duolingo is really fun but sometimes it frustrates me when i can't move on to the other level.. i always make it a point that i shouldn't move to the other unless i finished it without losing a heart.... i'm still stuck to the basic part food,,... damn i really want to move on to the next!! i just need more patience. lol
Each to their own, of course, and there are many ways of learning. i have not gotten too stuck up by what you are trying to do, and especially later on, the instructions are not always clear, so moving on is sometimes the way to go. Then keep going back to the one you could not do without losing hearts ... This is a more pragmatic approach, which worked for me.
Not saying your method is not good though - its just that I am not such a perfectionist! Good luck!
thanks for the advice that might help me i'll try it.. i just have problems with forgetting that Spanish words has two types the masculine and feminine. that always where i always lost my hearts. but this is my second day learning it so maybe my excitement pushed me to be some kinda perfectionist.. well thanks a lot.
Do you ever do the "strengthening" exercises? My rule is that I do two strengthening exercises before doing a new exercise. I don't worry about losing one or two hearts, but a failed exercise doesn't count. Also, if I fail either of the two strengthening exercises, then instead of a new lesson, I do a third strengthening exercise.
Insisting on finishing without losing a single heart is probably asking too much. Very often, I lose a heart or two just because Duolingo didn't have my answer in their list. (I always report those.)
Duolingo is great for grammar practice, but for pure vocabulary practice, I think Anki is more efficient. If your problem is failing to learn the words, you might give Anki a try. Just be sure to set it up for two-sided cards.
Finally, I have learned seven languages over the past 40 years, and one thing I've observed is that sometimes you hit a plateau for a while. After some period of progress, you seem to get stuck on something. Just hang in there--it may take a week or two, but you'll abruptly get past it, and later you'll wonder why it ever seemed so difficult.
no i haven't tried it yet but i will. but anki is something i am not familiar with so i google it but i don't know how it works and i was afraid that it might cause harm on my computer.. but it sound interesting.. thanks for the advice i'm now moved on to plurals.... i just realize that maybe the reason why i can move on is that i lost my concentration which is important in studying.. but then again i dont see duolingo as learning tool to learn a different languages rather it is more of a game but differ and its good because it gives benefits and that was learning spanish.. and that is something i loved about it .thanks again.
Personally I prefer quizlet to anki because spelling is a big issue with me. Anki is more like hand-written flashcards (you see one side, guess, turn the card over). In quizlet you have to type out your answer (so spelling is also checked). A big minus for quizlet though is that it doesn't do spaced repetition (giving you words you know better less frequently) like anki.
It depends what you are looking for, but I suggest trying them both out to see which one fits your learning style better.
(BTW, both sites have premade cards just for DL)
edit: I can't remember if quizlet has a pre-made deck for food, but if not, Iet me know and I will make/post one.
I know your pain - I was fighting with Adverbs a lot :) Finally I've made it, and now Adverbs is a piece a cake :)
Yes,you get sometimes stuck on things,but you want to move on.I am also getting stuck on learning,but when I get some patience and concentration I pass it.I was also trying to finish lessons without losing a heart,but when I got further,I understood that hearts arent important,the only important thing in lesson is memorizing words and practicing it.There are many approaches on learning something,good luck on learning :)
I would suggest moving on and then perhaps each day going back and practicing food (if that is the one that is tripping you up). This might help you not feel so frustrated.