How Writing Benefits Learning
One learning strategy I always come across is writing. Whether it's a journal, a book, a poem. I find that it really helps with memorization, interest, and learning a language in general.
I think of myself as...bookish, artsy, and tending to spend my time by reading and drawing and being by myself. (Well, I am a pisces, but that has nothing to do with this) When I first started Duolingo I was about seven years old I think, and this was pretty much how my lessons went:
Duolingo: Translate this sentence to German: the man and the woman eat bread and drink water
Me: Alright. spells everything wrong, grammatical errors, and gets it incorrect
Me: Wow, Duolingo is so fun! I can actually speak German!
And that was pretty much it. Yes, I do blame my ignorant youth in this situation, but I did not really learn a thing. But now that I am older, I find that writing really, really, really helps with everything. Write a journal, a poem, a story, write all your vocab in a notebook. Research learning tips and scrawl them down on a piece of paper! Every little bit counts.
I'm putting this out here mostly for newcomers, or anyone who hasn't touched into it. Now, in this present day, I draw comics in German (which is very enjoyable), write stories in German (That's pretty challenging), and it is so fun. I hope whoever wants to will participate in these suggestions. Happy Learning! :D
Nice post ! A story or book is really getting into a language. This is why the stories here on Duo are so popular. They have so much more dimension and depth than the one-liners in the lessons.
Even in one's first language journals are an excellent means of self-exploration and growth.
When I started each of the four languages I'm studying (Italian, Spanish, Russian and French), I began by writing down by hand all of the exercises, even ones I did not have to write down in the Duo App. There is something about the action of writing out things by hand which helps with cementing them in memory - especially because I would then write out the translations in English. On every exercise, even ones I'd done before. At some point, I stopped doing that, but copy/paste exercises into a spreadsheet along with the typed in answers.
The hand-writing proved especially useful for Russian, because I had to learn how to write the Russian Cyrillic letters. That helped a lot in recognizing them in print.
There is indeed something about writing things out which profoundly assists in learning.
PS: in high school math, we were required to write out all of the steps needed to get to our answer. Often, if we got the answer wrong, we'd still get partial credit for the question by "showing our work". And if we got the right answer without showing our work, we only got half-credit. There's a reason for that which is an important part of learning.
Heyo! German artist here- Firstly, thanks for the advice! It's super useful for every beginner, I can imagine you'll save at least one person on here a lot of time and frustration. Secondly- I would love to see some of your work, if you're comfortable linking it on here! Just curious to see those comics- If it's on Instagram I'll definitely follow you! :D
sorry, I'm afraid that there is no way I could share it with you-- I really really wish there was a way! I would definitely show you, PanpukinArt!! Yeah, I hope someday I'll be able to share it somehow! :)
Not a problem, I know the struggle. You might want to consider opening up a social media account where you share your work! Personally, I think it's great fun to share your work and get other people's opinions on it. But you do you! Viel Glück und schönen Tag noch! :D
Unfortunately, my computer does not have a webcam. Believe me, I've tried.
Thank you Loki! You should consider sharing your work here, to the extent possible. If it is in the form of comics, you might find this formatting guide helpful for sharing pictures. German isn't my language but I've certainly found a generous community that is engaged and interested in what people share.
The forums are particularly good for this because everybody here understands we're learning. If I tried to start a blog in Italian, if native Italians tried to read it they would probably think I were really stupid! But if I write a story here and share it, people are very encouraging and the feedback is kind when I make mistakes.
I am finding the more engaged my attention is, the more learning happens. So if I'm listening to a podcast I pick up a little; if I listen with the transcript in front of me and translate every single word I learn more; and if I write something I learn a lot. Happy learning!
thanks a lot! My comics are pretty nerdy, I'll have to admit, because they are basically Marvel fan art. I will try and see if I can share something here, we'll see
I can say with 100% certainty that if you were writing nerdy Marvel fan art comics in Italian, I would be very excited to read them!
Writing nerdy Marvel fan art in another language sounds like the best thing ever! You have inspired me greatly. Now, off I go, I shall attempt to write some in Japanese (and fail miserably but oh well lol).
I agree I saw somewhere that writing really helps you remember the words that you would use more often in your target language. I've been trying out journaling for a while now and I realized that I know a lot more vocab than I thought I did. Definitely recommend it even if you're a beginner and need to look up a lot of words eventually you can start to remember them as you use them more.
thank you! the reason I saw this and commented is because your pic caught my eye :)
I write many of the words, phrases and sentences as I learn them and keep a file with all of them. It helps me to remember and not just do it on Duolingo, but on a separate document on my computer. A lot gets forgotten, but practice i am sure will make perfect...or at least understandable!
I know LokiOdinson4 in real life and I love her comics!:D They are so good!
why, thank you! (so far, you are my only critic on my comics though) ;)
EEEEeeee!!! I love Thor and Loki! (My younger sister started it :) ) I totally agree with using the language your learning in everything. I've recently discovered that I love comics and graphic novels! Keep it up! This is a weird question but I like you and I would like to follow you. Is that okay? I find it really weird when random people start following me so I just wanted to check and see if it's okay with you. BTW if Loki (the character) learned another language it would totally be German.
Yeah! You can follow me! I'll follow you back if that's okay. My comics are specifically about Thor and Loki. It's titled Odinsons. I'm glad you like my idea! thanks! :D
That is sooooo fantastic. Let me know if you get to post pictures somewhere!!
Yes, hopefully sometime in the future I will be able to post my work on social media! (I'm not allowed to have social media, currently. Yeah, parents.)
Yay! One other person who doesn't have social media either! I think you're the only other person I know (outside of my family) who doesn't have social media. Duolingo is probably the closest to being a media site that I use. (besides email if you want to count that)
Great post Loki. I have written dialogues in Spanish and it does help. I will use your other suggestions too. Danke.
Just starting with Spanish, after a 40 year hiatus from high school conversational Spanish. I really want to learn it this time. I need all the help I can get, so I'll be writing things down.
Good advice. My friend and I are French learners. We have a weekly session of reading out loud Duolingo stories to each other. We discuss the translation and the pronunciation. This has certainly helped us practice speaking and listening and also getting over the initial embarrassment of speaking the language. Try it.
Hello, hello. How do you write in a language if you don’t understand the vocabulary nor structure?
It's taken a while to actually understand sentence structure, I'm don't even 100% understand it in German. What I do though, is watch plenty of youtube videos by experts and natives to help understand. It's very helpful! I usually write on notecards and make charts that I keep with me. It takes a while, but eventually you'll get the hang of it!
I took french for a year until i realized that it just wasn't for me. But my teacher was absolutely amazing. She had her ups and downs but she was really cool. She would make us repetitively write out every word, making sure we got the accents right and everything. So when I learn new languages, I have that instinct to make everything perfect. Thant's what helps me learn.
Thanks for the good advice! I need to work on writing in Welsh... just started the tree and writing would definitely help me remember vocabulary as I progress. :)
I also do like little drawings in German which helps a lot! I should do poems or just pure writing like you said so I can continue to memorize the words . :)
Keep doing what works for you! Thanks for sharing this solid recommendation. It helps me too.
You know. I tend to think of my self as all of those things too. I love reading. I'm a book worm. I love drawing (Even though I'm not great at it) I like being alone. Also, I love computers.
Same here!! Both Loki and Thor are my favourite characters!! Have you by chance read the book series 'Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard' by Rick Riordan? Loki is the main villain!!