How do you study?
I'm learning Indonesian. I've always have been bad with foreign language; learning anything for that matter. What are some tips I could get to help me come along further in my study? I'm really inspired to pick up Indonesian, I'm just lost at what I need to do besides the duolingo app to help me retain information, and have attention problems.
You can write things down, pencil and paper, really old-skool but probably still one of the best methods in the long run if you want to memorise things (imho).
You can use flashcards : selfmade or existing ones.
I've seen a topic with a spreadsheet with the words taught.
You can use that spreadsheet as a starting point to make your own flashcards.
As for myself (I'm doing the German course), I use grammar books.
Shortest time ?
That's different for everyone I guess.
It depends on how much time you spend.
What works for me is daily exercise, so that means I try to read/repeat a grammar topic every day.
I do a lesson on a daily basis and read the sentence discussions to test my grammar.
I think that Indonesian is easy to learn (compared to English/Spanish/French/German/etc..).
The grammar is pretty straightforward, it uses no genders, no verb conjugations.
The use of affixes (imbuhan) is the only thing to learn (besides the base words of course).
Indonesian is about the base words.
You can easily make new words by combining the base word with an affix (imbuhan).