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I'm having fun with Duolingo.

Odd really. I hated learning German at school and wasn't much good at it - though I did pass my O-level.

About two weeks ago, I started playing around with German on Duolino and more of my school German seems to have lasted than I thought.

I'm actually finding it relaxing re-learning and learning new German.

I just successfully translated "The man eats the cheese" to  Der Mann isst den Käse and I feel really good about that.

 got both genders correct. Man and cheese are both masculine. I got the nominative and accusative case correct, so in spite of both being masculine, the man is 'der' and the cheese  is 'den'.  And I did it from memory!

I'm finding tricks for remembering gender that I never had at school and am thus actually managing to get most genders correct (so far).  eg.  For 'cheese' I think of men with smelly feet to remember that 'Käse' is masculine.

This is me, getting de-stressed by learning German genders and irregular verbs!

The world is a very strange place...
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Jan. 16th, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, my dear partner at Duolingo! Congratulations!
I am so very grateful to you for inviting me because Duolingo is FUN! After several hours I discovered that I am recollecting more and more and now I have almost no problems catching up with the grammar - more problems with the vocabulary here and there. But what is really annoying is the Latin transcription I have to use. Oh yes, there are instructions how to upload the Cyrilic keyboard but I will not do it because my old PC is very touchy for any changes.Well, and I actually use TWO languages because I use ENGLISH and RUSSIAN - very effective, I must tell you. However the more difficult the grammar constructions, the worse problems with the transcription. Soon I will have to stop it. I can still read Azbuka quite well though and I remember the spelling and pronunciation more than I thought.
I don´t know if I will take German like you - I would like to test myself at English too ...
So far I am working on my Russian!:-)
Jan. 17th, 2017 09:39 am (UTC)
Not much point in testing your English. I'm pretty certain that your skills are beyond the level Duolingo goes to.

Your English has improved so much in the time I've known you.

In written English, it will only be another year or so before you come across as a native speaker.
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh! Now you really made me proud! But - I know too well that without practising, the skills disappear very fast. And...I really have problems with phrasal verbs (come across) because I am not able to remember them and use properly.
And...what I would be without you? If you hadn´t invited me to LJ, I wouldn´t have had my English and my FRIENDS.
Well, I will go on struggling with my Russian transcription and later on, I will move to German (oh oh oh!).
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:00 pm (UTC)
I had to look up 'phrasal verb'. It's always the way when you grow up with something. You might look down on someone who doesn't know them, as they feel natural.

I suppose that could come across as unfeeling, coming out as gay would be much harder.

I think there are four or five phrasal verbs in that bit above -if I've got it correct....
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:13 pm (UTC)
I believe I can identify them almost without any problem.But using them...wellllll...the most difficult case is that sort of a "multiply choice" exercise: there are four possibility given, only one is the right one. With phrasal verbs, the main verb is all right but The Problem is the usage of the adverbial particles: it always seems that ALL are correct!LOL
I have always studied from , according to my opinion, the best English Grammar textbook:
English Grammar at Use by Murphy. And now I have "Destination B2" - Grammar and Vocabulary. A very "potent" textbook! I have to prepare for every lesson with my students with a help of the "Key".
Jan. 17th, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
It's "multiple choice" exercise...

Indeed . Look up, look out, look down are all correct.

Drop down, drop dead,

Go in, go out, go round, go back, etc/

It's so odd to look at one's own language from the outside.
Jan. 17th, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you, multiple I will remember:-).

Well, I noticed that some speakers of English had had some problems with such exercises. They were surprised and had to take some time before they answered. But they used these expressions without ANY problems in "normal" talk. :-)
Jan. 17th, 2017 04:54 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I listen to Oswin, and she's already using irregular plurals, etc.

Yet when we're older and just starting on foreign languages, we cannot initially accept that English even has anything difficult in it.
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