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

Fred fred.fredex at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 00:29:04 BST 2021


Eric beat me to it... I was going to say that my understanding of Haitian
Creole is that it's a pretty corrupt derivative of French.


On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 1:33 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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