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Learning Dutch

A few days ago I started learning Dutch at DuoLingo, and I selected for 30exp a day as a goal to get myself rolling. However after 2 lessons I was realizing quickly that I was not retaining the information as readily as I had originally thought. I practiced the words and phrases for about 30 minutes before I moved onto the next lesson.

I am curious to know if I should stop trying to get 30exp a day from new lessons and spend 2-3 days on each lesson to further my cognitive ability to remember it or I should go full speed ahead and do 3 lessons a day and learn as I go.

Thanks!

2 years ago

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/--Charlotte--
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Learning a language should be fun, and everyone retains information differently.

When I started learning Swedish, I had my goal set high to motivate myself. I stopped doing new lessons about halfway through and spent about a month refreshing what I had learned up till then. When I felt I had fully lodged all those lessons into my brain, I moved on, building on what I learned in the first half of the tree.

I have my goal for Swedish set to 1XP now, because some days I do one lesson, another day I might do ten lessons. I don't have to think as much anymore, and I notice that some things just automatically sound logical now.

Don't feel the need to rush through your tree, work at your own pace. It's not a race!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blockhause
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I recommend you to put your daily goal to 10xp/1xp and do as much as lessons as you like. There will be days you are able to learn a lot, and there will be days your memory seems to abandon you ;) you should judge for yourself if you are able to remember what you just learned, some lessons are easier than others. You might want to repeat more complicated lessons. I am a Dutch native, if you have questions I will always try to help you out.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/twrist
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I didn't remember everything - or even the majority of the stuff I was learning - when I started with Dutch on Duolingo. The secret, I think, is to keep pushing on. The course is designed in such a way that knowledge starts to be reinforced as you learn, and if you try to keep your tree 'golden' as you go along, you'll have plenty of practice of the earlier material too. Get through the first few weeks and you'll be amazed how quickly you start picking it up!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Koo1211

Choose what sounds better to your ears, I'm not gonna recommend you something, but if learning a language isn't your priority, take care of your availability. For example, do more lessons when you have more free time and less when you have less free time. For this, a 10/1xp daily goal could do the trick.

And, for remembering words, just do it like me : each time a whole line of skills on the tree is golden, practice. There is also some options in the Lingot store that could possibly help you.

2 years ago