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Tips for pacing yourself while learning a language.

Hallo, ich bin Evan, und wilkommen,

<pre> Today, I will be sharing some tips I learned about how to pace yourself while learning a new language, and more specifically, how to pace yourself while using DuoLingo. Allow me to begin by saying that the way DuoLingo is structured is almost perfect for learning a language, from the method in which subjects are divided, to the way they recommend and allow you to practice. However, it is still difficult for many to resist the urge to power through 4 or 5 courses a day. Now, while powering through that many courses might give you a sense of accomplishment, and might up your score, it wont help you learn the language any faster. The best way to learn the language (and the most efficient) is to set a schedule and pace yourself. So with that out of the way, allow me to get into some tips. </pre>

1) Only do 1 full Skill per day (at maximum)

2) Use the practice feature a few times each day before starting a Skill

3) After Skill completion, use the practice feature periodically throughout the day to help cement your understanding of what you have learned.

4) Don't sit down and do all of your language studying in one go, no matter how tempting it might be. The best way to learn the language is to practice for 10 or so minutes several times throughout the day, and to keep up that routine for multiple days.

5) Give yourself a few rest days where you just practice what you have already learned. My practice days are on Sunday and Wednesday, on those days, I don't start any new skills, I just practice what skills I have already done to help cement my understanding.

6) My last and most important tip, don't limit your learning to DuoLingo. Try to talk in the language whenever possible, try to think in the language when talking to yourself, and just keep your brain active with learning the language.

I hope you found these helpful, and as always, if you have any tips to share, please post them. Good day,

-Evan

April 12, 2017

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

1 lesson a day is a very very very very minuscule amount.
It's barely 5 min dedicated to learning new material (which is the only way to really advance in your language of choice).

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TafR4

Not if you study some material outside duolingo.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

Not a single lesson per day, I single series of lessons, (Ex : all of the lessons in the Animals Category)

April 12, 2017

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

So you mean one skill per day. =)

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

Yes, my apologies, I will edit it.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmalieB39

When I'm learning new material, I may only be able to accomplish one new skill in a week or two, due to older age and less ability to retain new words and grammar rules. I still do lots of practice in both the new skill and general review, even though I'm focusing on one skill for quite a few days.

E-Aesthetik's suggestions are right in line with the way I can best learn from Duolingo - slow pace in moving through the tree, lots of practice spaced throughout the day, and not powering through the lessons without really learning the material.

For people who can learn more quickly, other methods may work better, and that's fine, too.

But E-Aesthetik is stressing lots of practice to master new material, which, believe me, takes a lot of time daily - often at least an hour for me. In over a year, I'm close to halfway through the German course. I'd love to have finished it by now, but that's impossible for me. I have to work hard and keep plugging away. I will eventually get there, and I will really know the material and be able to use it to communicate - which is the whole purpose of Duolingo, right?

Different learning styles work for different people. I'm sure E-Aesthetik doesn't expect all Duolingo users to follow these suggestions.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

You are far better with words than I think I will ever be. You hit it almost directly on the head.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/exp271828

Excellent summary of my own learning style - I try to read lots of stuff from outside Duo, and try to spend both some time in the morning and some time in the evening on Duo. I have a heavy focus on slow learning where I not only read and type phrases and words in Duo, but I also try to say them out loud as I read them, and also write them out longhand in my notebook. ... So E-Asthetik and AmalieB39, I appreciate and applaud your thoughts!

April 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

I hope people don't down vote you into oblivion just because of the tone or lack of agreement with the tips. I am a language teacher and while I think there some things here I wouldn't necessarily do or recommend...Well, I do applaud you trying to approach language from the side of understanding "how" am I doing what I am doing? It is good to be conscious of your methods, consider new ones, discard ineffective ones, etc. Since you are new-ish, and I've been outta the loop for awhile...may I just say welcome to you right back! And best wishes with your learning! We need to all support each other in our learning efforts! :)

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

Thank You, I am continuously attempting to better my methods, and that brings with it both mistakes and successes.

April 12, 2017

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

That's really good! I do pretty much all of that and find it really helpful except the part with 10 minute sections, I usually do an hour in a row and that works fine for me.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

It's always better to do what works for you, I'm just attempting to provide a starting place for those who are looking :)

April 12, 2017

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

Yea its cool!

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shanaya714002

thx for sharing the tips i am so gonna follow them : )

April 13, 2017

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

Why are you welcoming us, Evan? You seem to be new here. :-/

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

I am, it's just how I type, and me trying to be nice.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PearlMarti1

Thanks for the tips :)

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shanaya714002

i know right they were great : )

April 13, 2017

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

This is THE way to study! Perfect; i need to just teach myself to do this now! :) Thank Youuuu!

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

I'm glad you enjoyed the tips :)

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shanaya714002

thx they were really good u should do more : D

April 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patrick.-

Das ist nicht gut für mich.

April 12, 2017

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

Ich auch.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shanaya714002

wait what

April 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Asthetik

They were saying "this is not good for me" and "i agree"

April 14, 2017

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

No one cares, quite frankly

April 12, 2017
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