Well – it’s been another week! I’ve stayed mostly on track with my goals this week (with couple small exceptions that I will address a little later).
I have worked through Duolingo and maintained my lessons consistently, and I even managed to ‘increase’ my level to 12 (I think the increase occurs with the amount of new lessons completed). I did also manage to ‘increase’ my fluency to 43% (I’m wondering if the fluency is somehow attached to an algorithm with the lessons you’ve done and how many you get correct versus how many are wrong). My down fall with Duolingo for the last two weeks has been Wednesday – I am not sure why or how but these last two Wednesdays have apparently been so full that by the time I’m able to get on my phone/computer to do the lessons, I make it through one or two and then I fall asleep (yes, I really just admitted that). I plan to see how this week goes, and if I’m unable to complete the lessons I will make a new plan for Wednesday’s to get it done!
I was also excited this week to consistently remember to listen to French radio again, and I am finding I am able to pick out more and more of the conversations (I’m going to have to start writing down what I understand so I can use them in my reflections each week). An additional win is that my daughter who was initially excited to learn french, and very quickly jumped off that train, started practicing with Duolingo again this past two weeks, has been asking to listen to French radio if it’s not on, and has been adding french words to our conversation when she can!
I was also able to have several mini french conversations this week (I will also admit to a french fail moment when I was trying to ask my daughter “what are you wearing today” and I picked several incorrect words which actually meant ‘who you call today’ – so bad!)
By Alex E. Proimos – http://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/4199675334/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22535544
Another ‘positive’ this week comes from consistently practicing reading aloud with french picture books. I’ve tried to incorporate several ‘levels’ of french reading, I can certainly tell the difference in my ‘instructional’ level and my ‘independent’ level. A disclaimer- I am probably butchering a lot of the pronunciations, please feel free to comment and tell me what I need to work on!
As for ‘fails’ of the week, I have not been on Mango at all- I felt an urgency to ‘complete’ the Duolingo lessons so I ‘know’ the vocabulary. However, I honestly feel that doing both at the same time is more beneficial. I suppose at this point in the semester, I’m feeling like I want to ‘check’ something off of my list so I can say “I’ve accomplished something” (I realize I have accomplished something, so I need to get over it!)
All right- next weeks goals include:
- Continuing to meet my Duolingo goal daily
- Continuing to listen to French radio daily
- Continue to read french picture books
- Continue to have french conversations (preferably accurate ones)
- Incorporate Mango more consistently