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 ;-)
If you don't want your practice points to count, just stop the lesson before submitting the last answer. :)
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!!!!
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.
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?).
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 ....
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!
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.
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?
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