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Easter Bonus Skill

Bonjour à tous,

On Friday I saw a post here titled Easter. I was disappointed to find a page full of Jesus photos, non-language related. So I decided to create my own Easter Bonus Skill. You are welcome to it:

http://www.memrise.com/course/1038154/duo-bonus-skills/1/

I've only expected to have a dozen words or so, but surprisingly there are many Easter-related words. The total is almost 50.

I am not a Christian, so some words contain some explanation. I hope that helps others as well.

If you're not familiar with memrise, you should go to:

http://www.memrise.com/settings/learning/

and set 10 words for learning sessions. Otherwise, memrise would make you learn a few words over and over again.

If you know a better place to create bonus skills, please let me know. I plan to create more in the future :-)

March 27, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stardust103158

Thank you! I love using Memrise to add words to my French vocabulary and reinforce what I learn here.

March 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

I haven't figured out how to use Memrise properly. I find it boring and less effective than Duo. Its session contains at least 49 prompts/questions. It feels like it would never end, and yet at the end I don't remember the spelling of most words. Unfortunately, we can't create bonus skill on Duo, so this is the next best thing.

If you figured out how to use it effective, please let me know.

March 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aalves23

I've tried using Memrise, but I would have to start from the beginning, but I'am already in the last section of the Duolingo tree. Do you know how to start at a tougher French level?

Thanks Stardust!

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

Hmm, memrise doesn't require you to start from the beginning. You can jump to any level you want. There are advanced courses there too but it was created by users, not very well done.

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aalves23

Thanks, i must have missed that somehow!

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

If you go here, you can jump to any level/lesson. It has the total of 84 lessons. http://www.memrise.com/course/691338/a1-french/

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aalves23

I see it now, thanks. I agree with you that Memrise is not as effective as Duolingo. With Duolingo after learning something and then strengthening one time at a later date makes it very memorable to me. Just tried a lesson in Memrise and didn't really like the lesson structure and it feels more time consuming than Duolingo, and not as memorable.

The option to choose different lessons, depending on what you want to learn (there are lessons specifically about Easter) is just awesome though.

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stardust103158

Johnny446750 is right. You can jump to whatever level you want. Also Memrise does have multiple courses for each language. There are French course designed to add vocabulary on the B2 to C1 level of learning. Apparently we are around A2 to B1 if we finish a Duolingo course, although I'm not 100% sure about that. If you know around 2,000 words in a language you can get by. If you know 3,000 to 4,000 words in a language you will be able to read newspapers and most books fairly fluently.

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stardust103158

I use Memrise a lot to add vocabulary and reinforce what I've learned here. I actually write a lot down so I can review words offline, but that is definitely time-consuming.

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

Alright. So the goal is to double our vocabulary. I think we can do that by year end.

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aalves23

It does look like a good tool to add vocabulary, specially if you want to learn vocabulary specific to something.

Does look like the place to go after Duolingo, for those who want to keep learning using interactive platforms on the internet.

How far are you in the Duolingo tree? Do you use both Memrise and Duolingo on a daily basis?

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aalves23

Btw I tried Linvist earlier today, still not better IMO than duolingo as you are not forced to write full sentences(which I think helps a lot).

However, in Linvist there are mini-conversations (with transcripts) you can listen to, which is very helpful. I'm going to use it from time to time just as a listening tool though.

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stardust103158

I have been using both daily because I took a break for a while and I needed to get back up to where I was. I'm about 2/3 of the way through my French tree. I remembered a lot of what I had already learned, and using Memrise as well reinforces it and brings it back to me.

March 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stardust103158

Johnny, I agree. I think doubling vocabulary is definitely a fairly achievable goal. There's a Memrise that has 5,000 French words and a couple others with between 6,000 to over 7,000. There are also Memrise courses for medical terms, etc. in French and other languages. A huge part of my goal is to achieve reading level in a foreign language so I am very pleased with their courses. This is also why I write a lot of words down to review them offline. Personally, I like Pimsleur for conversation practice. I'm struggling with listening comprehension, but I'm working on that. I have found that I'm fairly good at reading French subtitles of movies.

March 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laweber3

I like using memrise along with Duolingo; also I like Linvist: https://lingvist.io/

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LizTewo

How do you like using this site? Until seeing your post, I hadn't seen it before. Thanks for sharing!

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laweber3

I do like Lingvist because it exposes me to a large number of vocabulary words, and it keeps track of which words I seem to know well and which I have trouble with (though it does take some time; I do about 35 min most days). Also, I think the pronunciation used when the sentence is read back to me is quite good (in my opinion) so I try to learn from that as well.

I really like using multiple sites, e.g. Duolingo, Memrise, Lingvist for congugation, vocabulary, etc. I've noticed that learning (and remembering) vocabulary has a lot to do with how many different contexts I have seen each word. For example, if I've learned the same word in Lingvist and Duolingo then I am more likely to remember it, regardless of how many times I learn that word in just one site. Each of these sites also has a slightly different theory of how to make learning "stick" so I think they kind of accumulate when I do all three (or more). So I recommend using many different contexts, including web sites, radio, tv, reading, etc., to learn a language.

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LizTewo

Thanks for sharing. I like using Duolingo, but I have also been looking for other sources to continue practicing my French skills for down the road (or sooner). I wasn't sure where to turn, but I do think that you have provided useful resources. I didn't want my only turn to be a paid service like RosettaStone. Not to knock RosettaStone, as I'm sure it is good, and I will likely give it a try one day to further enhance my French skills (eventually), but having several different options is great!

March 29, 2016
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