If you're not using this Memrise course along with your tree, you do yourself a great disservice!
I keep on seeing people complain about the Words Tab. The words tab does not pale in comparison to this Memrise course. It's exactly mirrors your tree. Each skill is within the course.
After you finish a skill on a Duolingo, go to Memrise the following day and complete the lesson there. On Memrise, you aren't doing complex sentences, or sentences at all, like on Duolingo. Memrise is more of a hybrid of multiple choice and flash cards. It will drill vocabulary into your head, GENDERS INCLUDES. After you finish the skill on Memrise (which is way, way faster than on Duolingo), it will test you (called "watering" on memrise) 3-4 hours later. When you get things right it will wait a day to test you again, then 4 days, then 9 days, then 3 weeks, 2 months, 100 days, or something of that nature. It's super easy to do AS LONG AS YOU KEEP UP WITH THE WATERING. Forget to water for a few days and you will have 300 words to do, which is still easy because you will already know most of them and burn right through it.
Also, you don't have to start from the beginning. I started at People because that's when I began to have a really hard time remembering everything I was learning. Start where you feel you need to. You can always ignore a word (there is an easy option when it reveals a new word) if you're already very confident in your knowledge of it. After a while you're going to find that you remember most everything you learn on Duolingo, and it's an amazing feeling.
I'm 99 days in, and 21 days from finishing my tree. There is no way I could have done it without the help of Memrise!
Thanks for the tip - I'll give that deck a try :0) I joined Memrise yesterday having heard so much about it here at Duolingo and I am so far enjoying it a lot. Especially the emphasis on gender - I keep forgetting the gender of the German nouns and fail due to that. The variation is great too - the fact that the site and exercises are different that the ones at Duolingo...
Luckily once you get the hang of it, Gender becomes one of easiest parts of memorization, at least for me. And gender is just so go damn essential when you start moving through the cases & declension. It's imperative to know genders. Hope you enjoy it and get some good stuff out of it!
I am doing a thousand percent better using both my Duolingo course and Memrise in tandem. Memrise helps me learn the words, Duolingo helps me use them. At Memrise, I created Memes for all the nouns and made sure the pictures showed the gender with the object (a woman with an orange, a man with a spoon, a bed without a person at all, etc). It's time consuming, but the more time I spend picking the right picture, the better I've been at remembering it. It's been sorta of shocking how much better I am doing here since I started using both. Now, if only I could get the damn articles and whatnot correct, I'd be on my way...
I decided I would try the paid upgrade to see if it was worth it for me, and it is. It helps me see where I need to focus my learning - it shows what I'm having real trouble with and offers review in those areas. It breaks down what I'm doing, where I'm doing well, where I'm having trouble, and helps me work on the problem areas. The courses are free, of course, but the additional information and help I get with the learning process make it worth the $9.00 a month for me. I will, as soon as I can, pay the annual amount, as it's SO much cheaper than paying month-to-month. You can try the upgrade with NO risk.
Thanks a lot for the link! I wasn't big fan of Memrise, but I got used to it. It is great for complementory learning of anything you like, it just doesn't suit learning something from total beginner level. I did my tree in German, but I still have feeling that a lot of words escape me, especially genders.
Yes indeed you are able to create your own "Duolingo-Memrise" using Anki in your smartphone. However, I think vocabularies within Duolingo somehow are limited as it is not specifically created to memorize myriad of vocabularies. On the other hand, Memrise, which specifically built to provide vocabularies, provide complements for Duolingo.
I suppose I will follow your suggs! Thanks!
I wish I would have done this from day 1. My previous spanish experience allowed me to get through the first 2 sections fairly quickly but with some gaps. I feel like Memrise helps me solidify my vocab and even better understand certain words. I'm also doing a different Memrise course for basic spanish (latin america) which teaches some vocab not taught by duolingo so it is really helping.
Just saying, I would recommend you invest in a grammar book, because IMHO, Duo doesn't do the absolute best job of teaching you grammar in context. For German, I highly recommend this one https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Learning-German-Book-understand/dp/159869989X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8