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Tried poking at French on duolingo ... and then realized it would mess up any Spanish attempts (or the Spanish attempts would much up French) because they look similar and sound so different, and I had a moment of "je suis, tu eres, il/elle/es est" (bad jumble of french and Spanish with a soupçon of German). So ... for now I go back to German for Duolingo purposes, and refresh Spanish grammar/vocab through other sites. (I am currently tempted by https://www.rocketlanguages.com/ which is paid, but I will probably get over that temptation and just stick to free resources.)

I did realize why I suddenly had urges to go do other languages, Greek or French or whatnot, rather than continuing with German. It's because the words aren't sticking right now. It's not difficult vocabulary -- z.b. Ort, Kneipe, Bezirk, Grundstück, Umgebung, Unterkünfte -- but I can't remember the words or their meanings at all. Each time it's like I'm seeing the word for the first time, and by the time it comes up again I've dropped it again.

Which is, um. Frustrating. And makes me want to avoid it. And to some extent repetition is the key to learning things like this, but it's hard to repeat things you can't hold on to.

I kind of wish I could just download language knowledge into my brain.

Date: 2017-05-26 11:04 am (UTC)
swingandswirl: (easily distra... bunny)
From: [personal profile] swingandswirl
Yeah, French and Spanish at the same time are best avoided if you can help it.

(I had the bright idea to start Spanish classes on the weekend when I was doing my Master's in French. And the classes were at 8 AM an hour's bus ride away, which meant I had to be up by 6:00 if I wanted to be on time. My poor Spanish teacher had to remind me quite often that we weren't, actually, in French class because I kept slipping back into French...)

Date: 2017-05-27 02:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaisa
I've always thought that learning words individually is very hard. I don't even understand why they are taught that way.

When I went to school, one year I decided to change my first foreign language from English to German. The other kids had been learning German for 6 years when I switched groups, and in 4 months I had the highest test scores in that group. The way I did it was that I bought the cassette containing all the chapters in their current book, and listened to it on my walkman every day on the way to school and back home. It's like listening to a music album over and over again, you learn all the words in that order by heart without even trying. 25 years later I still remember the conversations in that book. The vocabulary is there and examples on how to use the words.

Do these language learning websites offer any support for learning in that way?

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