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90 Day Challenge Week 10 Updates

Hey, everyone!

I was late in responding to last week's updates because I was on vacation for the past week. However, that didn't stop me from studying some Polish! I completed the Polish tree!

I noticed a lot of cognates in the "science" skill, as well as other skills! It's so interesting. Before learning Polish, I thought that it would be completely different from any language that I've studied. While some words are indeed different, and cases are something that I've never had experience with, I saw many cognates between Polish, Spanish, English, and French! I would have never thought that there would be as many as I encountered.

So what's next now that I finished the tree before the three months are up? I plan on reviewing a lot and trying to keep the tree as golden as possible. I will also try to catch up on taking some notes, and hopefully get a better grasp on all that I learned, since I went quicker than I probably should have.

Thank you to everyone who has been posting their updates. Your posts are motivating and encouraging others out there to learn languages through Duolingo. We still have time left for this challenge! I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing another Duolingo 90 Day Challenge in the future? Maybe next summer? Let me know your thoughts. Maybe we can even create a group for it somehow?

What have you learned this week? (:

August 14, 2017



Congratulations on completing the Polish tree! Now you can revise and consolidate all of the knowledge you've gained. I can recommend trying to listen to spoken Polish. Good resources that helped me were the Easy Polish series of videos on YouTube, as well as listening to Polish radio stations on a site called radio.garden.

I have decided to slow down and revise all the Greek that I have learnt thus fast before moving on because I make too many minor mistakes and I forget the meaning of a lot of verbs too often. I have done 34 skills of the Greek tree, my last skill being People. I will revise everything first before continuing again.

I had the same experience with the cognates in Polish. Another main reason I'd wanted to do it was because I wanted to do a language that involved something completely new and fresh. But as much as the language felt different and unique most of the time, quite a few cognates crept in every once in a while!

I would like to join the next ninety-day challenge perhaps at the end of the year or next year. But my question is that if it has to be a language that one has absolutely no knowledge in, or can the chosen language be something that one has dabbled in idly before and wants to learn in earnest now? (I was thinking I could give Turkish, Russian, Vietnamese, or Hungarian a proper shot for the next challenge.)


Thank you! I tried watching Peppa Pig and a Polish channel one night. I only understood certain words here and there, but it was progress! That was earlier in the challenge. I can try again and see what I understand. Thank you for the recommendations. I will definitely check them out (:

You're smart for going slow! I should have gone slower and focused on the skills and lessons more. It seems like you are getting so much out of Duolingo and learning so much. As I said, I find your posts motivating! It makes me want to take my time and get even more out of Duolingo.

I created the challenge as a way to see how much I could learn from using nothing but Duolingo. I was curious and wanted to be able to give people an answer when they asked how much someone could learn, so I did this. I opened it up to others because I thought it could be helpful and motivating to be able to encourage others and create a community of positive language-learners. I thought it would be interesting to see if anyone would choose a language to start from scratch because I figured their challenge experience would be different from mine. I guess I kind of wanted to do this as a research project (for myself, not school or anything). Honestly, at this point, I don't mind if anyone studies a language they know or if they choose a new one. I feel like this challenge got people to study whatever language more seriously. It's also so cool to see how everyone is positive. I feel like the positivity is pushing people to learn even more because I see it in the updates they leave every week. Sorry, that was a long answer haha In short: I don't care if you choose a language you have already studied before or not (: Just learn languages!


Wow, I'm really impressed that you completed Polish tree! :) Last week I've learnt another three Hungarian cases. So I aready know (or maybe I must say I should know) 11 cases. I've learnt also words about directions. But it's still long way to finish the tree. I've already done 45 skills out of 78 (so it's like 57.7%; I'm sorry I like Maths :) ).


Thank you!! Don't be sorry about liking math (: Personally, I'm bad at math but it's super important! 11 cases is a lot. How many exist in Hungarian? Do you like the setup of the Hungarian tree?


Hungarian has 28 cases. And about the Hungarian tree. Some sentences are very long and it's a little bit annoying. And the other thing is that some correct sentences are not acceptable. So this course could be better.


I thought it had 18 cases? (granted, I've only looked on Wikipedia and Wiktionary)


I also get this information from Wikipedia so I'm not sure if it's right :) However, Hungarian has too many cases ;)


Congrats on finishing the tree! I'm on vacation, so I got myself subscribed to a bunch of Russian and Italian podcasts, and some Catalan (if anyone knows any Catalan podcasts... ;) to make good use of the time in the car. Seems to be really useful. Some of the Russian is just scorching fast, though, and it's a lot easier to understand with headphones than over car speakers and highway noise! And of course the more moderately-paced speakers are also easier :)


That's a good idea! Which podcasts have you been using? You'll definitely get used to Russian the more you listen to it (: I can understand it being easier with headphones. If I am trying to listen to something in another language but there's loud background noise, it's so much harder to understand!


I found this listing of Italian podcasts: http://www.fluentu.com/blog/italian/italian-podcast/ I think Alle Otto della Serra and Mix 24 - La Storia are probably the best. Maybe the compiler of this list sees particular pedagogical value in listening to Brazilian music with some discussions thereof in Italian for native English-speaking learners of Italian, but the logic escapes me personally. However, it is sort of interesting to hear the Portuguese-speaking guests and the Italian-speaking host just communicate irrespective of that barrier. That said, the host at least understands Portuguese and will translate what the guests say when it would be more incomprehensible to an Italian-speaking audience.


Congratulations on finishing the tree :-D I didn't do the challenge because I wanted to concentrate on learning Italian this summer, but I read all your posts and I liked the challenge so I would be more than interested in doing the challenge next summer :-D


Yay! Thank you for posting and letting me know (: I think it would be so much fun to do again! Good luck with Italian (:


Well, Science takes many words of Greek and Latin. You will see a lot of cognated words in several languages in Science, Laws, Humanities and so on.... Besides, all these languages have indoeuropean roots.


I can see words being similar in science, but I didn't expect words like "moda" to be similar in Polish and Spanish! It was a surprise to me that I ran into many cognates, even in food and travel.


Really? It is remarkable! It's really nice to find this kind of stuffs. I am learning Irish and you say "Léann siad" (They read) while in Spanish is "Ellos leen" and the 2nd person in singular is "Tú" (yes, with tilde) in both languages.


That is super interesting! I had no idea! You're right, it is remarkable and it definitely helps with remembering vocabulary (:


For me it's funny like Dutch word "appelsien" (an orange) came to different languages:

Estonian: apelsin

Finnish: appelsiini

Icelandic: appelsína

Kashubian: apfelzyna

Lithuanian: apelsinas

Norwegian (bokmål): appelsin

Prussian: appelzini

Russian: апельсин

Swedish: apelsin

Veps: apel'sin

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