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

German: How can I remember the words?

I'm currently on my second branch of the German tree, and I'm having a little trouble remembering the words. Can someone please recommend ideas I can do to help me remember the words. Thank you guys for all of the help!

August 16, 2016

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slightly-left

The way I do it, is that I download a dictionary that can bookmark/favorite words and if you want to revise, you can easily access the words that are bookmarked. Like studying the gender, plural, etc.

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August 16, 2016

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

Oh really, I never knew that they had something like that! I should try it out!

August 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slightly-left

oh yes. one more thing. Memorize them along with the genders. The genders will help you to determine the articles. ex: Die Kuh Die Katze Das Haus etc.

August 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

"die Kuh". Only because you mention it.

August 16, 2016

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

Funnily enough, the sound Kuh maps to a word of each gender: die Kuh (the cow), der Coup (the overthrowing of the government/coup), das Q (the [letter] Q).

August 16, 2016

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

Some German words are similar to English words with a similar meaning - that helps you learn them better.

August 16, 2016

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

Yes, I have noticed that some of the German words are similar to English words.

August 17, 2016

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

Write them on paper! old fashion way :D

August 18, 2016

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

Memrise might be able to help.

August 16, 2016

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

Okay, I think I'll have to try it out.

August 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Flash cards with mems is the most effective way. Memrise has a Duolingo course and you can use it, or you can create your own deck with anki, just plain paper cards or if you have an Iphone with tiny cards,

August 16, 2016

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

Okay, I think I'll try that.

August 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Johnny437229

Great questions, I normally repeat the lessons i feel weak in until i effectively use the words

August 16, 2016

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

I usually do that too.

August 17, 2016

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

Personally I just trust Duolingo to keep repeating the words till I know them. In other words: keep practicing. Some people like flash cards (and therefore things like memrise), but for me it just doesn't work to try and learn words without context. The sentences in Duolingo may often be weird, but they do supply (some) context to learning the words. Obviously books, videos and (best of all) real life conversation will work best. However that's hard to come by, usually.

In addition to that: writing words down (with a pen, on actual paper), will help you remember them. You could also try and create sentences with them.

Whatever method you use - the main conclusion from research on learning languages is simple: rinse and repeat. Repetition, and more repetition. Which is why Duolingo makes it so easy to practice daily.

However, varying your methods will also help.

August 16, 2016

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

Okay, I'll take your advice! :)

August 17, 2016

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

Thank you guys for all of the suggestions, I'll try them all and see what works best for me.

August 17, 2016

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

The same here.I have trouble memorizing the words because some of them are so long.Actually I find out some of German words are a little bit similar to some English words and they have the same meanings.So it is easy for me to memorize them together.As somebody has mentioned,repeating what we have learnt again and again,day by day,is a really useful way. I use Anki,too,which is an app reminding you to review the words you learnt everyday. Enjoy learning!:D

August 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kateemma22

I'm learning quite slowly compared to others, my rationalisation being that even if I finish Duo I'm not going to be suddenly fluent, I will need more sources and more practice so it's more a 'do what I can when I can and enjoy it method' but my technique is the laziest one ever - point at things and say them in German. Obviously when you get to higher levels you'll need to start putting sentences together, and I can tell you I annoy everyone I know by saying my answers in German first then switching back to English when they're done looking at me like they want to physically hurt me, but it's working. There's only so many programs you can use before you have to go back to the tried and true method that helped you learn when you were 5 years old and starting your native language - using the ever-loving heck out of it. Embrace your inner child learning words for the first time and start using that - opening your window for fresh air? Just randomly say to yourself 'das fenster' - and soon enough you'll do as I do on a daily basis now... forget the damn English word. Practice makes perfect. You won't notice you're remembering sometimes, and that's the silent learning you're doing when you don't expect you're doing it, but when you start just knowing the word you want and can remember it's because you've been randomly yelling 'die bücher' at your bookcase, you can chuckle at yourself in the smug knowledge that your success is because you're as crazy as everyone else trying to speak more than one language.

ALSO: DON'T TAKE A DAY OFF! Ever! Practice until you're crying in German. You can do it. In the end success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. Yes, I just quoted Pele.

August 18, 2016
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