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Stay gold, Esperantistoj

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I finished the tree in two weeks, and in another week regilded it, and I thought that afterwards whenever 7 or so skills turned yellow (meaning on the phone version, the bottom bar is almost completely yellow), I would be able to do one or two general strengtheners that would ask a few questions from each, and they'd all become gold.

Instead it asks me 22 questions on how to say rozkolora and improves one skill each time.

Does anyone have experience staying gilded with just general strengtheners? Is it just because I did the tree so fast?

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2 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/KateVinee
KateVinee
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A lot of it has to do with the way spaced repetition works--as you keep regilding, over time the skills will stay gold longer and longer. I've had a solid gold tree for months now, and I keep it that way just doing general strengthens, but at first I had to regild skills all the time. (This thread might be worth reading on that front: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6176795 )

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rainkumo
Rainkumo
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Oh nice. How many strengthens do you do a day now?

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https://www.duolingo.com/jal
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I've got a 260 day speaking Esperanto. And have been keeping the tree completely gilded for months now. I find it takes one practice a day to keep it all gold. So that's 10 experience points per day.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Yes i usually need one practice a day to keep my tree gold, sometimes two but rarely.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateVinee
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Three, as recommended in that post, which seems to work beautifully. One a day (which is what I do on my French tree) isn't enough to keep things gilded, and although I haven't tried doing two a day I suspect it wouldn't be enough either.

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https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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General strengthening used to work that way (asking questions from multiple decayed skills) but a while ago, it seems to have been changed to just pick questions from one skill -- often one from near the beginning. Boring and not very effective.

However, even in the old days, general strengthening was apparently not as effective as skill-specific strengthening: http://gregreflects.blogspot.de/2014/12/how-to-make-gold-duolingo-tree.html

That information is from December 2014, which is practically generations ago in Duolingo terms, but may still have some applicability.

So you may be best off eschewing general strengthening in its current state.

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https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
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Interesting. I recently discovered that global strengthening constantly brings me from the same set of questions. I was so tired of that that I finally tried selecting a skill first and than do that skill's practice. Turns out that I was completely right. Duolingo threw at me bunch of words that I haven't encountered for at least a month an a half (and I heavily practice every day). I ended up thinking that efficiency of general strengthening decreases dramatically once you practiced most of its sentences. So my advice is that once you start seeing the same sentences over and over, it's time to abandon the general practice and start doing individual lesson's practices instead.

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https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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I try to alternate the strengthen skills button with cherry picking skills I don't particularly like. So far it's helped me cover more material.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyLiadin

I'm only halfway through the tree, but each lesson has stayed gold for me so far. I tend to do general strengthening exercises each day before I start something new.

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https://www.duolingo.com/cliff900
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Same here. I'm a little over halfway through and the completed lessons have never not been gold. I also do the general strengthening at least once every day. Doesn't seem like it will be too difficult to keep it all gold once I'm completely done.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eaburns

I have been keeping my tree gold for some time now. Usually I have 1 or 2 skills that need to be fixed up every morning. Which is perfect, because that gets me my 30 daily points to keep my streak going.

As far as I can tell, the general practice picks the next non-gold skill and has you practice it. It will keep on that skill until it's gold and then go to the next.

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