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Is it mandatory to strengthen skills?

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/iwc2ufan
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No, but if you don't do it, you are more likely to get bored when you finish your tree and stop before you know the language well. I have a former student (I teach ESL) who did this - he rushed through his tree and I don't think he got that much out of it. It is entirely possible to finish a tree at level 10 or something, but you will know the material much less well than someone who has kept it gold the whole time and then finishes the tree. The max level is 25, so I think they intend you to keep it gold, finish your tree and get to 25 if you actually want to get to a reasonable level of proficiency by the end of your tree.

Of course, it depends on why you are learning. If it's just for fun or to read or something, you may not need to have internalized things quite so much. If you actually want to have conversations at the end however, I recommend doing it properly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaikaku
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Nope, but you should, you going to forget them if you don't strengthen them!!

Just keep them gold and rocking!! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Science_Yay

No, you can decide to do a new lesson or skill instead. Though it is highly recommended to strengthen the skills from time to time to make sure you still remember everything you've learned in earlier lessons/skills

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https://www.duolingo.com/FairlandHippie

No. Nothing on duoLingo is mandatory, even participating.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/therealpalumbo

No.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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Do you understand everything in the skill perfectly? Do you know all the vocabulary? Do you understand the grammar? If you do, then you don't need to strengthen them. If you don't, then you probably need more practice and you should do the strengthening. Only you know what you need to do for your learning.

If you keep going on to new skills before you have a good understanding of the old ones, later in the tree you will find it quite difficult. Practice is boring, but we have to do it if we want to get good at a language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jgstcd
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The decaying leaves on the skills represent duo's guess about how much you remember. Duo could be right or wrong. If duo is correct in thinking that your knowledge of that skill has decayed then strengthening it is probably a good idea. If duo is wrong then it's probably a waste of time. Duo is missing a lot of information, like how much of the language you knew before starting, how much practice you get outside of duo, etc., so its guess certainly could be wrong. Think of it as friendly advice rather than any sort of obligation.

2 years ago