Oh, you want to learn a new langauge?
As I reflect on one complete year of using Duolingo, I can not stress it enough: Consistency is everything.
Sticking to your goals, (even a measly 1xp per day) will bring you closer than just winging it without a plan. Personally, I dont find it effective learning something new in chunks : as in whenever I have time or whenever I feel like it. I did a little bit of french per day and this has given me outstanding positive results.
Top three benefits I've gained: improved vocabulary, improved pronounciation, and confidence to speak to natives.
Consistency, thou art a jewel.
Interesting post but after you finished the French tree, how did you go about expanding your French speaking ability?
I found three native french speakers and I exchange with them weekly for a year so far. Tuesdays, wednesdays, and fridays to be precise. This greatly improved my french speaking ability.
That's nice to hear! How did you come across them though? I plan to do this once I have a much better grasp on my French but I'm not sure how would I go about speaking to natives since I don't really know any.
I agree. As much of a pain as it is to do Duo every day, it really helps in keeping those words fresh in your mind and keeps your brain in a language-learning state!
Consistency is everything.
This applies to learning anything at all, not just languages. Literally anything that requires information recall.
But what is the key to Consistency? I have learned Swedish for 1,5 month straight without a day missing; watching Swedish series, music and youtubers . But now I find myself 6 months later starting from scratch because I completely forgot about it..
do you practise with a sweedish native? In regards to language learning, i can only recommend what works for me. Along with all my other activities, I practise my oral french at least twice a week, (sometimes more) with french natives.
Merci pour le conseil. Can you hold a conversation with native speakers now? I feel that even if I finish the tree I won't have enough vocabulary to talk with strangers.
Yes, I have conversations every week with native speakers. The tree is just one aspect of my learning. Books, movies, and finding a language partner will help one build vocabulary.
I just lost my 610 days streak because I forgot duolingo. But I have to say, in the end I came only back to duolingo to not lose the streak and to revise. I find it rather difficult to concentrate on more than one learning source and therefore think now might a good time to change to speaking french. I did have some (infrequent) contact in verbal french and I must say, I suck in it. My biggest problem is to understand sentences that are longer than two or three words. It is mostly much to fast - my working memory stops and I only understand "bla bla bla".
It is brutally hard. I am using the Anki 16000 sentence deck and it seems to be helping. They say a sentance and then you flip the card to see if you understood it. There are a couple French songs that I listened to so many times that I can mostly understand them; Zaz - Je Voux and Louane Emera - Maman. Both have a variety of words and are sung clearly. Follow along with written lyrics at first.