https://www.duolingo.com/Scrubbings

Learning Multiple Languages Simultaneously

I've been using Duolingo on and off for about 2 years now, only in the last 6 or so months have I started getting serious though.

So I'm trying to learn two languages at once: German, which I have also been learning in school for 4 years, and I am only learning on Duo to increase my vocabulary; and Polish, using only Duo and dictionaries.

My problem is just how difficult it is to actually do this and make good progress. Each day I do 20 xp of German and 30 xp of Polish. My Polish progress through the tree is good, but with German however, every day I end up with 1-3 of my topics going off of gold. So only doing 2 lessons/practices per day I only do a brand new lesson every few days, instead of the 1 or 2 per day I would like to.

So I think there should be an option to tell Duo that you are learning one of your languages elsewhere as well, or that you simply don't want your strength bars to decay at all.

Just an idea because it frustrates me to open Duo and see 5 new un-golden circles in German even though I know the content and ace the practices.

1 year ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145
Heike333145Plus
  • 25
  • 24
  • 19
  • 15
  • 8
  • 7
  • 2
  • 277

I think you should not worry too much about the strength bars. I don't, and I'm very happy :-) and making progress at my own pace.

They are just a rough indication of "what the system thinks" you may have forgotten. If you stay in touch with the language through other means, that's great!

It's only you who knows what you are actually doing. And this should give you confidence. If you strengthen one of your skills here occasionally, when you feel like it, this should be perfect in combination with your other learning tools.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scrubbings

Thank you Heike :) Maybe I focus too much on strength, because I want to finish the tree all golden. But you're right, my progress here is not so important compared to how else I learn.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ally.x
ally.x
  • 25
  • 25
  • 12
  • 11
  • 895

isisIf you want to make progress you will probably have to do more than 20 or 30 XP a day. It can still be done but it will take you forever to finish the tree and / or it will be pretty much impossible to keep your tree golden.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145
Heike333145Plus
  • 25
  • 24
  • 19
  • 15
  • 8
  • 7
  • 2
  • 277

In my opinion, we should distinguish between "making progress in a language" and "making progress within Duolingo". I'm only interested in making progress in the language. I don't care very much about what Duolingo may think of me (although I definitely like that cool owl ;-)).

According to my experience so far (which is only a month, I have to admit), you can progress without a lot of "golden" within Duolingo provided that you don't make a lot of mistakes.

So, if you acquire the ability of not making a lot of mistakes outside of Duolingo, this is fine as well, and it should not hinder your progress.

If, however, you make a lot of mistakes, the system will take into account your XP and assume that you haven't acquired a lot of skills, and then stagnation may occur.

This is according to my experience so far. I'm open to new insights.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
piguy3
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 21
  • 21
  • 19
  • 17
  • 17
  • 15
  • 15
  • 14
  • 14
  • 12
  • 12
  • 12
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 47

you can progress without a lot of "golden" within Duolingo provided that you don't make a lot of mistakes.

Or, using your utterly sensible definition of "progress" (i.e. in the language), if you happen to know you know the contents of certain skills and as a consequence you, most reasonably, choose not to spend much time reviewing them. (I would note that there can certainly be useful nuggets even in basic lessons, however)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145
Heike333145Plus
  • 25
  • 24
  • 19
  • 15
  • 8
  • 7
  • 2
  • 277

; (I would note that there can certainly be useful nuggets even in basic lessons, however)

This is true, and that's why I'm walking through them. I have time. :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edo_farias
edo_farias
  • 25
  • 24
  • 20
  • 16
  • 14
  • 12
  • 6
  • 81

off topic: may I ask you how was your experience learning Japanese? what do you think about the course?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
piguy3
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 21
  • 21
  • 19
  • 17
  • 17
  • 15
  • 15
  • 14
  • 14
  • 12
  • 12
  • 12
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 47

In brief, as a complete beginner, difficult, quite difficult, yet doable (at least as long as you're willing to work around poor hints by just missing things and then inspecting the answer). For more detail: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23389358

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deyan161
Deyan161
  • 20
  • 17
  • 14
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 2
  • 2
  • 896

I agree. It's one's own progress that matters.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SallyMoen
SallyMoen
  • 15
  • 14
  • 5
  • 2

I hit a wall in my first month of doing three languages at a time. I kept having to stop because my "health" was worn down due to so many mistakes I was making, in the process of learning, so I finally paid for some extra health points. That gave me extra time to learn while making less and less mistakes. Does Polish have any relation to German? It is hardest to switch between them when they are from different language branches.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145
Heike333145Plus
  • 25
  • 24
  • 19
  • 15
  • 8
  • 7
  • 2
  • 277

It is hardest to switch between them when they are from different language branches.

In my experience, it is more difficult to learn languages that are very similar. I learned Spanish and Italian (ages ago ...), and I kept confusing words and structures. Whenever I spoke in one of the languages, the words of the other language popped into my mind. This was extremely frustrating, so I gave it all up.

Now I'm focusing on learning Swedish and Italian. This is quite easy because in my mind, each of them has its own department. I think this might be similar with German and Polish.

But people are different, of course, so my experience may not be representative.

1 year ago
Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.