the other Scandinavian languages, Norwegian was the best platform to build from.

Irish was a challenging tree. I started it literally the day it came out over two years ago. I got discouraged and quite a couple of times. Irish spelling and pronunciation are definitely barriers to entry on studying the Irish language. But after I finished the Welsh tree, I felt invigorated and inspired! I definitely understand Welsh better than Irish but I finished that tree yesterday, dang it. If I finished Irish, then maybe someday I can take another whack at Hungarian?

It feels like only a year or so ago I finished number 10. I made a post then, a mere 324 days ago, making a guess as to what my next 10 trees would be, let's see how close I was:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/14644082

I said Greek, Romanian, Polish and if it is released in time, Czech. A couple of reverse trees, Italian and Dutch, and then I went on to guess Welsh, Esperanto for Spanish Speakers and maybe a Nordic language.

Well, I have already crossed English for Italian Speakers and English for Dutch Speakers off the list, as well as Welsh and one Nordic language, the aforementioned Norwegian. I am working through Romanian now so that is likely to be in the top 20 as long as I finish the tree. Greek and Polish will probably be numbers 20 and 21, by my estimate. I work through two trees at a time and right now I am working on Danish and Romanian. The plan is after I finished Danish, I will start Swedish and after I finish Romanian, I will start Polish. After Swedish will come Greek and after Polish, if Czech is available, I will do Czech, if not, Russian, maybe? I want to do a chain of Slavic languages like I had done a chain of Romantic and a chain of Germanic languages previously. And after Greek... Esperanto, maybe? Haitian Creole? Who knows. Maybe something else will be available, like Lithuanian, Latin, Old English or even Maltese? Asturian would be interesting too.

Keep your lingots, I have 9485 of my own as of right now. For a while I had a goal to hit 10,000 lingots by my 1,000th day of my streak and as long as I keep my streak going, it will definitely happen.

Anyway, such is my plan. May Duo remain free and Immersion return to us someday. Carthago delenda est.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez
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Congratulations!!! Nice post.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sophia151515

You are obviously a fast learner and you work very hard. Keep up the great work!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0

Wow! That is absolutely amazing! When did you start using Duolingo?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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917 days ago, my current streak. This was my wife's account and she downloaded the Duo app to start learning Spanish. One night I started studying Portuguese one night just to make a point to her about the importance of studying every day when learning a language and here I am now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0

That's awesome!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rumnraisin
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Congratulations! You have achieved a great amount. It really is quite inspiring to see your progress and goals. Good luck with Danish and Romanian!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Superhuman93
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Congratulations! :>

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Congratulation

Very well done

Quite an achievement

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717
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Gratulerer! That's a great achievement! But remember to continue to nurture your languages. I know it may be exciting to start learning new languages, but with the bases you already gained you could go very far.

I wanted to ask you something: Now that you completed the Norsk tree, can you understand (written/spoken) Danish well? Is it hard to learn Danish after having learned Norsk? Or does it make it easier? I'm asking because I may go to Uni in Denmark, and I'm learning Norsk at the moment, and I'm a bit afraid that it will mess with my brain.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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I can read Danish very easily. I started doing Danish Immersion aroung December or so (even though I started the tree two weeks ago) and I was surprised at how similar the two languages are when written. However, it did not take me long to see differences in pronunciation once I started the tree. Danish flows more easily than Norwegian does, almost like French? Like French, there is a lot to learn when it comes to correlating spoken Danish to written Danish and the other way around.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

That's a LOT of trees! Mind if I ask a quick question: How many of these languages would you consider yourself fluent in?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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Fluent? Not many. I am a native English speaker and was a fluent Spanish Speaker before I ever started Duo. I had studied many languages before Duo, including French, German and Russian and so my pronunciation is better on these languages than those I have only learned on Duo.

I am very close to fluent in Portuguese but I would not say I am there yet. I have had few opportunities to speak this beautiful language but I do read and write it profficiently. I read and write Norwegian fairly well but have never had the chance to speak it conversationally and only watched one Norwegian language film. I can read Italian, Catalán and Dutch fairly well but am not great writing responses (strongest in writing Italian). Catalán never sounds right when I try to speak it; I just don't have the right cadence for it. I am not quite conversant in Welsh but the language fascinates me and I am keeping up with it using other sources.

I don't know how to measure fluency but I do consider four separate skills, reading, writing, hearing and speaking.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pok
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Great job :)

I really recommend Greek (if you're into Greek mythology, history or mathematics then it's a must)!

Ha en fin helg

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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First of congrats! But how on earth have you completed that many trees? I can only dream on finishing two in a year never mind seven! You're amazing!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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O.O W o w

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeonMoogle
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Great job! I commend anyone who finishes the Irish tree since it's such a hard language. I tried it some time ago and I think I might of finished Basics 1 but I couldn't go any further, so I quit. Not sure if I will ever go back to it. Even though I never got too far, I believe Welsh is easier.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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Welsh is a lot easier, at least the Welsh tree is a lot easier than the Irish tree. There was a shift in the philosophy of teaching the languages and that affected the layout of the trees. The Welsh tree reflects the current philosophy and the older Irish tree still has a lot of artifacts of that older style. The styles don't really conflict but the Welsh tree is... smoother?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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Whoah! What an impressive deed! I mean, you're a genius! :O :O :O

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Congratulations!

How did you choose to expand your language inventory over going deeper with a smaller number of languages? (not that you're not doing the later, too, but obviously an hour spent on one thing is an hour not spent on something else)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanAlza10
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Congratulations! 17 completed trees is an amazing achievement!

1 year ago
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