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

Learning Psychology

It's strange learning on Duo. It took me less than 5 months to finish the french tree, but afterward I got no desire to practice even though I wanted to. I ended up probably practicing about 20 lessons over a year. Then two days ago, I removed the tree and started over. Instantly I became hooked into it again. Every time I finish a lesson, I want to start a new one. Every time I'm done with a skill, I want to get into another right away. I can't stop learning.

It's the same tree, the same skills, the same lessons, yet somehow the desire to unlock new skills is irresistible. If instead of stop being gold, the skill becomes locked again, I wonder I would have stronger desire to practice then.

Anyway it's fun doing it again. Thanks, Duo.

March 16, 2017

11 Comments


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

I have the same dilemma. After I push myself to finish a tree, I usually find myself doing maybe one or two lessons when I feel like it. I promised myself that I won't rush the trees I'm working on that I didn't finish, because I'm finding the upkeep on Spanish and Swedish a bit dull. It's much more suspenseful to keep skills gold as you unlock or before you unlock new ones. On the other hand, it's handy to jump between skills when you need it.

March 16, 2017

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

With all the trees you're doing, clearly you're doing something right.

I think from this point on, I will just do the tree and then reset it instead of trying to keep it gold. I believe if you reset it, you won't lose your level. I removed the tree so I'm back at level 6.

March 16, 2017

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

I resetted trees before and it wipes out your level. To only difference is that it won't remove the course so you're still "learning" the language, even if you don't touch it.

Some people like to do a tree and then make it gold again from the top to bottom. I tried that with Spanish and it really helped me keep up some points, although the painful part is waiting for most of the skills to become un-golden (especially if it was all or mostly gold before). Maybe it's good to take breaks from a tree every once in a while.

March 16, 2017

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

So is there a way to reset the tree without wiping out the level?

March 16, 2017

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

Yes, there's not really a way to do it without wiping away all of the progress. Resetting and removing both put you back at square one, in both level and units.

March 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prenom.Pierre

Maybe Duolingo hides from some nicotine or an other addicting drug between the lines of its lessons? Who knows it ?

March 16, 2017

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

Interesting observation indeed! Am curious as always... Quick Q for you: Why not started fresh on "French to English" tree after completing "English to French" ???

https://youtu.be/FY16RQnd-lQ?t=2m3s

March 19, 2017

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

I did, and it didn't pique my interest. With English to french, I clicked on the discussion of almost every sentence because I wondered if it has figurative meaning, if there is another way to say it, where the word(s) come from, if anybody else has the same problems I do, etc. It was always exciting to learn a new sentence. With french to English, I already know the English sentences, so I wasn't curious, and its discussions are not very active either. So I got bored pretty quick too, and stopped at level 8.

I was also focusing on grammar at the time, so it's possible that I didn't give it a fair chance. I'll try again someday.

March 20, 2017

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

Well I guess discussion forums are very critical in keeping one's motivation to learn continuously .. Learned a great deal and enjoyed a lot from what peer learners posted as well.. Great insight indeed! Merci beaucoup!!!

Jaekoo https://youtu.be/NW4sTRi1dGs

March 20, 2017

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

Well, I'm not sure if it's a motivation since I learn french because I love it, and I'm curious about every word: how it came about, how people use it, do people really say that? Do they skip a certain sound? etc. So it does not motivate me since I come with motivation but it satisfies my curiosity, my need for answers. So yes, it's extremely important.

Although for many sentences, you can scroll and scroll, read through all the texts and learn nothing. Haha. Quite frustrating at times.

March 20, 2017

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

When you are good enough it is good to go into the tree as a french person learning english.

March 16, 2017

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