https://www.duolingo.com/jasper_roest

How are you spending your language learning time?

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Which languages are you learning? How much time do you spend on each? What activities are you doing?

For me: I am learning Spanish, which is my primary goal, and I am doing some side projects: French, German, Italian and Swahili at the moment. I spend about 3 hours per week learning languages, and 80-90% of that time goes to Spanish.

Right now, my main language learning activity is Duolingo: regilding my Spanish tree again, and doing bits of other languages out of curiosity. Regilding seemed useful, because it's a few months ago since I used Spanish, but I also notice that I retained it quite well. So, I decided to diversify my language learning activities. Now I also work on two Spanish course books and I watch YouTube videos explaining parts of the language. Soon I will start Spanish lessons in my city, and I hope to find a pen friend, and if possible, a Spanish speaker in my city who wants to learn Dutch, so we can teach each other.

What about you? :)

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/skylarisbae161

hey i have spent my time learning spanish bc when i get older im going to move to mexico and share my stories with the people i meet...... and plus im 16

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanShales
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Look at the flags and that will tell you all you need to know about my language learning :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/PaganiBoii
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I am learning more languages than you. I may not very good at any of them, but I am learning them all.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jasper_roest
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Haha and I thought I was the unfocussed learner! ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/PaganiBoii
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I get bored sometimes☺

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https://www.duolingo.com/skylarisbae161

thats mean what if i want to just learn spanish

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaganiBoii
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it is a friend of mine. I am messing with him because it is fun, and I have been trying to get him to start Guarani, but he won't, so maybe, this will be motivation for him.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skylarisbae161

ohh ok well thx for the heads up

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jasper_roest
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That's a lot of flags Sir!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat
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Mostly French and Italian, I do various activities involving a lot of online stuff, and book stuff.

http://cecelialanguages.tumblr.com/Language%20Learning%20Websites

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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I juggle three langs- Spanish, French, and Swahili. I am devoting most of my time into Swahili, progressing slowly thru the tree to absorb each lesson to the point that I feel confident before moving on to the next lesson(s). To maintain my Spanish and French, I have subscribed to a pair of YouTube channels (one for each lang). I intend to watch one video each day and make a journal entry about what I learned that night.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jasper_roest
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That's a nice list! It's so nice that Swahili is available now. I have lived in Tanzania for a few months and have learned some of the language, would love to continue eventually. How do you like the course so far? Why do you learn Swahili?

Watching one video per day and writing one journal entry (presumably in your target languages?) sounds like a great idea, I may have to steal them from you! ;)

Which channels do you watch?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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I'm really liking Swahili so far. I've been curious ever since I read the autobiography of Roald Dahl (British children's author -- Willy Wonka). He learned Swahili when he was stationed in Africa during WWII. I chose to give it a try because a friend of mine, who listens to me go on and on about my hobby of language dabbling once asked me if I would ever try something "... I dunno... like Swahili." Lo and behold, the course was put into the incubator shortly thereafter.

Steal the idea, by all means! Let me know how it works for you.

For Spanish, I follow Sofia Nino de Rivera ( Mexican Standup Comedian)...

For French, I follow Comme une Francaise.

Also, for both langs, the channel Easy Languages has a lot of great street interviews.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kattail1440
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What I do and what I should do are two different things. I spend a lot of time on Duolingo -- mostly on Spanish and French, but I always show up for some of the Italian and Russian. What I should also be doing and I will do so is read silently and read out loud. I should also work on my pronunciation more. I have done quite well with Spanish -- have managed to eliminate most of my American English influences. Recording is a good option. Again I tend to be too lazy. Finally I belong to two meet-up groups -- one in Spanish and one in French. How much time two I spent on language study per day? Lately it's been more than 3 hours. I also make index cards and review them. Finally I recommend the book Fluent Forever.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael.Lubetsky
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I try to do at least three units (either new or review) in my various languages. I usually can go through them while in transit to and from work.

I have finished the German and Polish trees and am trying to keep them gold. German because I find it the coolest langauge ever, Polish to communicate with in-laws.

I started Esperanto to see what it was about and have almost finished the tree. I find the Esperanto-speaking community very interesting -- you have a diverse range of people who are all united by a love of languages and intercultural communication. I hope to gild my tree once it done and to continue Esperanto studies.

I started Hebrew not so much to become fluent, but because I wanted to learn more about the language. Frankly, I am working through the lessons mostly to have access to the "Tips & Notes".

It is not my style to dabble in in things; if I start a language, I will want to see it through. Consequently, I don't see myself starting a new language anytime soon. However, Magyar keeps calling out me, and if Klingon ever gets out of the Incubator....sign me up!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7
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On Duolingo, I am learning Swedish and reviewing my Esperanto. :)

I started the Norwegian course, just to know how similar it is to Swedish and if it could help me with learning Swedish. :) Duolingo is my primary resource for Swedish now, I have some bookmarked websites which I will use after I have completed absorbed the DL course. :) As for time, it's quite random. :) Currently, I am re-gilding because I forget the Swedish vocabulary quickly, so this is a course I need to work hard on. :)

As for Esperanto, I'd like to be fluent by this year. :) For that, I am dedicatedly re-gilding my tree (which is a rare activity of mine), using Memrise and Lernu. Lernu is just too good, they have a lot of audio and conversations, I do need that! :) My Esperanto goals are similar to my French goals, I wish to use Lang8 once I complete whatever I started and start watching in Esperanto soon. :)

My main focus is on Japanese, which I am learning on Memrise and using a few other resources to supplement my Memrise progress. :) I am going slow with the Memrise courses, I have subscribed to similar Japanese courses so that I can learn from one course and test out in the rest. :) I started with Romaji to refresh the words and phrases I knew and m now learning the Hiragana.
I don't have fixed periods of time for Japanese, I make sure that I complete one level of the course each day. On some days, I spend my time reviewing all the hiragana I learnt and learning to write the characters.
Also, I am spending time on the Tiny Cards website to practice Hiragana with mnemonics. :) It gets easier to remember characters if I can picture them. :)
I don't know if this counts as language learning, but I spend a considerable amount of time watching animes with Japanese audio and English subtitles. Apart from animes, I watch videos in Japanese on YouTube. :) My favourites are Japanese School Exchange videos, I get to learn about the Japanese culture and also can pick up the words I know. :) Recently, I have started paying attention to the Japanese script in animes in the opening and closing themes. I test myself if I can identify and read the characters (just Hiragana for now) I know. :) I also have two e-pals, I can't wait to begin learning them! (I met them recently.)

While learning a language is fun, it does get stressful to learn it for hours. :) After studying Japanese for a few hours, I take a break and review my French, which is getting worse each day with lack of practice. :P I am completing all the French courses that I subscribed to on Memrise and am taking the reverse French course (on Memrise, yay! :)). The reverse course on Memrise is fun with audios and videos of native speakers speaking. :) I can see myself progressing quickly with the Memrise courses. :) I have a favourite YouTube channel, this one- Learn French with Alexa [I am on a mobile device and I don't know how to link to channels here, so I am leaving a link to one of my favourite videos from her channel, I am sure you'll be able to find the channel with this. :)]. Her videos are amazing! :) They are funny, informative, logical and suits my style. :) Once I finish my YouTube course (watching all her videos), I will move on to Lang8 to practise writing and start watching movies with French subtitles (might be the reverse). I had tried watching a video with French subtitles before, but I found myself focusing too much on what was written and not watching the video. :) I might try the reverse this time, just like the way I do with Japanese. :) I might try the Tiny Cards Official Duolingo course soon. :) I am not finding much motivation to re-gild my French skills here since I have already completed the tree and am Level 25. I have to revise, so I will be Tiny Carding. :) I have the reverse French course on Duolingo too, my goal is to revise and memorise all the words and reach level 25. :) I will leave the Tiny Cards course for Duolingo English later. :)

I think that's about it. :) I wouldn't want to learn too many languages at a time, it is not very suitable for my learning style. :) I still have a lot of around level 8 courses on Duolingo (as you can see), I will complete them one by one. :) Immersion is the key! :D

Good luck with your languages! ^_^

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

I've been spending 60-90 minutes a day here on French for the last month or so, and often another 20-30 minutes doing other sites in French (sites like lemonde.fr.)

I'm hoping to finish the Duolingo French tree in the next few days. I've got a lot of tree branches that aren't gold, so re-gilding my completed tree will be next on my list.

Then it's on to Irish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RosieQ.

Here is what I do: 1) Check Discussions 2) Go to words to see what I need to study, if nothing needs studying, go to 4) 3) Study the words 4) Strengthen skills, if needed I go to each skill for a refresher 5) If very confident in knowing everything, learn a new skill 6) Exit Duolingo, feeling smarter 7) Repeat the next day

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jasper_roest
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Not that I really care, but there are some people here who seem to downvote everything. Just an observation. Don't know why people would do that.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maureen-Leonard

im just learning French

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/totallynotsophi

I normally don't spend too much time here on Duolingo, since the languages I have here are ones I'm planning to really delve into later. Right now I'm studying Japanese and Mandarin Chinese (Using the 80/20 method, Japanese is my main focus right now.)

I spend 1 hour a day on Japanese, mostly just learning vocabulary and some grammar, but soon when I know the basics I will begin incorporating Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing practice, but for now it's just vocab and grammar.

For Mandarin, I only use the app ChineseSkill, and do a couple of lessons at night time while I'm in bed. It will continue like that until my Japanese is better and I can then switch most of my attention over to Mandarin.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HexManiacSarina

I learn Korean only:

  1. I use talktomeinkorean.com and hope to go through all of the material

  2. Then, I use memrise.com's ttmik flashcard sets that go along with the lessons to get the words and phrases inside my brain.

  3. When I get bored of this, I'll switch to howtostudykorean.com for a while, which I want to get through all the lessons too, but I want multiple resources to see things explained in different ways to lock concepts into my mind.

  4. Fluentu.com has Korean now, I have a free account that I haven't touched in a while, so I'll use that for listening after a while of using ttmik audios.

  5. I have Survival Korean by Stephen Revere that I want to get through.

  6. Duolingo for Korean when it comes out of course. I'll test as far as I can and do it every day, and then do English for Korean speakers (Or the latter first depending on how long it takes for Korean for English speakers to actually come out.)

  7. I'll use lang-8 and/or italki to practice writing and maybe find language partners.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SheToldShewas16

Focusing 100% on Swedish. Approximately 15-20min a day.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sphinx1824
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I am learning Spanish, French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Polish, and Esperanto. I take a Russian class and a Mandarin class at my university, so five hours per week each, plus a couple extra hours for homework and studying. I have taken Spanish, French, and German in school before, but for now I just practice with Duolingo. I spend at least two hours a week on Duolingo keeping trees gold/regilding those that I've fallen behind on. I am not doing nearly as much as I could be/should be doing for any of my languages, but I've been reading a lot of good ideas in the forums that I might try out soon.

1 year ago
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