How much to practice?
I see that some people go through the whole tree without much practice. I am level 18 in German and I feel that if I went any faster it would work against me.
People at Duolingo, do you have a recommended approach?
Until I perfectly remember one part of the training, I don't go to another. Better slowly than superficially
I think slow and reinforced is the best way to go. I only do one new lesson a day in spanish, but make sure that I go to the "Vocabulary" at the top and select "practice weakest words" a few times. That way I know I am really learning the language and not just practicing my memorization abilities daily.
For me, I do a lesson and keep redoing it until I get a perfect score. After that, I move on to another. But per day, I only do about, on average, three or four lessons per day. Later, I simply practice those lessons and try getting all the stars.
Before I sleep, I practice all my weakest words or an area I'm struggling in.
You get what you put in. You might like this article...
It estimates the average time it takes an English speaking individual to become proficient in a foreign language. For your case, they estimate that 750 class hours are needed to become proficient in German.
Interesting article. Thanks for the link.
What I would be interested in knowing is if Duolingo has data about whether it is more effective to go for the whole course and then practice what was learned, or to go slowly -- practicing a lot along the way.
I feel that a slow approach is better, but I want to know what people think.
I agree. I don't start working on a new skill until I'm confident that I'm well versed with the rest of my tree.
Everyone is different I guess, and may come to Duo with varying knowledge in their chosen language(s). I have no prior study of German, so taking it slowly with lots of practice seems to be working well for me.