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Levels versus Skills Points

So I thought I would learn French for the fun of it .. and gonna do it come hell or high water. Been dabbling in it on Duolingo for a while.

Thing is, I'm on Level 13 but I have only achieved about ten or twelve lessons. I have not been able to commit to daily learning for various reasons or excuses! So when I pick it up after a break I go over the lessons again - for reinforcement. Nothing wrong with that - though I think it would be better if the points stopped tallying after doing a lesson a certain number of times - or is there a way to stop it tallying points after a set amount?

Duo is cool - no question - particularly for free. Its all goooood ;-)

4 years ago

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/le-lapin-noir
le-lapin-noir
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If you don't want your practice points to count, just stop the lesson before submitting the last answer. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rodeoman

well sometimes I get stopped on the last point anyhow ... which is annoying lol. But yeah your suggestion would work but then the temptation to take the points would be too great!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stecchetto
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Honestly, don't worry about your level/XP. Just work on what you think needs working on. If you're concerned with not making progress in lessons then just commit to doing at least X new lessons every Y days. Also, keep in mind that even new lessons are a sort of practice since they build on the vocabulary and grammar learned in previous lessons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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The levels are dual edged sword. On the one hand we all like to get to a higher level, that feeling of promotion. But on the other it is a measure of how long it has taken you to get to where you are on the tree, a measure of how slow you are.

As a slow learner I regularly take the "Strengthen skills" lesson and repeat skills I have already achieved. Both give me more points with no tree progress or new words. I imagine that both of our Points to Words ratio would be quite high, showing that it has taken us both a lot of practice to achieve our respective tree levels (mine is 4.5 - what's yours?).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rodeoman

There is a downside to too much repetition apart from the points and that is finding myself answering from memory rather than understanding., e.g.a sentence comes up and I can translate it robot style from memory and thus not taking the time to clear on the understanding.

As for the points to words ratio - now I think I'm way behind you at 22.7. Yikes ....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rrlear
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As you suggest, the goal is to learn the language, not to accumulate points. But if the point accumulation is what keeps you coming back, maybe it isn't a bad thing! It does make it a bit harder to know where you "really" are in the learning process, but if you have enough lingots, you can periodically take a certificate test to assess your actual knowledge. It does seem like the level-up points get further and further apart as you go up with the 14-15 transition requiring 1500 points. That is a lot of review!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rodeoman

True - so in that sense if its the bait that lures me back then in a round about way its effective!! Probably I need to get a bit more organised ... one day maybe. However, as the previous poster alluded, it might be helpful to have some form of roadmap as to a general overview of what position in the tree might roughly equate to levels and points.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/satbirkira

Congratulations on the 1000 streak!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rrlear
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Thanks! It has been fun! At this point I'm kind of sitting on my streak - I login, buy a streak freeze for 10 lingots and leave. Just kind of like the nice round number and have lingots to spare. If you're motivated by lingots and have a goal in mind (like a 45 day streak), maybe I can entice you?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/satbirkira

You can also just do the very first lesson of any language, it takes about 30 seconds. That way you can give away your lingots ;) I'm trying to get a 50 streak with 75 lingots. It's a bit unrealistic, but so is the danish language lool

1 year ago