https://www.duolingo.com/sippingbird

What happened to the Practice button on iOS?

Was this part of the whole stupid Hearts system (separate threads about this)? I used the practice button a lot and now it's gone? Why?

Speaking of which, the logic for this button was actually pretty idiotic. it seemed to just picked your lowest non-gold topic and do that, doing possibly 2-3 at a time if it decided you didn't need much practice in each.

The effect of this was that when you have a full or near full tree you actually have to do a lot more than 5/day just to maintain them all. If you don't you end up with a lot of topics at the bottom of the tree that get neglected because Practice never gets to them.

May 27, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

So the button was pretty idiotic and yet you used it a lot!!!!!!!!

Or have I missed something?

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Hi sippingbird,

Could you relocate this discussion in the “Troubleshooting" forum? Which is the place meant for such discussion. Thx!

To relocate it (*), edit your original post then select said forum in the drop-down menu on top-left of the edition area (see here for details).

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May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nickbii

Keep in mind that Duo uses a "spaced repetition" model. The first time you learn a word it gets weak incredibly fast, and when enough words in a lesson get weak it gets un-gold and you have to restrengthen. Since the lessons build on each-other this means that the last lessons will strengthen earlier ones, which is why it's really rare to need to do a strengthening session on something like Basics 1. Another wrinkle is that the first time you see a word the strength drops very quickly, the second it does it less quickly, etc.

So if you've just finished the tree a month or two ago you'll get a lot of decay, and probably have to spend more time relearning it than you spent on learning it. And that's actually the point. You don't learn a language by seeing a bunch of words once, you learn it by practicing it a whole lot, and Duo is specifically designed to force you to do that.

If you spend as many days on Spanish as I have, your tree stays very very gold, and you can maintain that status by doing one of the bottom lessons every day. I do my 20 points of Spanish (most days it stays gold, so I hit the strengthen button once and then pick a skill from the bottom five I haven't done yet this week), and it just stays gold. Swedish, OTOH, is a total disaster in the middle of the tree, and Romanian? I've got like 9 skills with one strength bar. If I keep up my 50 a day in each language Swedish should be fine by the end of next month, but Romanian will probably take 2-3.

May 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SLEJ4

Did you check the top right corner? It is hard to see. If it is not there, you must have the updated app version as I still have the button.

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sippingbird

Another thread about the stupid hearts system suggested they were A/B testing these changes. You may just not be in the group that's got it. I'm envious.

May 27, 2017
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