Can't the bars deteriorate faster ?
So, you're supposed to practice to learn a language and the more you practice, the better.
Can't the speed with which the bars disappear be made faster ? (As in, the user can adjust it on his own ?).
It seems like a simple feature that could help me and perhaps other people here.
You can practice as much (or as little) as you like, regardless of whether Duolingo indicates you should. Duolingo has some way of calculating the deterioration rate which does depend on how many mistakes the user is making and so on (so it's not the same for everyone).
I regularly see posts of users asking for slower deterioration, hardly ever for faster. :-)
I'm almost at the end of the tree now (I'm a native, but it doesn't matter) and I need to strengthen up to 12 skills every day to keep the tree golden. It takes 80 percent of my learning time. Is it not enough for you?
Yes, regarding to this I have another suggestion: how about making it deteriorate slower)
No, I'm not complaining :)
I use Timed practice for gilding, what sometimes allows me to strengthen several skills at once, and I can't imagine what efforts are needed to keep the tree golden using the default method.
I knew some russian before I started out this course. I haven't finished the tree yet, but I will get there. I keep my tree golden before I progress. I have found out that I spend less time in total keeping the tree golden if I do all the lessons instead of taking shortcuts by testing out skills. If you test out a skill, the skill will deteriorate quickly down to only one bar out of five, and I have to strengthen the skill three times to get it up to five and golden. But if I do all the lessons properly I go down from having to strenghten 6-9 skills every day to having to strengthen only 1-3.
I can't imagine what efforts are needed to keep the tree golden using the default method.
It's not terrible, actually. Well, unless I get crazy on a long weekend or something and try to learn a bunch of new lessons. I've learned that it's best, in those scenarios, to do a few new lessons. And then flip over to memrise to improve my general vocabulary or hit the proper, paper books.
I'm not as far as you are but I'm nearing the checkpoint for the last section (1 lesson in Subjunctive, 4 in Speaking2, 3 in future and 3 in prefix). Not hugely speedy - certainly not great, but I think (hope) not awful for 2.5 months.
But the effort wasn't awful.