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Do you try to keep your lessons "gold" or keep learning?

I am at the point now where I was learning new lessons every day, but now I am moving slower and spending more time practice than learning new lessons.

Anyone else the same?

4 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
annika_a
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It is a tricky balance to maintain... I think the best thing is to do what you feel like each day: if you are ready for new things, you go ahead, and if not, you practice what you have already learned. That way you get to always do what feels fun that day, and still it is all beneficial.

There is no point stressing about older skills turning non-golden, you can always turn Basics 2 golden again on a lazy day when your head has no place for new information.

The only thing I regret not doing earlier in the tree is timed practice. Now, when I have finished my tree but am still learning and practicing, it is ridiculously hard to do, although fun. Had I done it midway down the tree, it would have been just about doable...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeeDeeBug

You have to use it all if you want to remember it. In college I could read books in French, but I haven't used it in 30 years, so I can't do it anymore. So, yes, the practice does take time away from learning new vocabulary, but don't let it stop you. Keep plugging away and look for opportunities to practice with native speakers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cantchooseaname

I usually try to do a 20/20 on the last two skills I learned the previous day (or more if I learned more), and if I succeed I just move on to new ones. A skill stopping being golden doesn't necessarily mean much (especially down the tree), it just means you haven't practiced it in a while. I also haven't done basic verbal exercises in my mother tongue since I was in elementary school, that doesn't mean I don't know how to speak or write anymore.

That said, I think the Duolingo system is based on a science as opposed to a guess, which means that if you're still in the process of learning the basics of a language, a skill is going to turn grey only when you might actually need to refresh it. I would suggest mixing re-golding and doing new skills, and only concentrate on re-golding if you notice that, when doing so, you make a lot of mistakes (as in failing one of the exercises). Buon lavoro!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
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very interesting post! my tree was golden yesterday and today I had 4 skills lose that status and it hasn't been 12 hours. What would be the story behind that?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TTANTAWY
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Ideally, you want to do both but you can't always do it. Personally, If I've been inactive for a while, I go back and refresh old skills until they're gold. When I'm active, I prefer to concentrate on moving on to new lessons rather than worry too much about older ones as I'll get back to them later on anyway.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iacjos

I do the same.. thanks for the input!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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same here. I do try to keep my lessons gold and am slowly working through objective pronouns and numbers :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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I found it was better to "stay gold". In the middle of the Spanish tree, I let myself go through the lessons too fast, and I found that I was both forgetting the old material and not really learning the new material. So for the last third of the tree, I slowed way down, mainly just practising, sometimes specific lessons, and sometimes just the general practice.

4 years ago