https://www.duolingo.com/RumiByNight

Resetting Everything

I've been away for quite a while. I haven't had much chance to study languages in that time. Would it be best to reset my languages and start from the beginning?

Has anyone done this?

1 year ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Salimandor

That's a tough one. Idk dude, maybe not delete everything but just start from the beginning and redo all the lessons.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RumiByNight

That might work too. Though I'm now leaning towards resetting and taking placement tests.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Generally, this strategy is to be avoided. Just re-do the lessons from wherever you feel would be beneficial, which can certainly just be the very top. OK, it doesn't matter so much if you've achieved a lofty level 2, but Duolingo has stored your history of knowing / recognizing the words you've "learned" up to now. This is the basis of its spaced-repetition algorithm. People frequently complain about insufficient translations into their target language. Duolingo dynamically selects this percentage in accord with your progress in the tree (and perhaps to an even greater extent your progress after you've "completed" it, by which I mean done all the skills the first time, a limited milestone compared to the total amount available for you to learn depending on how quickly you went), and as you recognize words (i.e. translate target to base language), you'll get more and more exercises translating into your target language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RumiByNight

I wound up resetting and I wanted to tell you that although you were saying not to do it your reasoning made the strongest case for resetting. I didn't want Duolingo to base the algorithms on what I had done in the past, I wanted them based on what I actually know. I tested out and I did not get as high as I was but I got as far as I think makes sense for what I had learned.

Thanks for your advice. It did help.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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At the levels you were at certainly not much is lost by this method, but people do things like finish trees and then reset them so they can "do them over again," apparently missing the notion that you can redo whatever lessons actually make sense for you to redo, and there's a whole lot more to the tree than just the bare minimum lessons it takes to race through it. And redoing things without resetting isn't actively working against what Duo's trying to do to help you.

In the long run, the test of whether you know a unit isn't the five minute quiz out test; it's whether you can whizz through a bunch (and skills can have four times more sentences than you see in the lessons, so it can be a sizable bunch just to see all the sentences once, to say nothing of the number of times to get all the vocab, conjugated forms, etc into active recall) of timed practices with near-perfect scores, and timed practices of the quality (i.e. with a significant presence of translation into target language) that only seems to come about once you've finished the tree.

Best of luck with your resumed Duo journey!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceDun
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For me it depends on how far down the tree you are. I completed the first half of the Turkish tree and then reset it because I didn't feel like I learned anything. However, I started over on my Irish tree without resetting since I only completed a few skills.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RumiByNight

I'm not far in any of them. 6 is my highest level. I'm not worried about any of the levels or the lingots or those kinds of things.

You don't happen to know if I reset everything will I not be able to post in the forums again until I get back to level 2?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceDun
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I believe you would have to wait until you are level 2 again.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RumiByNight

I decided to reset one at a time so I would have access to the forums if I came across any questions.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceDun
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That's smart.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UserDeactivated

Just reset it all and use the placement test to see what you remembered.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RumiByNight

I'm not sure why you were downvoted for this. It is a good suggestion. I think I may try this. I wish the people downvoting would explain why this wouldn't work.

1 year ago
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