Slow progress

Been too distracted the past week to do much except slowly plod along the HTML and CSS course. I’m only 50% done, which is really poor progress. I’ve been having a hard time concentrating so I haven’t really touched any classes with videos.

Hoping to do better this coming week.


Codecademy review


HTML lessons at Codecademy.

So far I’ve finished one course at Codecademy, and in the middle of my second. It was the first site recommended to me when I crowdsourced on Facebook for a place to begin when I was considering learning code.

Codecademy’s format is very easy to follow. For the Command Line course, they give you instructions to execute at a terminal/text editor on the right side of your screen, then they explain the elements of the command and how it works. The HTML and CSS course I’m taking now has a screen divided into three: the explanation, the text editor, and the screen that executes the html code into what the display would look like in a browser. But the format of the lessons themselves are the same. Instructions then explanation.

Everything’s been very easy so far, and I think the HTML lessons in particular have been the easiest-to-understand that I’ve ever come across in my life. I do have a little background on HTML from my college days making fansites of a favorite show (cringe) and I thought myself through online sources back then as well. Codecademy probably took the least amount of time while still covering all the basics. Let’s see if the same is true for the CSS lessons, which I’ll probably do tonight.


Command Line course at Codecademy

Learning to code


Learning Expressions at Udacity.

I finished the Codecademy course on Command Line, which I found really easy, but I’m also currently taking the Command Line Appendix over at Learn Python the Hard Way for the sake of thoroughness.

I’m also doing the Intro to Computer Science course at Udacity already. Lesson 1 has 41 subtopics and quizzes and I’m now on No. 30, Selecting Sub Sequences. I should be done with Lesson 1 by tomorrow.

Now I try out Codecademy’s HTML and CSS course and then I’m off to bed.

German status

So this is where I am on German-learning. At Duolingo, I’m on Level 11 at 28% fluency. In the Duolingo tree, that means I’m on Dative Pronouns (ugh, German pronouns).

I’ve only been using Memrise recently to supplement Duolingo in building my vocabulary. I went through German 1 fairly quickly and I’ve finished around half of German 2.

I signed up at Busuu and I’m on lesson 4 there, but somehow I don’t find it as satisfying. I mostly ended up giving feedback to people learning English. I also tried DW’s Deutsch– warum nicht? but didn’t really find it my style. Too slow, too long. I’m gonna give DW’s site another try someday.

The thing is I’m currently taking a break from German. Because I found out my pronunciation needs A LOT of work. So I’m scouring Youtube for all the people giving pronunciation guides. Need to master those sounds first before I go back to the regular stuff again.

Learning is fun!

I’m starting this blog to keep track of my progress through several free courses online. The Internet is a wondrous thing and as I try to learn new stuff, I thought I’d document it and write my thoughts here.

Courses I’m currently taking:

Courses I had just finished:

Courses I’m about to take:

That’s it for now.