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Ever had a language learning setback?

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2 years ago

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I love the mountain-of-gravel analogy. I will bear it in mind the next time I make some comically awful mistake in German conversation.

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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Nothing beats our comedy value to the native speakers, I'm quite convinced ;-)

2 years ago

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Oh yes - usually when I've been in a country for a month or so and get good /confident enough to just spit things out and guess on the grammar, only to come home to formal lessons and I can't do anything right.

I'm also planning for / dreading my next one ... due to student vacations in my part of Germany, I had the first 2 weeks of intensive classes then a 2 week break and Monday the classes start again. In the interim, my German has been confined to talking to vendors, misc. people on the U-Bahn and bar flies so which, while fun, didn't do much to help the language stick. I was pretty confident at the end of the first two weeks but looking back on my notes / materials, I understand almost all the words but why they are in that order totally escapes me!

Next week should be fun - there's going to be a lot of Keine Ahnung, versteht nicht and verwirrt thrown around :)

2 years ago

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It's okay to look back at your notes. You aren't fluent yet, and German grammar is difficult. It might be good to just go over your grammar instead of individual words. Instead of being upset at not talking to people, try to listen. There are some advantages- 1: You can hear the words you've been practicing for a year in action, 2: You can to figure out why those words are in those places, and 3: You can listen in on people's sometimes private conversations (I've heard some really weird ones, even in Spanish.) Also when you want to "spit things out and guess on the grammar," be careful. You may say something really insulting :o

2 years ago

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I fully understand ... like a long time ago when I first asked for eggs in Mexico City? Luckily, my accent was so bad that they laughed after the initial stare.

2 years ago

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Also was bedeutet I use that a lot in my class :p

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

After coming back to duolingo after being away for 4 and a half months the first thing I did was strengthening each skill in turn from the beginning of the tree. It really helped refresh my memory of both the vocabulary and the syntax. Perhaps it would be useful to a similar refresher in duolingo to help recall the syntactical rules that are eluding you?

2 years ago

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Setbacks are healthy. They remind you that you haven't fully made something automatic yet, and they force you to pay attention to the things that you still need to master.

** That said, anybody who has effective advice on how to stop automatically translating the possessive "her" in German as "sein" instead of "ihr" can definitely have some of my Lingots. If I stop and consciously think about it, I get it right, but at normal conversational speed I always get it wrong. I blame interference from other European languages that don't distinguish gender in third person pronouns. And yes, the irony of my having trouble with a distinction that English already makes is not lost on me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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Funnily enough, in Bavaria, people (usually older ones with little in the way of formal education) often say "sein(e)" instead of "ihr(e)". My great aunt does it all the time.

2 years ago

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Yasss, I try to actually schedule sessions to remind myself of how much I don't know. Very easy, because I know very little!

2 years ago