Language newbee with feedback (Irish)
OK. Questions. Literally, the section questions.
My feedback is this: Too much at once.
I did strengthens and a few exercises before hand, completed easily. No lost hearts in many cases, then did questions.
This is the hardest section I've had to do yet. I've spent hours on it. And worst of all, I felt like I wasn't progressing.
Getting who, what, when, where, why, how, how many, etc etc all in one lesson was too much.
I've finally completed questions and I've left not feeling confident. Even just the 2 different ways of saying "What time?" felt like it was jammed in as an after-thought.
This is a section I felt would be better as 3 or even 4 sections.
My language experience: NONE! I failed german in highschool. I did it for 1/2 year (6 months = count to 10, and can say "Good Day"). This is purely noobie experience, and I truly hope that it is helpful feedback.
However, please also take this as a complement. I've been learning Irish using Duolingo for a couple of months. I tested myself by writing down all the words I could the other day just to see how I went. I got over 100 words written down. (As long as you count Itheann and Ithim as 2 words for example).
Our teacher taught us a rhyme to help us remember the questions in irish and what they mean
Cé who, cá where' cathain when, conas how, ceard cad cén, what what what
I know that's not all of them but it's most of them. Try and say that as quick as you can over and over and it will remain with you :)
I felt this way, as well, but I went ahead and moved along and I have found that because they're used in future lesson sentences, I'm (slowly) picking them up through use and repetition.
Appreciate this. After all, in animals we learnt about them eating and so on. But for lesson revision I still find it confusing. It also comes down to my mindset. I prefer to feel comfortable before moving on. I'm getting there, but I'm finding I'm spending far longer on questions than any other sections. So with my method which works for me I feel stalled. I'm persisting, but would have lived to be able to practice only 3 or 4 new words at a time. I suppose it comes back to me being timid about languages. Not much more than that.
Hang in there. I decided I was going to treat languages as if I were a baby, rather than as if I were a student; don't try to learn words, except occasionally, but let them soak in naturally. To my surprise, this works well. If you want to learn something like "who-what-when-where-how-why", learn it like that, make yourself a rhyme: "cé-cibé-cathain-conas-cén_fáth". I had several long (for me - 16km) cycles by the river when I sang to myself, sometimes out loud, sometimes mentally, "skeujeveudire, skeujeveudire" after someone I talk French with me told me that this is how you say "c'est-que-je-veux-dire", or "what I want to say is", or as we say in Ireland, "know wha' I mean, like?" Not that I want to say it, as it's rather slangy, but I want to understand it when others say it. You might find this online Irish-English-Irish (the official one of the "caighdeán", which is the equivalent in Irish of the Académie Française in French) helpful http://www.teanglann.ie/ga/