How do I start my lessons?
Each day when I log on on my home page I click "Strengthen Skills" Is the the right way to start each day?
The "Strengthen Skills" button will help you review what you have learned so far, but to start new lessons and learn new skills, you'll have to click on the lessons located on your tree.
Thanks I think I just saw that when I was clicking the icons in my tree. I clicked in the food one which I am currently doing and see have only completed some of them.
How often is it suggested to use the strengthen skills button?
You don't always have to use the "strengthen skills" buttons; you can just go to the skill page and go to the right and click "strengthen". I recommend to strengthen every time the skill turns back to color
my next lessons are dimmed out.. how do I get them to light up so I can continue?
You have to finish all the lessons in all the skills on the line you're on to go on to the next line of skills. Even if you think you've done them all, double-check.
By 'lessons' you mean a session with duo, rather than an individual lesson inside a skill-circle on your tree?
If so, yes, I think that's a great way to start a session. I usually do that, or I strengthen the last topic I learned specifically and then to a general Strengthen after that.
It's a good way to put my brain into learning mode.
I like to put some whalesong on in the background too because it's calming, unobtrusive and language-based, but not a (human) language. And if I listen to it every time I use duo then in time I will start to associate it with learning and instantly fire up the language center of my brain when I put it on.
The 'strengthen skills' button can be helpful to start each practice session, especially if you are unfamiliar with the language. Then you click on the topics and specific lessons on the tree.
I like to start the day by hammering out a couple rounds of Timed Practice on skills that need gold before I learn something new.