A great impact from Duolingo!
Not sure if this post technically belongs in the French forum...
I don't know if anyone remembers, but in the past, I wrote a post concerning my plans on taking a French placement exam at my university. I was incredibly anxious about how I would do on the exam because I have serious performance anxiety and self-doubt. Turns out, I underestimated myself because I did very well. Out of the original five courses I would have to take, I placed out of three, which means I only have to take one school year of French!
I prepared for the exam by using Duolingo, Lingvist, and Clozemaster. Though, I used Duolingo the most. When I graduated from high school, I did not take a language course immediately, so I needed to maintain my French knowledge. Before the Crowns system update, I went to my completed French tree and tried to strengthen skills that were low on bars and reinforce skills I already knew. Suddenly, the French tree was updated with new lessons, which was very convenient for me because it happened right when I needed it. Then, Crowns came along and I will admit that Crowns probably had one of the biggest impacts on my exam performance. Even though I find Crowns more useful for languages I don’t know as well as French, like Romanian and Japanese, the constant repetition was something that really helped me memorize even basic vocab, and knowing that my performance anxiety causes me to forget the most basic pieces of knowledge, I found that helpful. I made a routine in the morning where I would try to practice on Duolingo, practice at least 100 words on Lingvist, and then practice on Clozemaster. I also wrote short writings in French to retain my writing skills.
When the exam came around, I felt prepared, but I worried that I had not properly prepared myself in reality. I mean, I was only using three online sources; I never did any listening practice and I hardly spoke the language. However, my worry was eased when I realized how easy the exam was, but I did take my time on it. I ended up doing much, much better than I had expected, and I give a huge thanks to Duolingo for bringing such beneficial updates to the site that helped me so much! There’s so much I want to give back for what Duolingo has done for me, but as for now, just enjoy this happy picture I drew yesterday that shows my gratitude. ^ ^
Merci beaucoup Duolingo!
Congrats on that hiring Reena... the colouring on the characters turned out very nice. It ads another dimension to your already cool illustrations. :)