i feel like i'm cheating
I can never seem to remember new German vocab and whenever they want me to translate something I look at the answer and just copy it does anyone have any advice for me
Everyone has his own way of learning. It's not cheating. You'll see that eventually, you'll be looking at the answers less and less until you can do it without looking. That's why it takes so many repetitions of each skill to reach level 25. At first, you are "cheating" but by the time you get close to level 25 you'll realize that you don't need to "cheat".
It's not cheating! Duolingo even takes that into account and makes words where you hover to get the answer degrade faster, so you'll have to review them sooner. And that's okay and not a punishment, they just now it needs repeating.
A lot of repetition is necessary to get new words and grammar into our brains. Be it by seeing them repeated when looking up the answer or seeing them repeated when making mistakes and getting the answer or by learning the vocabulary with flashcards or hearing them in conversation... We just have to come across a word multiple times to know it. It's normal. We just all need to find a way to make them stick. So if you notice that sometimes some of the words are finally in your brain, then it apparently seems to work good enough and you don't have to worry. :)
The more senses you involve in your learning, the better you'll remember it. Saying aloud, painting it, walking/moving around, whatever, will help remembering terms better. The good old memory hooks will also be a helping hand.
One way our brain learns is through repetition. So, although you don't notice a progress, you'll eventually remember your vocabs when doing it over and over again. If flash cards (stand-alone) help you or doing the course's units (context) over and over, depends on you and the term itself and your mood.
Hi bleusclues and anyone else, I think the duolingo system gives me much more credit than I deserve. I was in the US army in Germany in 1959 through 1962 (Low ranking PFC) but I was determined to learn as much German as possible. Since then I tried to also learn Spanish and increase my very small vocabulary in lots of languages. It has this effect. I am starting to learn French and Italian. I can remember just enough or figure out enough from the lesson to answer correctly and it gives me a higher fluency score than is realistic. It will most likely improve a lot in time to come and that's good enough for me. When I was in Germany some people called me der Kenniss. for Kenneth
Tip: Learn the vocabulary outside of DuoLingo with a 3rd party flashcard software with proper spaced repetition, e.g Memrise, AnkiSRS, FlashcardsDeluxe, SuperMemo, etc.
It actually helps to test RECALLING any learned word, if you have to type it in the L2 target language.
DuoLingo quite often (too much) uses the swapped translation direction, so you do NOT learn how to remember the word in your target (learning) language.
This is true for forward trees (reverse trees resolve this).
Memrise on the other side supports several user scripts like Cooljingle's "all typing".
Multiple-choice questions, as they are presented on mobile apps or DuoLingo web IMHO do NOT really help to get better and test about remembering/recalling.
They may be nice for the first 1-3 learning sessions (especially seeing longer sentences in action), but strengthening (and learning how to construct sentences) shall be tested by typing.
Even tapping single word bricks (on the mobile apps) may be better than multiple-choice and too easily selectable options 1-3 (quite often you can quickly eliminate the two very wrong options by concentrating just on 1-2 single words).