I’ve gone from Joomla to Drupal and finally settled on Wordpress, or rather my department has. As I’ve learned more and more using it I’ve come to detest the plugin and theme culture. It allows designers to slap together sites with plugins they know but it’s so often overkill or just hard to maintain after a few months. Fusion Builder is a nightmare for someone who just wants to read some simple html.
I have learned a lot however and if I can get in there and write something bespoke to replace the stack of dodgy plugins I do. Last year we set up a Science Journal site with a submission form, metadata on the published papers etc but most of it was entered by hand in multiple places. This year the plugins we used stopped working so I decided to write a plugin myself which would have a custom post type for the submitted paper and allow it to be the same post that gets published, drawing all the info it needs for the metadata and template from that post data. Seems to work ok and saves me a lot of time when it comes to publish.
Regarding language learning, I have been living in Croatia for nearly a decade and am still rubbish at the language. I can follow a conversation so long as I grasp the context but anything beyond one word responses or ordering coffee is tough for me. I’ve tried quite a few language tools and aside from flash cards for vocab (Anki is a great tool for that) I’ve not had much luck.
A big problem is that a) the pronunciation is so easy to get wrong that I get a lot of blank looks even when I have, to my ear, said the right thing and b) lots of people speak English anyway and can tell I am when I butcher their words so they’ll speak to me in English. Both of these cut down my confidence in the language.
In fact, my best language learning tool has been my bi-lingual daughter who is nearly 5. She switches effortlessly between the two languages and often speaks her simple sentences to both me and her mother in our respective languages in turn.