Well not really, but a girl can dream can’t she?
I have been using Duolingo for 17 days now, and I’m not sure that I am getting any better. At first, I was flying through the skills. Each new lesson only has about 20 questions, and I would use my phone doing sometimes up to 10 lessons a day! I was so proud of myself.
Then I got onto the website and realized there was a “strengthen skills” button. It gives you a mini-lesson based on what you have learned so far with the app. So I tried it and I was so frustrated! I was getting everything wrong! I immediately stopped doing the skills and started only doing this mini-lesson every day. Well, twice a day to get my 20 minutes in.
Now, after about a week of only doing the “strengthen skills” lesson, I think I am starting to get a little better. When I started the app I was at 3% fluency, and now I’m all the way up to 27%!
Whenever you complete a new skill, you get what are called “lingots”. These are little gems within the app. They are fantastic since it’s basically rewarding you for hating how inept you are (at least that’s how it is for me haha!). I’ve earned 46 so far! YAY ME! So today I decided to use them to buy something from the lingot store. There are lots of incentives, like keeping your daily streak frozen for one day of inactivity, or doubling a 5 lingot bet for a certain number of days in a row.
But then I saw it “bonus skills”. Oooooo bonuses!! YES! You only have 3 slots open for bonus skills so you have to be picky about which ones you buy. Right now I had two options: French idioms or flirting. Obviously I chose the flirting (goodbye 30 lingots). If I’m going to torture myself through learning French all over again, I might as well get something out of it. Now when I take my next vacation traveling around Europe I will have something to show for it haha.
Au revoir mes amis! À plus tard! (I actually know what that means!)