Wednesday, August 19, 2015
I chose French because we want to go to Tahiti at some point and while they do speak some English, we hear they appreciate it if you try to speak French. Plus I would like to know what I'm ordering on a menu if everything is written in French or at least have an idea. So for me this is two fold, learning a language that will hopefully benefit us on a vacation and keep dementia far away from my noggin.
Here is an example of one of my lessons.
It will give you a phrase after having you learn words and you must translate it to English and vice versa.
When it introduces a new word to the lesson, it highlights it in orange and you can hover over it to see the meaning. You can also cheat a bit because you can hover over every word and it'll translate each one but I only do that if I'm super stuck.
I guess they are obsessed with rich people?
Some lessons come really easy and some frustrate me so bad that my brain literally throbs and at that point I know I'm forging those new brain pathways. I read by several doctors that when you reach that point of learning something new and say "ugh, my brain hurts" and you kind of mean it that is what's happening. That feeling will aid you in keeping even age related mental slips to a minimum.
There are some things that no matter how much I see it on the screen, I cannot retain it so I will write down the things I'm having trouble with...
I will also write down word association things that help me like I could not consistently remember when to use Un/Une and La/Le, one meaning "A" and the other meaning "the." So to help it stick, I noted that un/une that meant "a" both started with vowels and la/le for "the" both started with consonants. Writing that down helped me retain that lesson and I haven't missed one since.
When you complete lessons, it will tell you how fluent you are in your new language.
Everyday before I start a new lesson, I go back to the basic lessons I already passed and refresh them which you also get points for. I want to make sure it sinks in and I'm amazed at how much I've retained and how quickly I breeze through some of them.
So if you're interested in keeping your brain healthy or want to be able to help your kids with their lessons in the new school year, head over to Duolingo.com and get started!
What new language would you want to learn?
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