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.
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.
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 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......