Unofficial Highscores #2
THIS WEEK'S HIGHSCORES: http://i.imgur.com/xDoLJFb.png
Since this is the first week of the month, Top this week and Top this month are the same.
If you're looking for some motivation, or if you would like to be added to the list, add me (score_board) on Duolingo.
lolaphilologist is at the top this week, with ~4800 points, about 400 points ahead of Sadness and marie.valarao.
Looks like we're going to have a new second place All Time soon.
It's only been a couple of hours since the weekly counter reset, but some people have earned a lot of points. Take a look here: http://i.imgur.com/2fEXEdw.png
4,800 points in a week! That's more than I've managed in the six months since I joined here! I mean I've got a full-time job that takes up most of my time, but I still try to do 30mins a day. So... I'd estimate It's taken me 90+ hours to get the amount of points I've got... So the leader must have done 90 hours or so of Duolingo in a week! Not so much a full-time job as the work of two full-time jobs!
You can remove / reset the language after a deadline (week / month). It won't work in the long run though (all time)...
Since I'm from the Netherlands I knew Dutch already, and English too. I had to study French and German for four years in high school but I didn't like them at all back then. I wasn't good at them either, so that may explain something :).
Before I started on DuoLingo I had already read some books in German, just to see if German was as horrible as I remembered it from high school. It turned out it is actually a nice language :).
I did know a little Spanish before I started on DuoLingo, but I've learned Portuguese and Italian were completely new to me. :)
Cool, I knew there had to be some! Very well done stefott, I hope that there'll be a new language for you soon ;).
By the way, I'm from the Netherlands too, so I see where you're coming from; I too didn't like languages at high school; I learned to enjoy them later and Duolingo is of great service to me!
While I dream of finishing all languages, I'll focus on finishing German and Spanish first! That's enough work for now! ;)
Stefott, have you tried using the languages irl? Can you do some conversations? Can you read books? I'm especially interested in how your Portuguese and Italian are, since you had to learn those from scratch.
And what are you doing now that you are done? I presume that the language learning disease has hit you hard, you're probably busy with improving one of these languages or learning something else somewhere else.
Well, of course I can have conversations in Dutch :) I can have them in English as well although my accent is horrible. I don't think I can have conversations in the other languages. I want to have some experience in writing these languages (on a forum or something) before I turn to conversations :).
But speaking languages has never been my main goal, reading and listening are. I can read German books and newspapers well enough that I forget that I'm reading German when I'm at it. French is more difficult. I'm now reading Ellana¹ which I haven't read in another language before and I definitely need a dictionary for some passages. For Portuguese, Spanish and Italian I've only tried to read Harry Potter (respectively book 4, 5 and 6) which I know by heart. I know these languages well enough not to get 'lost' in the books, ie I know what's going on when I'm reading them, but I think I would have a hard time reading a book I've never read before.
What I'm doing now? Practising. You don't master a language by finishing a tree - well, not if you finished it before level 20. And even then, I'm at level 20 with German and I feel I've only mastered the first three blocks. So, still a lot of work to do :).
Besides these languages I study Computer Science and try to teach myself how to play a keyboard, so I am quite busy.
I don't know whether I'll start to learn another language the moment Duo releases one. Portuguese and Italian were rather buggy in the last stages even though they had been out for 7 à 8 months when I got there. Though it is nice to have all owls of course ;).
Buena suerte mit Deutsch und Spanisch :)