Do u study on a daily basis?
Looking for friends to inspire me to keep up my motivation. My motivation is daily duolingo use, I work slow but steady. The inspiration I'm looking for is students practicing on a daily basis. If you study on a daily basis, feel free to add me as a friend :o)
I think it's essential to practice or study every day, even if it's just for ten minutes on the bus. It doesn't have to be Duolingo. For instance, you could listen to French podcasts or read French magazines. Keep up the good work!
If you have a fanclub then I want to be a member - 752 days - vauw :o)
Really usefull input, thank you very much - I will get started on combinations with vidoes, podcasts, magazines etc.
Merci et bonne nuit DXLi :o)
Like many, I have made my daily exercise on DL a habit. I am learning Italian from French, which is a learned language as well. That keeps me training two foreign languages at a time.
I found it important to decide how to use DL. In the beginning I made "a new lesson a day" a question of honour. Then I wanted to make as many points as possible and did only timed exercises.
After some thinking, my learning today goes like that:
- my daily minimum is 30 points
- I make that minimum using global repetition from the main page
- I then revise (if in the mood) the current topic
- only when I feel these are firm, I start a new bubble
- when I have a minute, I revise old topics
- I carry a piece of paper in my pocket with difficult words or expressions
- I have a grammar page glued to the outside glass of the shower
I am using Anki for vocabulary and expressions training. Fine thing with Anki is that there are import routines from Memrise and Quizlet. I don't like Memrise and Quizlet for their user interface, but there are some fine expression lists there that made their way into my Anki. I don't copy vocabulary lists because I believe in that extra bit of work to look them up in the dictionary and type them in.
In essence, I go really slow. Language learning is a marathon, not a sprint, to me.
Thank you for sharing your way of training - it's great :o)
You're so right about structuring the way of learning a new language, it's great inspiration and I'll definately pick up on some of your habbits - cheers ;p
I'll get started on Anki, it looks really exciting and useful - looks like it could be valuable in lots of areas - Merci :o)
Well, you have been doing it for 259 days, so that is inspirational to me! I find that even doing it for 5 - 10 minutes here or there can add up to a lot, so I space it out throughout the day in small chunks. Though some days I do more than on others. I may, on a typical day, do DuoLingo for 30-45 minutes. Then if I am taking a walk outside, I try to form sentences in my head in French based on what I see like, "Les nuages sont blancs" ou "L'homme porte une chemise bleue." While in the car, I play a CD of nursery rhymes in French. And before bed, I may read a chapter in a simple French novel. Whenever I am uninspired, I watch a video of Paris and that inspires me. :-) Bonne chance!
Thank you so much Michelle :o) So impressive that you use a good half hour, it does take time to learn a new language :o) Good inspiration about the videos - I migth get lucky and find some french videos on Youtube - have a nice evening :D
I try to. I always do the wager, which is kinda silly but keeps me going. And i keep a streak freeze for when i travel for work (is usually international so there go 24hrs in a plane with no internet access). I don't push myself to do more than 1 lesson or a quick review, but often end up doing more. I recently found another site which supplements nicely (learn.lingvist.io/), so sometimes i just "check in" on duo and then go there -- it's nice to mix it up.
You're right about not pushing oneself too hard, sometimes makes it much easier to accomplish more than planned :-)
Simply wonderful with all this inspiration, thanks and also thank you for the link, I'll check it out :o)
Thanks for the tip on lingvist. Just tried it and it does make a nice supplement! have a nice lingot! (Ditto on the wager and streak freeze)
Not as of now.. Actually, lingvist uses english and french as it's "target" languages, home languages are english, french, german, russian, and estonian. Not sure how they came about this selection. I think they are developing more, but no idea on the timeline.
I just started, always wanted to learn and with the downtime I currently have before starting university I thought I hop on it. Never realized it was this easy (relatively speaking) to learn a language.
I think I got scared from even attempting to learn a new language after failing terribly in grade school with spanish and then in high school with italian. I know realize it was my lack of attention and the teachers going at it at the wrong way. I spent four years in Spanish, I can count the sentances I can put together on my fingers... Four days here and I am amazed.
So my motivation is, the potential to learn a new language. I am very hopeful.
Your experience from grade school is symbolic and I'm happy to hear that you changed a bad experience into a good one :o)
I'm amazed about your will - it's really great that you've started and I sure hope you'll keep up the good work - best greetings :o)
After a few weeks of intermittent studying (never absent for more than a day or two, though), I decided i needed to be even more "serious" about it, so now I have both upped the daily XP's to 50 and committed to maintaining a streak. So far so good. And loving it.
Wonderful comment, - you add the perfect picture about this when you say that you love it - good inspiration, thank you :o)
I just started studying French 3 weeks ago, so it is all new to me. I combine Duolingo with Lingvist and Memrise, which so far works fine for me. I practise French about 20-30 minutes every day.
As I am brand new to this site I have no friends yet, but it would be a pleasure to become one of your friends and get inspiration from you (and hopefully I can inspire you too).
Thanks for your comment and welcome :o)
I'm happy to be your Duolingo friend :o)
yup ... i'm trying .. I've once reached 30 Days-Streak !! .. i know it's not a big deal .. but i was happy that i've made it .
Now trying to finish my French Tree ( just about 90 Lessons remaining ) so i can get more time in German to excersize and improve and also for improving French .
Keep it up ... Languages are really impressive ( Especially if it's French :D ) .. and Congrats for the 259 Days :) .. Just 100 to get a year !
Bon travail !
Merci beaucoup - actually I think 30 days is quite a catch ;p
I'm impressed that you are studying several languages, that's cool :o)
I'll start focusing on how I can celebrate my upcoming 1 year in a row - there's a good chance looking forward to some kind of celebration will keep me going - thanks for your input, I really appreciate it :o)
Guten abend ;p
For the most part yes, but I have taken some time off for a vacation. Before that, I had a streak of about 125 days or so.
I hope you enjoyed your vacation - it is important to relax sometimes :s
I don't quite understand how fast time is going, my first goal was a month .. ..
Bonne nuit de dimanche :o)
I do practice French everyday, I think being on here is a good place to motivate yourself by not losing your precious streak. My strategy is that I do not only do French, I pick up another skill that I want to achieve and try to cooperate French with it. ATM, I am training to run a 10K race. When I train I listen to French songs and read remaining time in French. After race day, I will get back to practice piano and this time I'll try to learn to sing French pop songs while learning new chords! Bon Courage!
I'm really grateful for your input and so impressed by your strategy :o)
Your way is simply the perfect way to do it, I'm really inspired and very impressed too. I'll adopt your smart habit and listen to french when I'm training - double value without investing more time, simply clever :o)
I wish you the best for your 10K race and send you the best thoughts :o)
I've worked on my chosen language (Spanish) every single day for the past 103, i.e. since I started learning the language :) Not only on Duolingo, but on other sites as well. Sometimes, when I have the time, I work for over five hours a day. Other times, when I'm at work or simply too tired I just do a practice lesson or translate a sentence to keep my streak going. But I found that for me, at least, it's very important to do it every day, as my brain seems to need some time to process new information and link it to the one I already knew :)
Oh, and every single day I try to read at least an article in Spanish, just to make sure that I keep "in touch" with the language (this one doesn't always work, unfortunately).
As someone who learned French as a child (didn't like it much then :p) and then ignored the language for a while, I can tell you that with languages the "use-it-or-lose-it" principle is very common.
I guess the important thing is for you to decide what you want to accomplish and why. Do you want to learn French for yourself or for your career? Do you want to be able to just get by in a conversation or to be able to read books or watch movies in French? Do you want an active or a passive knowledge? Once you get the answer to these questions, you'll be able to find your motivation much quicker (or at least that's been my experience).
Good luck keeping the will going :)
Thank you for the insight, you are right about having a clear goal - I think this is the perfect time for me to define milestones to assure I reach my goal. All the input is really useful and a perfect foundation for my french future ;o)
I feel inspired to use more time studying - just like you. The everyday effect is a gift and combined with longer sessions - then I might be able to have a conversation in french one day ;p
Best wishes :O))
Just don't put too much pressure on yourself, that is usually counterproductive in my experience. One thing you can do is actually try to have a conversation in French in your head. Or not even a conversation, just try thinking in French. Que'est-ce que je veux manger ce soir? Something like that - if you do it every day, you'll notice that it gets easier. Once your brain gets trained in thinking in a different language, speaking it becomes much easier.
All the best :)
Iv been trying my hardest. I only started in early August and try to do a topic a day but I'm finding it a bit hard to get a grip of a few topics, but I'm sure practice will help me. The longest streak iv had is like 12 or something :(
I know practice will help you with the challenging topics, just keep up the good work :o)
Hope you are having fun learning french, best greetings :o)
30 xp for me each day (starting level, I guess) , usually end up practicing previous skills before starting new ones (OCD makes me make every little circle gold haha), my main motivation is pretty much my drive to learn French, as it is the only language I am taking right now in Duolingo, + the Lingots are a tempting reward
OMG so cute about the gold circle :o)
My background is just like yours - the drive to learn french, cheers :o)
I also use people on my friends list for motivation myself. I'm pretty hardcore with using Duolingo, so it will be great to have you as a friend! Also, anyone can be my friend if they want a little motivation too!
I'm happy to be your friend and it's great motivation to have friends like you, best greetings :o)
Hi ! I'm a native French speaker, and I try to learn Swedish and to improve my English with Duolingo (my English level is not perfect, I know...)! If you have any problems with French, maybe I can help you ! :) We can talk in French/English. Everybody is welcome ! :D
Hi, thank you very much, that's real kind of you - I appreciate it :o)
Actually I'm a dane, so Sweden is my neighbour and our languages are very similar - I don't speak fluently swedish but I understand it. All my childhood summer holidays I spent visiting my family in Sweden ;o) Maybe I can return your favor and help you with the swedish language ;o) Lots of smiles - and I love your name Zygozik :o)
Added you! I'm trying to keep motivated to use duolingo every day - sometimes I slip up, but for the most part I think I've been fairly good (usually when I forget is when I get busy with uni work, though).
Picking up French again since it's been about three years since I was last learning it in high school, and I've missed the language. At the moment, I'm aiming for at least 30 xp per day, and often I try to listen to some French music as well :)
Thank you for the input about the music - that's a great way to pick up the language :o)
You're not forgetting to practice at all - you simply busy working ;o)
Sending lots of smiles and greetings - your hat is beautiful :o)
It definitely is! Especially if you find an artist you really enjoy :D I think when my French starts to get decently strong I might try watching some French films etc, but without English subtitles as well, challenge myself (think I've got a while to go before I could manage that, though).
Think I might start doing what you have been, and seeing if using friends as motivation will work - never thought of doing that before!
And thanks! Made it myself :)
In my opinion, you should try watching French films right now, with subtitles - you'd be surprised to see how much your brain remembers, particularly if you like the movie. This was a technique that worked wonders for me while learning English - way back when :) After a while of watching with subtitles, you'll find that, slowly but steadily, you'll not need them as much anyway ;)
I do watch the occasional French film with subtitles, yeah :) Not as much as I'd like to though, I must admit.
I'm also thinking of trying to rewatch favourite English films/tv shows, but focus on reading subtitles in French. Not sure if that's something that'll work; doesn't hurt to try, though! :)
Everything is worth trying when learning a new language :) Whether it works or not depends on how your brain acquires language - through hearing or through seeing (or through a combination of both). I found that what works for someone might not necessarily be as good for someone else, which is why you need to develop your own techniques, on a trial-and-error basis, so I say go for it ;) And good luck!
I am so happy getting new dulingo friends, my motivation sure has grown allready, it's wonderful :o)
All the fantastic input helps a lot - youtube is a great opportunity and I'm moving on, it's wonderful :o) It's a good idea about the movies and the subtitles - just checked my netflix, but off course the app doesn't support french, only scandinavian. I only thought about it because you mentioned the subtitles ;o)
Truly impressed that you can create such a beautiful hat - it's great inspiration as well :o)