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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Talca

Special logos next to screen names for Tree completion

I think those users who complete trees should receive permanent markers next to their screen names to distinguish the achievement. Can you tell I finished today after starting last March?

January 31, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I'd like a record that follows you no matter which language your taking, an icon with a number in it for each course you've completed. Or, something to indicate it. I think this would encourage people to take more than one language. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alf42

I like this idea too and think it is a good incentive. I'm looking for a discussion thread that explains why Duolingo doesn't do this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tariqnisarahmed

It's nice, but not permanent: keep it as long as your completed tree stays golden. Golden means is gold. Silver means you have a tree that's complete but not gold. Bronze or red maybe, means you were once complete but some skill has rusted away completely.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alipaulam

The thing is, past a certain level of proficiency, practicising the same sentences over and over is no longer useful. If the stuff is already firmly lodged in your long term memory, better spend the time developing your skills futher in Immersion, or elsewhere.

The tree I keep gold is the one language that I barely know, where I need to practice constantly to get it into and keep it in my head. The languages I am fluent in, I don't bother: I do some refreshment as an idle pastime and to keep the sounds of the language in my head, but the decay algorithm is not well adapted if you have come to Duo with prior knowledge of a language.

So golden trees are a good measure of effort (but potentially misplaced effort) rather than necessarily of linguistic competence. That may not matter for the purposes of awards, colour coding etc, but let's be clear about it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vermist

Congrats on finishing your tree! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Talca

Merci bien, Vermist.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Talca

You'll get there. Keep at it.

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