My 4-year anniversary (and my first tree finished)!
Hello all! I joined Duolingo 4 years ago today (30 March 2013) looking to practice my Spanish that I was learning in school. I was in 8th grade then; I'm about to graduate from high school now. Through my four years here I've found a new passion for language-learning, and through that I've been introduced to German and Esperanto, two languages very near to my heart. Probably the greatest benefit of all is finding this wonderful community! The Duolingo community is the friendliest and most supportive on the whole Internet, and I'm privileged to be part of it. I owe everything to you all!
Though I originally came here for Spanish, I fell away from it for about 2 and a half years once I stopped taking Spanish and started taking German in school. I recently took another shot at the Spanish tree about a month about, and I tested out of the majority of the course. I was placed further down than I ever got when I was taking a Spanish class! Today, I finished my Spanish tree, unknowingly on my 4th Duoversary! I'm over the moon and incredibly happy to be celebrating this accomplishment on this day!
Thank you for the past four years, and here's to the next four!
With nothing but admiration, Francesca
Great job, I'm really happy for you! & good luck with your graduation!! :)
Hi Lahure~ this is an expression I picked up from the Wiki Dutch course -- I am so pleased to learn I'm writing a bit of Afrikaans - I have grown increasingly intrigued :)
Afrikaans evolved from Dutch when that country went on ocean voyages and landed on the southernmost shores of my country (South Africa) in 1820. Two speakers, one of either language, can understand one another as the differences between the two languages are not at all major.
I read somewhere recently that South Africans, or those who speak Afrikaans, can understand Dutch better than the other way around. That's definitely the case for me. So "En wat toevallig" is used in Afrikaans as well then? I saw it as a Dutch phrase and gave @stripedkitty a lingot for using it appropriately. :)
Francesca, van harte gefeliciteerd! Ik ben nog bezig in mijn eerste jaar maar vandaag heb ik de Russische 'tree' af! Je beschrijft het heel mooi.