Cette semaine était médiocre.
I tried to follow the same plan that I worked with last week – but apparently life has been different this week, and that must be the prevailing factor!
I had a 14 day streak going with Duolingo (until last night) when my eyes wouldn’t stay open beyond the second lesson… this is what happens when my father-in-law comes to visit, and you get to enjoy an authentic curry chicken meal!
I digress. I have been listening to French radio consistently. I had several french conversations this week. I read french stories again this week (video below). I was not able to spend any time on mango this week (although there is still a chance I will get on it today).
I’ve noticed with Duolingo that while I pushed myself to get through several new ‘units’ of words last week, my ‘learned’ units are not maintaining their strength for very long, so even if I go beyond my 5 lessons a day there are still units which require ‘practice’. This becomes a point of frustration for me, as I feel less successful when there is ‘uncompleted’ work. I think this would be the reason for me not getting to Mango for the week – as I am more inclined to ‘finish’ the units then to move on to Mango when there is still work to do on Duolingo. For me- this is what makes Duolingo a great learning tool. As long as you are a motivated learner (and someone like me who tends to be one of those perfectionist ‘I need to finish my work’) kind of people, the app does a great job of ‘drawing you in’ on a daily basis (which is what research will tell you is required to effectively learn a language).
I still have not ‘increased’ my fluency from 45%, which really has me questioning what the algorithm requires. Perhaps I am consistently getting less answers correct than I perceive!
Regardless of what percentage I’m at – I have noticed an increase in what I am able to de-code and since the ‘singing’ fiasco of last week, I have been taking more chances in the french phrases I am speaking! For example, this week I created my title completely on my own, without the help of Google Translate (I did double check the spelling of aujourd’hui), I also did the first sentence (This week was mediocre) on my own (I did have to look up ‘was’). Lastly, I understood a large percentage of the read-aloud book I read for the week (and it’s not as familiar to me as the previous read-alouds I’ve completed)!
I see progress in myself, so I am going to keep up with the same plan I’ve had for the last few weeks (50xp goal in Duolingo, French conversations, french radio, french books, and I WILL get on to Mango more consistently over the next week!)
So, until next week…
Merci mes amis, a bientot!