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Am I the only one, who writes down new words?

PolishMathew
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Hello! I'm learning Spanish here, on Duolingo and I have to say it's amazing! But I've recently started writing down new words to the exercise book to help myself memorizing them. Do you guys also do it? Is it a good idea? Or maybe it's better to try keeping everything in mind?

Sorry for my English, I am a 14 year old boy from Poland, in school they don't teach anything worth effort and I learn by myself ;)

3 years ago

45 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

The comma placement reminds me of German; I suppose it's similar in Polish. I wish you successes in English, it's very good already. By the way, you would say: "I am a 14 year old boy from Poland."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew
PolishMathew
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Thanks, corrected ;) Comma placement - In Polish I'd place them a little bit different in some places, but not everywhere.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

No problem! Polish is a very interesting language; people say that it's very difficult, but I heard the same about German, leading me to expect exaggeration. How is your Spanish going? Why did you choose that language?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew
PolishMathew
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Polish is harder than German because of noun conjugation and we have a lot of names to one thing. My Spanish is going good, I learn only on Duolingo. I complete one skill, eg. Food and then practice it for few days to make sure I remember everything. After that I take a new skill and do the same.

I've chosen Spanish… because of song. Yes. I fell in love in one Spanish song and I've said to myself that I must learn this language. The song is RBD - Tras de Mí. Don't know why, but I love it!

In school we learn German for 1 year, but I don't like that language, maybe because of teachers, they don't have "the thing" that makes you like them and want to learn their subject. Today I was in Berlin and I wasn't able to say what I want to buy in McDonald's… After 1 year of learning. That says a lot about schools in Poland. They teach you to get a good mark, not to have usefull skills in your future life.

If you want to know anything about my language adventure, feel free to ask, I like answering questions and I can practice my English doing that. And please correct me if you find a mistake somewhere ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

Schools aren't very helpful for languages in many countries. It's not too good here in Canada, I think my skill in French is not very much due to schooling, but rather using it myself. I hear it's even worse at the 'downstairs neighbours'. I certainly believe that it's essential to like the language. I once tried out Spanish because I thought it was a useful language. Well, I hated it and I quit because I simply didn't enjoy it. Do what you love!

I don't doubt that Polish is harder than German, but 'impossible' is certainly an exaggeration, and these are things I've heard. There are seven cases, aren't there? Maybe I'm thinking of Czech.

As for corrections, they're isn't anything besides a little misspelling, 'useful' not 'usefull'. You make less mistakes than most English speakers!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mdsawyermd

I've just started to make physical flashcards for language (used to do it all the time for surgery), and it helps me a lot. Bottom line, whatever helps. Don't listen to others so much as see what works for you. For me, it's kind of cumbersome to fire up anki (computer/phone flashcard program) when I'm walking down the hall and just want to quickly refresh a couple words. Much easier to reach into my pocket, pull out my stack of flashcards and go through a few. And physically writing words down as you make the flashcards is one more way to wire it into your brain. As to your english, most Americans only speak english, and a lot not very well at that. You're already bilingual, going for trilingual, so you are way ahead of the game. Party on!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Writing by hand has a strong effect on memory. (Cursive has other benefits, interestingly enough.)

Here is some reading (all gotten by googling "handwriting memory", if you want more):

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/writing-and-remembering-why-we-remember-what-we-write.html

http://www.medicaldaily.com/why-using-pen-and-paper-not-laptops-boosts-memory-writing-notes-helps-recall-concepts-ability-268770

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14640749008401235?journalCode=pqja20#.VJEcImTF_TY

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/memory-medic/201303/why-writing-hand-could-make-you-smarter

I could see how if you write everything down and don't ever try to remember the word on your own, you might slow your own learning. But even just seeing the word repeatedly will help you get that word in your head. Plus, Duo doesn't just have you memorize whole sentences. You have to wrestle with the language no matter what. Ultimately, writing it down is better than typing, is better than just reading. So if it's working for you, keep at it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wifeofbath3

Also, I remember the frustration of being in school and feeling I wasn't learning anything there. I wish so very much that we had had the internet back then! I had to rely on whatever books I could scrounge up in my small town with no public library and no bookstore. I would have given anything to have a resource like Duolingo back then.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/radpowers
radpowers
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good job. Not only do I write down each word and it's article and definitions but I also write down sentences that are useful to learn or have tricky word arrangement in a separate notebook. Additionally, I will speak a sentence 20 to 30 times if i feel the need. The Spanish speaker is very good. I try to replicate her pronunciation over and over until I have it. Keep up the very good work. Wish I had this opportunity when I was 14. You should be proud.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Rat_Writer

A lot of people do it It's a preferential thing, like flashcards and quizzes. Some people write down words they don't know, and add them to their anki deck.

I personally don't like learning that way

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkiVT

You're English looks great! If writing down the words works for you, keep doing it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skelkingur
skelkingur
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*"Your English"

"You're" is a contraction of "You" and "are".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

Little bit ironic.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M3ti
M3ti
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yes i always do that, i write em down and put every single flash card in my Leitner box. it really helps

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scottann

Congratulations! you are one inspiring learner! Writing is a great way to get the words and grammar structures into your body. Our neurons are not only in our brains and I always remind my students to "write" and not just type words and sentences.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaiou
kaiou
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I do that too.

In that way I can write down if there is anything peculiar for the word. For example if the gender of the word is not the intuitive one, or if it requires some unusual structure in the sentence, i.e.:

gafas = glasses (F) noche = night (por la noche, at night/in the night) rato = (en un rato, in a while)

It helps me to keep the new words in order!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amigo678

I am learning Spanish as well and smart idea to write down new words in your exercise book

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danarst

I write them down as well. I also research the grammar rules for each lesson. I make sure to write down full conjugation of every new verb. Maybe it's different for each person, but I learn best by repeatedly writing things down.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/4bimic
4bimic
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No you are not the only one :) I write all my new words down for French as a way to build up my vocab or just in case I need to refer to them. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wifeofbath3

I do it, especially for words that seem harder to remember. I think engaging more parts of your body--using your muscles to write words by hand, saying words out loud rather than just thinking them--helps you learn.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittanykozura

Your English is very good for learning on your own at such a young age!

Yes, it's a great idea. I keep new words together and put them on flashcards on StudyBlue.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittanykozura

I do the usual flashcard-practice way, and then I go through and use the words I have trouble with in a sentence, and try to make it funny or memorable in some way.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmyGarczynski

I'm no linguistics expert, but I also write down words as I'm learning them and then quiz myself later. It works pretty well for me! I have a notebook that's full of Spanish words I've learned. Best of luck in your language-learning. I hope you are having a nice winter in Poland, that country is on my list of places to visit :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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Yes! I have a marker board in my living room with a bunch of words I haven't memorized, yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doctorbird

Hi i to find the this Duolingo great and yes i write down new words to help me remember them and also to help me with the spelling and to remember where the accents go.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

Hi, I also find Duoling great; and yes, I write down new words to help me remember them and also to help myself with the spelling and to remember where the accents go.

Don't take the correction personally, I just think it's a good idea on a non-native speakers's post.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sasha_Cn

As to me, I write down new words and important grammar notions so I can review it from time to time. Enjoy learning! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/senor.royce

i do this too bro, i would completely forget the words otherwise hahaha, my memory sucks. thats really good english bro, keep it up!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgenFirst
EvgenFirst
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I do. I think there is some subtle connection between your neocortex and your hands' motor skills. You learn language with your hands. Same with math for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yo_soycapo
yo_soycapo
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Writing down the words is a real good idea, but practice using them too. Once you use them a few times, they usually stick.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Barbara.Lili

I write down new words all the time. I have also found it helpful to write down words and phrases that keep stumping me. Good luck in your studies!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schamsed

Your english is great.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/natsent06

your not the only one who writes down new words! i have a big book of spanish words i have learned so far!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lhemurchik
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Yes, it is a really good idea :-). I even think that it is the simplest way to remember new words ). I do it and love my shabby notebook - it always helps me ).

Good luck to you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Me9067

i write them down to i english learning spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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I only have a list of words/colloquilisms/expressions that i personally would use in the day to day

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PearlSchmidgall

I think that you are doing just fine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/middleborn

So many visual learners here! I did the same thing. In fact, I memorized faster if I drew the word (as in I drew a duck when I learned el pato <^^ ). I'm not an English native speaker as well. Good luck for your language journey!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Legolas_11

hey...It's cool dude. I don't learn much stuff ether, even in 'merica

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/friends_are_bae

its better to do what you are comfortable with and what helps you learn/remember things! i do that myself but i also do flash cards but most of all i repeat......and repeat.......and repeat until i remember what i have learned.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew
PolishMathew
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When I was writing this question/post I didn't expect so much feedback! Guys, you are awesome, I can come here if I'am sad and read some of your comments to make myself happier :D Thank you for all support, Duolingo is great, when I finish Spanish I am sure I'll take Italian of French. I don't know enough words to say how happy I am and how great you are!

Thank You, Gracias, Danke, Dziękuję!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmF2003

You may not be the only one, but I don't. Of course I am not saying it's a bad idea, I like it. It is a good idea because you can go back and look at those words when you need to, instead of having to dig really deep into your brain to remember them. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyfmms

its good to write new words so you can practice them when ur not on duolingo i have a whole notebook for it

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnCosmo

hi dude

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goddess_mi

thats good that you care about learning

3 years ago