https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjhillman06

Strictly doing one lesson per day... anyone else?

Bonjour !

I'm wondering if anyone else is using the same Duolingo strategy as I am. I have set my daily goal at 20 XP. I get the first 10 XP by doing one, and only one, French lesson each day. I get the remaining 10 XP or more (and it's always more) by doing the timed "Strengthen skills" quiz again and again until I can "complete" it in the allotted time.

By my count, there are 358 regular French lessons, plus nine bonus lessons (assuming the Christmas skill will offer three lessons like the other bonus skills have), meaning I will complete my French tree after 367 days, or almost exactly one year.

I've also started listening to Radio France via the station's app on my phone to hear the language in use.

This strategy is painfully slow, but I hope the daily learning and reinforcement will benefit me with stronger and longer-lasting French language skills when I finish this journey next summer (and move on to learning Turkish)!

September 23, 2015

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magdmaj

It's nice to see that people take different approaches to learning languages. Taking French slowly is definitely a good idea. I got discouraged by going too fast and put French aside for now. It will take you a while to finish the tree at that pace, but you may retain far more than those of us who move faster through the trees. I started listening to news is slow spanish, I bet there is an app for French, too. It's an easy way to catch up with what's happening in the world in the language you want to learn.

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TracyS221

I don't quite do it like you, I don't do a new lesson every day (migraines put a stop to that for one!) but would rarely do more than new 1 lesson per day. I also do strengthening lessons and recap other lessons that I've done. I've been doing this for over a year & I'm about 1/2 way through the Spanish tree, but do feel that generally I have a good grip of the language that I've learnt.

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

I am also a "one lesson per day" person, but I do more review than yourself. I do one skill review on the website version, and then flip over to the app. and do a couple more there because I build up my speed and familiarity with the matching and the multiple choice questions. It will take me a year or slightly more to finish my German tree (I take a few days off now and then), but I am really hoping my reading skills will be fluent enough to tackle a German book at the end.

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpracheShinobi

I am competing the German tree at 2 new lessons per day, plus 3 review lessons. For the first 4 months, that was really great, but I ran into a (slight) problem in the last couple of weeks. Now, the tree is un-gilding faster than my pace can keep up! I really dislike that, and I have even spent some days doing 5 extra lessons just to clean it up. Now, I have conceded that it will probably take another month to re-gild the tree at the end, but I suppose that will be a good review.

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjhillman06

Thanks for giving me something to, err, look forward to!

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TracyS221

I have also found that I have periods where I have to spend a lot of time strengthening what I have learnt and don't make new progress. I do however try to keep the tree gold, else I find that I have forgotten too many words.

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seroxus

It's pretty hard to keep the tree from decaying. It'll be even more difficult when your tree is complete. I wouldn't worry too much about everything being gold. I've been doing 5 lessons per day. 2 new, 3 strengthen. The algorithms will sort you out, stop you for from forgetting things. This will be the second time I've completed the french tree (after a reset).

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/numaios

Yep, this is my experience too. Although I too started with a daily goal of 20XP, I soon realized I needed to put extra XPs just to keep things golden. I never started a new lesson if anything behind it was not golden. Also, I have the impression, although not verified, that "Strengthen skills" is a slower way of recovering golden status than going directly to the topic.

September 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjhillman06

So far, by doing a lesson every day, I've only lost one or two "golds" at a time, and one or two rounds through "Strengthen skills" will fix that. I imagine it will get more difficult as more lessons accumulate.

September 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hurnfil

I don't have a strategy, I just do as much as I can when I have the time. Here, have a lingot.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjhillman06

Merci beaucoup !

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IAmJon

I really don't think you should rush learning a language. If you rush through your tree you won't remember as much. Talking about something being painfully slow, I have been doing the tree for about 2 years now. I'm finally near the end, I still have five topics to get through.

I sometimes feel frustrated that others have completed many trees but I want to be able to actually understand a language rather than just race to get to see the golden owl congratulations message. It is good that you are looking at other things to learn a language too. I'm not really sure what to do after Duo and have always feared that I would stop after completing the tree, so have been going really slow because of that.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.tastic

Nice! I'm personally setting my baseline at one lesson per day, the adding a lesson or two if I have the time.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cambrian0616

That's interesting. My routine is to re-guild the tree each day followed by doing a complete skill, however many lessons that happens to be. I'm just about at the third checkpoint and I can tell I'm going through the tree too quickly as I completely fall on my face trying to do timed practice. My plan is to finish the tree at this pace as a "first pass" and then do more practice, either here or with other resources.

So I'm probably going faster than is good for learning. I wonder, though, if you're going too slow. I'm wondering something like this: does lots of repetition on the timed practice teach French or mastery of Duo's test bank? Or maybe it does both. I'd enjoy hearing your thoughts as you get farther with it.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecelis

I also like doing a complete skill in one day (except for crazy ones that have like 10 lessons). I do find this is not enough to learn that skill properly, so some days just spend time reviewing until i feel comfortable enough to move on. I would say on average I probably average out to about one and a half lessons per day this way.

I don't like losing streaks so set it at 1xp per day, which makes sure I at least come in and do something. usually once i am here i end up doing much more than something. :)

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjhillman06

It's an interesting question whether I'm going too slow. I don't think so, because I'm still finding the timed practice quite challenging. There are days when I end up with 60 or more XP because I keep getting just a few right each time on the timed practice before finally getting through it for the day.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamanthaKl13

I go through every morning and try to make all my skills gold. If I have time I will get on at night and do one or two new lessons. Many days I just do review. There are some things that just sent sticking and I would like to actually know the language when I am done.

The masters program I want to attend requires me to be fluent in two languages and have a working knowledge of a third. So I am taking my french learning very seriously. I listen to french radio in the car every day and just downloaded the slow french news app. Next term I will be taking a conversational french class at the local community college.

September 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bruces123

For German, I'm a one lesson a day person, but listen or read some German daily outside of duolingo too.

So far it's working well. I'm about 30 days away from completing my tree, and consuming German content is steadily getting easier.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pielover93

i am

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michele129966

My strategy is this: First I strengthen any skill that isn't gold. Then I learn a new skill. I usually will do one skill per day, but sometimes will do a skill over two days if it's long or if I'm tired. I, however, studied 6 years of French in high school and college (25+ years ago), so a lot of the skills are not brand new to me. At this rate, I should be able to do the whole tree in about 2 months. Then I plan to keep reviewing it to keep it gold. I haven't tried the timed practices yet, though. Eek!

If I were studying a brand new language (to me), I'd probably go much slower.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nemb0kid

My strategy is quite simpler, I rely on the Duolingo's algorithm! I make as much lessons as I can and I try to keep whole tree golden, in this way you refresh the words you didn't get very well, the algorithm seems predict that-or at least to asses it- allowing the sentences to remain in you memory. I usually repeat the tree once I have completed it, as I have done with the english one and I daily listen podcasts, stopping the reproduction before the interlocutor answer, and to repeat what he says as well (I mainly listen radio interviews). I would't forget that I read on a daily basis newspaper such as Le Parisien, most of the times uploading the articles in the immersion section!

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SherissaDancer

I need to try this... I am not good at remembering to do my French every day. I do two lessons every day, and I Skype a French Friend.

September 28, 2015
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