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A dead roach and a Duolingo "eureka!" moment

I had a moment two weeks ago when I realized that my Duolingo lessons might actually be sinking in, but I delayed posting about it because it's rather silly. One day when I was going in to work, I noticed a dead roach on the parking lot; the song "La Cucaracha" came to mind. I knew the words but it had always been so much Jabberwocky before, but this time as I sang "La cucaracha, la cucaracha, ya no puede caminar..." I stopped (if I had been in a cartoon a light bulb would have appeared over my head). Our secretary speaks Spanish, and my first words to her (after saying "good morning" of course) were "The cockroach can't walk! Why can't he walk?" I was really excited that my lessons were sinking in but she probably thought I'd gone crazy. Don't know what happened to the roach in the parking lot though - bird probably got him.

September 26, 2017



Aww, poor cockroach. :'(

Congrats though on your lightbulb moments! Yes, I have had a similar moment of realizing that something was no longer "so much Jabberwocky". (Mondo kudos for that reference!)


Thanks, and thanks for the Jabberwocky kudos :)

On a side note, I do think it's interesting that we humans can remember a sequence of syllables when we have no inkling of their meaning.


I am somewhat surprised to discover that the English word 'cockroach' actually comes from Spanish 'cucaracha', manipulated into sounding Anglo-Saxon by folk-etymology.


I had a similar moment last week. I found out that tamago in Japanese means egg. Then I suddenly made an association to the tamagotchis that were very popular in the 90's. Suddenly the name made sense.


A roach isn't always the insect, in either English or Spanish.

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