Duolingo Newbie Needs Some Advice!
As of yesterday I have officially joined Duolingo! So far I am enjoying the languages I have enrolled in, but it would be really helpful if someone could give me something like a Duolingo 101. For example, what exactly is this language tree everyone keeps talking about and how long does it usually take to complete an entire language course? And what is the highest possible level one can achieve?
Also, since I'm new to the community I would appreciate it if anyone is interested in being friends. :)
The 'tree' is the lesson structure, the curriculum. In the old days the graphic looked tree-like. You max out at level 25. Levels are based on pints earned by doing lessons, and do not necessarily reflect knowledge. Some folks finish the tree in weeks, some years. It depends on how much time you put in and your aptitude for the language. You'll see a "fluency" badge that you will be well suited to simply ignore. ;) If you have problems in the lessons read the discussions and ask specific questions, and you'll get answers. Most of us think Duo works best in tandem with other resources (if your goal is to learn a language) like a grammar book or dictionary, online or on paper.