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.
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.
By the way, I recommend this online dictionary: http://en.pons.com/translate
Happy new year,
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.
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 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.
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 :)
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.