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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

I have my first Golden Owl!

It's for the Navajo course, which is probably the shortest ever, but still, I'm happy!

November 6, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Yá’át’ééh

Be very afraid of that Navajo owl. In Navajo myths, owls are one of the creatures that helps witches and evil spirits do their dirty deeds. In many of the indigenous American tribes hearing the hoot of an owl is an omen that someone will die.

Hopefully, a Golden Owl is different...but caution is still strongly advised.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Living in Vietnam, I found a lot of people believe that the hoot of an owl, or even seeing one, is bad luck. A person I know very well told me her first husband told her about seeing an owl and that he would die soon. Not too long after that, they were on a motorbike and a car hit them head on. He died soon after and she was in the hospital for 3 months.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/December-duck

That's a sad story. I wish your friend good luck.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas83

Not trying to be mean, but the motorbike was probably the better clue...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Point taken. They are quite dangerous. Just about everyone I know, including me, have been involved in motorbike collisions with other vehicles and people. One left me with a scar that looks like a map of Vietnam. But if I heard the hoot of an owl there, the next day I would stay home to mainly prevent any kind of self-fulfilling prophecy from happening.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

Haha, I didn't know that.

Ahéhee'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HyaSky

This is almost the opposite of how Greeks view owls. They are seen as a positive sign of protection and victory, having been the favorite bird of Athena.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Ancient Greek legends, like the Goddess Athena, was portrayed with an owl on her shoulder. Owls seen as guardians of the night and wise in their pursuit. In India they are a symbol of foolishness and frivolity.

I bet that I could Identify what part of the world a stranger was from by asking one simple question: What does the owl represent to you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas83

They are also among the stupidest birds of all, especially compared to the raven or parrot families. At least that's what they told us in vet school.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

Congratulations! Navajo is still a very hard language, short course or not.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HyaSky

Congratulations! The entire Navajo course only goes to a level 6?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaneKolesova

No, it doesn't work like that. Golden Owl appears when you unlocked all the skills and got at least 1 crown in each of them. So, after getting the Golden Owl, there is still a room for improvement - to get more crowns and to get on the higher levels. But getting a Gold Owl is nevertheless a great achievement!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HyaSky

Thank you for clarifying that!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

Yeah, most of my skills are at level 1 and I have some at level 2 or 3.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Congrats!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Harold172355

Congratulations!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duwch

Congratz! Do you feel as though you've learned a lot?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

Not really, haha. Navajo is very different from any language I'm familiar with. I feel like with most words, I'm still at that point where I recognize them as the translation of a specific English word, but I'm not able to write them out without making many mistakes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Well done with your Navajo owl!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dagogo3

wow that's good.unfortunately I've never gotten one


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

Well, this is a short course, so it wasn't that difficult :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YulianaDK

Congrats! How is it that you don't have one for French though if you've gotten so far with it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

The French tree is long and I don't usually leave many skills at level 1, so I have many at level 2, 3, 4, and 5. I still have about 35 skills to unlock to finish the level 1 tree.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

You get a Golden owl on a course when you finish level 1 on all the skills.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ericlewis2010

i gave lingot, everyone give some lingots!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Learn Navajo, Cherokee and Choctaw and you too could be a code talker for US military...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

Haha, I heard about that. There was actually an episode on the X Files where I first learned of this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

I looked it up. "Éí 'Aaníígóó 'Áhoot'é"...the truth is out there.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaEvenstar

Haha, yes, it had the changed tagline.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas83

Does the course have audio by now?

I have two owls, Chinese and Spanish. The owl isn't the end, though, there is more to uncover. Though Chinese seems to level out at around 1000 words, unfortunately.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wulfwyn

Congratulations! Navajo is quite difficult, so even though it's a "short" course, that's still an achievement of which to be proud.

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