Tips For Best Practice
What is the best way to practice with Duolingo? I feel like I know the answers to a lot of questions without knowing what it means.
It's almost like I'm a better gamer than I am a translator. I like Duolingo but ultimately I'm doing this to learn a new language.
I don't know if I'm that good at giving tips, but I think a good way to work is simply by following your tree. Occasionally, you should review your old words by pressing the "Lesson Practice" button, which should train you in your weakest words (I'm unsure if this is true, but it seems that way for me :]). I suggest you try translating sometimes though, because you can learn new words and practice reading paragraphs. Also, ask questions on discussion if you're confused about a problem you are having, others can explain it clearly to you! Hope this helps!
I do one new lesson then one practice lesson and switch back and forth.
What about when hearing the new language sentences? I seem to have the most trouble with that. I almost always have to use the slow button and I have trouble understanding it unless it's written.
I believe the only way you can get better is by trying to listen to the quick voice. Try typing out what you hear the first time, and then listen to the slow voice to see how you did. It takes time, but soon it'll be easier to understand the quick voice. After all, practice makes perfect!
I also try and find basic children's books online in the language that I am learning.. I am currently learning two languages (one on Duo, one in classes), so I think that finding some extra resources and study materials may help quite a lot. The Cat in the Hat in Spanish is particularly enjoyable :).