When learning a language on here, do you ever document it?
What I mean is, when I learn a language I like to create booklets with grammar rules, common words and phrases & the like. It may seem childish to you but I love doing it! Do you do anything like this?
I do. I have a notebook that I write words down in while I'm going through the skills. I also use those ringed index cards and make myself flash cards of words and verbs with their tenses so I can carry them around and study them while I'm watching TV, waiting for appointments, or just have time on my hands. Writing actually helps me remember things. Also, I suppliment Duolingo with books to help me with grammar and also use Memrise for extra practice and to expand my vocabulary. I'm reading an Easy French Reader now, and I also write down each word I have to look up so that I can study it and remember it.. Even though I'm only about halfway through my French tree, I'm surprised at how well I can read already. I'm not ready for the Harry Potter series in French (my goal as a reward for learning French), but I can actually follow subtitles in French. However, I'm still weak on listening comprehension and not secure enough to talk in French, but I feel that will come in time as my vocabulary continues to grow. Documenting also helps me know how many words I actually know in the language.
Yes, I create a blog for each language that serves as my language's "notebook". This allows me to see my notes in chronological order, and serves as a kind of template within which I place my next language. I can access it anywhere that I have the internet, and I can play embedded videos. My French notebook is very popular, and gets over 120 visitors per day from all over the World. My Italian and German notebooks are not as popular and the visitor count mirrors the number of worldwide speakers.
I do the same :) It helps me to remember language rules and words better :) I think it's a good way to remember the language.
I document everything, though I do for the most part keep it in a set of files online, not in a notebook. I do write down every sentence by hand, because it anchors it better in my memory, and now that I am done with my tree, I'll be reviewing those instead of the tree itself. I generally write a lot of idiomatic sentences down.
There is nothing childish about what you're doing! It's eminently sensible. I think it's very unlikely that somebody who does nothing but the tree here will actually learn the language well enough for it to be useful in some way.
Yes, I also do that. It's much easier to check your own notes when you need to revise afterwards. I have notebooks for each language I am learning and a little notebook for vocabulary. I only write the vocabulary there and then add them to a memrise list with the definitions and examples.
I did, but I have abandoned it, but it was really useful so I might do it again, maybe when I am finished with my tree as a review.
I do that all the time. I have a small journal that I fit into my pocket so whenever I'm in an area with no signal to do Duolingo, or I have free time at work where I'm not allowed to use a phone, I just study from my mini journal.
I just began keeping a french, Spanish, Italian and Japanese journal to help me.
Yes, I do that too, for me it is easier to remember something when I write it down.
I just write nearly every single sentence I see and its English translation in a notebook. I do not write separate words very often, and grammar rules not at all. This is because I know I will pick up the rules and vocabulary much easier by learning things in context.
I am doing Spanish and do it for that .
I am using word and excel so that I can make a note book for myself. But, most of the stuff going it it, is not from dulingo. I am documenting vertb tenses, congugations , parts of speech etc, Information that I think will be useful for me. I use EXCEL for some things that seem to fit into charts and word for other things. Even if I do not use the notes later, the effort of organizing and documentingg helps me. I will end up with sort of a mini "text book" personalized for myself. So yes, I am doing it. It helps me.
I would totally ... buuut, i'm to lazy to do that. Cut me some slack! It is summer break!
I don't create actual physical booklets because I'd just lose them and one cannot easily search them.
But I do create lots of little .txt files with notes about things, among which notes about the languages I try to learn. Since they're in the computer, if I lose them I just restore them from backup, if they get chaotic they're easy to organise and I can easily search inside them.
I used to do that when I was learning Japanese (which needs a LOT of it, to be fair) Remembering stroke orders and such.
I admit I haven't done that much for the languages on Duolingo, as the site lists the words you've learnt, provides flashcards and you can read the tips/rules whenever you want. Everything is becoming electronic now...
I see what you mean but writing things down physically helps me remember it better. :)
I need to start doing that. I'm about a third of the way through and I am forgetting vocab all over the place.
For sure! I am a hands on learner so for me it's easier to remember things when I write them down. I am learning Japanese right now (which I wish was on Duolingo! lol) and I am making my own flashcards with construction paper and cue cards :D. I say if it helps you learn the language and retain the information then who cares what anybody else thinks! Another thing you can do is watch something in French. It could be anything, for example I like watching Sailor Moon. Cartoons are easier to follow because most of them are made for children. When you watch something you don't just get the language you get all the audio and visual cues as well (like if someone is sad, they might frown or cry). It could even be something you've seen before (I've seen The Little Mermaid a billion times- sometimes English, sometimes French :D) so you can compare the original English to the French.
I think it's great. I mainly use Duolingo for revision so I don't document it. But I still refer to all my A-level vocab books and grammar guides that I drew out. My favourite way to do it is to split things up by tense and have lots of highlighters :D