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My story. Thanks Duolingo.

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Thanks Duolingo. I am an Australian/British (Duonationo - to coin a term). Last year, I joined a team which works for a man who travels to a number of countries. We spend at least 3 months a year in France but I knew little French. Others on the team have been going to France for 10 and 16 and 25 years and still knew little French. I didn't want to be like that. Thank God I found Duolingo.

This site has so helped me to understand and communicate in French and has given me the confidence to say, "Je n'ai pas compris" if necessary. I now help interpret for others on the team. I am moderately pleased with myself (pats self on back) and often commended by the French members of the team (blushing slightly) for my understanding and use of the language (though I am 55).

We're off to Italy in a couple of months for a couple of months, so my affair with Duolingo continues.

4 years ago

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Your mention of your age reminded me of this anecdote by Stephen Krashen, about the famous Hungarian polyglot Lomb Kató:

About six years ago I met a woman in Hungary named Lomb Kato, a professional translator who had acquired 17 languages. At the time we met she was 86. Her last words to me changed my life: “Stephen, you are so young. So many years left, so many languages to acquire!” (I was 54 at the time.)

It's never too late ;-).

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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Today, people aged 55 particularly even did not enter the last third of their life and it is amazing how much things will still happen in your life. It is absolutely tremendous that you have been learning French; I'm very sure that you will gain a great understanding of Italian as well. Go for it and it will enrich your life so much more! =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I'd love to know the age range of people on this site. I am 63 and am renewing a love for languages I put away for 35 years while earning a living. And I have to say this method works best for me. Some of the sentences are silly, but much more fun than the stilted conversations in the Whole Part Whole sites. Congratulations on your language learning .

4 years ago

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All I can say is that I wish I had started at your age or maybe 20 years earlier. I will be 74 next month and only found a love for languages about 15 years ago. Somehow I found myself preaching in a nearby prison and soon had several Spanish inmates attending my services. I didn't speak a word of Spanish and most of them no English but always one of them was bilingual and would interpret. To make a long story short over several years I studied Spanish (the hard way) and finally ended up holding services in Spanish. I can't claim fluency but I was able to get the message across and helped a few people.

I study now just for pleasure and to keep my mind active, without any hope of ever actually using any of it in a foreign setting. After the work I went through to learn a little Spanish ( although I was able to test out on the DL Spanish section) I really appreciate DL and plan to continue on until , well just until.

Good learning to all!

4 years ago