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Am I going to forget everything?

Hello beautiful people! Today is day 13 on duolingo for me learning Spanish and I've already gone up to level 11 and learned 590 words according to the list they show you. Looking through the list, I remember all the meanings apart from a few but I don't believe I could have learned this much already! (even though I've been spending hours on here). I know putting it into practice is a totally different thing but I feel like I'm gonna just forget it all! Any tips on retaining the learning?

3 years ago

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

Three things you must do to retain: practice, practice, and what's the other one, again? Oh, yes! Practice. The brain is an amazing computer when you can use it efficiently. Most people believe they have bad memory, but they realize that once they start applying memory methods like spaced repetition, they memorize things almost perfectly. Keep on doing a couple or a few lessons a day and make sure you strengthen your skills a few times a day, too. By the way, another key to memorizing is motivation and passion, if you hate Spanish, you're going to have trouble memorizing its vocabulary.

Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
WanderingMonk
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Yes, motivation and passion are key! I know people who say they have a bad memory but they can name every player of some sports team along with their number, biographical information and personality traits.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samakiwakupaka

You are so right! Thank you for your comment, and the passion is definitely there! That's probably the thing that has gotten me to this point. What do you mean by spaced repitition though?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

Practice is right. But what I find, in addition to review (which keeping your skills all gold will ensure) is starting to see the words in context. If you pick up some reading at an appropriate level for you - well, if you're anything like me, you'll still have to reach for the dictionary three times per sentence, but the words you learn in context will stay with you better. It's the same way that if there's a particularly funny or strange (or even difficult) sentence in a DuoLingo lesson, you may find that you remember the vocab from that better than some of the other things. At least, I do.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/volcidash
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Exactly what I was going to say. There's not much of a point in just memorizing a bunch of words, because you will forget them; you have to start seeing them in action and using them in different contexts for them to stick. It would be good at this point, Salma, to start finding sources other than Duolingo and practice listening and creating your own sentences so your words can really start to stick. Maybe watch some movies, read some books, and/or find a conversation partner.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samakiwakupaka

I do agree. For me, it's music. I love hearing words I recognise in songs then looking up lyrics to understand the full meaning. And music is something I can listen to repetitively with a lot of enjoyment. Thank you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahtess
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Since you already have almost 600 words, I suggest you turning on vocabulary. You can use Anki, or any other SRS or flashcard programs for improving your vocab. For me, you need to automatize the words from your list. It means that every time you see a word, you don't need to translate it, even not subconsciously. 13 days for almost 600 words seems like something that isn't automatized yet. After dealing with that some time, you can go back on your tree. Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samakiwakupaka

Great tip, that makes a lot of sense. Thank you

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vologirl-chan

I think ... I'm not saying to you "MEMORIZE" nor "PRACTICE IT" . I think you must imagine every word . For example : not "razón=mouse" it's "razón=razón" . Try to understand their original meanings and think like a 3 years old child . You're calling "glass" but it's actually "vaso" . How can I say this more good ... Just try to understand that languages philosophy , thought format .

Another way is use that language in your daily life . Like don't say "Where is my book ?" . But you can say "¿Dónde es mi libro ?" to yourself . It's a great way to learn more :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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That is a good point. When I read a book I try to read it in Spanish instead of translating it to English. It takes almost exactly twice as long for me to read it that way but I think that is the best way to learn.

And to your other point, my dog is learning Spanish too lol. I speak to him in Spanish, asking him questions and telling him what I'm doing when I can.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vologirl-chan

¡Jajaj ,gracias ! :D ¡Keep up work ! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samakiwakupaka

Ooh I like that one!

¡Gracias amiga!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vologirl-chan

De nada amiga :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoebeWebb0

yes and no, your might forget the longest words. but Doulingo is designed so that you wont forget if you keep your strength bar up . also you can get timed practice so that when you are practicing you have a time. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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It is amazing isn't it? Keeping the skills gold will help along with reading, you can find some easy Spanish readers to start with.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Repetition. Not rocket science. Just use what you know. If you remember it, you won't need to memorize it. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_ava_a24

Just strengthen them whenever you feel like you are forgetting, even if the strength bars are full

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoebeWebb0

You should listen to Spanish music (if you like music) watch Spanish cartoons or movies.etc etc. if you dont find it fun to do that then just practice practice practice! :1

1 year ago