I’m trying to learn Swedish. My son-in-law, the family Swede, says that such a project is not terribly practical since only an impressive minority of people on the planet speak his native tongue.
Since when is the grandmother of the most precious one-year-old in the universe expected to be practical?? So, Duolingo gives me updates on how I’m doing. Currently, it says I’m around 34% fluent in Swedish.
Clearly, they define “fluency” differently than I do. For example, if I wanted to say something like, “your dinosaur has a funny nose”, I would be woefully lost for words.
And Duolingo doesn’t teach you any expletives, which probably a good thing when you’re a 58-year-old trying to learn a new language…. Continue reading “Neuroplasticity, (and other foreign languages).”