What is the best way to get a lot of experience points? People seem to go up to other levels faster than me and I am studying Swahili every day. Not sure if I am doing something wrong.
I think Duolingo offers several methods to keep motivation. The experience level is one way to measure the learning time used in every course. But Duo also measures the amount of words learned by the user and shows the skills gilded more time if the responses in every lesson were correct (much better if the user do not need to peek a word). Sometimes the xp level has nothing to do with learning a language to speak the language. I know this can be hilarious for someone who really want to speak a language but here in Duo, many users want to finish a new tree to test the course and help to fix errors. The comparison of levels gained by week or month is another attractive part of Duo. There are also virtual classrooms that help users to be monitored by a virtual teacher (I mean the same user or another can become a teacher just for practice skills) so the skills become the students' assignments. Users can make study plans for every course (sometimes I need to trace a plan for 3 or 4 courses but if I choose a new course then I review lessons with the additional courses every week) and I see it is hard to learn many courses at the same time so I think I can concentrate in learning two or three languages at the same time (3 only with Romance languages and 2 with any different languages.) A good plan for me is to reach an amount of xp for every lesson (for example 50 to 100 xp) and finish a new skill with at least 500 xp gained then I practice with a different course (for example to review Turkish lessons alternating with Swahili) so I keep the streak and I can go on a new skill only after reaching the xp I decided to reach. I am still practicing with a very advanced skill for me (Reciprocal Verbs) and I will try to find resources as video lessons or texts. I see also it is very effective to learn a new skill in the web site and following the practice repeating six times the same lesson in the app trying to pass a lesson without mistakes (if I make a mistake then I restart the practice) and then practicing with the strengthen button. With more practice, this method can be faster than timed practice to reach a higher amount of xp. I would like to know if other users have different plans for a course, not only to gain levels but also to know more words and practice grammar and translation in a different site. :)
Because this is still in beta, it would drive me crazy trying to finish everything making no mistake expecially in the higher levels. If the errors were always the same it would help.(not need an article, have to write something a way that is not good English in one exercise and in correct English in another exercise. I tried to get through the tree quick because I already have a background in Swahili, and I wanted to see how this course in Swahili compares to other things I have done and because it is in beta.
No worries about gaining lingots because they are not so useful (the best use is to purchase the streak saver or perhaps to make a quiz every month to test the whole tree then keeping the streak is the best way to gain enough lingots to try a quiz. And this is better when combining the Double of Nothing with just a five lingot wager per week, then the user can gain 20 extra lingots per month.) I have also tried to finish the Vietnamese tree very quickly because I was learning the vocabulary and pronunciation with other courses but then I see my tree is full of skills not gilded so I am still trying to master not only the writing and pronunciation but also the grammar and I know it would be better if I start talking Vietnamese with a native and reading more and more texts. I think I will keep the Swahili tree gilded and after finishing that I can try with another tree and so on. But at that time, I wish to watch some films in Vietnamese and understand a good amount of words or phrases. Same with Swahili. ;)
I wonder that too...! I saw a user who was level 19 is swahili. In a month...! I guess doing the same exercise over and over again is the way to gain levels quickly. If you are into gaming. But not really a good way to learn a language.
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