Duolingo

Jan. 16th, 2017 01:59 pm
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I'm having fun with Duolingo.

Odd really. I hated learning German at school and wasn't much good at it - though I did pass my O-level.

About two weeks ago, I started playing around with German on Duolino and more of my school German seems to have lasted than I thought.

I'm actually finding it relaxing re-learning and learning new German.

I just successfully translated "The man eats the cheese" to  Der Mann isst den Käse and I feel really good about that.

I
 got both genders correct. Man and cheese are both masculine. I got the nominative and accusative case correct, so in spite of both being masculine, the man is 'der' and the cheese  is 'den'.  And I did it from memory!

I'm finding tricks for remembering gender that I never had at school and am thus actually managing to get most genders correct (so far).  eg.  For 'cheese' I think of men with smelly feet to remember that 'Käse' is masculine.

This is me, getting de-stressed by learning German genders and irregular verbs!

The world is a very strange place...

Duolingo

Jan. 4th, 2017 08:03 pm
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 I've been  playing around with Duolingo  this week to refresh my O-level German.

I'm quite enjoying it, and it is a good way of learning, but I take serious exception to its claim that I'm now 11% fluent in German.   

I've only covered 54 words with it and the coverage of plurals and cases only relates to a small subset of those words.

Have other people used it much?

Does it actually take you to a level where you get genuine language skills, or is it really just a game that teaches you a good set of stock phrases (which are admittedly useful).

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