This week I’ve downloaded the free app Duolingo and have started learning French. Tom is learning French and Spanish.
The app is cute – it uses gamification (in a not dorky way) to spur you on and asks you to translate, write, listen and speak from the get-go. It’s hard but worthwhile and much better than the humiliation of not knowing your French verbs the day the sadistic reliever teacher took our class.
So far I have learnt:
* I am great at working out the sentence if there’s a choice of words to put in the correct order, and
* I have NO idea what French people are saying most of the time even if I listen to the track five times in a row.
Still, this week I saw someone’s five year old’s writing and it was rubbish, which reminded me that learning takes time and it’s OK to be completely useless at the start.
P.S. I wanted to learn Japanese but it wasn’t an option.