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My name is Gabriel. I speak some languages right now. I am going to talk about how to “Turbo” Your Duolingo. I’m making this video because of the fact that personally I felt that Duolingo was a good tool to progress in some languages and to review some languages. I’ve finished five languages with Duolingo – French, German, Italian, Dutch and Russian. But I sometimes felt like I didn’t get a lot of the stuff to stick in my brain; and of course that you can always go back and review and that’s great, but I want to give you some extra tips on how to progress more quickly. First thing that I would suggest – trying to do at least 15 minutes a day of Duolingo. If you skip some days and you can’t do it, I mean it’s fine but ideally you want to keep some inertia going.
Second, I recommend you get some index cards. It’s great to write things down – things that are important to us especially important to phrases and general vocabulary that you find useful that you’re going to use often. Some phrases on Duolingo, some sentences are just not going to be as useful to you. For example, this is straight out of Duolingo – “You are ghost. You do not exist.” This seems like it comes out of Hamlet. It’s not a very useful phrase to me – structure in the grammar and so on are important, but I just find that you know, I wouldn’t worry too much about this phrase but there’s another phrase that I found useful and I would perhaps use it in my everyday life. For example, “May I have coffee with milk and cookies?” Take screenshots of the things that you found useful phrases that you found important and just general vocabulary that you find very useful and interesting. Then what you can do is that you can write these things down.
Of course that instead, you could use perhaps a flashcard-software over website like Anki for instance. Anki is quite popular for language learners. Of course you can use Anki to review the things learned on Duolingo, but I personally really like writing things down because I believe that that helps with the learning process. It helps me remember things better, and you can just later after you essentially take screenshots of the things that are important to you, you can review them later, write some things down on your index cards and study the flashcards later. So review them, perhaps carry them around your pocket whenever you’re a break at work or when you’re having coffee, pick them up and review them.
Another thing I really recommend people try to do memory associations with words that they may find hard or difficult to remember. So for memory associations, I would often break down a word that bound complicated. For example, вечером (vecherom) in Russian means “in the evening” and I thought that’s a hard word. So I broke it down into three parts, for example вечером broke it down to Vе… Chе… Rоm… And I thought Ve, I thought of Vietnam; Che, I thought of Che Guevara; and Rom, I thought of Rum. And then I connected all those things and I thought Che Guevara in Vietnam drinking rum in the evening. I just simply learned that word rather quickly. Of course that initially it may be difficult just conjure up memory associations. As you practice, you will become better at creating them. I’ll make a video specifically for memory associations. I think I already have one but I’ll make a couple more because it is a very good way to learn new vocabulary. It can really helps with words that you can’t really seen to remember or learn that quickly.
One more thing, it is really important to complement Duolingo with something. If you’re just using Duolingo to learn a language, you’re probably not going to get that far. You want to complement it with different things. You can check out different websites, different apps, different programs, perhaps Language Tutor and if you do use Duolingo as one of the tools in your toolkit for learning languages, it can be useful. I personally enjoyed it. It’s fun. I think it progresses with the languages that I have reviewed or that I was learning. It can be a good tool, especially if you use the tips that I’ve just given you. So I hope that you enjoyed the video. Hopefully, you will progress significantly using Duolingo or other tools and good luck, my friends, learning a new language.