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

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 18:33:11 BST 2021


If they're Haitian, you might do better with Haitian Creole.  I don't
remember if Duolingo offers it or not---I've seen courses for it, here and
there (like from Audio-Forum).  Haitian Creole, as-spoken, is not much like
standard-issue French.

On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 7:49 AM J Woodruff <profjenn12 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> it.
>
> 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
> start.
>
> Jennifer
>
> 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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