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  1. Nov 2023
  2. Oct 2023
    1. duolingo poll .t3_17h6wfs._2FCtq-QzlfuN-SwVMUZMM3 { --postTitle-VisitedLinkColor: #9b9b9b; --postTitleLink-VisitedLinkColor: #9b9b9b; --postBodyLink-VisitedLinkColor: #989898; }

      I was a subscriber of Duolingo specifically for Cymraeg until about a year ago. Updates, while they seemed nice, seemed to keep putting me farther back than my previous level, and spending 20 to 30 minutes a day didn't seem to be getting me anywhere. Ultimately I gave up on Duolingo in favor of Say Something in Welsh which seemed to be a bit more challenging and improved my spoken grasp of the language. Now I need to spend some more time with some of the finer points of the grammar, but Duolingo really isn't the best place for that either.

      Anecdotally, it seems like a lot of the movement on some languages on Duolingo was taking advantage of free labor of volunteers. Duolingo seemed to be getting a lot of help on the Cymraeg front which they may not be getting now and this may be a play for financial support that they probably don't really need given the usage they're seeing. Given my experience with the app and where they've placed their resources in the past, I'm actively suspicious of their motivations.

  3. Mar 2023
    1. Slow learner

      reply to jo-king


      I don't do it as much as I did when I started out, but I would put the audio files into a podcatcher that allowed me to speed up or slow down the audio. The first time through I would slow the audio down to 75% of full speed so I didn't need to fiddle so much with the pause button (especially when I was listening while commuting or doing other household chores). Then I'd speed it up a bit each time until I was able to do 1.10 or 1.25x speed at which point the pauses weren't long enough to get a word in edgewise. At this point I move on to the next. Be careful here though as on some of the longer sentences at the ends of some lessons, if you play them too slowly, you'll forget what the beginning of the sentence was by the time they get to the end.

      Based on a trick in my daughter's dual immersion Japanese class which used the word "wakanai" (Japanese for "I don't know"), I also formed the practice of saying "ddim gwybod" in place of words I couldn't immediately remember so that I could focus on the ones I did know instead of getting too tripped up on the ones I didn't. Eventually on repetition and revision they would slowly seep into my brain. Fortunately the kind and patient instructors on the tape never made fun of me or judged me for my mistakes and that made it much easier to eventually pick things up.

      Sticking with it has become quite fun and it definitely gets easier with time. pob lwc!

  4. Feb 2023
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