I started DuoLingo Japanese several years ago but didn’t have a very long streak of consecutive days. I decided to try to spend 5 to 10 minutes in the morning, instead of rushing to get it in at night before midnight.
Since this change, it’s been easier to practice my Japanese consistently. That being said, I only learned about 500 to 600 vocabulary words. I seem to learn enough to pass a unit, but then I am not good at retaining this knowledge.
Still, there is no rush. I would like to visit Japan again with my family but we have to plans at the present. But when I finally do get there, I’d like to be able to find my way around more easily than when I went in 1992 not speaking much Japanese at all.
I am half-Japanese and my mother took Japanese classes after school growing up. My Japanese grandparents immigrated to the United States before WWII and they never really learned English. My mom spoke a version of Japanese that was kind of stuck during the time period from when my grandparents left Japan, but she could still converse in Japanese.
My goal is to be able to order in restaurants and find my way around as a tourist. I may need several more years to hit this goal!
How about you? Is anyone else learning a language using DuoLingo? How do you like it? I find that the free version works best for me — when I run out of hearts by making too many mistakes it’s time to stop. My retention is better when I am forced to go over my mistakes day after day until I finally pass the unit.
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