https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashleyisakitty

Anyone else a huge nerd with notetaking?

Hey all.

Anyone else love to write down the grammatical rules provided in the "tips and notes" section in a journal before diving into a module? I personally think it has helped me a lot in understanding the meaning of the grammar and makes it easier to apply.

September 18, 2018

36 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Becksity

Yes! I've recently started studying again and I bought myself a fun spiral notebook as way to encourage myself to take notes on the rules, write down vocab, etc. and I've found it really helpful.

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

It's not your imagination. Studies have shown that writing something out by hand will dramatically increase your retention.

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndesSky

Yes, true, from observations of my own learning and sharing of knowledge. I write, and colour highlight, just selected bits I need -not rules but phrases plus, sometimes, the way they're spoken/intoned. It's an act of 'attention' and it helps even if we don't go back to read it.

I'd add that people have different learning styles that suit them best! I have been amazed at some friends who are brilliant but dislike writing and left formal schooling early.

Children the world over speak grammatically correctly without formal rules, let alone writing anything down. Then too, there are brilliant musicians who do not or did not know/use music notation (e.g. Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Emmanuel..?) and a vast number globally of traditional musicians.

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/webgenie

I took language notes and read music as a kid since I was 7 (after begging my parents for lessons since I was 4). I guess I'm weird. I probably drove my friends nuts too. I kept a little notebook in my pocket to make sure I didn't miss anything expressions or anything and would stop everything to make sure I didn't miss any. I'm sure Dr. Spock would have approved of this, though not the one that writes books:)

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wolfpuppy1

Children the world over who are speaking grammatically correct probably have that language as their first language. I don't think those same children would do very well in another language if they didn't take notes. There's a reason why teachers have students take notes, and it isn't to keep the notebook venders in business. Remember, you can fill a room with exceptions and not change the premise of the argument.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/owly1213

My teacher makes us do that!

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndesSky

I think that history and research can teach us that imposing/enforcing one way of doing something, despite good intention, can cause great harm. Students who are left-handed were (or still are?) punished, for example. I hope all teachers now respect that learners and people in general do best via, for example, visual, auditory, or tactile (or a mixture thereof) experiences. Good luck :-)

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gary698455

Your teacher is wise.

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyManni3

I write down every new word too - helps with spelling and I have that page open all throughout that skill. It's useful during the listening exercises too because I scan the page for something that sounds like the word I don't recognise

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BoricuaSJS

Me too!

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olifaipresh

Same! It helps so much :)

October 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurianaB

I take notes in my collection of personal notebooks. I used to have one very large notebook for all of my languages (save for Spanish, which always had many to its exclusive use), but now I have made one specifically for Russian, as I ran out of room, and I will have one also for German, and Portuguese. I put my smaller-scale projects like Serbo-Croatian and Slovak in the same notebook.

During audio lessons, I like to write down what I learn fully. As someone who needs the benefits of listening skills but does not learn best solely from listening, I like to make the connection between what I hear and what I see written down. And with a semi-photographic memory at my side, I can memorize anything I see.

Best of luck in your language learning! Keep noting...

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoseBTSarmy

Yes I believe taking notes helps with memory. So for each skill, I write down the vocab from English to Korean. Or Vise versa. Then sometimes draw pictures next to it to make it seem fun and motivating. I also highlight the topics and the important information. When I'm not on Duolingo, I like to review what I wrote down previously.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WinterSoldier.

Oh yeah!!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Usually I use the old fashioned "Composition" books and keep plenty of notes. Often enough I don't need to re-read the notes. Just writing things down helps me remember.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trev756863

You betchyer. (Wonder how that translates in Italian ?) I am being very nerdy with this, I have 2 spiral bound note pads, one for grammatical notes (verbs I'm having difficulty remembering, irregular sentences, multiple use words, etc...) and the other for formal notes I get from DL (CivisRomanus rules) plus some other really useful stuff off the internet. It is difficult to order the notes, but it's a bit like a messy work bench, you just seem to know where everything is. Glad you've raised the point, I was a closet nerd before, now I'm out and proud. :-)

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanspersson

I have a notebook for each language that I study but I tend to go through the notes after the lesson rather than before. It works better for me to see the practice first and apply the rules afterwards than trying to cram the rules first.

September 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daretobereal

Actually, no. But that is a great idea!

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cimone519502

I do and it really does help a lot! : )

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

I start with tips and notes and followup with all the words. A couple of sentences as well. In Vietnamese there are some words and sentences that have to be just memorized as they have no counterpart in English to understand them.

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BellaKing5

I do! I have a whole separate google doc with all the vocab words I've learned, divided into section and alphabetized. Took a while to set up, but it's easy to add new words to remember! I'm also trying to add in plurals/genders/etc. but I don't have them all yet.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/webgenie

I write down every test question I don't immediately remember the vocab or grammar for in notebooks. I have multiple to review from where everything is in one place.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judy_Blue_Eyes

Me. I write all of my lessons in spiral notebooks, for future reference, if need be.

September 19, 2018

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    The tips and notes, the vocabulary, and the language notes in the Discussion section for a percentage of the questions. I'm not doing it with Spanish since I already had it in a formal setting. (DL is review for that.)

    September 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpectrumFlame

    Not totally, but it helps a whole lot more! Hah, I'm takin' notes like Deku (Izuku Midoriya) XDDD

    September 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A-positive-bean

    Of course! I specially dedicated a notebook to my studies so later, once I actually become more fluent at speaking, listening and reading German, I can look back and store it as one of my past achievements to look back on! Plus it has been waaayyy more effective than just reading the tips and notes. :)

    September 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TinyKitties

    Thanks for the tip. I think I will go back and do that. :)

    September 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna7187

    Yes, I do because it just helps so much if you have a test or something like this.

    September 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fuzzy285293

    I take notes all the time.. usually when I have trouble with a sentence, I write it down, and practice it along with any new words I learn when start another section, I write those down as well..

    September 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taddea2

    I don't take general notes because I also bought the Living Language books for Italian, but I do make flash cards for each verb and it's conjugation. Helps me to memorize the endings.

    September 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sandeep308013

    Yes. I take notes as well. It has helped me a lot.

    September 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tonyluton

    @ Ashleyisakitty, does this really help I am finding my Spanish really hard !

    September 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trev756863

    It kind of depends on how you learn. For me, writing stuff down is a first step, I then need to write it down again on a separate page and possibly in a different context. The more I write it the better I remember. DL repeats itself in each lesson and that also helps me to lock in each step. My advice, for what it's worth, would be to get a notebook that is split into sections (mine has 5 sections) and split the bits you find difficult over those sections. The more you use the sections the more familiar you will become with how to split your work - you might need to start again, but it will be worth it. Nobody can really help you getting through the difficult times, but be assured we all share that difficulty. Sometimes it's like walking through porridge, but you will get there given effort and time. Hope you don't think I'm preaching. Keep going.

    September 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

    I'm a Grammar lover, i memorise it without writing i
    but the problem is that i memorise Grammar only, but not words

    September 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaphneFarmer3

    I do the exact same thing. I also find that writing down the new words and meanings helps my memory and spelling.

    September 24, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aki-Mugetsu

    I do it all the time and I also write many of the sentences that come in the course, it helps me when I want to remember, and it is also great because, even though I don’t always have access to internet, I can always have my notebook. Usually I also make a list of the vocabulary, in alphabetical order, to make it easier when I need to check.

    May 16, 2019
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