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Why do I have to repeat constantly?

Hi. I'm learning german from english. Duolingo is really great, but I'm a bit annoyed that I have to repeat sessions I've taken 10 times before in order to prevail the golden color on the lessons. In this way I don't have time to take new lessons, because there are always some old lessons that have lost their golden status, and I have to strengthen the skills to make them golden again. Even the first session, with words like goodbye, hello etc., I have to repeat again and again. Why is it so? Doesn't Duolingo understand that you've learned the words and are ready for new ones at a certain point? But again – All in all it's great. Best, Petter

2 years ago

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/choeisa

You really don't have to keep skills gold. You can just keep going and repeat only those skills you feel like working on.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

It all depends on how you learn. With Spanish, words I type in are always right without double-checking, so once my tree is gold it stays gold. In my other language, I usually have to double-check and I still tend to get it wrong, so gold is usually gone by the next day. It recognizes that according it's algorithm, my Spanish skills are nearly flawless, but my other language is atrocious and needs a lot of extra practice. Thing is - I don't care about keeping it gold, so I keep on moving forward instead.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PetterNaps

I see... That means that when I strengthen a skill and thereby get the lesson golden again, the duration for the goldenness depends on exactly how my strengthen skills-session went? So if I barely made it within the time limit (I use time limit when I strengthen skills) it looses the golden color in, let's say, one week, but if I go through the test completely without errors, then it stays golden for a longer period of time? Is it like this? What do you mean by doublecheck, by the way?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
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My understanding is that the algorithm also allows for spaced repetition, on a pattern determined by research, with longer and longer intervals between repetitions - you are given the words initially, then prompted to review after x amount of time, and then after x + y amount of time and then after x + y + z amount of time. I also understand that algorithm also takes into account the number of errors you make and perhaps the time it takes you to answer specific questions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I don't use the time limit thing - so I don't know how that one works exactly. But by double-checking in the regular lessons is holding the mouse over the words to see the suggestions for what they mean.

2 years ago

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And I've heard that this double-checking (hovering over words for hints) is a clue for Duo that you don't know the word well and that will cause that word to decay more quickly than otherwise.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WrigGeor

While you don't have to repeat skills, it's actually pretty important - the whole teaching method on Duolingo is through repetition, because through repetition you can remember vocabulary better. Plus, it makes your tree look fantastic.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/warriorsfan11

I think that it keeps having you practice your old lessons because the words from those lessons are used in your new ones. If you know the words around your new one it helps to remember it. That's my experience, anyway.

2 years ago

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I used to keep all of the skills golden on my French tree (one reason it took me so long to complete). However, I finally left them as-is so that I could finish the tree. I have a word count of 2419 because I repeated lessons (you don't get all of the words in the course without repeating). I have half of that on my completed Portuguese tree, and a little over a third of those on my Spanish course because I tested out of the whole thing. I get really annoyed \when I have to repeat skills daily, but it is all a part of Duolingo's learning strategy. I say finish the tree first, then go back and make the skills golden. That's what I'm doing now with French. I also notice that the timed practice fills the bars faster than a normal practice. Good luck!

2 years ago

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You can also do a mix of some review (but not necessarily enough to keep your tree golden) and some new lessons.

2 years ago