How much and why immersion helps to learn a language on Duolingo?
To learn a language requires learning on a regular basis (ideally - every day, or at least every second day) And also to learn it from many different sources.
Reading and translating text to and from a language you know is one of these additional ways you can engage yourself in your learning.
There are many others as well. i.e.
- Learning the grammar of a language through a variety of sources, such as different grammar books, engaging in formally taught language courses, various other internet sources. I find different sources are better for me at explaining different concepts. I have found NO ONE source that sufficiently meets a full education on all grammar aspects of a language.
- Listening to music and singing music in your target language.
- Listening to poetry and reading poetry and speaking poetry out loud.
- Watching relevant videos and you tube videos, and other videos, with sub text in a language you understand, or in your target language.
- If you can engage in a physical activity, such as playing sport, or dancing - but do the verbal thinking and speaking - in your target language.
- Sharing a meal - with you only speaking your target language.
- Answering the phone using your target language ( this is especially fun when you have a telemarketer call ;P )
- Reading books in your target language, writing letters, finding people on the internet that speak your target language, and talk to them only in your target language, making up short stories in your target language (these are best if they are slightly bizarre - as you remember them better. )
Perhaps you can think of others as well.
So anyway - engaging in immersion here on duolingo is also a great way to expand your language learning. :-D
Thanks for your comment. I ask this because I have no way to use immersion, as it is not easy to use on mobile and I don't have a computer available to do this. I feel I lack vocabulary in the languages I have been studying , for example English.
Then check out the other diverse opportunities for engagement that are available on the internet, or through borrowing or buying relevant books, listening to music - including reading the lyrics. Or for example - when you cook - look up the recipe in your target language, and do your cooking based on that. Or translate your own recipes into your target language.
It depends what sorts of activities you like to do.
If it is sport - then make up a sheet of the rules of the game - in your target language, when you play, or are watching others play - try thinking about it in your target language, or imagine you are a commentator - and commentate the game - all in your target language.
The possibilities are endless - and the more you engage yourself - the more you will learn.
And the more you will enjoy it. :D
I will add another small comment here.
Another GREAT way to really get inside a language, and learn the vocabulary, is to write up your vocabulary notes here on duolingo.
To mention to others the resources you have found useful on your learning journey, and to do it in a way that is easy to read, and/or easy to look up things on - so you , and others , can locate useful resources - wherever they are. Be they on the internet, or in books or music or videos that helped you on your learning voyage - due to the simple language and the engaging story.
And then to provide links and references so they can be located.
You can get ideas for this from :
- Learning French from English
- General resources
I have found this has greatly assisted my learning voyage, making my learning more fun and proceed on sounder foundations, and I hope may also assist others, making my wider world better as well. :D
- What is your target language ?
- What is your 'source' language, the language you are most comfortable and competent at speaking, the language you spoke as a child, your 'mother tongue', the first language you spoke ?
I've learned some English here and now I'm learning German and French. My target language is German right now. My mother language is Portuguese.
Do you use facebook ?
edited: the only reason I mention this, is that it can also be good for making friends that speak different languages, in your target languages.
There are also groups from here on duolingo, who have forums on facebook. And they can be really good to join.
On Facebook but I realized that these groups weren't helping much. Well, I'll check out these links you have shared.
Thanks! I'm working to improve it. Yes, I use it. I participate in some Brazilian groups who are learning English, but not in Duolingo groups.