I am learning about 11 languages on Duolingo but I’m still doing the rotation. I found that learning latin (and completing the Duolingo course) really accelerated my understanding of the Romance languages so I added Spanish to the mix. Also out of curiousity, Japanese which has been a real pleasure because you learn the hiragana and uh, some of you know that Hiragana was one of my nicknames a loooong time ago. And like many languages, I have more Japanese than I think I know. Years of watching anime and dorama, right? Same with Spanish. I know more than I thought I knew and it was interesting how much it shares with Portuguese. The romance languages, basically have many overlaps. I’ve also been learning both Irish and Scottish Gaelic on the weekends out of curiosity. I started learning Gaelic as a kid in Scotland way back in the 80s but didn’t know how much I’d retained. So far, I’m finding Scottish easier to remember/pick up than Irish, so I’ve been focusing on it more. Though I also retained some Irish due to years of Celtic music obsession, the pronunciations are trickier. Well, Scottish is pretty tricky too I guess. And the same words have different pronunciations in both versions of Gaelic.
Here’s my language rotation schedule for good weeks. On bad/busy weeks for the past few, things have gone south so I just pick and choose whatever I think needs more work. About 30 mins to an hour a day depending on energy levels, really.
- Monday: French, Welsh, Greek, alternate between Irish or Scottish
- Tuesday: French, Welsh, Greek
- Wednesday: Alternate schedules of (French, Welsh, Greek) or (Portuguese, German, French)
- Thursday: Portuguese, German, French
- Friday: Portuguese, German, French.
- Saturday: Scottish, Latin, Italian, French, (either Spanish or Japanese)
- Sunday: Irish, Latin, Italian, French, (either Spanish or Japanese)
I’ve been a linguistic magpie for most of my life but it’s all coming together nicely now though I suspect I’ve been running away from French because I’ve been learning it nearly daily for nearly two years now. I’ve reached Unit 4 and am more than halfway towards Unit 5 and it’s getting harder and harder (but more interesting). If pressed, I could probably cautiously hold a very careful conversation in French. I could probably do the same for Latin.
But as for Latin, well — it’s the only course I’ve completed and of all of the languages, the one I wanted to master the most. So…guess who now has a Latin tutor?
Yes. Well, stay tuned, we’ll see how it goes. And it’s only once a month.
Also, this reminds me yet again to google IRN BRU since Duolingo seems to think we should all drink it.