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https://www.duolingo.com/HeppaB

Can not remember anything I learn

I seem to be able to get past levels quite quickly, but when I think about it, I can not recite any words or phrases I have learnt, is there any way I could play this so I remember what I learn or is this method of learning languages just not for me?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I know how you feel. I speak Spanish all the time, and when I try to speak French I either can't remember at all, or I can only come up with a Spanish word. I agree with the others who have said go back to the basics. I like to move quickly, so if I understand a lesson, I move right onto the next one. THAT's why I have trouble remembering things and why the Spanish interferes when I need to recall something. The key is to SLOW DOWN. Don't move on as soon as you get a lesson. Practice it several times to make sure you REALLY have it before taking on more vocabulary. You may get a little bored, but it will pay off in the long run.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

French is really hard for me to retain things as well, and ultimately I've found it to be a case of practice and reading, repeating, reviewing. Good luck. I'm really trying with French because once I start learning past-tense I have French-speaking family I can finally try talking to. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

Use flashcards. You can get digital flashcards on sites like Memrise.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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They have them here on Duolingo, too, in the Words tab.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

Yup :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy
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Anki flash cards are unbelievably powerful.

Not the least of which is you can make up your own decks with whatever material you wish or download pre-built decks.

You can set the cards up for type to answer which is then matched against the correct answer. You can insert sound bites, images video clips, bits from movies whatever. You can use their algorithm or adjust the refresh rate on individual cards on the fly.

Of course, it is free.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SydneyWilley

If you go back over the levels multiple times it can help you to remember the words and phrases better.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azureskye
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Start at the beginning. Go back to lesson one, and complete it again and again until you feel certain you know it. Move on to the next one in the same way, and always go back to the basics again whenever you feel you can't remember very well.

Say the sentences aloud to yourself. Say the sentences to a pet or [if you're brave enough] a person. If you really feel like you can't do it very well, watch Beauty and the Beast and sing the French parts to yourself. You'll find yourself knowing more than they even speak. ;) Make it fun! Have fun doing it!

[Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents - your dinner!]

In those lyrics there are very few French words, but just look at them, find out what they mean, and practice.

As Annie (LadyAnnette) said below, flashcards help, too.

EDIT: I literally just found out what 'chere' means, [dear]...and I know it's missing the accent.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeppaB

Thankyou, luckily I have a dog I can talk to!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azureskye
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De rien (You're welcome)! :) I have a cat.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

Unless you watch it in French with French subtitles, but then you might be shocked at how many words you catch onto! "Papa, Où est Papa? Où est-il?" (And what you don't understand is still practice for French listening comprehension later! Because it takes practice to hear things in other languages instead of your brain tuning them out in favor of looking for your native language. :3)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamHansen
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I agree. Definitely use something like Memrise to drill the vocab. You can also make lists on quizlet and do flashcards, spelling and tests for your words. It is a little time consuming to make all the lists though, but worth it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy
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HeppaB

First thing you want to do is make sure you know what the real problem is.

Can't remember anything you learn is......

It is clear from the structure of the lesson that have been exposed to a word but you don't remember seeing it.

You remember seeing it but can't remember what it means.

You remember something about what it means but can't be sure.

You remember what it means but only one of the possible definitions that you know exist.

You remember what it means well enough but you can never remember how to spell any but the simplest words.

You remember the meaning of words and their spelling well enough but can not construct written sentences because of the grammar issues.

You remember definitions, spelling, grammar etc. but you just can't make out any words when you hear them.

You remember words, spelling and grammar well enough to write sentences, distinguish spoken language etc. but you can't use them sufficiently, when necessary,to make even basic conversation.

None of the above is the real problem but it takes far longer or is much more difficult than what you believe should be the case.

Each aspect of the problem invites a different approach to solving it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sally969926

I copy and paste the phrases (and the translations) that I keep getting wrong. At the end of a session, I then look at my page of problem phrases and use them in little sentences that I make up for myself - gradually this can begin to link up into whole paragraphs.
Also in the multiple choice phrase answers, I hide the phrases and try to construct them for myself before looking at the ones that are offered. Hope this helps.

11 months ago