Finished my Chinese for English tree last night, with 83 of 88 skills gold. Next step: using/reading some of the books on my Chinese study shelf:
Do you have a study shelf? Post a picture too!
My take: The course was very useful as a refresher; I've tried to make some headway on Mandarin in the past, and gotten stuck at an A1-ish level. This duo course gave me a chance to learn more words and patterns in context. Without the prior exposure to Mandarin I think I would have struggled a lot more, especially with the writing system. The notes were very helpful; the English translations may need some more work (see all the comments). To continue progressing in the language and make it stick in my brain, I've booked a 2 week trip to Taipei for March (as my self-indulgent splurge for 2018); looking forward to applying my meager skills to navigating the 地铁 and ordering 饺子 in a 饭馆.
That's quite a bit of hard work.
And have a nice trip to Taipei... Duolingo should check if they can get a commission from Hotels.com or Trivago... LOL
BTW I had been quite suspicious about the use of 饭馆, and actually asked about it on HiNative to both sides of the strait. Conclusion: very common for Mainlanders, rarely used for Taiwanese. So don't miss the 小籠包 in 鼎泰豐, which is still better called a 餐廳.
祝贺你! The Chinese tree is definitely quite long, so keeping 83 lessons golden at the same time is an amazing achievement too :)
I so envy you your learning bookshelf! I am a huge bookworm myself, but I have to rely on digital versions... difficult to get decent translations (English or any original language) in my country, and my student's budget is somewhat limited, too ;P But there are so many books, especially for learning Asian languages, that I'd just love to get my hands on...
Have fun on your trip to Taipei! ^.^ 旅途愉快!