1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: German
  4. >
  5. Good ways to remember words?


Good ways to remember words?

I can breeze right through lessons on here, but I have trouble with actually remembering what I learned. Any advice?

February 20, 2017


[deactivated user]

    The first time I do a lesson, I write down every sentence of that lesson. By writing the words it helps me remember them. I keep those texts in a binder so I can review them before redoing the lessons.

    February 20, 2017


    When I am learning new vocabulary, I like to make up funny word and image association sentences for the hard ones.

    Also, if you are a hearing person, say everything out loud, even if Duolingo hasn't prompted you to speak into your mic. If you are a person who signs, sign as much as is safe for your hands and arms. This will help you compound your learning experience for maximum benefit.

    Good luck! :)

    February 20, 2017


    Write the German words down on the front of an index card and the meaning on the back of it. When you study, go through them and try not to look at the back unless you really have to. Or, you can look at the English meaning and try to think of what the German word is. This is really helpful for me! :)

    February 20, 2017


    Repetition is king. You have to use the words over and over. I like to pronounce the word and try to get it right, then I write them down and I redo the lessons. I still do not remember many words.

    Memrise is great to memorize, there are a couple of Duolingo courses and you can do the lessons after you do Duolingo, they are like flash cards. If you watch TV or try to read, write or speak you will recall the words, sometimes you will not remember, but little by little you will. The process is learn-repeat-recall

    February 20, 2017


    Nouns and verbs tend to be easiest to remember, as you can visualise them. I find the little grammatical words hardest, e.g. prepositions (in, on, out etc). These are best learned within a sentence and I've also made some cards to test myself. Keep going back over what you've "learned" until you make it your own. Try to connect what you've learned to something you already know.

    February 20, 2017


    I second this. Memrise has been the best resource for me when learning the vocabulary. The Memrise Official German 1-7 courses are excellent.

    February 20, 2017


    To help trigger your long term memory it can be good to have short pauses between studying. Learn some words, do something else for five minutes, and then come back to them again. That sort of thing. And then over time you can extend the amount of time between studying certain words. Study them everyday, then every few days, then every week, etc.

    February 21, 2017


    The easy ones are just the small difference in spelling better vs besser but if you look at the German word you can sometimes see the english that is similar but not used as often test is Prüfung no apparent connection but Prüfung relates to proof and in a test you are showing proof of your understanding. Works for me anyway.

    February 20, 2017
    Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.