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Spend to much time learning?

Hi, just a question that could help me and hopefully others. Could I practice for too long? Some days I go over the basic phrases 2 or 3 times before starting somthing new even tho they are all gold, is that too much or is there no problem there? Thank you guys

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/hivemindx
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To offer a counter point to what most people are saying I do think you can spend too much time. If you get bored or frustrated the time you spend is probably wasted. In some cases you will be better to review lessons and then let them sink in while you do something else then check your memory later or the next day.

How much is too much differs from person to person. Most people can probably spend an hour without fear and some can probably use Duolingo all day with no ill affects. If you find yourself getting frustrated and hating the lessons then you should take a break. I would also leave the gold skills alone if I was you, if you have done them multiple times then probably you don't need to review them and it's enough to go back and have a look at them in a month to verify you still know them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LillyinSH

This is very helpful for me. Thank you very much. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Studying too much can be counterproductive. Your brain needs to rest just like your muscles need to rest.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hackneyduo

As ada_amia2016 says, you can never spend too much time learning!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Funky_Puppy

Agreed! Who can spend too much time learning? ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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There does come a point when studying too much can be counterproductive (said the teacher! lol!). I'm going to tell you the same thing I tell my kids, when you find yourself getting frustrated, it is time to walk away. Take some time off and come back to it later with fresh eyes. The brain is, after all, a muscle, and just like any other muscle, needs to be rested from time to time. Let the lesson sink in, and the others will become easier.

Kind of off-topic, but I love your profile picture!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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The brain is, after all, a muscle (Said the teacher!) LOL!
:-D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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Haha... Not a Biology teacher then... *crying

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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Nope, elementary teacher. Now you see why I'm not!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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Hehe... The brain is "plastic", so it can change and adapt alter and learn (neuroplasticity).. but it is an Organ, not a Muscle.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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I do like the image of the brain being a muscle for making visible for students that you can learn by practicing and by repeating. It is not a bad metaphor, since I expect most students will readily accept that practice makes your muscles stronger.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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Right and I wasn't speaking anatomically!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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I don't think you can practice too much.
That said, one danger I can see is that you might get a bit bored with the first couple of skills if you repeat them all the time. If all of your learned skills are golden and you use the "Strengthen Skills" button you'll probably get a mix of skills you already learned, which might be a welcome change.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Funky_Puppy

You can't spend too much learning! =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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To much practicing on Duolingo can have the effect that you get to know all the answers by heart. At that point you are no longer learning the language, you are just going through the motions on Duolingo.
I would say that it is better to go ahead and learn new skills, and only go back if you feel that you have forgotten too much.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Callie9900

I personally disagree you learn a language by memorizing what the words mean.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Callie, I've had beginning students who could write 50 English words in five minutes, which means they have a substantial vocabulary, but they can't put the words together in a coherent sentence easily., Language is SO much more than just memorizing what the words mean. You need to understand the patterns that make sense of how the words are used.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Callie9900

I know LucBE said you would just be memorizing the answers I was just trying to get my point across.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Physically you can try to practice for 24 hours but eventually you will need to rest your body and reset your mind. So the answer is yes, you can practice for too long. You can possibly push yourself too much that your feet may bleed while running like PreFontaine . . . ok, that was too graphic.

Here's what you can do. Sit back, relax and just enjoy a program in your target language. Listening is like studying and practicing but have more fun.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dina-z

I do that sometimes when I feel like I don't remember the words well enough or mix them up too often, sometimes Duolingo says that I've learned the skill (and it's golden), but I redo some lessons or do "strengthen skills" before I move on because I don't feel too sure about it. So far I feel like it only has helped me. Also sometimes I feel like I am just not up to learning new words and grammar, then I just do "strengthen skills" 2-3 times that day. I think as long as you are not bored and enjoy doing that, there's no harm.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeyMirandaS

I think what you are doing is good. practice and reinforcement will keepit solid in your memory and it'll be "baked in" i guess you could say. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2
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I don't think you can spend too much time learning a language in general. But probably you CAN spend too much time on Duolingo. If you have hours to spend immersed in your language, learning, reading, listening, trying to use it, then good for you. But if you spend all of that time just going through Duolingo lessons, you'll probably burn out and get bored.

I'd suggest you try to keep your tree gold, maintain forward momentum by doing some new lessons each day, then generally think about how you can immerse yourself in the language. Internet radio, podcasts, read websites in your new language. Try starting a journal. Even if you only write a couple sentences a day, and even if they seem very basic, it will definitely help.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcoR.Arboleda

Personally you can never learn too much, I just started in Portuguese and french today, I have a level 2 french and a level 5 Portuguese. "Learning is learning and learning is good" - Marco Arboleda

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marcusfrancee

Thanks man

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Going over the phrase skill a lot is probably a good idea, you want those ingrained, but as far as the rest is concerned - I'd only redo them when they decay (are no longer gold) You'll feel like you're making progress if you do at least one new lesson (not skill) every day, and you won't memorize the sentences Duo provides, which is counterproductive because you need to know how to put words together, not parrot translations.

2 years ago