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Language tips for gymnasts

Gymnastical
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Hallo iedereen! If you are reading this, it's probably because you're a language learner who is also a gymnast. That's exactly who this post is geared towards. I feel your pain, fellow gymnasts (I am not Gymnastical for nothing). So I am going to give you some tips for how to balance the two. I am going to be posting this in the Swedish from English forum too instead of posting it once in the Duolingo forum because if I put it in the Duolingo forum I fear it's going to get lost in there because of other posts and every time I add a new tree, this post will also go in that forum. I know those last few lines were a little bit deviated from the subject of this post but that's just to explain why it's in a language specific forum if it's relevant regardless of the language.

  1. SWS. You've heard the phrase TWD (talking while driving) so this means Stretch while Studying. Every gymnast has flexibility goals and are on a time schedule for that but they also tie themselves to their language learning schedule (like all other language learners). Sometimes the only way to meet these goals on time in spite of other commitments is to stretch simultaneously. You might get weird looks for being on your Duolingo in a split (or whatever stretch you decide to do) but it's good practice in both fields. Other stretches you can do are seal stretches, ankle rolls, anything you can do while doing something else. You can also do the same thing with conditioning exercises, especially in the core.

  2. Floor music. If your at the level or at the right gym where you get to choose your own floor music, choose a song in your target language. Even though you're only allowed to have instrumental music, just hearing the song will be a reminder and you'll likely retain the lyrics better and then put the words that are unfamiliar to you into Google Translate. Listening to music in your target language is a wonderful way to learn it.

  3. Gymnastics in your target language. Gymnastics is not just in one country which means you're going to be able to find gymnasts that speak a number of different languages both in this world and from research. The Olympics is a great place to start because you can find out about gold medal gymnasts who speak your target language. Watch gymnastics shows too in your target language.

  4. Learn the Jargon. We all learn the best when we can relate to the content. So learn the gymnastics vocabulary in your target language and apply it. Next time you clean out your gym bag for example, learn the vocabulary for everything that's supposed to be in there (ie- leotard, warm up suit, etc). When you get an injury, describe it to a gymnast who knows your target language for the vocabulary to describe it (though none of us like our gymnastics injuries, they can be great learning experiences).

I hope these tips help you as a gymnast and a language learner and if you have any questions about this, leave them in the comments below or post on my stream. But keep it related to languages though. Comments like "can you make a post about back handspring tips" is off topic and off topic discussion is not allowed in the forums. However, comments requesting the level four requirements and the vocabulary for those requirements is acceptable.

Best of luck all you gymnasts!

Gymnastical

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/sheldolina
sheldolina
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I was actually a gymnast once! Stopped when I got to busy with school, but I'm sure these tips would have been really helpful if I had continued :) It's very important to integrate language learning into different parts of your life.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
Gymnastical
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You are right! They are so helpful. I too am busy with school but that's why I'm a self trained gymnast. How do you integrate language learning into your life?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sheldolina
sheldolina
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Currently, I'm reading the Harry Potter books in Italian, I watch the news in Italian and I try to take notes from meetings and presentations in Italian :) (and I also do tons of practice on Duolingo)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gelaarsd_Schaap

I agree with it being useful to integrate language learning into different parts of one's life.

I have been thinking for some time about how I could incorporate language learning in my own life. My study of mathematics and physics is not suitable, for once I really get going, my thinking is wordless. However, throughout the day there is all sorts of activities that I could use instead of my hobby/study, for example cooking, eating, doing the laundry, and doing the dishes.

I have thought of practicing while traveling, but beware! Do not practice your language skills while driving a car or riding a bicycle. This is dangerous.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
Gymnastical
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Math/physics actually can work. That's where learning the jargon comes in. That trick can be applied to all hobbies, not just gymnastics.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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This is one of the most unique Duolingo posts I have ever read. Have some lingots for this awesomeness!


The cat gymnastics competition is in full swing!
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
Gymnastical
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Love it! I will be sure to look at that again next time I have a gymnastics injury (laughter is the best medicine)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grammiss

Uw advies zijn zeer verstandig. Ik zal over hen denken. Maar er bettere literatuur dan Harry Potter moet zijn. Wat betreft muziek ik zing in een koor en ik oefenen huiswerk elk gewens moment in verschillende talen. Ik ben van plan om mijn talenkennis gebruiken tijdens mijn reis rond Europa volgend jaar met mijn motorbike. Ik heb een vraag: Wat zijn de meest voorkomende woorden in Dutch bij het golfspel. (Only those 10 or so most important words, if you're nice. ) Ik dank u zeer.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gelaarsd_Schaap

Can I help you with some corrections?

Uw advies zijn zeer verstandig.

"Uw [advies is] / [adviezen zijn] zeer verstandig." (the singular case is prefered)

Ik zal over hen denken.

"Ik zal erover nadenken." sounds more natural, otherwise "Ik zal over ze nadenken.", which also sounds more natural but less than the former option.

Maar er bettere literatuur dan Harry Potter moet zijn.

"Maar er moet betere literatuur dan Harry Potter zijn."

Wat betreft muziek ik zing in een koor en ik oefenen huiswerk elk gewens moment in verschillende talen.

"Wat betreft muziek: ik zing in een koor en ik oefen huiswerk welk gewenst moment in verschillende talen." (notice the colon) or "Wat betreft muziek zing ik in een koor en oefen ik huiswerk elk gewenst moment in verschillende talen."

Ik ben van plan om mijn talenkennis gebruiken tijdens mijn reis rond Europa volgend jaar met mijn motorbike.

Perhaps consider replacing 'rond' by 'door'. You could also replace 'motorbike' by 'motor(fiets)', but this hardly makes a difference really.

Ik heb een vraag: Wat zijn de meest voorkomende woorden in Dutch bij het golfspel. (Only those 10 or so most important words, if you're nice. )

Do you mean golf? In that case: try reading the Dutch Wikipedia article on golf. Also: "in Dutch" - "in het Nederlands".

Ik dank u zeer.

This sounds a bit unnatural. Alternatives could be "Alvast bedankt", "Hartelijk dank", "Dank je wel" / "Dank u wel", ...

Gebruik van 'u' en 'uw' sounds very formal. Is this intended? Otherwise your post is very understandable. Keep up the good work :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rita01020304
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Thank you for the correction ! My Dutch is not the better for it ! I am not ashamed of my grammatical errors. A year ago I could neither English or Dutch. The most important is that you understood my message. I just wanted to test your tolerance ! It was me, the "grammiss" !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
Gymnastical
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they're very tolerant. They'll help you if you need help and they won't come down on you harshly about it. About the u and uw, it's best to use them when you're just starting out in all circumstances but they're not quick to think someone rude and I don't care whether you use formal or informal. I haven't grown up around it as a native English speaker so I really don't see the point.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sonialong24

Hi! Thank you for this discussion; I thought it was really cool. I am looking for an opportunity to tell someone how my 'volver rollo extensión' is coming along. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
Gymnastical
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Does that mean "back extension roll"? If you want to just say it, do it on the stream of another gymnast (like me) since off topic on other users streams is generally ok but don't do it on that of a moderator unless they start it.

But if you want to tell someone about your volver rollo extensión and give the vocabulary to describe it, that is fine in the forum since it is educational in the field of languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sonialong24

Yes, it does...thank you for the advice!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
Gymnastical
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You're so welcome. Glad I could help

3 years ago