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Any tips to remember most of what is learnt ?

I have just completed the Scottish Gaelic tree (Beta) till 2nd checkpoint I took about a week.

But, it is still very hard to keep the vocabulary and grammar rules in mind.

I am doing better off thanks to lot of multiple choice questions.

I find that I am good at recognition. But, I still find it very hard to retain and use anything yet.

Any suggestions to memorize vocabulary & grammar rules AND to start putting the learning into use?

December 4, 2019



What I've found helpful is using a notebook, and starting my own wikia to add all the sentences and words to. I've found copying and pasting helps me remember, and allows me to look over what I've learnt.

What did you find helps you when you've been learning other languages?


I really like to keep journals when I'm learning a foreign language. It doesn't have to be anything difficult (and initially, it probably won't be), but even writing a few sentences a day using some words you know well and a handful you maybe don't know quite so well is a really good way of reinforcing your vocabulary, as well as your knowledge of grammar and spelling. I try to frequently write posts on Facebook and Twitter in my foreign languages for the same reason.

I also like making flashcards with a program that uses a spaced repetition system. I try to flashcard anything interesting or unfamiliar that I come across in my reading in the languages I'm more familiar with, as well as anything I'm particularly struggling with in the ones I'm still in the process of learning. I personally like Anki, which I started using while studying Japanese way back in the mid-2000s, but I think there are quite a few options these days, so maybe have a look around and see what works for you.

Additionally, I'm big on the idea of introducing materials meant for fluent speakers from as early a point in your study as possible. There's no good replacement for actually being in an environment where your language is used, but I think you can potentially create a kind of artificial immersion environment by surrounding yourself with native-level media in your target language. It's something I've done with every language I've studied seriously to this point, and I always find it really helpful. Recently I've been listening to Gaelic music, leaving Gaelic TV and radio on in the background, and leafing through Gaelic texts with a dictionary, and while most of it is still largely incomprehensible to me, I feel like it's helped me familiarise myself with the sound and rhythm of the language, as well as things like basic sentence construction and word order. Duolingo is a really nice way of getting a grounding in a language, but I think it's always good to branch out into other resources and media in your language, even at an early point in study.


I am also using the other site Www.learngaelc.net

But the issue is, even though I can recognize most of the things I learnt in Scotlish Gaelic, my ability to use it is vert low.

I can even guess every 7 out of 10 times even on Duolingo & the correct phrases.

But retaining them for long is still a challenge.

I have tried using Flashcards for certain languages I am learning.

Gaelic being a language with a different grammatical order & things like lenition, it is harder.


I think the key to retention of any new skill is frequent use. I too am making my own little "wiki" in a simple table with the word/words, pronunciation and translation, but for me at least, I have to use it or lose it. ;-)

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