A few years ago I discovered the app Duolingo, and thought it would be fun to learn Spanish. It’s something I could use daily in the job I had then, and the one I have now, and I’ve always wanted to learn a 2nd language.
I’ve gotten pretty far in the course, but with the old Duolingo system of having to practice to keep your circles gold, I was spending more time reviewing past lessons than learning new ones. So I eventually stopped. I’ve seen with returning that once your lesson is gold, it stays that way! You’re constantly adding on what you learn so you’re always reviewing. I’m enjoying the new system a lot more. So much so that I decided I’d learn Dutch.
Dutch is a fun language. “Ze zijn zijn zons” has been my favorite sentence so far and my favorite word is constantly changing, most recent from slagroom (whipped cream) to handschoenen (gloves or “hand shoes”). It’s helped reading some posts online from Dutch friends, but don’t know any Dutch speaking people personally or IRL.
Friday night I went to my cousin’s birthday get together. He has learned Spanish and a lot of friends are native Spanish speakers. I noticed at the party half the room was speaking Spanish, the other half English. Everyone was friendly and I had a great time but it was just so obvious that Spanish is more useful in my life right now than Dutch. So for 2019 my goal is to finish the Spanish tree in Duolingo, become conversational (forget fluency!) I have a GoComics page set up for Spanish comics to follow, I know there’s the Duolingo podcast and I’ll look for more when I have time today, plus I know we have a few Spanish radio stations I could set up.
I’m sad to leave Dutch behind for the moment. I thought I could learn both languages simultaneously but that didn’t work out for me.
I’m not giving up my Nijntje videos though!