https://www.duolingo.com/profile/c1l1a1r1k1

Does anyone else find that they understand things better after a break?

Often I will study until I start to find things very difficult, then I will stop. When I start again the next day, or even a few days later, the things I found difficult are no longer difficult and the things I studied the previous time seem to have 'settled' in my head.

What do you think about this? Is this how you experience language learning?

September 1, 2019

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tina745066

This is how everything is for me when learning something new. If helps my mind rest and I return refreshed.

September 1, 2019

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

Absolutely. Pushing on when the going gets difficult is counterproductive. Learning is most efficient when you pay attention to the way you are learning. At times you will suck it up like a sponge, at others it feels like wading through mud because too much is in the processing queue. I actually welcome feeling like this because it usually proceeds a big step forward. When my brain feels receptive again processing seems to have got faster and words I previously had trouble with are crystal clear. Once you become aware of this you don't get despondent and give up, you just turn your attention elsewhere for a day or so until the sponge drys out and demands watering again. It is completely possible to switch languages at this point. Learning happens in parallel, one doesn't replace the other but augments it, extending skills while letting the other simmer in the back ground.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Melody99999

Impressive amount of languages there!

September 2, 2019

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

Yes, it is a quite common phenomenon within language learners. I am by no means a neuroscientist but I guess in layman's terms one could say that it has to do with the fact that it takes time for the brain to process the information that one floods the brain with.

September 1, 2019

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

Breaks are good.

Refresh the batteries.

September 1, 2019

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

the irony that you have an eight hundred eight day streak lol

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Riyaaz14

I hope I can reach an 800 day streak too.

September 2, 2019

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

Yes, that's very normal!

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/logane616

What do you know about breaks, Mr. 2176-day-streak?

September 2, 2019

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

The streak doesn't mean he or she studies every language every day, so he or she can still take breaks in particular languages. I have myself a pretty long streak (nothing compared to Knoxienne) and I do take (sometimes too long) breaks in many of the languages I have tackled.

September 3, 2019

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

It's during sleep that memories get from short term memory to long term. Pretty essential when learning something.

September 1, 2019

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

theres a science to that. its good to take a break after a bit of learning so that your brain has time to process. its also smart to take your lesson right before bed, since people remember things better while they sleep. Science! :D

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MooO0O

Yes, I say this all the time, but no one listens. Look at my streak. I take a few days off a week just to let the mind catch up.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nakamura-55

This happened with me. I was looking through my phone gallery and saw some Japanese art, and in only a minute or two I translated the words to their romaji. In a normal lesson, that would have taken a long time! (By the way, if you were wondering, the romaji said "mouiindesuyo.")

September 1, 2019

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

Yes, you are correct, I also play a lot of video games and some bosses I try to beat them 10 times and fail, give up come the next day and do it on the first try.

September 2, 2019

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

It’s why I take at least a fifteen-minute break between every session.

September 1, 2019

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

This has happened to me twice, outside of language learning.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brian968059

It depends how long that break is, if i take a break for a month for example i forget a lot. I can see how taking a day off to avoid burn out and build back motivation would be helpful though.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KerriVande1

I've had a similar experience. This isn't uncommon with any kind of learning, both being fresh, and sleeping on things can help with processing information.

September 1, 2019

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

I have quite a streak but I feel I have hit a wall. It's like I've forgotten about 70% in the last week or so. Perhaps yes you hit an overload point. Then it all goes. I'm proud of my 218 streak but I'm thinking of letting it drop for a while. Re learn all the notes I have taken and come back in a few weeks. 20-30 new words a day gets too much for me with all the other stuff in life.

September 2, 2019

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

What i like to do is to introduce words little by little while mixing it in with review, but making sure that i understand what im already learning fairly well before moving on. with that in mind, theres nothing wrong with taking a break every once in a while and letting your brain process information (in the shop theres also streak freezers which allow you to maintain your streak if you take a break). congrats on the streak btw!

September 4, 2019

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

Same here. I feel it easier to remember new words and phrases after a break of or two days, it`s like it all "settled down" and I can revise in a more effective way. After very long sessions my brain gets kinda overloaded.

September 2, 2019

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

I have found that with some other subjects besides language. However, with french in the past, and with the fundamentals of the languages I am learning on here, I have found that constant exposure is better. Breaks tend to disrupt immersion for me, and based on how I generally think, things get crowded out.

Everyone is different, and my view might change as I am still pretty new to this platform, and to these languages.

September 3, 2019

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

When your mindbody gets tired, take a break. When you are hungry, eat.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanRankin1

Makes total sense to me!

September 1, 2019

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

Yep, definately

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hope991578

I have the same experience with problem solving, as a math student in college and later with ordinary problems of life. It really does help to sleep on it. Had not thought to apply it to language learning though. At this stage in life I am suddenly dealing with insomnia for the first time. I use Duolingo to entertain myself until I fall asleep. So maybe it is accelerating my learning!

September 2, 2019

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

I've read some stuff that backs that up.

I know I have to go away from something for awhile, weeks or months, to start forgetting outright, and then it's mostly little things. Like, I can read but not write, or I'll forget a word or a rule or... something. But it's easier to pick up again the second time.

Anyway, that's how I'm hoping it still goes for me. Because I burned out some indeterminate period of time ago, a week or two except when I get like this I'm not super clear on how time works either, and in a haze of sleep deprivation and trashy novels I've been just barely keeping my streak, and that with a language I'm just learning instead of the others I'm supposed to maintain.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

not that I've noticed

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ibaa217134

Yes,that's true...the mind is like an engine,which you have to give a rest....

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Holly862818

I know I'm late to the party, but that's absolutely true! ^^ It's a thing my psychology professor talked about a lot. If you take breaks, your mind has time to process everything it's learned, and can stack the information to make room for more :)

September 5, 2019
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