Libera Me

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  1. Well, I can say this, and it might not go over well here because I imagine that Duolingo isn’t thought of highly BUT I really like it. As an adult who truly wants to learn Italian (I wish it was in Arabic, too) I have been playing on the app for the last 23 days. 14 days into it, I had a full conversation in Italian during a dream in which I was at a party and two Italian women my age had just arrived to the country.

    When I’m doing random things around my home or at work, words will just pop into my head: cuchiaio (spoon), pericoloso (dangerous), avrete (some form of had).

    Obviously, an app like this won’t work for the unmotivated but there is something to be said for it if a person WANTS to learn. I have students that really like it but of course they are my 5%ers. One of my kids is on a 530-something-day streak with Spanish. It shows.

    The app puts things together in a weird way; you know, the whole thing with brains remembering the absurd. (“The bear is eating cake in the woods.”)

    1. When students and parents ask me what the student can do outside of class to “study for German”, I include using Duolingo in the list of possible activities. I have looked at it and talked to people who have used it, including a couple of students. While I don’t know anyone who has used it extensively or as a primary vehicle for acquisition (except now for Jen), everyone who has used it has had a positive response and said that it is helpful. [Very different from reports of people who have tried Rosetta Stone.]

      Ben, this post reminded me of the time I sang in a choir for the soundtrack of a film. It included a setting of “Libera me, Domine, de morte ætérna, in die illa treménda.” (Deliver me, O Lord, from eternal death in that great day.) The words you remember are the next line (When the heavens and earth shall be moved). For anyone who is interested, the film was “Flame in the Wind”, produced by the university I was attending at the time. I was also an extra in the film – I played a nobleman. My roommate was a peasant, so I kidded him that it was type casting.

  2. Well you are a nobleman and in fact Le Chevalier de L’Ouest. I still find it wonderful that you were one of those dinner theater knights. So cool. Remember so many years ago you would write comments here about the relationship between the rider and the horse and connect it to teaching and then La Cavalière du Midi (Judy) would add in her thoughts on it. I wish I could find some of those comments. I like how we have been able over the years here to relate teaching in the way we do it to just about anything in life.

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