I bought the Timed Practice in the shop for 10 lingots. But I don't know how to use it. Can someone help me???
If you are using this format, click the Strengthen Skill button.
If you are using the other format, there are a few ways to use this feature.
1) Click the blue Lesson Practice button (locate in about the same place as the other format)
2) Click Vocabulary and then click the blue Practice weakest words button
(the above two options to exactly the same thing, practice your overall weakest words)
3) Click any Skill (from the home page) and click the Practice Skill button (below the lesson notebooks, right hand side). This will allow you to practice vocabulary words that appear in that skill only.
If you find Wikipedia articles that are NOT NOT NOT already existing/translated in the other language (see the left bar on Wikipedia), post them to the Immersion part, and every time anyone upvotes them it'll give you a lingot. I've earned like 1,000 lingots that way and am currently at 1,769. I've posted to/from French, German, and Spanish.
Also do the Double or Nothing challenges, and make sure you keep up with them. A. That helps keep you accountable because you stand to lose 5 lingots each time you lose your streak, but B. it helps you keep up your streak which ALSO gives you your streak-days divided by 10 every time you hit a new mark. So it's a win-win! (as long as you don't ruin your streak)
LOL, I don't "speak" hardly any of those (by my own personal high standards). I have studied bits and pieces here on DuoLingo, as well as done a German major and French minor at university, along with lots of practice chatting in Spanish with the Dominican janitor at our office, but beyond that barely any.
You ought to check out the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which provides a pretty nice sliding "spectrum" on which you can place proficiency level: A1->A2 --> B1->B2 --> C1->C2.
I would call my German C1 (although a native speaker once called me clearly, way better than C1, so C2, but if anything I'd say B2 would be), French somewhere between B1 and B2, and Spanish somewhere between A2-B1. Only Polish, Italian, or Irish would I even consider are worthy of A1 proficiency status, as most are barely along at all.
Just remember: I LOVE learning foreign languages in general, so to/for me it's just a hobby. Point being, it might appear impressive, but there's a lot not captured by those flags and streak-length icons you see ;-)
I cant speak any of the languages I have on my list that ive studied on duolingo except I can speak spanish pretty well XD once I finish all the romance language (almost done) then ill study them all so much that ill be able to speak most of them a little bit at least :) good job with your work!
I just discovered the same thing. I ALWAYS started my daily lessons with doing some timed practices. They were great! They helped me to hear and respond faster, as one would have to when talking with people. I bought them in the shop but now that isn't even showing up in there. I hope they bring them back and SOON! I REALLY miss that challenge.
Can anyone explain the purpose of the timed practice? I bought it, but it seems the same as just practicing: like I click on the practice icon and it just gives me a bunch of questions (which I can easily answer in 2-3 minutes total), so what is the purpose of a "10 minutes timed practice"? I thought it would just keep giving me questions until I ran out of time and then tell me how much I completed in 10 minutes. But as it is, it felt kind of pointless...Am I missing something?
Regular practice gets you 10 points per day, and you can re-try anything you miss. Timed practice is one time through, as many as you can get within the time limit, but if you get them all you get 20 points per day. So if you think you can get more than half of them right, go for the timed practice. If you think a section is full of long sentences that will take too much time, even if you are proficient, do it without the timer.
Beyond the points, it does help you develop the ability to trust your knowledge and your ability to hear what they're saying. You don't have time to dally. You just have to commit. You will get better each time you go through.