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Staying motivated beyond level 25

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Hi community :)

I'm wondering how you stay motivated to keep your tree up beyond level 25? I've been at level 25 in French for some time and my tree has decayed quite a bit. Since French is one of the older courses, there isn't much hope of the team adding new skills that I can master. Of course there are reverse trees, but I'd like to keep the French tree fresh too!

I'd love to see an advanced tree (levels 25-50?) that became accessible after completing the basic one, but that doesn't seem to be in the future any time soon.

So, my question for those of you who have reached level 25 in any course, is: how do you motivate yourself to keep practicing?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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"Since French is one of the older courses, there isn't much hope of the team adding new skills that I can master." - The new system for changing/improving courses was released 1 or 2 weeks ago so that every team now has the possibility to expand/improve their courses. It could be that the French course will be extended within the next months.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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Is there any chance that we can have another update for the German tree this year?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Don't know yet, we'll concentrate on the English for Germans course first - planning, improving/expanding, waiting for the a/b test to be conclusive, launching, dealing with first issues which may appear after its release will take a few months and then we'll see what happens. Staff also has to deal with other issues that will take their time - that's why I cannot make any promises right now, but we try our best as you can image.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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I understand and appreciate all the work the German team have put into the course. Anyway, this is good news for me that you will be working on the improvement of the English course for German speakers. I'm still using the reverse course and planning to keep practising the lessons until I feel more comfortable with my German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tommg
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That's the best news regarding Duolingo that I heard in a while. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
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I haven't touched my Portuguese tree at all since hitting level 25, and have no intention of changing that. (Though I am waiting for more courses from Portuguese to launch.)

Given the extent to which the trees only ask you to translate into your base language instead of your target language, I really see little value in continuing with them just for the sake of keeping the tree gold. Sometimes it can be detrimental, because training yourself to always translate into your native language adds an extra barrier between you and fluency.

I'd say if you want to continue your French on the site, you'd be better off grabbing the Spanish course for French speakers or waiting for the Portuguese one coming out. Or ditching the tree entirely for Immersion.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iwc2ufan
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Agreed. I haven't touched my Spanish or Portuguese trees since I got to 25. Unless your language has immersion, I think if you have both finished the tree and reached 25, it's time to do something else with that language. For instance, I keep using Spanish daily by doing the Catalan for Spanish speakers tree.

If there isn't anything available on Duolingo that interests you for your language, I would just do something else.

Read a book in your target language. Read a news article regularly in your target language. Find some music you like and regularly listen to that. Get a language swap partner on Skype or in real life to use your language with.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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If you are at that point it might be worth it for you to get a hold of some books or magazines in French. Continually redoing the same words won't really get you to learn any more. I'd also recommend keeping a small notebook as you read to look up any words you aren't able to figure out from the context.

Don't worry about letting your tree lose it's gold. You may have gotten all the use out if it that you can.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thegods14
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Personally, I start the opposite course and do the tree and immersion for it. That keeps me motivated for a while. At times, I, too, have issues doing more than one lesson a day or the likes, but I've found that practicing another language (Portuguese for me) from my secondary language has helped tremendously to keep me on top of both my secondary and tertiary languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/star_gazer1

I have not achieved that level as yet, but it would seem to me that if you are that accomplished, you should be using your skills for the purpose you acquired them: to speak to people of a foreign language, read literature in that language, listen to music or watch a movie in that language. Congratulations for your achievements.

As for me, I rent movies and turn on the Spanish audio with English subtitles for when the dialogue is too fast or less intelligible, I'm reading "Las Hermanas Ag├╝eras", and talking in Spanish to a colleague who grew up in NYC. (His is an interesting blend of Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Spanglish. We both learn from our conversations.) I'm also looking for someone who is a native speaker who has similar interests to me, to perhaps talk via Skype. I have essentially a pen pal in Chile who emails with me and I've traveled in Central and South America using the skills I have.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wombatua
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I've always wanted to work on being able to read (not speak; in my experience, I can get around Germany with a few German phrases and English) German, so the level 25 'limit' is meaningless.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hattieeee

Dude you're nearly on 1000 days! That's impressive. Wow.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wombatua
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I have an office job. It's easy to get a quick immersion check first thing in the morning (I don't have a set daily goal). It's also a bit of an albatross - I feel as though I have to keep the streak going as long as I actually can, regardless of whether I want to. But it'll die one of these days, when I don't have internet access.

Anyways, thanks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka
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Advansed tree is a good idea

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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That would be nice. Especially in there oldest languages that have the most people who graduated.

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheWhiteRider

Yeah!

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https://www.duolingo.com/LeCalvo
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I've read all of what you say and I haven't reach yet level 25, but I was asking to myself, it is not possible to create another french course? I meant and avanced one by users? in incubator or something? I know that many of the persons who learn here doesn't have the knowledge to create an advance couse but maybe could be somebody who is able.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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It could also be a user created course in the forums. Similar to ones they have in languages not offered. Since a lot of people find teaching one of the best methods of learning something is to teach it, I would imagine that people who have learned the entire tree could learn more advanced skills by researching them and presenting lessons in the forums, at least until they start advanced tress (or if they ever offer them).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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When you do immersion the levels go even higher and higher!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Larkspire
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I just make a strengthen or two (and the reverse tree) part of my schedule before I move on to German news, TV, etc which is really the meat of my practise these days.

2 years ago

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