Well, I managed to reach Unit 5 for French in Duolingo! Huzzah! I was quite pleased with myself. I also revised some rudimentary rules of French grammar and overall made good progress in both French and Latin between March to May. Then I returned to my weekly/daily rotation of languages and found it was not that hard to return to that momentum while having improved proficiency in the main languages I am learning. So I think I need to do this at least 2-3 times a year.
I’m quite happy to go slowly and intensely with Latin as I want to build a good foundation and I am happy with the Latin tutoring I received. Part of me wants to do this with French but I don’t have the time, plus I’ve had half a lifetime of learning French off and on and am to be honest more confident about my French. So I’ll just Duolingo it for the next 2 years until I finish all units and then decide if I want to have French lessons. But the thing is, I suspect two years from now I’m still going to be having Latin lessons that will be increasing in intensity especially since I am hell-bent on sitting for the National Latin Exam. We’ll see how it goes.
I never really understood how or why I had the guts to make the leap for actual Latin lessons last year. I mean, it’s something I’ve wanted my whole life but I’m kind of passive in that I tend to go “Oh, some day”, and then one evening I went from idly going “Oh, haha, let’s see if they have Latin online classes”, to making my first booking with an air of derring-do. Now, some months later I can’t imagine not having Latin lessons be a part of my life for the rest of my life. I’m okay with that. Other thing of note is that it’s so much easier to learn now that the Moreland and Fleischer physical book is with me. Next month, Ørberg’s books.
Oh, and I have a 903-day streak over at Duolingo. My dudes, that’s longer than many relationships. Let it not be said that I don’t know how to commit to things.