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Skills not always being upgraded

I am getting frustrated by the skill strengthening exercises. I am granted the ten xp's but the skill bars are not made golden. This has happened about 5 times in the last three days as I have been trying to get my tree caught up (all golden). This seems to be a new problem for me as it has not been happening earlier in the course. I use Firefox on a desktop and the only change i have made recently was that I followed and took on a follower last week. Anyone have any ideas. If not, that's okay I needed to vent anyway. Thanks

2 years ago

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Are you making errors? Are you using hints? Duolingo tracks both these things - not everyone realises, especially about the latter.

Also be aware that while a strengthen session usually gives you one notch towards gold (sometimes more, in my experience, especially in the app), it doesn't always seem to, in my experience. I'm assuming it is sometimes because a skill is right on the edge of being sufficiently strengthened, but isn't quite there.

The best way I've found to solidify skills that are reluctant to go/stay gold is to redo all the lessons within that skill. It seems to make a more solid gilding, and it's brute force exposure to the vocab, of course! ;) (I'm more than a little OCD about gilding my tree, which is why I've experimented with this...)

If you're doing lessons perfectly, not using hints, doing more than the bare minimum to strengthen a skill, and you're still finding lessons either won't go gold or decay quickly, then you may have a bug and need to report it.

2 years ago

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Thanks for your reply. Yes I do still make errors or use hints ( occasionally both on the same sentence! ). I think I should maybe print off a table of correlatives to consult as that seems to be where I make a lot of mistakes or as you suggest go back and learn them better. I was frustrated when I wrote in yesterday but am once again trankvil and back at it. Thank you for your advice.

2 years ago

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The correlatives are tough! I don't think I've come across anyone who thought they were a walk in the park, they seem to be commonly considered the hardest part of Esperanto.

The thing I found the most helpful was learning the starts and endings, and understanding them that way, instead of trying to learn them all of individual words. I don't know how to explain it well except by breaking it down:

  • endings: all the ie words are about places, all the ial words are about reason, ia means something like the kind/like an adjective, etc.

  • beginnings: k is a question word - what kind of, what place, what person. nen words are negative words, no one, nothing, no kind. ĉ is for every - everyone, everything. no prefix (ia ie ial) is something, some kind of, someone, for some reason, something...

All the correlatives can be broken down this way, and it's much easier to learn how they come apart/a set of beginnings and endings than to learn them as a few dozen separate words.

Sometimes you might have to do a bit of lateral thinking - like, kial we translate as why, but the literal translation would be for what reason? Which is a roundabout way of saying why.

HTH a bit! Good luck, keep plugging away :D

2 years ago

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I've been practicing a lot, and I'm just breaking even on keeping my skills from decaying. I never considered going through the lessons again. That's a great idea. Thanks.

2 years ago

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Welcome! The idea pretty much occurred to me when I was first doing German and got to a point where I was struggling to progress because I didn't know enough about previous skills. I've found it really helpful :)

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