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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

November 6, 2017



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".


Thanks for the advice jaye16.


thanks thats very helpful


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.


I suggest using Tiny Cards. It is VERY helpful to me in Korean.


thanks I have been using it and its sort of helpful I guess I just have a stubborn brain lol


I tend to pretend that they are not there and it works for me also, I already could speak German so it's easy for me, I hope you figure it out....


No problem, if you ever need feel free to get a hold of me somehow, I am willing to help anyone who needs it.


okay thanks so much :}


yup, Have a great day, thanks for letting me help....


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


Wow thats so cool, were you fighting in Germany? What was going on in the 60s there? (sorry im a history geek and this fascinates me)


It 's fine, bleusclues.. This kind of cheating maybe the best way for us to learn language...so, don'nt worry about that. Eventually, oneday you suddenly realize that oh it 's no need to copy, i am doing super well... and beat the clock so hard.


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).


This is not something "bad" .You will find your way to remember the new words.I find helpful for example to read books or watch movies at the language I learn.

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