How do you use Duolingo?
So I'm just interested in knowing how all of you use Duolingo. E.g. Do you just memorise the vocab, write it down? etc.
Personally, when I come across new vocab or grammar notes on Duolingo I write it down in a notebook so then I can read over it. Does anyone else do it like this?
When I do the lessons the first time, I always make flashcards for the words and grammar concepts.
I use Anki for it (a flashcard program), I prefer it to using premade flashcards from tinycards or memrise, because making my own cards is an important step for me. Plus in Duo I learn from English but my flashcards are from German (my native language). To know the meaning to a new word in two languages I speak fluently helps me pin down the nuances of the meaning.
Sometimes I edit the cards later on to add new stuff I learned, about irregularities or distinction to synonyms or notes I read in the sentence discussions.
For vocabulary, I make flashcards on Anki and Memrise (I use both because I still can't decide which one I prefer, lol). I keep grammatical notes written down in Evernote. I used to keep paper notes, but I'm generally an unorganised person and I ended up with loads of scraps of paper and half-filled notebooks with everything all out of order. :P
Then, I just practice, practice, practice, over and over again - I keep going through skill practices until I can translate everything or almost everything accurately and automatically.
My favourite revision method on Duo is going through skills, and redoing each skill until I get two or three 20/20 timed practices in a session (depending on how many times I've already reviewed the skill) - and if I spent too much time thinking about an answer I automatically count it as wrong. I find it's a great way to learn to think on my feet and it helps internalise phrases and structures, and it appeals to the gamification side of Duolingo by being a great way to get loads of points, haha.
I haven't been using DL for that long to be able to speak of a real strategy, but what I currently like to do, is work through the tree while keeping every skill at 4/5 strength and then regild to 5/5 after completion.
I'm almost done with French-from-Italian, and I plan to abandon this tree, possibly for good, as I will be laddering other trees. I am planning to continue with German-from-Italian; after that, I think I will have seen plenty of Italian for a while, so I think I will be doing Spanish-from-French to brush up my knowledge of French.
As for material aside from DL, I like to dabble into Youtube in Italian, series/films and books. I also used to write down paradigms for the verbs, something which I can wholeheartedly recommend in order to connect the dots between all the forms you have encountered.
Typically when I do Duolingo, I keep redoing all the lessons until I immediately recognize and understand all of them; recognition of vocabulary is the first step for me. Often, I don't jump right into writing the words down, I do it when I have a good idea of the basic vocabulary or "foundation" of the language. Then when I'm more of an A2 level, I start writing down vocabulary. I wait to do this because I often find that I "burn out" when I'm writing things down too much, so I prefer to do it for vocabulary that's hard to memorize from just reading it.
I also supplement my lessons with Memrise and watching shows in my target language. After reaching a B1 level, I typically just use it for training like others said.
I don't write anything down. I'm essentially certain the learning results per unit time are greater elsewhere. Sure, maybe retention is some fraction higher with handwriting over typing for a given amount of text, but assuredly it's not enough to make up for the dramatically faster speed of typing.
I just use Duolingo as is, but I don't expect it to teach me everything. It trains vocabulary and writing, mostly. I have very hard time learning pronounciation from Duo, for whatever reason.
For Danish, I take the government-offered classes which for me focus on pronounciation and understanding spoken languages, since grammar is mostly familiar from Swedish. I also use an Anki deck to practice pronounciation.
I should also figure out a good way of practicing listening.
I further learn by reading newspapers and books in Danish.
For Japanese, I'm just learning it for fun, because job prospects there did not pan out. So currently I only use Duolingo, and do that slowly. Once I'm done with Duolingo or get a better reason for studying the language, I'll try a wider variety of sources.
Duolingo also teaches me a little bit of English due to necessary laddering, but that is strictly a bonus.