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How hard is it to keep the tree gilded?

I finished my Spanish tree in about six months, and left it long enough that the whole thing got un-gilded. It was never all gold at once. I'm trying to get it that way now. There are starting to be more and more lessons un-gilding each day - I'm up to five a day now - and it's hard to find time to re-gild those AND finish another skill.

I'm not complaining; I totally understand the logic behind re-gilding skills and it's very helpful to be automatically reminded of things I'm forgetting. I'd just like to set some reasonable goals for myself rather than getting disappointed if I can't keep up.

To those of you who keep you trees gilded, how many skills do you usually have to redo each day? Does it change over time?

Thanks, gracias, & danke!

2 years ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0
NasuSamaruk0
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Sometimes 4-7 skills. Finishing all lessons do not guarantee that you know everything. It's that re-working the skills is like refreshing your mind. You will mainly get a lot more when you learn multiple languages (as I am doing now) because there will be few word mix-ups. However, that won't be the problem if you get used to do this for a long time.

Good thing that "refreshing skill" feature is included to let me know what we need to work on, even if the skill is actually mind-fresh. Keep it up Duo! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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Check out this post by a user named GregHullender. He did a fairly extensive experiment regarding the regilding process and includes some guidelines in his summary post. I believe (though it's been a while since I've read it) that he recommended 3 strengthen exercises a day to keep the tree gold. I'm sure that the algorithm has changed at least a little since then, but that should be a decent starting point.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0
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Great choice for starters! Though each person is different (having different learning capacities), it's common to having people's memory fading away quickly without the proper method. If the language is difficult to learn, I will think about following Greg's way.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annqueue

awesome, thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Otto_Didactyl
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I haven't had mine (Italian) fully gilded for some time now.I finished the tree yesterday and am working to gild it now. I prefer to rework the most advanced skill first because this sometimes refreshes other skills also.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Snommelp
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If I stay on top of it, I average about three skills needing review each day. Though don't forget that hovering over words for hints causes that particular word to decay faster, which causes the skill to decay faster.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoupandPie
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When I was regilding my Spanish tree before my tree completion, it took me around 10 days, and now I'm try to regild my French tree before I complete the tree, and it's taking me even more time due to midterms, recording sessions and whatnot... And the tree seems to ungild itself as soon as I regild another skill.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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It seems to me that if you gild 2 or 3 skills a day, you'll eventually catch up. Don't worry about leaving some of the skills ungilded. I tried to keep all the skills gilded when I was doing my tree, but it's boring to practice when you want to learn something new, so I would do a mix of review and new skills. After a while, fewer skills needed regilding each day.

I've finished my Turkish tree, and am working on the reverse tree. The first thing I do is look at my Turkish tree and gild those skills before I move on. I don't need to do regilding every day. I can't help wondering if that is because I am working on the reverse tree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/russodo

In the beginning it was a challenge to keep my tree guilded I would not progress to the next lesson until all the lessons behind it were golden. I practice daily. At first it was hard to keep golden and I was slower at completing the lessons. I am much faster now and can do more lessons in the same amount of time. It is rare that a lesson becomes unguilded and it is usually one of the bonus lessons. When my tree is golden I just do the strengthening exercises. Stick with it, practice daily, and soon it will be no trouble at all to keep your tree golden. Good luck your studies and have fun with it!

2 years ago