flowersandstems asked: So, how do you go about practicing dovahzul? I know I only started learning yesterday, but I really want to get as fluent as possible x)
So I’m good at retaining things I’ve read and written, so I read through the two lessons on thuum.org several times and I actually wrote the entirety of lesson 1 down. I’ve not really written a lot of lesson 2 down (since it’s mostly about reading and writing in the Dovahzul alphabet) but I am going to finish up writing down the “conversation & common phrases” section. BUT first thing I did was go through lesson one to get the basic grammar down. Currently, to help build vocabulary I am working through the memrise course.
That’s gonna take me a while because, well, building a vocabulary in another language does take a while. Currently? I can’t hold a conversation in person. I can hold a conversation over text because I have a basic understanding of the grammar and I can look up what the words mean and stuff. But I really don’t have the vocabulary to actually hold a verbal conversation. As I start to learn and memorize some of the words? Hell yeah I’ll be able to. But right now I’m nowhere near fluent.
Some stuff I’m doing to practice… The TES wiki page for word walls has it set up where you can hide the translations and transliterations of the walls (by scrolling the page up or down so that it’s hidden). I’m using that to 1. get better at reading the dovahzul alphabet and 2. after I transliterate it into the alphabet that English uses, I go about translating the words. I’m noticing that I’m starting to recognize a lot of words by doing this. “hey I remember reading dinok in another wall, now what did that mean again? I think it meant death, but Imma check that” It’s great because it gives me a chance to check my translations against the “official” translation.
Something else I decided to start doing? Writing a journal at night about my day. In Dovahzul. Right now it takes forever. Eventually I’ll actually have enough of a vocabulary to be able to quickly write in it. Eventually I’ll get to writing it in the dovahzul alphabet, but for now I don’t.
By the way, feel free to flood my inbox with Dovahzul (or @mention me in posts full of it). The more I have to go look shit up, the more likely I’ll be able to remember that shit I looked up later. Having someone to practice what you’ve got so far with is super helpful.
I hope that helps!
Oh, I see. This is what I was planning on doing. I was just wondering if you may have had anything different from what I’ve used to learn languages in the past and if it may have been more useful (I’m basically doing what I did when I learned Japanese).
Nahhh I don’t think I’m doing anything different (unless you’ve never used memrise before in which case yes I am doing that different from you. But this is my first time using memrise)
Nope you’re doing the same, I’ve used memrise before (it’s pretty helpful)