Finishing a tree at different levels?
So I noticed that people doing French from English are finishing the Duolingo tree at different levels. Some people finish at Level 16, others at Level 21, others at Level 25. Can you explain this? Thanks.
The level reflects how many XP (experience points) you accumulate. So if you do lots of review, maybe try to keep your tree golden as you go, you might have a very high level by the time you finish your tree. But maybe you've studied the language before and are able to go through the tree without repeating many exercises (or for whatever other reason, like maybe you're a language learning genius) and you can finish the tree without have accumulated so many XP, thus at a lower level.
The "tree" doesn't really have anything to do with the "level". The tree is the real measure of your learning. The level depends only on how many XPs you accumulate, whether from doing units (usually 10 XPs per unit unless you are doing timed reviews), or from doing translations on Immersion. If you don't do Immersion, your level will reflect your progression in units quite closely. But if you do Immersion, you get lots of XPs once you attain level 4, so people who do a lot of translation can get very quickly to level 25 without having finished the tree.
Seems... counterintuitive, doesn't it?
I mean what do those numbers really mean then: nothing.
I finished my Dutch is less than an 30 minutes (I already know Dutch), everything's gold, and I'm level 11.
I'm about to finish my French after (I'm guessing) two months (one dot consisting of four lessons left), a good deal needs strengthening, and I'm level 12.
Yeah, not sure what I'm supposed to do with that information. It literally tells you nothing about your progress.
To me, there are two different things going on: one is to finish the tree; the second is to attain the highest level possible (it is, I believe, Level 25 in Spanish).
After I finished the tree, I was at, maybe, Level 15. That didn't seem very efficient to me; I knew I had not come even close to mastering the lessons just because I'd completed them all. So I kept at it. After about a year, I reached Level 25, which meant amassing a lot of XPs and re-doing all the lessons repeatedly.
The next thing I did was to start the "Reverse Tree." I've gilded it and am now in the process of re-doing the lessons, working on strengthening my vocabulary, and attaining the highest level (I think it may also be Level 25).
After I do that, I'll go back to the original tree, and keep on working on maintaining it.
Adding books, movies, music, news in Spanish, other apps like Memrise--I'll do that too, as well as increase conversation opportunities in Spanish. Duolingo is a great tool, but it's just one tool.
See you at the top, and keep up the good work! Have a Lingot.
You're studying french from english right? The reverse tree of that course would be english from french. Some people like to do the reverse tree because it may be harder and it may have more vocabulary.
Plus it gets you access to a forum in your target language.
As joaopimentel says, it's the opposite of what you did first. Thus, first I did Spanish for English speakers. Now I'm doing the Reverse Tree: English for Spanish speakers. I find the reverse tree a little more challenging, and new vocabulary words are introduced.
A great many of us like immersion, and one can build XP rapidly if you do a lot of it. I am at level 22 in German, but I am barely halfway through my tree. I stopped doing immersion in French a while ago (can only really concentrate on one language at a time), but keep my trees in French gilded. I have been "stuck" on level 24 for what seems ages!