[LMB] OT: Duolingo, was weird and wonderful human brain

J Woodruff profjenn12 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 13:48:42 BST 2021

I'm on Duolingo as J Woodruff (big surprise). Yes, I am working on 12
languages...very, very slowly. I work on one a day, and rotate through them.

I knew French (from high school), German (from college), and a little
Spanish (from elementary school) before I started, as well as a tiny bit of
Latin from being a church musician and how to pronounce Italian from having
been a music major. The others are all just for fun and for brain activity.
Doing a different one every day provides me enough variety that I keep at

My husband, who is doing fewer languages in a focused way, knows enough
Spanish now that he can communicate with the folks at the Spanish mass he
plays for. It's not a perfect way to learn a language, but it's a great


On Tue, Sep 7, 2021, 7:38 AM Katherine (Kathy) Collett <
kcollett at hamilton.edu> wrote:

> On Sep 7, 2021, at 12:56 AM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I've thought about Duolingo, but part of my problem is the huge number of
> > choices.  Should I go back and improve my Chinese?   Should I go for
> > Russian?  Arabic?  What?
> I’ve been thinking that I should learn Spanish, now that I’m retired — but
> just this week it turns out that the wife and children of a Haitian
> Episcopal priest will, if all goes well, be coming to live in our parish as
> soon as possible (they are at risk of kidnapping), so I’m going to brush up
> my French instead (I took French through college, but it’s pretty rusty).
> The priest himself speaks excellent English, but he will be staying in
> Haiti to help his congregation, and his wife and children do not have much
> English.  Our Episcopal church has helped build and support a school in his
> parish for some years, and we will do what we can to support the family (to
> start with they will be living in the household of my fellow warden).  The
> nearby city of Utica has a lot of resources for refugees (and a large
> refugee population), so we hope to be able to tap into that as well.
> So, I have just joined Duolingo; my name or ID seems to be Kathy274747.
> Katherine
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