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Level 15 in Swahili

Ninafurahi to be showing progress in my Kiswahili, but there's still moja problem. Ninajua watu have finished the entire mti by level saba or so and I'm not even close! I've only gotten past the first checkpoint and have a few more topic until my second.

Am I taking too long to go over each subject to remember everything or is it good that I'm taking my time? I want to make sure I'm getting the best learning for Swahili so I am prepared to go to Tanzania one day and help out at orphanages and other places.

I'm really not sure if I'm doing this whole Duo thing right!

Ninafurahi - I am happy / Kiswahili - Swahili / Moja - One / Ninajua - I know / Watu - People / Mti - Tree / Saba - Seven / Usiku mwema - Have a good night /

Usiku mwema!!!

April 13, 2017



If you feel like you're going at the right pace then there is no such thing as taking too long. :D

I took my time with Swedish but I kinda rushed so far with my Spanish tree. ( I will slow down now haha) I feel like I have a better grasp and understanding of Swedish because I took my time. I remember most words too. But sometimes I found that going ahead to other subjects helped me understand the last subject more and make more sense.

So really, do what works for you!


It's not at all a problem that you haven't finished the Mti ya Kiswahili at level 15! I finish my trees (and will continue to) somewhere between level 14 and 16. Some people go as far as level 20 before they finish a tree (usually the Irish, Russian or German tree). Taking your time is the best way to learn properly. :)

Kila la heri!


I'm on Level 25 in French, and – even after 18 months – still haven't finished the tree! It's good to take time to consolidate your learning. Rushing through will get folk lots of golden circles, but they won't remember much. You're taking time to strengthen – the clue's in the word!

And congratulations for reaching level 15!!


Asante! Good luck on finishing the tree!


I'm at level 9 in Swahili now and only maybe 30% done with the tree, and making tons of mistakes when strengthening skills. In contract, with Swedish and Esperanto, I finished the course tree by level 11. For Swahili, I'm not expecting to complete the tree before hitting level 15. Take your time.


You don't need to compare yourself to others. Everyone learns differently...

and also, who says the people who've finished the tree have learnt it better than you will?

Knowing German and English, I set myself the silly challenge of completing the Dutch tree as quickly as possible and learning as little as possible, just because I had time and I was convinced the app makes it too easy. It does. I raced through Dutch based solely on my ability to recognise words and put them in the right order, which comes mostly from being fluent in German. Honestly, there are probably only about three or four words I added to my rudimentary Dutch in terms of my productive vocabulary.

The long ramble is basically to say that finishing the tree, while an obvious milestone, is not an objective measure of how much you've learned, so, don't compare yourself to others in general, and especially don't compare yourself to how awesome you imagine other people to be. They may not be. You don't know.

I'm struggling to remember Swahili vocab - grammar is my strength and vocab my weakness, so I'm basically keeping the tree gold and doing revision every time the gold fades from anything and the words begin to stick after a while. (And I've never seen a course requite so much revision. After a few hours, six units need to be strengthened - in my Turkish course, which I haven't touched for nearly a month, there are only about two that have lost their gold in that time!) I'm sure I'll be at a pretty high "level" (ie. Duolingo level, not necessarily communicative ability) by the time I finish the tree.

Also, I'd really recommend using Duolingo in the browser. It's more challenging and you actually have to remember the words rather than just choose the word order of a sentence.


PS. Ukipenda konokono kwa kweli, ujifunze polepole sana.


Is Duo different in the browser? I have only used the app as that's where I came across it, with the browser for background reading and discussion.


Yeah, you never get the activities where you just have to click on the words to choose word order. You essentially always have to write sentences yourself without the hint of a pool of words. There's still far too much writing into English for my liking, just passively recognising the words in the target language, but actually this is one area the Swahili course does better than a lot of the others.


How do you use it in the browser? What does that mean?


Just use it like a website. www.duolingo.com Use Chrome or Firefox or Safari or Internet Explorer or whatever you've got.


I don't understand the levels thing but agree with others that it's important to learn at your own pace. Working more slowly but with regularity and lots of repetition is a good way to embed learning. Some people I know are natural linguists and just have to hear a new word once or twice to learn it. Most of us are not like that. But we can all speak our native tongue fairly well. As adults we don't have the benefit of the mental plasticity of early childhood but we can all make progress in our own way.


I dont understand the levels too but at some level I will finish my tree


Whatever pace suits you! Honestly, I wish I was going through the tree slower, the vocabulary is just so hard to remember! Plus, the longer you take, the easier it will be to reach level 25.

I find that for some languages, a slower pace is necessary. It takes me about six hours to learn 40 new words in Chinese (the equivalent of a skill on Duo). Take as long as you need!


First rule, never rush the course that's the problem i made in my early years of duo.


You were wondering if you are doing duolino right, but there is no right way to do this. Everyone has their own pace and their own way of learning. You just have to do what works best for you.


You are fine! Some people already have learned some Swahili before they start duolingo, and others are going through as fast as they can to help correct mistakes. Plus some people learn faster than others. Also I have discovered once you finish the tree it takes much longer to go up a level. I would be at a much higher level now if I had waited longer to finish the tree. I personally was able to finish it quicker because I already knew a lot of Swahili.Now I am wishing I would have took it slower. Frustrating to have to wait so long to go up a level.


I finished my tree at level 10. I did not strengthen one skill the entire way. You are going slower and strengthening the skills and will be quite well off in Swahili once you finish the tree.


Well I think you should keep in mind that the Swahili course in still in beta testing, and as a result there is still some tangled up English that is almost impossible to negotiate, without resorting to copy and paste methods. So learn what you can from a category, and take as long as you need, but when you begin to suspect that the problem is not you, but rather the category, use the copy and paste to complete it, and move on to the next category.

Nakutakia kila la heri katika masomo yako ya Kiswahili.

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