https://www.duolingo.com/suzjazz

There should be more test outs

I find it frustrating that I keep getting tested on things I already know, which wastes time. I have studied both French and Italian on the college level and I am learning Spanish. Whenever there is a test out, I succeed, but there aren't enough of them.

January 13, 2016

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/PeterEllis9

I'm not sure I understand, it looks to me like you can test out of any skill at any time. Is this not the case?

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

I feel your pain. I have been on Duoligo less than two weeks and I find it's really helping my German spelling and other similar details which have gotten rusty since I learned them 20 or 25 years ago, but it seems kind of dumb that I can test out on something (thus demonstrating that I learned it and retained it in the time before I came to Duolingo) and yet a few days later, I get a notification that I need to practice those skills. If I've tested out, why would I need to practice every few days? It doesn't make sense.

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/avastr

Overall, Duolingo seems geared towards new learners.

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

Either way, it seems reasonable that if they people the opportunity to test out - for example, when someone with some knowledge joins the site - they (Duolingo) should be clever enough to know that the person actually knows this stuff and not keep testing him/her over and over.

I do wonder, though, how people without prior knowledge get by on Duolingo. It doesn't seem like the explanations are clear enough for new learners.

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/avastr

Perseverance?

I'm currently trying to learn French from scratch. I've learned a bunch from Duolingo, but it's obviously a lot harder. I don't feel confident about any of the grammar rules, but I'm getting the hang of it.

Of course, it's also easy to power through without actually understanding anything. I've passed through a bunch of lessons that I haven't really mastered, but hopefully I'll get better at them over time when I do strengthen skills.

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

Yes, perseverance is how anybody gets better - using any method.

Watching my wife work on German, there are times when it seems she'd be better off stepping away from Duolingo and learning a rote conjugation from a grammar-based course.

When my French gets better, I might start a new course and see for myself.

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/melicampo50

I completely agree! For Spanish it makes me "learn"things that I already know, when in reality I want to work upon what I don't know. There should be more test outs to skip over known material.

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

"I want to work on things I don't know." Very well put!

January 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/melicampo50

Thank You!

January 15, 2016
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