Shouldn't we translate more in the opposite direction ?
Hey guys :) I was wondering why when learning French by English (For example) ,we rarely translate from English to French, on the other hand most of the translation is from the laguage we don't know to the laguage we master !! This is great to increase comprehension and learn few new words and to improve the listening skills but I personnaly don't find it really useful ! So I switched to English learning by French and I find it really good ! and I can feel the improvement ! What do you think about this ?
It is easier for most people to translate from their target language into their native language, as you say. So to begin with, that is good for learning. Then when we have mastered that, we open the 'reverse tree' - which is exactly what you did by opening English for French instead of French for English.
Personally, I intend to finish my Spanish for English course (my normal course), and then do the English for Spanish course (the reverse tree). I tried the reverse tree a little - that's why there's a US flag as well as a Spanish flag next to my username - and I found I could answer all the questions, but I couldn't read the discussion threads very well. I decided to wait until my Spanish was good enough that I could read and learn from the discussions. But that's for me! We all learn different ways. Congratulations for figuring out a way that works for you.
Thanks a lot for replying to my first thread here :'D ! So I guess i'm on the right track YUHUU ! :D I finished the English by french tree ,which decreased my motivation a bit :(, But maybe I'll re-do it again from square one ! And this time I'll revise the lessons Which is the thing that I missed at first .. And dude your name made the rest of my day x) I thought at first that it was 'bed Spitter' xD !
I can totally understand how that might have been a momentary drop in your motivation, but I'm glad you've got it back! Revising (doing strengthening exercises) is key. And now you can also pick up a book in French and open one browser page to a translation engine and start trying to read. It will be fun, it will probably be hard, and it will help you identify things you need to work on. And then you can use your daily DuoLingo work to work on them.
Also, if you haven't already bought a 'Progress Quiz' from the lingot store and taken that, I highly recommend it. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that for that it would be better to take it for the French for English course. Or you could take both and report back! If you don't have enough lingots to buy them (because I know you've been progressing very quickly), let me know and I'll give you however many you need to get them, because that's definitely a worthy cause. :)
I have done it for both lately and I got 5 in the English progress and 2.13 in the French progress, And Thank you alot of your tips and encouragement ^^ :) have a nice day or night ( depends on which spot of the world you're living in xD ) .
Also, hee. There's a whole story to the name, but it's more fun just to let it be a mystery. I'm glad you like it. :)
In these moments I really wish there was an English for Swedish course :D But people always try to convince me that it wouldn't be good for the site, because most Swedes speak English and etc. I guess I'll have to search for other English to Swedish sources, such as writing ;)
Aw. What about the few desolate Swedes who didn't manage to learn English growing up and now are scorned by their fellows and mocked by their friends and families, and want to remedy their shameful ignorance in decent privacy by taking a course online? Will no one think of the needs of the outcast few?!?
Also, a reverse tree is handy. But I'm sure you'll manage. :) :)
Yeah, I still think an online English course would be useful even for practicing English. Thanks!
Yeah the language tutorials are so many on the internet ! Just a good search and you'll find plenty of interesting lessons ^^
Translating French to English prepares you to read. Of the four basic language skills (reading, writing, passive listening, and conversation), reading is the one you are most likely to make use of without travelling. To immerse yourself in a conversation, you pretty much need to go to France, but you can immerse yourself in a book wherever you are.
I've found that doing the Strengthen Skills gives you a lot more English to whatever questions.
Yes :) But for me it's not really motivating if you know what I mean, I guess it's time to hit some books and articles :'D ! Good luck fellow ..