How would you recommend finishing a language course?
What I have been doing so far is taking it kind of slowly before moving forward in the tree because I'd want to learn everything well before adding more information on top of that. However, I'm thinking if it would be better to just finish the tree over and over again (which I would do either way, even using my current approach) "as fast as possible". What do you think? How have you been studying on Duolingo?
I just started wondering when I saw someone posting about finishing the German tree in 36 days. I have been studying for 15 days which is already almost half of that and I haven't progressed almost at all yet.
What I have been doing so far is taking it kind of slowly before moving forward in the tree because I'd want to learn everything well before adding more information on top of that.
That is what I do, but there are a lot of people who constantly grind (AHEM, PolyglotCiro, AHEM AHEM AHEM) and just plow through the tree.
I plowed through the french tree pretty quickly but really didn't have a good grasp of it all. Now I reguild the tree and use other sources to expand my knowledge.
Spanish I'm taking much slower and reviewing more as I go. It will take longer but I expect to have a much better grasp of the language at the end.
So do what feels right to you, but whether now or later you will eventually need to put in the practice time.
It took me approx 6 months to finish the Spanish tree, even after having previously studied another romance language to approx A1 level (20 years ago...). At the end of the 6 months I had level 15, and I estimate I only know approx 50% of the lessons really well. I expect to have finished revising and have reached lev 25 about 12 months after starting.
If someone can finish the German tree after 36 days, well, good luck to them. I probably can't, even though I know some German already :)