https://www.duolingo.com/LisyDarling

Learning language in your sleep?

Okay, so I was reading about something, and it said there was a tape you could play that helps you lear languages while you sleep... is that a real thing? If so, what language should I do?!?!?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/NoNoEsImposible

To sum up the other comments, the Duolingo Pillow was created as an April Fool's joke. This is confirmed by clicking the Purchase the Duolingo Pillow button, which redirects you to Duolingo's home page.

Duolingo often creates April Fool's joke. 2017's joke was the release of the "Emoji for English Speakers" course.

To answer your question, though, you should definitely purchase the French pillow because it comes with upgraded flirting abilities.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QuadraticLingual

I think Duolingo merchandise would be cool, though. Maybe like a Duo plush owl?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoNoEsImposible

You can buy a T-shirt straight from Duolingo at the Duolingo Gear Page. The T-shirts are sold at the price it takes to make them, so Duolingo will not get any money if you choose to purchase. More information in the unofficial Duolingo wiki: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Gear

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

the Duolingo Pillow

Looking at the page again, it's amusing to see that they joked about the (lack of a) Japanese course by saying the Japanese Pillow would be available in 2039. I guess back then even the Duolingo staff didn't expect it to come out just 13 months later. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LisyDarling

lol!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered
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In your dreams! :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield
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No, you can't learn a language in your sleep.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lukekirt

I just saw you bio. I like how you put Storybrooke Maine. (Once upon a time is my favorite show).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LisyDarling

Yeah, I don't want to give my real location... I love the show, so i put it on as my location. I have to say though, my fav location I have seen so far is "right behind you"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FahimShahr5

Let me think.......Sacrificing my sound sleep (some pun intended!!!!!!) to learn Spanish.....nah,I will pass..Sleep is my true love,nothing will come between us :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LisyDarling

lol

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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I have trouble sleeping, so I've downloaded a lot of language learning podcasts and I listen to them as I go to sleep. It continues for the whole night. I find it is an excellent cure for insomnia. I know the early podcasts by heart, so I soon fall asleep listening. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I listen to different material each time. Instead of worrying about things, I am listening to something useful. I do not have improved language skills as a result of this listening, so I know that I can't learn languages while I sleep.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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The short answer: no

The long answer: the only research (with positive results) I have ever seen is where words were learnt during the day and associated with smells. These smells were created during sleep and re-inforced learning of those same words. It was an interesting result, but not very useful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpyKatt

It probably doesn't work, but I guess you could try. You brain never really stops working, so it could be possible. If you do end up trying it, I'd like to know if it worked.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LisyDarling

Im gonna try! Ill tell yall if it works!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Enchom
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I highly doubt it will have any effect. The only way it can help is by just getting your brain more used to the sound of the language and possibly slightly increasing your listening abilities - but that is if you already have some knowledge of the basics. Perhaps if you play it before you fall asleep you might also get a few phrases stuck in your head (which sounds a bit annoying, too).

Unfortunately, there isn't any easy known shortcut way to learn a language without a lot of hours of work and regular practice.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird
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From my experience, when I play stuff before I go to sleep, I always end up thinking about it so much that I can't fall asleep.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

No, you can't learn languages in your sleep... otherwise the average person would have learned 12+ languages in their lifetime. Passive listening is not a method that works.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LisyDarling

lol, I know... I jost wanted to see what people thought. Also, im gonna try it just to be sure!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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I always wondered this. There are videos on YouTube where you can learn French while sleeping. In fact, one is right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G04GX_f9DFE&t=62s.

Maybe I'll try it one day, but I don't want to waste electricity and it would probably annoy me while I try to sleep.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi LisSmith,

There were a lot of funky ideas about learning in one's sleep and there still are some. Many of them have been debunked but are still out there, floating on the internet, getting people to buy things that don't work. There might be a little truth to some of it though. What does contemporary research say?

“The critical difference is that our research shows that memory is strengthened for something you’ve already learned,” Reber said. “Rather than learning something new in your sleep, we're talking about enhancing an existing memory by re-activating information recently acquired.” Source.

So, I'd focus on using sleep learning for review, and adjust your expectations.

When it comes to learning a language, there isn't a magic potion to help you learn it in a day or a month, unless you have a very atypical brain. (My former partner could be conversational in a language in a matter of hours. Almost no one on the planet has that capacity though.) Learning a language will still take years for most people.

However, if you have a specific short term goal in mind, such as traveling, that will help you speed up the process of what you will need, by cutting out excess vocabulary and such that is not as immediately useful. For instance, if you were traveling, you can ask yourself what situations you'll be in where you'll need language. Hotel, taxi, grocery store, restaurant? You can break each of these down to predictable sets of vocabulary: Directions (where, left, right, up, down, forward, backward, after, start, stop, turn,.) Currency. (how much, more, less, tip--if applicable. In some countries, tipping is insulting.) Food (the vocabulary that applies to what you expect your staple words will be, any allergy information you'll want to express, expiration dates, register, cashier.) And so on. That is faster than tackling a whole language.

Whatever you plan to do with a language, whether it is just enjoying the new combinations of sounds or scripts, sampling unfamiliar grammar, I wish you luck and good recall. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1Jmevd4r

Yeah, I don't think that's true. And if it is it is not the best way to learn.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LisyDarling

Okay! I just thought it sounded wierd and cool!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JATaylor

I do think it is cool but I think it is not true.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissCamden
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for those of you who wanna try there's an app for that! https://sleepylanguages.com iOS only, offers 11 languages.

1 year ago
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