Tips For When not using DuoLingo/ Practice Methods that work for you( and why do they work)
Hi there, I am a new user of the site and I love it. I learnt French for 6 years in school but never found a passion for it, I hope to move to Montreal next September so would like to rekindle my knowledge before then!!! I've also wanted to learn the Scandinavian languages for a while as well, since I have an interest in their culture. I'm just wondering who has used Duolingo for a while can tell me the other methods they use, seeing as a small percentage of people I meet will be able to converse and practice with me in Swedish.
So yeah, if anyone has any methods that they used to boost what they learnt here until decent fluency - that would be really helpful!
If this is already a huge discussion point, please feel free to point me in the direction of it.
I practice speaking as much as possible as well as I watch movies and listen music in the language I am learning
thanks for the reply, do you think that Duo-Lingo and your additional practice has helped you actually learn the language? Sometimes im worried i've forgotten a lot of my progress!
I do feel it's helped me a lot with word recognition, but I still struggle a lot with understanding people from time to time, but I'm learning Polish, so that's a really hard language.
are you a native English Speaker? my difficulty is finding real people who I can practice Swedish With haha D:
I joined it yesterday, it's really helpful to see the Duolingo practice in action. Cheers, i'll check out Gospeaky today :)
Whenever I am learning a new language on Duolingo, I use only Duolingo until I feel that I have a pretty good handle on how sentences are structured and how grammar concepts work. Of course, I use handy-dandy Google whenever I don't understand something or something is missing from the Tips and Notes. I always make sure that I understand verb tenses Once I feel pretty confident in the language or I think I understand how it works well enough, I start reading a book in the language. Right now I am reading Harry Potter e a Câmara dos Segredos (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) in Portuguese, and I recently read Le Hobbit (The Hobbit) in French. While I read, I keep Quizlet open so I can make flashcards for every word I don't understand. After I'm done with the chapter, I go through the list of words and write down a sentence containing every word I don't know. The next day, I go back and read the chapter again, now that I will have remembered the new words. Afterwards, I write a short summary of the chapter. I am pretty dedicated once it comes to languages, and I am only able to do this because I have so much free time. Hope this helped!
wow thats a pretty sweet way of learning it! I think I'll have to steal your tactic :) - how many languages have you learnt this way? Also how come you have so much free time, are you a student?
I have gotten quite good at French, German, and Portuguese using my method. And I have so much free time for languages because I always plan it into my schedule :)
How did you get the books that you have read? I'm looking for the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit series in Swedish. Thank you in advance!
I found them at a local bookstore that sells secondhand foreign language books! Sadly, it just closed this Sunday (so I stocked up on my foreign books!). I don't know if I can really help you find these books! Maybe through Amazon, Scribd, or iBooks??
I'm also doing the Memrise Swedish course. That helps me better to actually remember the words I've learned. Duolingo is more useful to see the words in the context of a sentence.
With those two I was able to handle every day situations fairly well when I was in Sweden last month. I've also started reading children's books.