On Hitting Stride (Re-Learning Swahili with Duolingo, P.4)

I imagine this is what it’s like to be a plumber, faced with a blockage, where the water is just barely dripping out. After tinkering for a bit, something budges, and suddenly there’s water rushing out of the pipe again.

It all makes sense again, both slowly and suddenly. The vocabulary, the grammar, the language has come back to me, come out of its dormancy. At this point, Duolingo is falling to the side of my routine — its exercises are simply too easy. I keep doing them, but I’m getting 100% consistently, on everything. I take the quizzes to skip ahead, and behold — I skip ahead!

Of course, Duolingo is just one tool, and I think it’s time I move back towards other tools, a combination — books, grammar guides, conversational audio clips, TV shows, movies, reading the news in Swahili…. you name it, I’m going to do it. I promise — Duolingo might be easy now, but I’ve still got a lot of work do to! Just need to keep putting in the elbow grease.

Regardless, it does feel good to re-hit that stride, to realize that it’s just hidden in the depths of my brain, not gone entirely.

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