My Danish Experiment
Hej! I finished my French tree today finally (yay) so at a bit of a loose end Duolingo wise. I'm seriously studying French and Indonesian and don't want to lose focus on those but I also feel like having some fun.
So I've decided to do Danish on Duolingo and only on Duolingo. With the possible exception of checking grammar points if I run into trouble further down the road, I'm not going to do anything outside Duo and will do some every day. And I've turned off microphone and speech recognition to focus solely on the reading and make things a bit quicker. So essentially I guess I'm going to see how far you can go with Duo alone. I think if I got to a solid upper A1/A2 in reading I'd be happy.
On the French tree I wasn't too strict with practising my skills or making sure I got through without too many attempts or losing too many hearts because Duo was only a relatively small part of my French study. Since it will be my only Danish study, I plan to do a lot of timed practice and redos if necessary.
So I guess I'm just saying this to put my plan on the record and also give me an excuse to thank the developers and contributors (to the course and to the discussions) in advance. I've already found browsing through here very helpful!
Hej km1. I'm on a 10 day Danish streak today and going well. I finished Colours and Present 1 and hit Level 8 today. Definitely at this point I need to review the grammar and vocab. I'm doing a lot of timed practice to review and I'm usually getting 90% plus right but I also need to sit down and write out all the tables and so on that I've done so far to really make them automatic. The next skill is Questions which seems like a lot of new content so I think I'll continue to practice the skills but not start new content for maybe two days and spend that time again reviewing what I've learnt.
For the purpose of the 'experiment' though I think it's better if I move through the units reasonably quickly, so I won't delay new stuff for too long.
I'm enjoying it a lot and it's reasonably straightforward so far, "easier" in some ways than French for instance I think.
Today I hit a landmark in my Danish study - I failed a unit for the first time ... twice! Adjectives 1, lesson 3 was a heart-killer. Actually this is good because once I conquer it I'll know I have actually achieved something. I 'strengthened' Basics 1 just to get my 10xp and keep the streak and will come back to my Nemesis Adj. 1 i morgen ....
It's also possible that since I'm doing the Memrise February challenge and clocking up 80,000 points a day in French and Indonesian decks there at the moment that my brain is just "døde" ;-)
Hej! Tak for your interest. I'm still chipping away at it. Since starting Danish I've only missed one day, and even then I THOUGHT I had done it for that day but apparently not. I finished Adverbs yesterday. Definitely at this point the vocab is starting to pile up high and I need to revise outside of Duo. I've been doing the Memrise Duo Danish course - I think this falls into my rules of only using Duo since it's just a tool, not really any different in practice to writing them out in a notebook. I've kept my tree golden this whole time but definitely notice now it is more work to so, they're degrading quicker.
Apart from drilling the vocab the two things I really need to get a handle on are: - agreement of adjectives - question words