It's a struggle! But I think I am getting somewhere.
I have worked hard! Really hard. I knew I should. Languages have never been easy for me.
I think I have spent about 5 hours a day, - for a week so far.
But I have all gold until 1.st checkpoint. Looking down the tree I can see that I have barely started.
I am already level 14. Because I need a lot of practice.
And I know it is not done just because it is gold!
Only at the first checkpoint. I.e. I can't really say anything, at least not anything usefull. But I think I can see that it just might work out. Which is a HUGE success for me. It took me 5 years in primary school, 2 years in high school and I still couldn't do much with my English! Then in university I did learn. I had to. Almost all my textbooks were in English. And then I went to live in the US for 9 months. So now, finally English is decent. Not exactly good, but decent.
I was a volunteer in Moldova for 5½ month. I had a private teacher (Moldova is, or at least was, so much cheaper, that I was happy to pay this from my savings). But it didn't help much. I couldn't say much at all. And now, years later it's all gone.
Then I learned Esperanto. I started "in real life" and continued here on Duolingo. That was a huge success. After around 6 month where I studied at home (before all the technical wonders like Duo and lernu.net etc.) and at a course. We meet every other week. And after just 6 months I went to Italy and stayed with a guy, only speaking Esperanto. That was HUGE, - but Esperanto is constructed to be easy. So you can't really compare.
A few years ago I visited Cuba. I knew well in advance, so I studied on Duo. It was really a mixed experience. I could hardly say a sentence. But I had some very useful words. And in Cuba that actually came in VERY handy. But to be honest, I probably didn't spend the time studying that I should.
Now it's holiday for me. So I have several hours to spend every day.
And I did, and for the first time I think I have an idea about the grammar. I never had in German (which I had to study in primary school and high school), I never got a grasp in Moldova (Romanian) and I never got a grasp in Spanish. I think English is easier, - probably just because it is a lot more like Danish (my native tongue). So I think that is different. And Esperanto is made to be easy. So it's a different story all together.
I don't know how far this will go. Friday I am going to see my parents. So I will more than likely only spend an hour in the morning.
And then for another week I will study hard. Perhaps I'll go out with friends a day or two. But likelywise only part of the day. So I probably have 7 full days of studying.
Friday the 10th I start at my job again.
If I can keep the pace I might be at around level 18 or 19. But probably only at "Aux. V" or "Verbs pr. 1" or so. So I probably still can't say ANYTHING useful, but with a bit of luck I'll be able to move on, slowly, but move on. And eventually be able to use the language for real (might not be in the calendar year though).
And I will have to cut back on the time I spend. I hope to be able to do:
10 minutes every day
1 hour twice a week (one weekday and once in the weekend).
Oh yeah, I started to study to prepare for a "biblical greek" course that I would eventually do. I still want to do that. But I might admit, I am getting hungry for "modern greek" as well and are thinking to go to Greece. Perhaps in 1 year (next main holiday).
Thank you all, and especially for those who have volunteered to make this course and of course to the staff at Duo.
13 days. Very many hours and now I am level 20, all but one are golden until the 2. checkpoint!
And I really need a break :)
I will start job Thursday. Tomorrow I will probably work with the golden ones, - to improve. And I will find my problems and try to work with them in different ways (verbs - both meanings and how to do them in different genders and 'count'). I hope to continue my streak, but the 'game' will be very different.
I am quite impressed with myself! And hopefully I will be able to really absorb what I have learned so far, improve so I actually have learned it - and then eventually (perhaps in a few weeks, perhaps in a few months, perhaps in a year) i will probably take another leap, work like a mad man and learn a lot, to much. And then again redraw and absorb.
This is my tree for now:
I believe this will be the last update for a long time.
It's still going in the right direction! I am barely level 17 (10506 points).
From my desk it looks like this:
It's hard! I am struggeling. But I can feel that it's getting harder. I am aware that there are things I don't know. On the other hand, - I am (as mentioned before) doing the golden ones over and over. And most of the times I get 15+ points when I do either above the checkpoint. So food was hard, but not any more. Possesions was very hard. It's not very good, but it's getting there! Animals and basics 2 are good. So, yes. I can feel that I am learning! Some of it might be because I am learning the sentences more than the language. I think it would be nice with more sentences (but I am aware that I am probably doing the same lesson much more than average, because I have to!)
Questions, plurals are rather hard. But I suppose they'll be better, like the one above the line.
POS - I hate it. I don't know these words in English and to be honest, I know some of them in my native tongue, of course, on the other hand. I don't think I know half of them. So that is annoying.
My holiday is nearing the end. So soon I will not be able to use the time I have done so far.
In short: I think I am learning. It's a struggle, it really is. But I think it's worth the effort.
I use Gboard for Android. It is good. Not perfect, but good. Hints are almost completely right and moreover it teaches me orthography. A great advantage in Greek. Because actually orthography in Greek like in English, you have to remember how to write a word. Duolingo skips some typos, but never forgives you if a word is misspelled and exists in the language you learn.
Well, it works very neatly for me. Except the υ (ypsilon) is a y, not u. If confuses me. Except for that I think it's very intuitive to work with.
I have studied physics. So I know all the letters already. And I have done a lot of computerwork (software developing) so I can easily write without looking at the keyboard.
I suppose that if I couldn't write without looking at the keyboard I would have had to write the greek letters on the keyboard next to the latin ones already there (probably I would do this on stickers or paper and stick it on with tape or something).
Thank you so much for your reply! At your suggestion, I did try alt+shift. Maybe my computer is too old, but it didn't work for me. I also tried going to settings, but to no avail. I'm stuck in Greek as it won't let me move on without writing some answers in Greek. Blessings in your studies.
HOW TO ADD THE GREEK ALPHABET TO YOUR KEYBOARD
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17424/windows-change-keyboard-layout https://www.conversationexchange.com/resources/keyboard-language.php?lg=en For Mac http://www.wikihow.com/Change-the-Keyboard-Language-of-a-Mac https://www.duolingo.com/topic/936
HOW TO ADD THE GREEK ALPHABET TO YOUR KEYBOARD Here are some links to easily convert your keyboard to enable you to use both Latin & Greek characters as you need. We have found these easy to install and simple to use. If you have any other links please share them with the community.
HINT Check the hover drop down hints for ideas. Remember they are like a dictionary and not all ideas may suit each sentence.
For me pressing the left alt key and the right shift key changes between keyboards. But you need to install the keyboard (layout - only one physical keyboard is needed). The above is an instruction. As far as I remember, that's the instruction that I followed.