I haven't even finished Checkpoint One of DuoLingo Russian, and let me tell you, it is getting way harder.
My plan to learn Russian as a natural Russian child would is crawling along. Well, I suppose I speak a little better than a nine month old orphan who only hears Russian 15 minutes a day.
In addition, I took the Places lesson again and the have scaled down the excitement with which they say "Ukraine." Before, it was a Judy Garland "Let's put on a show!" level of excitement, now it's considerably less animated.