I joined that ages ago to brush up and go further with my German, but never bothered to make the time for it. And besides the time for using that now has passed for me. There is little possiblility of me going back to a country that speaks German now. I have forgotten all I learnt so it really would be a case of starting at the beginning again and it's just not worth it.
So I wracked my brains to think of what language would be fun to learn that I might possibly have a chance of using.
In the end I chose Dutch.
#1 Because I really do want a holiday over there at some point to try out their wonderful cycling infrastructure so want a cycling holiday there one day.
#2 Because Dutch is my friend Martha's native language and I thought how great to have someone that would correct my pronounciation and help with Dutch conversation when I get to that stage.
#3 It's supposed to be the easiest of languages to learn for English speaking people.
Duolingo.com is a fantastic site to learn with. They make it so easy and it's all free, which is a real bonus.
They reckon that one can learn Dutch in 600 hours, so I have today started timing myself while I am learning.
Today is my 3rd day of playing on there so I have made a guess of already putting in an hour each day on the previous 2 days (I really think it has been more) and have now just done another full hour.
On their discussion boards they reckon that the computer voice for the pronounciations isn't that great, for a start he doesn't roll his r's, but with an occasional bit of help from my mate Martha I am sure she can kick any bad habits from me.