Trouble remembering verbs

Hi there

I don't know why this is, but I seem to be really struggling to remember verbs. I'm not very far into the course (possessives 1), but the following are just a few of the verbs that just won't stick no matter how much I practice or use them, and I frequently get them confused with each other or forget them altogether.

  • Walk,
  • Want,
  • Read / Call (is this the same word?),
  • See

Is this normal? Should I worry?


August 21, 2019


Nah, you're fine. Just keep going and trust the algorithm. Learning a new language is never easy- and it's even harder if the scripture is different. One day, maybe later down the tree- or after you finish it- you would be able to comprehend how far you've come. But until than it's tooth and nail struggle.

August 21, 2019

Thanks a lot, that's encouraging!

August 21, 2019

It took me a long time to remember them too, and I still get a few mixed up. All you can do is keep reviewing. Do you use 'Duolingo Hebrew' on Memrise as well? It really helps with review. I find repeating out loud helps them stick for me. Also, if you are a visual person, you might like flashcards with pictures. Usually I don't like tinycards for Hebrew because there is no sound, but I found this deck helped me with verbs because of the pictures (hope the link works, it is not my deck).

I would just keep forward with the course as you will get a lot more practice with the verbs going forward, and review the verbs regularly, paying special attention to the vowel patterns and conjugations. There is no need to memorize all the verbs in one sitting and there is no shame is using the hints.

August 21, 2019

Thanks for the reply! Yes I'm doing the Duolingo course on Memrise as well, when I have time. I'll try the tiny cards link, not used that before, thanks for the tip.

I'll keep persevering and not worry about it too much. Some of the crown levels introduce so much new vocab that I wonder if I'll ever learn them all!

Best wishes.

August 21, 2019


There's another post that talks about helpful websites for learning verbs and other tools:

Hope this helps :)

August 21, 2019

Great, thanks!

August 22, 2019

This reminded me for some reason of an old Odessa joke: a son (who lives away from the family and always is a little short on cash) sends his mother a cable:


August 21, 2019

I am learning German and trust me, they have a spesific verbs for everything. and yes this is normal. The verbs to call and to read are spelled the same yes, you are corretct - BUT it does not mean it is the same word, they of course have different meaning :).

August 29, 2019

So there was me worrying about not being able to remember 3 or 4 verbs. Now I've just got passed the first stage of "Present 1", and it's given me about 60 to learn!! :-D

September 3, 2019

The whole point of Duolingo is repetition - doing small parts a day- over time. I don't think you are suppose to sit and memories the spelling & notes - only read it once before each "daily session" (if you are doing a few lessons in the morning & a few in the evening, review the notes twice a day).

I can assume it's harder with a different letter system, so maybe you should take a duolingo break (or a smaller min XP a day) & focus on the letters for a while . In the beginning of the course it was hard for me to remember what each word meant in Welsh, let alone more completed sentences further down the tree (doing it the 1st time) .

September 4, 2019

Thanks for the reply. I'm fairly comfortable with the letters, I think it will become easier when I get more used to the sounds of the language which of course are very different to English. I tend to do a week of Hebrew then a week of Spanish to give myself a break from both, seems to work for me.

But I think you're right, I need to not stress so much about learning words and try to just enjoy the process more. But it's not helped by the fact that Duo decided to drastically reduce the number of lessons I have for every crown skill (see below).

Where are all my lessons?

Best wishes and thanks as always for your good advice.

September 4, 2019

I wonder how your Spanish and Hebrew learning experiences compare to each other.

I tried admixing Spanish into my daily Duolingo routine, and it does tick my "curiosity" and "personal development" boxes - but there is no sense of connection like I am experiencing with Hebrew. It feels like שפה מולדת that I didn't have a chance to learn as a child :)

September 4, 2019

Hi Dimitrij, I started the Spanish course in April and only started Hebrew about a month ago - so much further into Spanish. In comparison Spanish is easier in some ways due to its similarities with English.

That said I enjoy the Hebrew course more and feel more motivated during my "Hebrew weeks". Maybe because it's more of a challenge, or maybe because like you I feel a connection to Israel that I don't really feel for any Spanish-speaking countries (although Spain is very nice!).

September 4, 2019
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