I have been trying to learn spanish, from nothing, now for 124 days.
I have noticed that at various points my progress seems to plateau before moving on again.
I have found the following useful to combat this phenomenon - I work back down from the top of my tree strengthening; the skills in a lesson group if you can - if you can not do this without losing all of your hearts, it is time to redo all the subject lessons.
Try at least one NEW lesson to every two old lessons.
Many thanks to all at Duolingo for the great courses.
This is very good advice. I have been doing something very similar and even though it is taking me a little longer to move along my tree, I feel I am retaining more.
It's the best way to be able to master the language- I have been taking my time with it as well, but I am remembering much more. Another useful strategy (if you have the time) is make a vocab list as you are learning on a word program, google doc, pages, memo, etc.
For sure, I have one of those. To be honest it's become a bit of a nightmare to navigate though...
I know what you mean I have that problem too. I try to break it down as much as possible. Like section one: food Section two:animals
However certain categories become much harder....
I have been able to use some of my words I learned on here, only been using it for a week or so and I really like it. It is simple and easy to understand. Sort of fun. Yay for learning second languages! I hope they come out with Japanese soon! crossing fingers!
Great idea, I do the same. I retain much more of the information than if I just went right through the tree without frequently going back over what I've previously done.
I agree. The first time through I went fairly slowly but went on a blitz when I saw I was only 16 skills from completing the tree. Now as I work my way through again I feel much more relaxed about drilling one problem area for a while. No competitive/obsessive compulsion.
Howard_Jerry, thanks for the tips! I keep going backwards and forwards on the tree, but I'm never sure exactly where I need to be. I have found that writing down the vocabulary the old fashioned way -with a pen- can help me remember the words. Flash cards can help, too.
I have the same. If I go somewhere and know I will have some time, I take my notebook and review/highlight/underline things I may have forgotten.
I did read that there may be a mind, body connection that makes writing with our hand help us to learn and remember information better than just typing. A long time ago, people use to memorize by copying words and sentences over and over. They may have been onto something!
The mind-body learning connection is something I can believe in. It certainly fits my compulsion to take notes in a lecture, if only as a means to maintain my focus. In the past, I have made piles of index cards to learn vocabulary. With DuoLingo, however, I'm trying a different approach in learning the vocabulary though, just using repeats (many repeats) of the lessons to learn the vocab. We'll see...
Yikes! I started yesterday, but I am embarrassed to say that I don't even know what the tree IS. Would someone please explain it to me? Sandy
That one is easy the tree is the representation of the lessons you have done and those you have still got to do. Welcome and buena suerte! - thats good luck by the way.