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Methods in Language Learning...?

When it comes to retaining the information I learn while learning languages, I don't particularly have a defined system. With French, I use notebooks (I actually have three) and activities from French textbooks in addition with Duolingo. However, it's hard for me to learn from a textbook; rather, I have to be vocally/physically taught these things.

Furthermore, I'm a creative writer, so I find translating my short stories and poems into the languages I'm learning helpful, as well as listening to foreign music (Kpop/Jpop, etc.), which is more helpful than I originally thought.

I plan on making German and Romanian notebooks as I had done with French, and I think it would be quite helpful if I wrote down the tips and notes in Duolingo lessons.

I know this is random, but it was just something I wanted to share. What are your methods in learning languages, in terms of retaining the information you learn?

May 1, 2017



I use the french by association curriculum as well as DuoLingo.


Actually... I think I'm going to use that method! I love what you did by making poems!


Thanks! It's very helpful!


My method is whatever I feel like in the moment. If get get a suspicious feeling of boredom I switch activities immediately. I don't care about mistakes at all, I do language exchanges and don't care about the fact that I sound like a drunk 2 year old... I don't care, I don't care, I don't care... But that's how I learned 3 languages so far so it works for me! I don't really go after learning, learning comes to me at some point.


That's very interesting! I think it really depends on what type of learning style you have, and some people can adapt to many styles, which is why methods vary. Thanks for your insight!


Here's one person's method that strikes me as very well thought-out: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21856776


Sur le site internet "coursera.com", se trouve un cours qui s'appele "Learning how to learn" par Dr Barbara Oakley. C'est excellent sur tous les plans, notablement pour apprendre langues je me souviens deux choses : 1. Spaced repetition. Duolingo l'utilise, mais vous pouvez l'utiliser vous-meme. 2. Immersion : notablement pour "fluency", on a besoin de parler uniquement en cette langue pour un certain temps.

Les deux plus grand problemes en apprendre quelque chose, je pense, sont : 1. Ne pas commencer, car il prendrai beacoup trop de temps 2. Oublier, car "revision" est ennuyeux

Mon francais n'est pas bon, s'il vous plait le corrige.

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