So as I write this blog post today I am in the process of setting up an account and awaiting responses to try and connect with someone who speaks French. This was a much more difficult process than I had initially expected. It is similar to what I imagine setting up an online dating profile would be like. I am trying to be careful with the information that I am putting out there. It is tricky to find the balance between not putting enough information out there and putting too little.
I am using a website called Langue Exchanges which allows you to meet other people who are trying to learn a new language. When you first sign up you are prompted to pick what language you speak as well as what language you are wanting to learn. It then compiles possble matches for you to sort through. Once this is done you can send requests to people and ask to have an online meetup where you spend half the time learning one language and the other teaching your native language. I have sent out a few requests to people to see if we can set up a time to meet, but as of the writing of this blog, nobody has gotten back to me. Hopefully, we will have some more progress in the next day or two.
In all honesty, I am really not sure how comfortable I am with this. I am a grown adult and yet I am still quite paranoid about meeting someone online. Maybe it is all the stuff we have been discussing in class. This is definitely not something that I would want to use in the classroom. I think the reasons for that are quite obvious. I am currently doing some more reading on this to see how legitimate this website is, I am sure I will find it is very legitimate, but my paranoia is getting the best of me.
I am still going strong with Duolingo, and I currently have a 15-day streak and I am going strong. As well, I am up to 38% fluency according to the app. The questions being asked are clearly much harder with each passing lesson. I am really liking how the app suggests that you go back and redo certain skills as you keep progressing. This is a great way to ensure that you don’t forget what you have been learning.
For next weeks blog post I will try and have a video for you to maybe watch. If I can get over my fear of meeting a stranger I will try and record that conversation (with their permission of course). If not, I will record another lesson on duolingo and this time I will do one that I haven’t done yet so you might see me make a mistake.