Celebrating my 2 year streak and N5 in Japanese
When I first started on Duolingo never would I have expected to reach a one year streak (let alone 2). Seeing as I was able to surpass my own expactations, I decided to celebrate with a couple of sweet virtual owl cookies for anyone who wants some.
The cherry on top of my streak is reaching level N5 in Japanese. I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test back in July and just found out that I got an A. I think this calls for some dango...
And all of this is thanks to Duolingo for making language learning part of my daily routine. Now let's eat some cookies!
Well I guess I have to live with my envy. And yes I do remember the Immersion times, and I did use it now and then for French and Spanish. But all the spam and retranslating something that was already good stopped me from going there often. I prefer reading books in my target languages (Currently Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban) and listening to podcasts.
You must have been mixing with the wrong crowd(s)!-) I found great working teams in Esp, Por, Fr, Ita, Ger, Ro, Ru, Ned and Gk areas. You are right in that there were trolls around but they usually got singled out and excluded by the serious contributors. To me, the fun/tough part was translating into other (than my native) languages. What you don't see, is all the completed trees that go under the American flag...
I'm using the official Memrise courses for Japanese. I think I'm making progress even though I'm learning other languages simultaneously and studying at university. I really need to learn Japanese with Duolingo. To me, Duolingo alongside Memrise increases my chances to learn better the basics of Japanese.
Haha thanks! Das stimmt, und Ich seit ein Paar Jahre studiere Deutsch an der Schule. I've had to move around a lot though, so sometimes I was the most advanced student in German and other times I was the one who needed help catching up. More recently, Spanish is another one because I'd like to connect with some family members, and it'd give me an advantage education-wise (like English does). I'm not super serious about Italian. I just live in pretty close proximity to the country, there's been a lot of cultural exchange between the two (I have already noticed words that were taken from Italian, despite the fact that my native tongue is nothing like Italian), plus all the resources are here, my mom's an Italian language teacher, etc. It feels like I should be taking advantage of my circumstaces or else it'll be a missed opportunity. But I've rambled on long enough haha. What about you? Other than Japanese, I see Spanish, Swedish, French and Irish on your profile.
A slight correction:
Das stimmt, und seit ein paar Jahren studiere ich Deutsch in der Schule.
I don't have the excuse of having family abroad for motivation, lucky you! Which country are you from, incidentally? I guess your mom is rather supportive of your language learning?
My sister convinced me to start Spanish and I could not stop once I started. Luckily I have a Spanish colleague to practice my Spanish on.
I had 7 years of French in school so I simply wanted to see how much the tree covers. It was rather easy for me.
I have to admit that I dropped Irish. That language was for me the hardest I tried yet, and I guess my interest was not big enough to stick to it.
I have been taking lessons in Japanese and learned lots of Kanji. The duolingo course is nice to practice but (without tips and notes) not so good for learning.
And as for Swedish: I just really like it. It has many similarities to German and to English and is really fun to learn.
Ah, yes! That does sound more natural. I'm from Albania! It's a small, poor country right across the sea from Italy. My mom is too busy most of the time, but I do appreciate her input every now and then. Wow, you sure stuck with Spanish for a while, especially since your learning experience started off as a recommendation! That's some dedication right there. ^^ Ah, I haven't checked out the French tree, but out of the trees I've started the German one includes the most stuff. Hopefully the French one refreshed your memory, at least. Huh. Was Irish too different from your native tongue? Actually, where are you from, if you don't mind me asking? But I do agree that interest/perseverance is what really enables you to stick to a language. I started Russian a few days ago, since i do know Macedonian (another Slavic language) but I just felt that it was a little too different and I knew i could not realistically juggle that many languages. I take pictures of the tips and notes whenever I have access to a computer. I really wish they'd add them to the app. They're so necessary. Such a different writing system like Kanji seems like it'd be super tough to learn. But just how tough is it, though? I wish I had some more perspective. I think I'd like to try out Swedish or Danish sometime in the future. They seem interesting. ^^
Albania is on the long list of European countries I have yet to visit. I heard it's beautiful.
Starting with Spanish actually wasn't so hard because it is quite closely related to French. Knowing some Latin was also useful. But yeah I guess my perseverance was rather strong.
I am from Germany (I kind of thought correcting you gave it away) so Irish is very different. It may be closer to German than Japanese, but my mind seems to be more compatible with Japanese.
I am very much interested in writing systems so rather than being afraid of Kanji I used Heisig to learn the 2300 most important Kanji. It's really fascinating. (And I am so looking forward to Korean...)
As for Russian, well I learned how to count to ten in Russian but the language isn't really attractive to me.
Do try one of the North Germanic languages when you have the time! I had lots of fun with Swedish.
I'm replying to this comment because it won't let me reply to your latest comment.
I think we do have many beautiful natural sights, but because of our constantly unstable political climate (oops, can't get into that!) and such issues, they aren't properly protected/utilised for tourism. Lots of illegal deforestation and general pollution is what i'm saying. It's pretty mountainous, and I do live near a mountain so that's pretty cool. I visit the sea every summer, as it can get really hot.
Yep. Romance languages are somewhat related to each other. Weirdly enough, I thought I'd mix up Spanish and Italian, but that's not really the case if you have something of a foundation in one of them.
That did occurr to me, but I didn't just want to assume you are German. You do express yourself in English very well, as far as I can tell.
Maybe I'll look into Kanji sometime, just to check it out. I'm quite curious about it. I have read a little bit about the Korean writing system, and it actually seems quite simple. I might be mistaken though. I have a friend who really wants to learn some Korean on Duolingo.
Haha, really? It's odd how some languages sound attractive to people and some don't. For example, I see a lot of people who think German sounds 'scary', but I don't really get it. It's kind of fascinating.
I really want to try a Nordic language just because. I do have a Danish friend, so i might.
Hm yes a visit there is on hold until a slightly more politically stable time (and there are quite some other countries I want to visit too). Germany rarely gets very hot, but I like going to the sea anyway.
True, I rarely mix up French and Spanish. I haven't tried Italian yet.
Then thanks for not assuming. I have been learning English for many years and I consider myself mostly fluent (though my accent gives me away immediately).
I would agree that the Korean writing system is quite easy. I mostly struggle with the pronunciation.
Oh yes, scary old German. The internet seems to be full of videos on German being scary. But I am rather fond of the sound of German and especially of its really big vocabulary.
Then I hope you get to visit your friend in Denmark. It's a really beautiful country!
For each of the sections (Reading, Grammar, Listening) you get either an A for more than 67% correct, B for 34% to 66% or C for lower than 33%. I think it is supposed to show you in which section you have deficits so you can improve. I got an A for all three of them.
I had been selfstudying Japanese on and off for several years, but only took it up seriously last year. So around 4 months of lessons once a week, Heisig to learn the Kanji, lots of flashcards to remember them, memrise for vocabulary and a bit of Tae Kim for grammar. All in all less than a year plus what I remembered from previous attempts to learn Japanese.
Oh and around four weeks of the Duolingo course. Which covers most of the N5 vocabulary and most of the grammar (albeit without notes...). It was a nice add on right before the test.
If you decide to challenge yourself, good luck! I believe the next test is in December.