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Does anyone keep a workbook?

Like many, this is my first attempt at learning a language since school and I'm trying to think of ways to keep hold of what I've learnt. Obviously Duolingo is designed to help out with this, and the course itself is fantastic for introducing new sections, with their words and phrases, but I'm hoping for something a bit more permanent than memory!

Does anyone else keep a workbook or notebook of words and phrases? That's what we used to do at school and how we'd revise, and it'd be useful to have something to turn to in case I can't get on the internet (like when driving through Snowdonia!).

Then I thought it might be useful to write words down in an address book, sort of like keeping my own dictionary. Would be keen to hear from anyone else who's turned to other techniques.

March 16, 2016



I definitely keep a notebook. Two, in fact. One is sloppy, where I quickly write down what I learn, and then another organized one with tabs and folders, where I have notes, vocab lists, and other things. I also do flashcards for very hard words.


I always write down vocabulary/sentences I learn in new lessons, and I've found it helpful. It's especially good for reviewing whenever you cannot access Duolingo. So yes, I would recommend trying it out.


Thanks Katrina, I thought it might be a worthwhile idea, so I hunted around for a notebook last night. Went through the course sections writing down the Welsh words and was surprised to find I could remember the translation of many!

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I find Memrise is great for learning new vocab. You can create your own vocab lists or use ones that other people have created. One for the Duolingo Welsh course is currently being created http://www.memrise.com/course/986417/duolingo-welsh-complete-vocab-in-progress/ and has almost 700 words in it already. I think if you want to create your own list that has to be done on a computer but the app is great for learning and revising words. It's possible to download vocab lists to the app so that you can practise off line.


Hmm, I wanted to stay away from apps, to be honest, but if you can practise offline it sounds like it might be worth a go. Cheers!

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I used a notebook for the beginning, but then I realized, I have to check it more times, so I stopped using it. I finished my other trees here without any notes. When I have to memorize the words, I have to go back and practise (the same method used by memrise) was better for me. My tree is fully golden now, and, by the way: heddiw gorffennais i'r coeden Cymraeg :)


I haven't been using any wordbook or notebook, but a website I like to use that has a similar function, www.quizlet.com, in addition to DuoLingo. You'll find there vocabulary lists already made with the DuoLingo vocabulary of certain languages, or otherwise you can also make up your own lists, like I had started doing for Catalan. Once a vocabulary list is made, the website suggests a few exercises you can do in order to memorize the words. I hope this helps!


I'd be interested in the exercises. Do you have any examples or would I have to register an account?


I don't know if you have to register, but it's free and honestly pretty useful. I just found you the vocab list for Basics 1 in Spanish if you want to try it out. To find a vocabulary list you just have to look up Duolingo with the language you want to learn and you should easily find some vocabulary lists already made. If it helps you memorize the words you can also create your own lists, but then I'm pretty sure you'd have to create your own account. Here's the link: https://quizlet.com/18405751/spanish-duolingo-basics-1-flash-cards/


I thought about it, but then realised finding information would be difficult as time went on. I would think that flashcards would be more useful — you could sort them into sections or categories, such as type of word, vocab/grammar, category of vocab — and move them into an "I'm happy that I can remember these words" box as you progress (not bin them, as you may still wish to go back to them to refresh your memory at some point). You can buy boxes of blank cards easily. If you buy the smaller, business-card size ones, it's easy to carry a small wadge of them around with you for when you get chance to go through them on the bus/train etc. Just an alternative for you to consider......


Thanks, that's a good suggestion.


I have made a ton of flashcards. I have a pretty good app on iphone that lets you create nice flashcards and test you, keeps your statistics too.


I find it easier to retain information if I write it down as well as read it. So I have two paper notebooks - one for Italian and one for Romanian. I usually only write down useful grammar tips from the Tips and Notes section along with conjugations of some common regualr and irregular verbs in different tenses. So I can refer back to these anytime I feel it necessary. As for the nouns, these gradually get imprinted on my mind the more I use Duolingo or Babbel ( which is much more in-depth although it is a paid for service so you would expect more from it), but I am still waiting for them to add Romaninan to their list of courses!


I keep a complete record of what I learn on Duo with each language. I have a sheet for each lesson of a skill, the vocabulary and their definitions and all the questions and answers. And those lessons are kept in a binder. I also have all the notes written down.

I use these for person use only. I do not put them out on the internet, because I believe that these resources worked hard to compile their lessons and stuff.

Mostly because I am obsessive. I go back and review them. I have a notebook for Irish, Welsh, French, Hebrew, German, Greek, Italian.

But I also use other resources to learn languages and I keep everything I learn in each respective notebook.

I have videos from youtube saved for each language, I have books and audiobooks. I have pdfs and excel charts for conjugation.

It helps me to remember stuff because it is a lot of repetition for me to hand input this information.


I make my own workbook. This is my 5th language. I suggest that you get a workbook for conversation to supplement from a course in the language you choose.

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