Duolingo has taught me that it's "les" with a verb of preference/like/dislike/etc and "des" otherwise. Now I just need to work out when I need du before a noun at other times. I think it's... most times when there isn't an article? German:
My tutor told me I am not
in fact her worst student! Which seems like an odd thing for her to say but I had been telling her my anxiety problems with the course and mentioned that I tend to end up assuming all the other students must be better at it than I am. It's easy to get intimidated doing this course, because there are always some native/fluent speakers doing it for certifcation and/or "easy credits," and they tend to be the ones who post most often on the forums, which is about the only contact you get with the progress of your fellow students.
This week the topic is women in history, and I learned that Herschel had a sister (also called Herschel, funnily enough) who was also a famous and successful astronomer, but she's been mostly forgotten in modern times. Then in about a fortnight I have to turn in an assignment about the Berlin Wall. I like the history topics, it's been the most interesting part of the course so far.Spanish:
Still working through Habitacion de los Reptiles
, one character has died now, and the Baudelaire orphans may or may not have been saved from Peru by a car accident. The good thing about Spanish is that the "difficult" words are the ones more likely to have obvious English cognates, so it's possible to read texts on unfamiliar topics such as deadly snakes and orphans.Polish:
I have finally met the Locative case! I'm on the Duolingo prepositions lesson, which shoves a lot of words at me and I need to learn both the words and what cases they require. As I've (probably?) said before, I think the Duo Polish course is quite hard in terms of how much it throws at you in one lesson. Maybe just because it's a complicated language for English speakers? You need to learn the cases early to make even quite simple sentences, and I don't suppose there's any to avoid that but it can be overwhelming sometimes. It's been the hardest language I've done anything with, I started years ago and still can't read much in it. But sometimes I can understand the gist of a Tweet or an Instagram caption, and then I feel mighty. Even though I have the reading level of a small child.