https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlytylr

Keeping the Tree Golden

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I finished both my German tree and my Spanish tree quite some time ago and I have a goal to keep them both golden, which I do on almost a daily basis. One thing I have noticed, though, is that with the German tree it is harder to do this. I generally have multiple topics that need strengthened daily on my German tree whereas my Spanish tree often stays 100% golden for days.

Does anyone know why this might be?

2 years ago

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/IceAly
IceAly
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The German tree is one of the largest trees. This could be because there are more skills to maintain on the German tree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlytylr
kimberlytylr
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That makes sense!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thenoblesunfish
thenoblesunfish
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Each word in Duolingo has (or had when I read about this) a score associated with it. If you are interested you used to be able to poke into the scripts on the web page to actually see these numbers, but they're essentially what you see in your "Words" tab. When you practice sentences with words, the scores go up. Over time, the scores decay. The key thing here is that the rate at which they decay depends on how often you've gotten sentences including that word wrong. I would assume that you have gotten more wrong practicing German, compared to Spanish. So, if you want to spend less time in the long term re-gilding your tree, make sure that you don't rush and make avoidable mistakes: even though that's effective for getting lessons gold again, it means you will have to re-gild them again sooner.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GaryLaRowe
GaryLaRowe
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Me too for both trees and the same phenomenon. I think it's just a different algorithm for the two trees. I like how it keeps me reviewing, though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlytylr
kimberlytylr
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Glad to know it is not just me! Do you also find that your fluency is lower in German even though you are working on both regularly?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GaryLaRowe
GaryLaRowe
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Yes, currently 45% for German, 54% for Spanish and 45% for Italian even though I've only worked 2/3 of the way. though the Italian tree. However I don't even register a fluency for the Dutch tree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PJMCD
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I don't think all trees have the fluency rating, and anyway, it's best to ignore it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatinkaHes
KatinkaHes
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I agree, the fluency rating can only be a guesstimate. It doesn't mean much. There is a reason that, when exported to LinkedIn it summarizes to 'intermediate' instead of a percentage.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlytylr
kimberlytylr
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I always wondered what that would look like when exported to LinkedIn. It might actually be useful in that format.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akudznam_Nafri
Akudznam_Nafri
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If I was you, I wouldn't care that much about keeping the tree golden, the most important thing after all is to learn the language, and revising the same sentences day by day wouldn't bring you any further in archieving that, I would rather invest precious time in doing reverse trees (I would like to recommend you to do the german tree for spanish speaker, since the german tree is by far the most composite of all the trees on DUolingo), or improving your listening and speaking skills and learning new vocabulary...Never forget: TIME HAS NO REPLACEMENT ! (a lesson I learnt from my old high school teacher)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatinkaHes
KatinkaHes
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That really depends on whether she's simply repeating stuff she's learned, or whether she's still learning new things and making mistakes in the repetitions. I've been on repetition in the French tree for a few days now, and I could swear new vocabulary and grammar keep cropping up.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlytylr
kimberlytylr
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That is exactly what I have been finding - new things seem to be added periodically. In addition, there are some words and phrases that just do not seem to want to stick. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akudznam_Nafri
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But still, I think it would be way more useful to do a reverse tree then, like for instance if you want to revise the French tree, the French tree for English and German speakers is essentially the same, the only difference is that you are not translating into English but German, and that way you're strengthening both languages in the same time, just my opinion though, for me it works better this way :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatinkaHes
KatinkaHes
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Sure, in time I do think I will be looking at the English tree for French people (which is what you mean above, I think). That is a very good suggestion.

For now though, the French tree (from English) is still quite enough of a challenge. I mean, I've been revising my French for less than a month now. There's a lot of grammar that I've only touched the surface on, and my vocabulary also still needs a lot of work.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lowkey-Mcgee

Welp, if you finished the course, let's see how good you are. :) Ich denke, es ist erstaunlich, Sie den gesamten Kurs beendet und arbeiten immer noch in anderen Sprachen. Ich weiß, dass dies nicht Ihr quesiton nicht beantworten, aber ich möchte nur , dass darauf hinweisen möchte . :)

2 years ago
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