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losing progress after changing the "mother tongue"

Hey guys, my issue is this: I know that I can start a course, say, an italian course through english. But if english is not my mother tongue, and I want to change the language I learn FROM (which I see that I can through the settings), do I lose all the progress I've made before? Because it would be a shame, after all, the studied language remains the same. Does anyone know? I don't dare click it, in case I lose everything :D Forgive me if this has been discussed previously!

4 years ago

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ziggKogg
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No, you can switch back and forth. Nothing gets deleted.

4 years ago

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eesh1
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You won't lose your progress but if you stay away for too long your tree will decay in each lesson. And when you come back all your golden lessons will have to be restudied to bring them back to full. If that's not an issue for you then by all means go ahead. Right now I usually try to keep my English to Italian tree full and let my reverse tree decay as it will. I'm only doing the reverse tree for the extra lessons so I don't mind if it decays.

4 years ago

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Right, thanks! Although it's strange, I did a small test, I started an italian to english, did the first lesson of 3 from the "basics" topic, and then I switched to english from hungarian, and strangely, I kept the xp I gained, but not the completion of the first lesson. So it said: Basics, 0/3, when it should have said 1/3, because I already did the first lesson in italian to english. Do I only keep progress after the completed topics then?

4 years ago

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eesh1
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I think that's a bug, it should say 1/3 for your Basics lesson. Might want to report that.

4 years ago