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How to focus on a 2nd tree without ignoring the 1st one?

aphcanaderp
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I want to focus on my French tree but I don't want to neglect my Italian tree in the process D: how should I deal with this?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
Lrtward
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Why not take "French for Italian speakers"?
You'll still learn French and all the discussions will be in Italian so you won't be totally neglecting your Italian.

I'm learning French as a Spanish speaker. It's slower than if I were learning it as an English speaker, but I enjoy it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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A very good suggestion. I'm very much enjoying doing French for Spanish speakers as well as it really makes me think about the differences between the two languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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You need to get the Italian tree to a maintenance state, ie so that the skills do not de-gild. When that happens you will be able to maintain it all gold by doing 2 or 3 general strengthening exercises per day, and the DL logarithm will focus on the things each day you most need to practice to maintain it. Perhaps do a few extra exercises once or twice a week just to be sure.

That will allow you to put most of your effort into Italian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XD29
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Maybe do one language in the morning and the other in the afternoon / evening?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

I have been trying to do this for close to a year now, and I am coming to the sad conclusion that, for my brain at least, it can't easily be done. I check both my French trees (regular and reverse) and bring each up to gold before going to German. But on days when I am busy or tired, I find I am not getting to German, and am still only half way through the German tree. Am currently taking a break (10 XP a day just to keep my streak) while I decide whether to give up on German or drop French. Continuing to do both is just not working for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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In the long run, though, does keeping the tree all gold forever serve any purpose? Once one has pretty much mastered all of the skills in the tree, one is probably better off going on to other ways of widening one's knowledge, but occasionally dipping back into the tree to reinforce specific tenses or points of grammar if necessary.

I went to the effort of keeping my Spanish tree gold for months but made the decision a few months ago to just let it go. It's only about one-third gold now but that doesn't matter, but I can always go back to it and work on the areas that still give me problems.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elagui
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I couldn't manage it - I had to let one go for the duration that I was focusing on the other. You could give them equal time - one French unit, one Italian unit, and alternate back and forth. Just try everything and find what works for you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I try to manage my XP based on what I want to learn. I just set my goal (I have it on Insane) try to get 20xp of Spanish, 10xp of Swedish, 10xp of Italian and then 10xp in a random language. This way I can focus on the trees of the three I want to learn most and still keep my other trees strong. You can also do what Lrtward said and take French for Italian speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lstrzelak

HETAFAM

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clingonsurfer

HEATAFAM? Here's a Lingot.... 5 more if you tellme what that is (make it interesting and there might be 10..!!) :):)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lstrzelak

Their profile picture is from an anime called Hetalia. It's a Japanese animation about personifications of countries. Each episode is about 5 minutes and it teaches you aspects of world history with a comedic approach. There's nothing more to it if I'm honest.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clingonsurfer

Yep, interesting.....

2 years ago
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