Duolingo has improved my English...and i am studying French
Ok, i am in French, and i realized that about half the "fails" were due not to an incorrect understanding of french, but to a bad use of English...(i am spanish, so French is relatively easy to understand, at least on writing). So, thanks Duolingo.
In deed, I doubt that I would have ever achieved my current command of English if I had remained a monoglot.
I fully endorse the conventional wisdom that English speakers should study French to expand vocabulary (1) , German to improve grammar (2) and Latin to do both (3) .
- Almost two thirds of all English words are of Romance origin with French being the main conduit.
- The more arcane points of English grammar (e.g. proper use of words like "whom" or "hither", irregular verbs such as "to smite") tend to have equivalents in German.
- I would go so far as to say that sufficient study of Latin will permanently alter the way that one's mind works, bringing a noticeable increase in the order and precision with which one expresses one's thoughts.
I find that Spanish is harder to learn, at least for me. Learning English was a 'un pezzo di torta' for me. But you see, I think it all depends on your linguistic background when learning a new one. I spoke German before learning English, so that's probably why it seemed very easy in a way. Whereas now that I'm learning Spanish, I have more difficulties. I don't frequently have those 'ah yeah that totally makes sense' moments because I don't already speak another Romance language, like say French or Italian, etc.