I think Duolingo is very good as a course. Just check out the comments whenever you don't understand something, ask questions there or see them already answered. You can also look up other websites for more information on particular grammar topics (just hit Google).
Other than that, you might need to look for vocabularly in other places. Anki is a nice flashcard app for mobile phones, and memrise has such too. BaBaDum is also very nice.
And of course: reading, reading, reading. Although you have started reading, I would recommend „Gerda malaperis“ — it is specifically designed for komencantoj, it is easy to read and relatively short (less than 50 pages). You will mostly understand the words you don't already know by context, and you'll see the grammar and word order used in interesting ways.
As you have discovered, Memrise is indeed basically a flashcard/SRS app. It's great for teaching you vocabulary and for reinforcing the rules that you have already learned elsewhere.
There are some good youtube channels for learning European portuguese. They're mostly designed to complement paid courses run by various people. Search for things like:
talk the streets
learn european portuguese online
For a quick basic intro to some vocabulary, and nothing else, https://babadum.com/ is fun.
If you want to try a book, Basic Portuguese by Sue Tyson-Ward is excellent for absolute beginners. As is the audio course by Michel Thomas. Avoid the Pimsleur audio course as it's not so good.
Tiuj vortoj de la tago ne estas utilaj. Ofte la vortoj estas evidentaj, aŭ malutilaj. Kaj ili neniam ekigas diskuton. Mi estas por forigi ilin. Multe pli utilas uzi BaBaDum dum kelkaj sekundoj ol vidi tian afiŝon ĉiutage.
If you don't speak Polish at all you may try use babadum.com at your spare time(it works well in a browser on a smartphone) to build some vocabulary base.
Anyway, if you're fine with this poem you know what you're doing.
The thing that helped me communicate best with my non-English speaking in laws was simply having a decent vocabulary - even if I don't know how to use it properly.
For example, if you're holding a bottle of milk, asking "šaldytuvas?" (fridge?) can convey just as much as "do you want me to put this back in the fridge?" You can also pick up so much more from them if you have a solid enough foundation of vocabulary upon which to connect the dots.
The most effective low level learning tool I've found so far is the Memrise "Conversational lithuanian" course. It's got [mostly clear] recordings and can be picked up and put down. I also like the debesėlis courses too, but they don't have recordings and can be very in depth.
Both of the above are free.
Edit: Babadum is great for vocab crunching too!
This little game plus mnemonics helped me memorize Hiragana.
Everyone learns differently and I'm still trying to figure out the best way for myself to get more vocabulary and grammar stuck in my brain (will follow this thread too), but recently I found a word game for vocab that's kinda fun.
Try the sidebar.
I wouldn't recommend Rosetta Stone. I downloaded part of it, and I don't think it does anything that 100 other things can't do for free.
Have you tried Memrise? Try Memrise. Try LingQ
I really like this: http://everydayrussianlanguage.com/about-everyday-russian/list-of-all-our-lessons/
I downloaded the audio lessons on cases and let them play, then I read along.
For vocabulary training, try this: https://babadum.com
All of this is free, no need to buy Rosetta Stone.
on steam, i switched Wingspan to be in french. it doesn't do the voice overs, but there's a lot of writing on the cards
babadum.com a simple game for vocab only
codenames.game select the french language option at bottom before starting and all the word cards will appear in french
i also changed my roku tv to french settings. you could do this to your phone for a real challenge.
Duolingo is pretty good if you use it right. The French stories are perfect for simple and approachable reading.
You can also use babadum.com to practice vocabulary when you have a few minutes to kill.
Actually, the Esperanto recordings are extremely accurate. I was surprised. For example, on https://babadum.com/ the Esperanto words are recorded by a Polish female and you can here that folio is pronounced soft like foľio and horloĝo not correctly with "h" like in "hat", but incorrectly like in "loch" or "Buch" or Esperanto's ĥ. But the Esperanto guy is extremely good and accurate.
I haven't seen it here - Babadum. It's a language learning site for vocabulary - it consists of mini-games based on pictures and it is in 18 languages (and still evolving - when I discovered it less than a year ago, there were 15). Maybe some words are not exactly crucial but it's really fun to use.
Schwedisch ist saucool, auch recht easy. Du findest fast immer im Deutschen oder Englischen eine Verbindung zum Schwedischen Wort.
Ich kann eigentlich nicht viel schwedisch ausser den extremen Basics aber mache öfter dieses Vokabelquiz bis 100 Punkte oder so und komm manchmal 50 Worte ohne Fehler durch obwohl ich kein einziges Wort jemals gehört oder gelesen habe.
Die Seite is generell ziemlich cool, haben auch ne gute Auswahl an Sprachen.
Memrise is exactly what you're looking for. It has a whole Portuguese course with words and phrases.
Also check out https://babadum.com/
I've used Drops in the past. Even paid for it when they sent me a 50% offer as soon as I first downloadedi it. But wasn't a huge fan.
While you're waiting for your answer you can already learn easily a few hundreds words thanks to https://babadum.com/
Greek is included, It's a pretty nice way to start to learn with images and feeling you're just playing , I recommend it even before to go on Duolingo.
Personally I enjoy reading books even before I understand because it helps me get used to reading so I can read more quickly, seeing how grammar/vocab is used in a more natural way than awkward textbook examples, and I remember vocabulary more easily when I see it used in a sentence. I also like to read aloud to get used to speaking.
Books can be reread over and over! You could always use it to build reading speed for now, and come back to it later with a dictionary to find words you don't know, and then revisit it again once you have a broader knowledge of vocabulary! You can even copy out pages of the text into a notebook to get used to sentence construction and handwriting. Just try not to put too much pressure on yourself for not understanding instantly, it'll come with time!
I would definitely supplement it with vocabulary flashcards/wordlists etc. It will help you a lot if you use a range of different ways to memorise vocab. Games and flashcards help! I'm personally enjoying this game a lot lately!
Ter um vocabulário grande é um bom começo, mas vc precisa também entender a gramática da língua, senão vc só vai saber substituir palavras em português por palavras em inglês, não é assim q funciona.
Mas já que vc quer aprender vocabulário, deixo aqui essa dica: https://babadum.com/
How many resources aside from TV and Duolingo do you use? I know that there's 'Easy Swedish' news sites, that have news articles in really accessible Swedish. It might be worth implementing them into your study? Or there are some Youtubers who talk about Swedish. Perhaps part of your burn out is that you're not using enough resources. Consider working with Swedish music and working through translations of lyrics. https://babadum.com/ is a free vocabulary game that has Swedish, it has multiple ways of playing.
It might also be worth noting that immigrants to Sweden are eligible for free / cheap tutoring in the Swedish language. When mental health is concerned, that should always be the priority. Don't burn yourself out because that'll do more harm than good. But perhaps by incorporating more passive modes of learning e.g. listening to youtube channels and podcasts talk about learning Swedish might help you retain information and build your motivation back up. Consider watching Swedish children's shows, and using Swedish subtitles where possible. It'll be really easy to comprehend and work out what's going on whilst being a good way of building up basic vocabulary.
> words should always be learned in context
That's an art-of-possible :) - I wish we all were always able to learn all new words in the context.
> and only write the sentence?
Phrases, ['Stable Phrases'/Phrasemes,] and Sentences.
Besides, you can try pictures and words.
Did you play with https://babadum.com/ ?
> I’ve tried Duolingo but it sucks. It’s rigid for word order and even mistranslates some words.
Thank you. It had even more issues in the past. However, we can use it, but only as a supplement to other ways of learning.
Try to play with https://babadum.com/ instead of Duo (that one is not perfect also, not every lang is ok, but try).
Babadum is great for practicing kana (the Japanese syllable systems). You have to choose the correct option that matches the kana. Maybe playing it everyday might help with memorizing kana in a fun way :)
Learning without translation is gonna be tough in the early stages unless you find a good personal teacher specialized in total physical response (TRP). This site teaches you some vocabulary from images. There is also a Soviet textbook for foreigners that uses only images but I forgot the name.
> As a psychology student, I want to find the most efficient way of learning languages and their unique aspects
So, you know that people are different, they have various traits and they change their mood and emotions every period.
> What about you? What have you not liked about some of the apps you've used?
Pronunciation. Something like https://babadum.com/ but with much better records from natives. And photos instead of pictures. Alphabet, sounds, letters, simple nouns, simple phrases, sentences.
Lexile/Newsela style texts in levels.
Review of what i write (I used Grammarly Premium for more than a year and that helped me a lot, now I prefer to use free version and correct my mistakes without direct hints, it shows the summary without details, like X advanced issues of each type). Corrections of style from natives.
Textbook-style approach for each level.
Well, there is one example. https://babadum.com/ is a pretty nice game that helps a lot in learning. However, the Ukrainian language there is not native, probably from a Polish person (with the distinctive accent). So, I cannot suggest it in learning Ukrainian.
Espanjan alkeita tankkaan kansalaisopistossa. Sattui natiivi opettaja kurssille ja espanja on vaihtelevasti kiinnostunut. (sama opettaja on muuten Sastamalan kansalaisopistossa)
Ankia yritän käyttää niin useasti kuin jaksan ja muistan. Babadum on hauska ja sillä kertailen ruotsin sanoja. Ruotsi tekisi mieli opetella, kun haluan päästä sen "en opi ikinä"-ajatuksen yli. Nyt se ajatus alkaa olla jo "en opi". Joskus voisi kokeilla viroa. Toisaalta jos espanjaan pääsee kärryille, niin joku sukulaiskieli voisi tukea espanjaa ja samalla helpottaa uuden oppimista. Saksa oli valinnaisena yläasteella, mutten koskaan opiskellut sitä.
Ruotsissa minua vaivaa se, etten "kuule" sanojen rajoja. Jos sitä pitäisi jotenkin kuvailla, vo isise nteh däj otenk inn äin. Kokeilin hidastettua äänikirjoja. Ei auttanut ollenkaan. Yläasteen, lukion ja amk:n ruotsin määrän jälkeen pitäisi nyt ainakin lastenohjelmia pystyä katsomaan, mutta ei.
Luettuna ruotsi alkaa mennä ihan ok, mutta kuultuna ymmärtäminen on ihan toivotonta. Veikkaan, että taustalla voisi olla joku prosessoinnin häiriö, koska metelissä suomenkin ymmärtäminen on helposti hankalaa. Enkä tarkoita "en kuule sua?! puhu kovempaa!!" vaan "mitään käryä, että joku edes puhuu". Esim. joku palloilusali on ihan viimeinen paikka jonne menen vapaaehtoisesti.
Japani ei kiehdo sitten yhtikäs (eikä anime/manga - Lapinlahden lintujen lause EVVK pätee tässä), mutta kiinan kurssille lähtisin.
Tanska kiehtoi joskus, mutta ne numerot pelästyttivät ja nyt se kieli pelottaa. Ihan oikeasti - 20-kantaisuus ja kahden, kolmen ja neljän puolikkaat kertoimet? Mitä?!
while searching through some topics today I found this babadum language game. It seems to have 15 languages and multiple modes but since it doesn't have my language I did not try it.