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Made it! 100 day streak!

I've been doing the Romanian course on and off since it started, but tended to wander away from it after a while and just casually would pick things up here and there. That was mainly because it took forever to get it on the app for Android and at the time, I lived off my (really old and cruddy) phone where the website functioning was kind of hit and miss. But I have now, at last, managed to reach three digits in my streak run... although I was somewhat surprised to find that apparently you no longer get lingots? I was expecting 10 as a reward for my consistency but apparently, that only counts up to 90 days.

That aside, I am really proud of myself... I have severe health issues and it can be really hard to get on every day (or to stay awake long enough and concentrate enough to finish a lesson) but I am getting there, slowly.

October 21, 2018

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SzekelyEmil

Just keep it up Mate! The Romanian is a very interesting, beautiful language.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

Thank you! It really is. I've been fascinated by all things Eastern Europe since I was a kid in the last decade of the Cold War, and Romania has always been one of those places that held a special place in my heart.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/elise.tanis

Congrats! I have been on and off Duolingo as well, but now I'm being serious and focussing on getting a 50 day streak (almost there!). Hope I'll also make it to 100 days and I plan on picking up Romanian too someday! I love Romania, it's such a beautiful country and the language seems fascinating! Keep on going! :)

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

Thank you and good luck with your streak! Both Romania and Romanian are very beautiful, and one day - if my health improves enough - I will be sure to visit.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/irinau

Well done ! I'm a teacher of foreign languages .Romanian is my native language and occasionally I teach it . My latest student, who is Greek ,practiced on Duolingo for about 3 weeks before sitting the language exam necessary to be admitted at the University of Medecine and Pharmacy in Bucharest . Duolingo was of great help !Both Duolingo and I , of course! Congrats again and keep it up !

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

Mulțumesc mult! That is amazing, I wanted to study medicine when I was younger but it wasn't to be, unfortunately. However, my reward for finishing my lessons on Adverbs will be to dive into the Human Body lessons! :) I hope that one day, I'll be able to actually be well enough to visit. Fingers crossed, anyway!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/irinau

Iti doresc sanatate ,perseverenta si succes! Spor la treaba ! Si mai ales incredere de sine !

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Coriander18

Well done for getting your streak, I get neurotic about loosing mine, especially when I can't find a wi-fi signal. I go from doing one a day to bingeing on Duo and then not getting anything done.

I find Romanian a fascinating Language, and wish I could practice speaking it somehow.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

Ahh yes, the fear of losing the streak! Though yours is far more to lose than mine at this stage. Thank you for your message and I hope you find someone to talk to as well!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wcjerky

Congratulations! Keep it up. Take it one day at a time. Have 10 lingots; they are literally idle in my possession.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

Wow, thank you! :) Your generosity is greatly appreciated (as is that of everyone else who has kindly donated them as well)! Goodness, that's a heck of a streak!

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/zay696984

Very impressive! Do you feel confident enough to hold small conversations with Romanian speakers at this time? Just curious what a 100 day streak means in regards to fluency. :)

November 23, 2018

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Actually no, my verbal languages skills are my least effective right now, simply because it's difficult to get as much practice with that as I can with writing, speaking or listening. That said I CAN undertake limited written conversations and I tend to understand more than I can write back or at least get the gist of the conversation... but the biggest thing is vocabulary - by the nature of the course, there's a very narrow band of vocabulary given. However I do feel like I have at least the start of the understanding of basic grammar to be able to look up a new vocab word and be able to form a workable sentence using it. I also find that I'm able to pick out far more words just by listening now, although I still find it most helpful to have subtitles too. I feel like if I had Romanian speaking friends etc to converse with regularly, that would have kept my speaking skills more in line with my reading and written skills.

Tl;dr: Not so much orally, but getting there with written communication.

November 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandybell1990

Felicitări și spor la muncă în continuare! I had to give up my ~380 day streak about a month ago. It was hard to let it go, but in the end, as one of my friends likes to say, it's just a number so I'm glad I did. I hope I don't become too attached to it again.

Sorry to hear about your health challenges. Îți doresc multă sănătate și noroc!

P.S. How can one know that they are only 2.6% E European? Is it based on some kind of DNA test or weird math? If it's too personal of a question, please ignore it. Just something I've been wondering about.

October 24, 2018

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Mulțumesc foarte mult! At least there's nothing to stop you from learning while stuck in bed these days!

And yes, you're right - it's from a DNA heritage analysis (well several analyses really) which are not entirely accurate, but for something that general, it's a pretty safe bet that it's roughly right. It was a huge surprise as my family are primarily English and Welsh Celtic as far back as I've been able to search (1500s on one side, and I know on my father's side, it's gone back even further). But I have this sneaky little part of my DNA that is associated very strongly with a band over eastern Europe from the very western edge of Russia, through Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, a bit of the Czech Republic and, of course, Romania. Which I like to believe explains my love of all things Eastern European since I was a little kid back in the 70s and 80s. :D I'd love to find out when that came into my family tree, though, so I'm definitely still looking - but it's likely to be at least 6 or 7 generations back and that's a lot of relatives to search through!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandybell1990

Interesting! Yeah, that could be even much further back especially given your Celtic heritage. I remember reading some time ago that there seem to be Celtic influences in the wooden sculptures found in Maramureș, a very beautiful and culturally interesting region in the North of Romania. I think the Celtic cross is a motif that appears frequently on the large wooden gates that are common in that area and even on cemetery crosses. Some ethnographic researchers even believe that there are Celtic elements in the old folk music and dances of the region, but unfortunately no archaeological evidence has been found to support the idea that Celts were once living there alongside Dacians and that they were perhaps assimilated into the Dacian culture at some point. There does seem to be evidence of Celts in Transylvania: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts_in_Transylvania

When I was looking this up I found an article on adevarul.ro (a Romanian newspaper) that talked about a community of vlahi from Texas who had emigrated to America from the Czech Republic, but who believe that their ancestors were originally from Maramureș. According to that article, 383 persons from that community had a DNA heritage analysis done and the result was about 28.8% Celtic, about the same Slavic and then a bunch of many other things. I couldn't find any English resources talking about this, but the name of the anthropologist from that community who spearheaded the project was Leo Baca.

Anyway, I know that if I ever had a DNA heritage analysis done I'd be in for some surprises and that it might also confirm a couple of suspicions I have. I can only go back about three generations in my family history and even then there's a history of displacement on both sides that would make it tricky to dig deeper. I recently found out that on the side of my family that I had always believed to be from Moldova, my great grandfather had actually settled there after having had to leave Ardeal (aka Transylvania) at the turn of the twentieth century. It was very surprising because there is a similar history of displacement on the other side of my family, of Romanians being pushed out of Transylvania and settling in Muntenia (Wallachia) in the late 1800s.

October 27, 2018

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Wow, that is amazing! Thank you so much for that, I will definitely look into it, and see what I can find. I've found a few surprises going back in my family tree too - sadly, my father died when I was young and we kind of lost contact with my father's side of the family after that (we only knew his sister and her kids and grandkids who were a few years younger than I was - my father was a decade older than my mum and his sister was nearly a decade older than him) but since then I've found other, albeit more distant, relatives on my father's side - one actually sent me some old things from the war that had my father in which was insane. As was discovering that at least one, if not two, relatives - one on either side of my family - were both born the wrong side of the blanket as it were and were then brought up by their grandparents in the belief that they were their parents and their mother was actually their sister. I also found a couple of infant deaths too, even just a couple of generations back, which is always sad... but again, that wasn't uncommon back then either.

I'm sorry to hear about the displacement with your family. My stepfather has Jewish heritage, and almost all of that half of his family was displaced and/or wiped out during WW2.

It's certainly really interesting to look into all of this - especially when you find out amazing things. I currently have distant relatives living in Canada, the US, Australia... I can't wait to see where else.

October 27, 2018
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