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Finished Tree! and some thoughts

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Saluton, ĉiuj!

I finally finished my Esperanto tree, making it my 5th (EN-ES, ES-EN, EN-PT, PT-EN). I started over a year ago and never made Esperanto my main goal.

We've all heard that learning Esperanto as your second language will help with the third, but I've had a decade of dabbling in a dozen languages under my belt, so that boat has sailed. I rarely stay on the same language for more than four months, and, even though I'm often told I should focus on one until I'm fluent, that's not what makes me happy. Something will spark my interest in a language again and I'll pour myself into it passionately until my interest drifts again. It's chaotic, but it's my escape from daily stress.

Whenever I felt burn out with studying a language, I'd try to use Esperanto as the palate cleanser. Interestingly, I found that the relearning curve was the shortest with Esperanto. After two lessons on Duolingo it felt comfortable again. It also helped me change gears between languages.

Of course, I didn't do a study with a control. Of course, whatever gains might only be in my head, but that doesn't matter. It helped motivate me and motivation is definitely only in my head.

I plan on hopping on telegram whenever I can and flex my vocabulary. I also set myself the goals of regilding my tree and then hitting level 14 (I only reached 13 two lessons before finishing the tree). I don't think I'll be allotting too much time to Duolingo; I feel like I need to spread my wings and challenge myself a bit more.

Any thoughts?

8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
salivanto
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Took you long enough. :-)

(To those reading along - I feel I know Dan well enough to give him grief. If I"m wrong he'll never speak to me again.)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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I really dragged out the last twenty or so skills :)

But you knew I'd keep coming back. How can a Latin teacher resist such awesome etymologies? ;)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Ĉu vi pensas eble ke Ekparolu helpos al vi forigi la ĉiutagan streĉon?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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Mi bezonas rigardi ĝin!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jirka92122
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Probably kept getting convinced by ieujwn that Esperanto is the source of all the world's ills.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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Ieujwn was a source of such great discussions. I will really miss all that he added to the Esperanto movement.

Ĉu li kabeis? :D

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jirka92122
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Is leaving the esperanto-hater movado also called "kabei"? I think we need to coin a new word in honor of ieujwn for that: Ieujwn ieujwnis. Doesn't quite roll of the tongue though.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I always thought of it as somewhere-container-nonesperantoletter-accusative.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveRutan
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Gratulon, Danjelo!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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Dankon!

Eble mi povas iri al konvenon vian baldaŭ.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Nice one DanD8 - like you I flit about, flirting with a lot of languages here on Duo but for me Esperanto is now the home. I am branching out a lot more, there's ekparolu for getting better at speaking, lots of facebook groups for practicing reading and writing and local groups for making friends and doing our own projects.
The only thing is Esperanto has ruined me for other languages to some extent. While I was doing the german tree and now again with the Italian sometimes I am like 'oooh now i see where the Esperanto for this thing must have come from' but most i am like 'oh for goodness sake, do they deliberately make the grammer so ridiculously convoluted - why not just do it....like Esperanto

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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The only thing is Esperanto has ruined me for other languages to some extent.

Nice! I say this a lot as a joke (or reverse psychology). I say DON'T LEARN ESPERANTO because you might like it so much that it will ruin you for other languages. In the end I suppose I'm not fully joking.

8 months ago