I need a bit of German study help
I've been using Duolingo to help with my German Studies but it doesn't seem to be helping. What else should I do so it sticks?
Language learning is a long process, it can be sped up if you study really hard (= more hours a day), otherwise it will just take long and you should make your peace with it.. Now that this is clear, even for Duolingo, you should use it longer before you can say it doesn't work for you. If you feel like you don't remember new words, then do more (a lot of) repetitions. I can also recommend a Memrise course that someone made for Duolingo ( https://www.memrise.com/course/335725/comprehensive-german-duolingo-vocabulary/ ). It follows the duolingo skills and help you to drill in the words.
Otherwise in the beginning stages there is not much sense in doing much more, once you hit some grammar issues (cases, adjective endings) a beginner grammar book or page like this ( http://germanforenglishspeakers.com/ ) can come in handy.
Good luck and feel free to ask if you have some specific questions.
Grammar is key, even for simple sentences. Its like the skeleton and the vocab is the flesh and blood, but its the skeleton that holds up the flesh and blood (I have an unpleasant image right now, sorry).
A classic reference work is: German for Reading Knowledge, by Jannach. A used 4th edition can be found on amazon.com for less than $5. However, that book can lead to grammar overload and make German grammar too daunting (that's how I first experienced it) So I looked for a slower introduction to grammar. I used Deutsch Aktuell 1 & 2.
People may be pulling out their hair when they hear (no pun intended) that title. I'm teaching myself so I don't have memories of painfully boring high school German classes. I was also able to progress as fast as I wanted. After Deutsch Aktuell 1 & 2, Jannach's text was a breeze.
Write the words down with their definitions and study them. also do a lesson over and over until you do not have to look at their definition.
Unless you are immersed in German (or any other language), it can be difficult to store and recall. What really helps is memorizing short dialogs of sentences that have some meaning for you. What is your interest... computers, politics, your job, movies, scientific German? You also have to ask yourself whether your interest is conversation or literature. German TV Deutsche Welle is available with cable (probably satellite channel as well) but you have to pay extra for it. There ought to be some free online opportunities. Good luck und viel Spaß! Brad in Largo, Florida