How do people not get bored?
I just have to say this, but everyone seems to so much more lingots, XP, streaks, and more levels than me. How do they not get bored? Very confusing to me. I just usually do like 50xp a day and I get bored and I go play some games.
I do a lot of the languages that I do because I am interested in the structure and grammar of them, the only ones I am following long term are Spanish French and German, I have added then deleted most trees on here just to look at the way the language is made up and get the feel of it. So for me I just switch it up and study a different language purely for the fun of seeing the difference in grammar and the nuances of that particular language, it is never as boring because I feel no obligation to continue or keep the trees since I am not learning the language.
But that only works because of my interest in linguistics so I guess you could try switching it up with no obligation to learn the language just to see what it looks like
I'm not actually doing most of them.
Spanish and French are more passive learning, watching shows and sometimes coming on here for vocab or verb exercises.
German is the only one I am actually studying that I am not a high level in so like learning the grammar and vocabulary and how to actually apply it to speak the language.
Irish I was just interested in the grammar, im level 6 and i can tell you about some of the basic structures and more complex grammar from other sites but I can't speak a single word of it, I'm not really studying it just investigating the structure and 'feel' of it. Same for Danish and some of the other trees o have deleted
Probably because they find learning languages fun. I will admit, though, I also get bored after a while and I begin to play games, go on another forum, or just watch videos on YouTube. I got my motivation back as I am actually studying Spanish in school, and I want to know more words and am actually studying in my free time because I find it to be more than just a course I'm taking in school.
Those of us with lots of lingots, high levels, and long streaks all started off where you are, without any of those things. We've just been pretty persistent about our language(s) over time.
In my estimation, 50 xp is actually a pretty fair number, assuming you do it consistently.
Accepting a moderate amount of boredom is a useful part of the learning process, especially when you're doing review.
Every time I study a language, I go through four main phases :
Phase 1 : "New language!, So beautiful!, Seems simple enough!, I must learn this!"
Phase 2 : My initial excitement has wore off, and now I'm just frustrated with the language. Struggling to remember vocabulary, grammar, and any irregularities the language may contain. It's at this point I usually decide the drop a language if I just don't feel the motivation ( which I did for Hindi and Gujarati ).
Phase 3 : If I had enough determination to make it past the previous phase, I usually have a better grasp of the language, and everything doesn't seem as hard anymore. At this point, I usually enjoy and look forward to learning a language. As I feel that I have finally gotten the hard part out of the way.
Phase 4 : I learn something new about a language that just seems all too complicated, so I then reset to phase 2.
Although the process may be tedious and frustrating. I continue because I truly want to learn the language. Just the thought that I could one day possibly converse with some one in a foreign language is enough to keep me motivated.
The fact that I usually get frustrated with a language, is one of the reasons why I study multiple languages simultaneously. If I feel too stumped in one language, I just move more of my focus to another language ( as you can see, most of that focus went to German ). Good luck learning languages, because you're going to need it.
I don't get bored because I love learning Spanish. I don't have many lingots, but you don't need lingots for very many things. If you don't NEED to learn Spanish or French, you aren't obligated to. If your goal is 50XP, you are achieving your goal, and most people don't do even that, or some never go more than their goal. some people have 1XP a day goal, and while there is nothing wrong with that, you should be proud of yourself for achieving your 50XP goal. And if that is above your goal, congrats! That is awesome! And if it's below your goal, you are not alone. So many people have forgotten a day or two, or were just bored like you. You are not experiencing something unique or unknown. I have more periods of not going on Duo than streaks. If you don't need to learn a language, and you don't want to, just don't.
The simple answer is, if you get bored, go do something else. Recently, I've only been doing to keep my streak going, generally 10-20 XP a day, but I'm actually making a little progress on re-gilding my completed French tree, and I recently made it to level 16.
I probably spend more time on other French-related tasks these days. Recently, I've been reading the book "Correct your French Blunders". I've been looking at ordering the book "Advanced French Grammar" by Monique L'Huillier, but I don't think I'm ready for it yet.
I've looked at a couple of other online sites, none of the subscription ones seem worth the cost. For what a site like Lawless French costs a year, I could buy a copy of Le Bon Usage.
I work on several languages. I also do the practices without choosing a section and see what subject is coming up. Then since I have the app, I work on the bots, redo bots to see if there is new vocabulary that I don't know. Also until I get my answers always right I will practice since I still have issues with the compound past, conditinal, subjuntive, etc. I finished my french tree at level 15 so to go up it was all about practice. Sometimes doing a timed review helps. I also do go to other sites for interactive games on line, listen to french radio, search watch french videos only in french. Just saw the events tab and need to consider if I have time to host one since there are none in my area. I am also doing a "reverse tree" for French.
Maybe. My motivation was to bring my French back as I has studied it in college. Then I realized I could work on other languages I had learned and then realized I could dabble in even more languages, something I always wanted to do. I also never expected Duo to be perfect and maybe that's the difference. I don't do all these things daily. You asked how not to be bored....