During the second day's session, I decided to do not one lesson, but two. I also learned that cockiness does not pay -- but the butt-kicking I endured was completely worth it, as I managed to increase my list of mastered words by a great deal, and grew much more confident with the mini-games and various features of My French Coach.
Record your own efforts!
There's more available in this menu, however. Notice the settings down above the bottom buttons. I mentioned those yesterday -- you can change volume and speed of the French translations. The game really goes the extra mile to cater to your needs.
The two lessons I completed today were very different. After doing dates yesterday, today I was faced with weather and family. And those of you who asked about how in depth the training title gets will be pleased to know that the difficulty definitely ratcheted up today ... and since I'm only a fifth of the way through, that really bodes well for the latter stages of My French Coach.
It was also nice to learn things that are immediately useful. I can now point at my pregnant belly and declare: C'est mon fils! Gotta love the DS and all the practical applications of things one can pick up between traditional gaming sessions.
As though taking on two lessons wasn't enough, I also decided to up the difficulty of the mini-games near the end of my session. I had been playing on easy, but moved up to medium. This was a mixed blessing -- it allowed me to master words more quickly, because each success was worth more points, but it also made things harder. The Word Search game had previously only hidden words horizontally; on medium, some are also vertical. I assume that on hard, diagonal will come into play. The game seemed shorter as well, but I confess I was not watching the clock -- I was too busy hunting for soeur, which continued to be the bane of my existence.
I also tried out Flash Card, which I only opened as I finished yesterday. It's the opposite of Multiple Choice; it offers a word in French and then gives you the English definitions from which to choose. I moved up to medium on that one, as well, and was thrown a curveball: rather than consistently giving me the written word along with a spoken overlay, the game started offering a mix of either written-plus-audio and audio only, so you have no visual cue on which to rely. Since you never know which it's going to be, it really helps you to learn faster! But the failure quotient goes up also, at least at first.
I also discovered my first problem with the title: the Hit-a-Word mini-game seems to suffer from some touchscreen accuracy problems. I will test this further, but it's very difficult to hit the sweet spot on the gophers. But that small problem was balanced by my rank going up. I ended day two as a pre-schooler instead of a toddler. I'm moving up in the world!
See also: The My French Coach series in its entirety