My Dutch Tree is Complete!
After nearly two months, my tree is now complete.
I wasn't going to write about the completion, but the Dutch course was (is) too awesome to not write about it!
First of all, thank you to the Dutch Team for such a great course. It was laid out extremely well, and jumped right into practical nouns and verbs for everyday use. I was surprised that I did not learn the word for "party" until one of the last few skills, but then I realized that it just was not necessary. Dutch is tops so far for giving learners the words they need...immediately.
This being the first user-contributed course, I had no idea what to expect. Let me just say that my expectations paled in comparison. I actually learned about Dutch culture, Dutch History (I shall never forget the Tachtigjarige Oorlog), and it was similar to learning in school, but much more fun. Anything with little onions rising up gets a thumbs-up from me. My favorite sentences:
Soms vraag ik me af of mijn hond het universum begrijpt en ik niet.
Mijn hond was vandaag te moe om het universum te ontdekken.
De citroen heeft geen angst getoond.
The personalities of the contributors came through in every skill, and Dutch felt like I was being taught one-on-one, instead of a round of sentences being thrown at me. My favorite skill of all time is NL 2. Nothing makes my heart quicken like food, and everything sounded so good that my mouth nearly watered during the lessons. For the record, I don't like chocolate sprinkles either.
Kudos to the Dutch Team! ヘ(￣ー￣ヘ)
Can I be the first Southerner to finish the course? :P
There's a couple of reasons why we think that having more than 3 sentences per word is a good idea:
- Having less repetition of the same sentences within lessons, to keep students on edge and to keep practice from getting boring.
- Giving students more examples of Dutch grammar and sentence structure, so that they can better figure out the underlying rules.
- The Russian team got a very favorable response, after they increased the number of sentences per word.
All in all, we think it will give the course more depth and make it (even) more fun for our students.
I think that you can never have too much variety in material in the course. Honestly, if someone does ten revision quizzes on one Skill in the tree and encounters no duplicates, that is hardly a bad thing - it means all of the questions in those ten quizzes were genuinely being answered from knowledge of the language and not from subconsciously remembering previous answers.
Well done. It sounds as though it was lots of fun. I will finish mine once I can do it on my kindle. I raced through the first 6 levels in 24 hours but left it when it started to mess up my German spelling. Now your post makes me want to get back to it, but I need to wait and get some real work done first. Duolingo is too addictive!