I can read this !

Hi everyone – long time, no see – it’s so frustrating not to have more time to write (!)

I’m putting this post up on the fly. 

I’m in the long, hard slog phase of last night’s hard-drive-wipe-and-reinstall event.

Recovery from a wipe-and-reinstall event entails many twists and turns, among them the (surprise!) need to search through email to recover addresses that disappeared from my address book, for reasons unknown.

Naturally, looking at email for the purposes of address-recovery leads to looking at email for the purposes of not-address-recovery…. 

… and so, because my quest to learn French (and Spanish) has nothing whatsoever to do with my desire to locate disappeared email address, I opened French Today‘s Unique French Tips —- and found I could instantly and fluently read this:

En France, les fleurs associées à la mort sont les chrysanthèmes et les cyclamènes, car elles résistent au gel et sont donc parfaites pour mettre sur les tombes en ce mois de novembre. Attention donc de ne jamais offrir ces fleurs en France… Ce serait un gros faux-pas.

In France, flowers associated with death are mums and cyclamens, because they are frost resistant and are therefore perfect to put on the tombs in this month of November. So be careful to never give these flowers as a gift in France. It would be a big faux-pas.

I stumbled over gel, although I knew the word, but that was it. Otherwise, I read these lines as quickly as I would read the same lines in English.

I’m thrilled!

I owe this to a 264-day streak on Duolingo (plus 1 year of high-school French and a few weeks of French at the Alliance Française decades ago). On Duolingo, I’ve done 6 French lessons a day for the vast majority of days, plus 1 for Spanish, the language I studied beginning in middle school and then all through high school and into college. 

I’ve also made it through 4559 of Lingvist‘s 5000 French words. It’s a good thing, too, because Lingvist’s algorithm has decided to stop giving me new words. I have no idea why. I paid for Premium Lingvist, the version that lets you practice 100 cards a day as opposed to just 50, but the program stalled out several weeks ago at 4559 words, possibly because I’m teaching and can no longer practice 100 cards a day.

Another thing to deal with.

Anyway, point is, after nearly 9 months of daily practice, I can read a simple French text as quickly as I can read a simple English text.

That’s major. 

The language apps use information-integration learning, and they work. 

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