Getting the most out of Duolingo
What is the best way to complete your tree and get the most out of the websites. I've been golding everything before I move on to the next subject, but is that not the way to do it?
You don't have to go from zero to fully golden in one go. In fact, you will not only get bored, you will also memorize the specific sentences in your poetry and lyrics part of brain, instead of sorting the language bits into your language part of brain. It's better to mix a few subjects and return later. Of course you don't want to wait too long though. Once you're 3/4 down the tree it will be silly to go back talking about bananas eating rice.
Find a good balance. I usually learn the subjects in groups of five or four up to level 4, then go back and do a bit on the older set before that.
This is exactly what I'm doing. I'll probably also try when further down the tree to go back and do practices, so to be sure I still remember the vocabulary. Personally, I do the first 3 levels of a skill at once, so that I have a strong basis that I am unlikely to forget before completing the skill. Then maybe the day after, I do the whole 4th level, and then some other time I complete the 5th level, but maybe in 2 days. That way I make sure that it becomes long term memory rather than short term memory.
I'd also add that whenever there is a noun involved, I repeat it in my head with the determinant, as well as its plural form. And when there is a lesson in which I have to choose a noun from a selection, I also try to guess what they mean, their gender and their plural. It's especially helpful in the beginning or to remember words that don't come as often as others. But this thing of mine is really personal, and I guess everyone do that sort of thing (or not) differently.
i have the exact same tactic i type as well as write both translation and original on paper
couldn't agree more. one more thing, you are level 20 on Dutch? congratulation, that is the loveliest languages i have seen thus far.
Thank you very much. Yes, Dutch is a beautiful language and even though I have not seen many different Duolingo courses, I'm sure the Dutch one must be a particularly fun one to do.
you know i really should've read this awhile ago thank you much appreciated
My logic is thus: Go through the tree, quickly, don't think about it much. Then, go through it again, and make vocab flash cards, make sure you memorize all the words. Go through it a third time, focusing on grammar and any words you still don't know. the 4th and 5th levels I haven't figured out, but it'll go into your long term memory if you space out learning the same lesson over time rather than emphasize it over and over again in one go. Plus, it helps you retain motivation (or at least it does with me).
despite you may have several resources to strengthen your new learning languages, you gotta jot almost everything down so you can go over them when you feel like you need to. this is what i'm doing and it's came in very handy.
Just do what you see it's suitable for you
Follow your feelings, it's not gonna betray you