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Russian tree not decaying...?

So I've been doing the Russian tree for a few days now; I've completed 15 skills and so far, everything has stayed gloriously gold. This strikes me as odd. In other languages I struggle to go one day to the next without at least some skills decaying - and usually my most recently learned skill needs re-gilding daily for a few days before it keeps it up for a while.

So what's occurring? Does the Russian tree decay slower than other trees? Am I just being impatient? Or is it something to do with the fact that I tested out some skills?


November 5, 2015



Mine are also still all gold colour. I did a little bit of strengthening just to test it out, not because I needed to and maybe that is why they are still all gold. I have only been here for 4 days though, so I don't know how the algorithm works or if it is working normally or not.

P.S. I haven't tested out on anything, I did the whole of each lesson one by one.


In my experience, skills you test out of initially stay gold longer.


Ah... that's probably it then. I've not had much experience of testing out skills in other languages, so it's a bit new. I'll look forward to them all decaying together at some point in the future...


I think it depends at least somewhat on how much the words from earlier skills are used in later ones, so they won't necessarily decay all in one fell swoop! But tested out skills do seem to last longer. I tested out of 23 in the placement test on Monday and so far none of those have decayed even a little bit.


I managed to test out a big fat zero. Turns out I can't spell.


Doh! I was actually kind of relieved I did okay on the placement test, because started with the progress test (thought it would be interesting to see where I started from) and didn't quite actually manage to get 1/5 8-o

(I think I got 0.94 or something? Which considering I got 0.23 on Danish, just playing around to see if you could do a progress test and then a placement test, and considering I have never studied Danish... I kind of thought I might do the tiniest bit better on the progress test than that, in comparison! sadface)

Did you manage to change to Cyrillic? I know the progress test started off in Latinisation and it fried my brain till I managed to make the alphabet switch button work. I think some people did the whole placement test in that 8-o

ETA: I also think there's an element of luck. There are some 'harder' sentences you might just be lucky and remember, and there are probably 'easier' ones that you forget. Like, how many non natives instantly know the work for duck unless you happen to have looked it up for some reason?


My first skills are currently at 80-85%, so they are definitely decaying. Plus, I don't think I've had problems with the decay algorithm on other languages until I've reached the bottom half of the tree or so.


I haven't had any skills turn color yet either, but I'm sure that will happen at some point. I am redoing my lowest skill per day anyway, but my skills are decaying a little... just not enough to turn color.

A lot of the skills in the earlier lessons are practiced in the later skills too. For example, if you run into a sentence like "My dog is eating a hamburger" then you're going to be strengthening the animal skill and the food skill.


Novice question: how do you see the percentage decay of a skill?


I have a user script installed that I use. http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Userscripts

I think it's the Duolingo Skill Strength add on.

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