This week, I decided to try the Duolingo again. I haven’t use it for a while. This time, instead of doing each of the activities, I jumped into the test. The section I left last time was about accusative, which was easy for me now. Not surprisingly, I passed the test. The next test was food. I was also trying to pass the test, but I failed. Duolingo has more new vocabularies for this section, such as Erdbeere for Strawberry, Zucker for Suger, and Süß for Sweet. I went back to do two activities in this section. I feel we didn’t really memorize the gender of the nouns in the class. But here in Duolingo, I have to really know the gender to have the correct answer. It is really challenging.
Then I also used the Bots, which is the conversation with Duolingo. My first conversation was to help an artist chose the color for her painting – a great activity to review the color words. Also, in the conversation, she asked “Kannst du mir helfen, ein Bild zu malen“. I was excited to recognize that it was about “zu+infinitive”. Some of the new words in the conversation I needed to look it up, such as Himmel, which is sky in German. But there were also some other new words that I could guess and understand the sentence. “Versuche es noch mal“, is “try one more time”. I didn’t learn the first word “versuche”. But before this sentence, it said that my previous answer was not correct. And I knew the word “noch mal” means “another time”. This way, it easy to understand that she was asking me to answer again. I really like the conversation function of Duolingo. I can have my somewhat creative answer, but also able to have some help and guide meanwhile.