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use a notebook?

I have been writing down new vocabulary and verb conjugations in a notebook, but am thinking I should toss it and do more strengthening - because if I can't hold this stuff in my head, I'm never going to progress. Thoughts?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/trinigilli

Try www.quizlet.com - this site allows you to build your own vocab list and helps you learn the words on your list with different methods such as flashcards etc I started using it recently and find it helpful with the vocab

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kristibob

I write down just about everything I learn in German and Spanish. I do that primarily because writing stuff down is a good mnemonic device for me. Although I have the information written down, I make every effort to do my work without sneaking a peek at the written stuff...lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Different strokes. Some folks learn their native language without writing a word -- we call them illiterate. And many, many people have been using notebooks for many, many years, and many of those folks have learned a new language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prineja

my thought is that looking up the answers too often will delay that beautiful moment when I know it's right because it sounds right.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

As one who has studied a few languages, and has amassed a few degrees -- I write things down. Works for me, your mileage may vary. ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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You are probably a kinesthetic learner. I am, too. Physical involvement=learning, at least for me. A visual learner probably has no need for a notebook and might do better with flashcards or repetition.

Come to think of it, though, flashcards are amazingly effective for building vocab. For me, at any rate ;)

4 years ago

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Using a notebook helps a lot. The toughest part in learning a language (other than speaking and listening) is translating a word your native language to the word you just learned in the language you are learning (for example it's easier to remember what the Spanish word means than to remember which English word has the same meaning as the Spanish word you learned). I suggest you cover the Spanish words in the notebook and try to recall each from its English meaning.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prineja

Thanks - I'm going to try this.

4 years ago

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You're welcome. Strengthening is not as effective as a notebook for memorizing words. If you see "Translate from English to Spanish" and you don't remember what the Spanish word was and you peek at the translation, it drops from your memory quickly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit
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If you need to write it down to remember it then do it, but as you type out the answers so often doing strengthening you might well find that sufficient. It depends if you are someone who returns to notes after writing them. I never had to (and could never read my own writing anyway) as the actual process of making the notes was the key to getting them into my head.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinggtrio

You do that to, Wow! at least now I know that I am not the only person who does that. It is really useful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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I do it to with anything I'm learning but it has really become helpful in learning Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinggtrio

It Honestly Does Help.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinggtrio

Sure does.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talysaur

I once tried to do this with French. After like, 5 or 6 courses, you start realising it's not as great of an idea as you first thought with all of the words and what not.

That's what I thought, though. If you really think it's helping you, do it! Just note, your notebook might get a little... flooded with words, especially if they are not organised. If they are organised, well... it's just mass organised chaos.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prineja

there was a recent NYT article about the benefits of handwriting to learning - maybe the act of writing is the thing...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rorabear01

If that works best for you, then keep doing it. I don't see why there would be a problem with it. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynngoodstudy

yes.should learn and remember .me too

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cooooooooolkkkkk

:)

4 years ago