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Do you use a notebook when working through your trees?

Out of curiosity I was wondering if others write down the tips and notes and maybe vocabulary in a notebook as they work through their French trees.

If so, do you find that this also helps you learn or does it take up a lot of time. On level 9 now, but wondering if I should create a notebook.

Thanks and good luck everyone.

December 26, 2015



I recently started to make a notebook, for French. I find it useful, because in my opinion Duolingo's repetition system is not that effective; in every certain lessons, there are more important words or phrases that I need to repeat, so I write them, or even look them up in the dictionary to find more examples so that they stick in my mind. This helps because I can have access to them instantaneously without repeating words and sentences that I already now, which serves no purpose.

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Happy new year,


Yes, it's good to use a notebook, because you use your brain differently when you write than when you type. I saw an article recently about this. It's further reinforcement in the language. My language notebooks are mandatory.


OMG how many languages are you learning?


Pretty much anything they offer here except for Esperanto. And much of what is here, I've been studying for almost thirty years.


I've used a notebook as well as making these HUGE sheets of large font grammar notes so that I can see them from across the room. :)


On Duo I used a notebook for French and use them for other languages too. Writing things down by hand really helps me remember them. Scratch paper pads are also useful for writing out several times words or sentences to remember. Here's a good post about, among other things, using a notebook on Duo. (The Russian is only the first paragraph, and the first English paragraph says about the same thing.) Nice notebook! I wish mine were that neat. . . . Retro Duo--note the coins. :)

So try it--if you don't like it, you can always stop.


I think it's good to have one. I personally have one myself, I don't use it religiously but I do use it. Like with words I find difficult to remember or grammar rules and tips. Even sentences that I find helpful. I also carry the notebook around with me and when I speak with my Native speaker friends.I personally learn and remember better when I take notes. I guess it depends on your learning style and if you feel like you need to do it.


I use a notebook regularly, because I find that writing things down slows my thinking to the point where I can lock words into my memory more easily. But I do not use it for study as I make no attempt to arrange things neatly with indexes to refer to what I want. I find dictionaries and grammar books or websites more useful to check things than my own somewhat messy notes.


I've been making the occasional note and also creating flash cards as I work. I have to say that this was more towards the start of the course than now. I have a flash card app on my phone but it's easier to create flashcards if I'm working on my PC. Occasionally I've lost the lesson when multitasking on my phone. I'm refreshing my French rather than learning it for the first time, so I am not writing down everything, just bits that I am not too familiar with.


Yes, I do. I write down words, phrases, and the "Tips and Notes." I don't write down sentences; I want to decode them.


If you've just started learning a completely new language it isn't a great idea to write down hand tailored notes. So I'll recommend to postpone the idea until you develop some good core around the concepts of that language. One more think to keep in mind is not to choose too many language at once, just go with one(or at most two) new language at a time. This will let you more engaged in learning process and will reduce the chances of demotivating yourself in the middle. So, go slow and be regular - that's the key to learning a new language. Occasionally you may take help from Duolingo's very own notes, which is indeed a great reference. Best of luck and go ahead to explore the adventure of learning a new language! :-)


I have kept notebooks before but don't do so any more as I find that I do not refer to them.


I definitely use different color coded composition books (yellow- Portuguese; red- French; green -Italian; black -Spanish) for each lesson within every module on the tree. It really helped me initially when I had to strengthen those modules that were no longer "gold".


I write the sentences in a different color ink for each individual language. That really helps me when strengthening the lessons as well, plus it helps me get a sentence correct after I've missed it once. My retention improved greatly when I began doing this.


I tend to write down unfamiliar words because I find it sinks in better that way, plus it means I don't have to spend much time looking up unfamiliar words in the future!


I have a notebook. I write in it any sentences I've had any trouble with. Then I transfer those sentences on my flashcards and add them to my deck with words and sentences I've gathered from other sources. I like it that I can control the repetition pace myself. Occasionally I go back and repeat a lesson to see how much better I do than before.


Hi! To be honest, I have never really thought about keeping a notebook. It's a good idea. Maybe I will will start in 2016.. I think it would help you learn if you revised and looked through it every now and then. :)


I hadn't considered that but I am a visual learner so I'm going to start using a notebook on my next lessons. Merci beaucoup! : )


I do,and it's really useful for me.I write down the words I have learned according to their various kinds and the different level of usefulness.Then look them up in the dictionary for more.

Happy new year, Sally


LOL idk if it's just me but I've set up a google docs page for all my notes :T


What's a french tree?


I'm tempted to say un arbre but, no, it's the list of skills to be learnt in French. It's supposed to look a bit like a tree.


I think they're referring to the levels on Duolingo as a tree. To complete all of the levels is the same as completing an entire tree. So a French tree would be all of the French levels by that definition.


Thanks that was pretty helpful.


I use memrise for the vocab and I use it daily.


When I started working through the Esperanto tree I hadn't taken any notes. I kind of regret that decision. So, when I start up Swedish I plan on taking notes on everything I can. Same goes for French when I get back to it.


I use Anki to write down grammer notes, some conjugations, and some words I see are harder to remember.


I don't - too much of a gumption trap. I've tried to learn French before and given up, so I am using all sorts of tricks to keep myself going - not doing too much, not making ambitious notes and betting with myself all seem to work. So far :)


I used to use a notebook and it helped a lot, but then for some reason I stopped. I think I'm going to try to start again because it really helped me with my writing skills.


They say writing something with your own hand helps you learn like 10-15% better. It always helped me in my French courses in high school a while back. It's especially helpful in the Ukrainian course now, in my opinion, because that cyrillic alphabet is ridiculous.

Anyway, my favorite thing to do was to just start writing words and sentences as I thought of them. See how many verb conjugation charts you can write out by hand and how quickly you can recall the info, or try writing words in columns grouped by mascul/femininity and neuter, or by -er/-ir/-re verbs. I also liked writing short, nonsensical stories. But writing/reading in French and speaking/listening can be way different sometimes.

Bon courage :)


how many level are you lot in french


I just reached level 10 the other day :) I noticed French was beginning to get more difficult with the grammar so I've been writing a few down now and then.


great i am on level 5 (:


Only for Russian and Ukrainian to practice my cyrillic.


We all learn differently and writing notes help me interact with the language in one more way. I keep a list of all new vocabulary and I copy sentences that give me some examples of their usage. Some of this I never look at again and some I refer to often. Try whatever interests you and see what you like.


No, I don't make any notes actually, I depend solely on my brain. After i completed the french tree I occasionally go through things I struggled with time and again but the brain is a wonderful thing when it comes to remembering, so I don't want to make more work for myself by making more notes than I would in actuality remember.

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