How many hours to complete a tree?
I'm curious if anyone the has figured out how long it should takes to finish a tree. I'm determined to finish my Spanish tree this month.
There is no time it should take. It all depends on the person. Each person and each tree is different. For example I started Dutch and French at the same time about a year ago. I finished my Dutch tree about a month ago, but my French tree isn't even close to done despite committing about the same time to each. I have heard of people who will complete their trees in a month while others take over a year. So it is hard for anyone other than yourself to determine if you can finish your Spanish tree this month. Good luck : )
I read this quote on Wikipedia..
"The efficacy of Duolingo's Spanish course has been reviewed by an external study commissioned by the company. Conducted by professors at City University of New York and the University of South Carolina, the study estimated that 34 hours on Duolingo may yield reading and writing ability of a US first-year beginners' course college semester, which takes in the order of 130+ hours."
I don't know where they came up with the 34 hours number but as a wild guess I would say that they gave the course to a bunch of folks, they finished the tree and then they averaged the time that it took them to finish it.
That is just a guess though, I suppose they could have been testing them every so many hours and at 34 they tested at the equivalent of a first-year beginner even though they weren't finished or they could've finished the tree and started using immersion until they totaled 34 and tested at the equivalent.
I read somewhere here at Duolingo that there was 317 lessons in the Spanish course, I haven't counted them but you could do several lessons then average the time it takes to complete them. That may help you to set a goal on when to be done but the lessons do get harder toward the end. The lessons that I have timed came out to about 5 minutes a lesson, I think that's about 27 hours for the whole thing but going back and re-guilding lessons takes up more time.
This is just from memory but I seem to have read about people saying it took them 80 hours to complete the tree. A lot of people go back over skills to make sure they know them very well. This is my second time through the Spanish tree, the first time took me almost exactly a month and I know some days I spent more than an hour, some days I probably spent 3 to 4 hours but then again some days I may have only done enough to keep the streak. This time I'm going through it a little slower but at the pace I'm going it's not going to take much more than a month but it is easier because I've been through it already plus I have studied outside of this course as well.
All in all, it shouldn't take you much longer than it did to read this post.
Not quite. I was in the study. Completing a tree was not part of the study. WE did a minimum numer of hours a week on Duo for, I think, eight weeks. We took a pre-test and a post-test. Key words in the results: the study ESTIMATED that 34 hours MAY yield reading and writing (not conversation) of a semester US beginner's course. Completing the tree, or not, had nothing to do with the study.
If there are 317 lessons in the Spanish course, then you could theoretically finish it in a month, from beginning to end, if you did 10 lessons each day, with no review or re-gilding.
I would not recommend this, however, as most studies show that less time is actually better for most beginners to a language. Only 10-30 minutes, spent every day, for the first six months, would probably yield the best results. This would allow for 2 or 3 new lessons each day, plus sufficient review of old lessons.
There is now way I could limit myself to 10-30 minutes a day lol:) I do that much in my in-between time, waiting for the oven to warm up or waiting in line somewhere. When I go for a walk at night I have one eye on Duolingo and the other eye looking for open manholes.
I did the Spanish tree in under a month and learned a great deal, I highly recommend it.
Thanks! I'm big on making sure I review and keep the completed ones gold!
That is a "how long is a piece of string?" sort of question. ;) Depends on your motivation, native ability, how well Duo fits your learning style, and how much time you put in per day. It also depends if your goal is learning Spanish or racing through the tree.
I think you can have a goal of learning Spanish and racing through the tree. Racing through the tree can be a good thing.
When I started my tree I would have considered myself a beginner,If I read "buenos dias" and a few related phrases I knew what they meant but I couldn't come up with them on my own, I knew how the pronunciation worked, I knew about genders and plurals and I knew verb conjugation was going to be a wonderful challenge.
I went through the tree in a month and before I even finished I could pick up a book and read it. It took a dictionary, some struggle and the verb tenses all came from context but I was able to do it. That is a great deal learnt and a great motivator to continue study. I'm now going back through and keeping the tree gold as well as redoing the skills that give me any trouble at all until I can do them without mistakes. I started that 17 days ago and I'm halfway through the tree again, I expect my progress to slow some but I still think I'll be done in less than a month and a half total.
Racing through the tree is a great way to learn.
Thanks everyone. It's taken me almost a year. I had a good background in Spanish before but haven't been that consistent. My main focus on Duo has been learning Irish. There's no telling how long finishing that tree will take !