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How Quickly do people go through the various lessons?

I'm wondering what a typical average is on going through the lessons? I have been redoing them as I go along. I do not necessarily do a new one each day. I was at first, and for a bit I kept trying, but I was finding that I wasn't able to truly memorize them that way..

I'm wondering if maybe I'm doing it incorrectly. Is it better to move along? Do the words build on each other? What is the proper way to do this? Thanks in advance!

An interesting side-note, a bit sad... my mother is Austrian born and raised. She refused to teach us how to speak the language, however. I think it's because of the way she grew up, during WWII and before, under Hitler. I think when she met and married my father and we later moved to the USA she was so grateful to be here, that she decided to fully assimilate and leave everything else behind. She wanted us raised to be Americans, not Austrian-Americans.. that is the only thing I can imagine, anyway. I know she had it really rough as a kid.

Me, I am determined to learn the language all of a sudden at 62 years of age, with little chance of being able to go visit my relatives. But I might be able to talk to them on the phone. And that would be nice. I also find foreign language fascinating, so I'm enjoying this. I just have to figure out which is the best way to use Duolingo.

Take care! Linda

July 18, 2017



Keep doing a few lessons each day, as you have time.. Be consistent, patient and practice as much as you can! the key to learning something for long term is spaced repetition and digging for the answer with your own mind. I usually do the lessons up to the next checkpoint. Then have more days of practice, where I only keep all the "strength bars" up. Then proceed up until the next checkpoint. Many argue that you should do at least 3 new lessons each day, and practice 3 old lessons. To me this is too much.


It's definitely the best approach to go back and refresh on the previous lessons, and to make sure you're confident with what you've learned before you move on to new grammar and vocabulary. There's no correct speed to be moving through the lessons, and everybody is different anyway. I wish you Viel Glück in your language learning journey!


Thank you both very much! I appreciate your replies! I didn't expect anything so quickly! This is great! This is what I've been doing, and so far it's worked. I can't get any help from my mother. My father knows very few words but it sure does help with the ones he does know! It would help a lot if there were German speakers near me who would be willing to let me practice with them. But meantime I'll keep going as I am. I find I'm beginning to think of the German as I speak English - the German words I know, I mean. It's kind of funny because sometimes I tease a friend of mine. (he doesn't like it much, he pretends to get irritated.)

Thanks again Pripasumihai and Mathso2!!


No problem!

Do you have a device that is Android or iOS? Duolingo has recently released a new feature called Bots where you can talk to robots about a set number of topics. You can find it in the bottom bar at the speech bubble icon with a smile in it, and German is one of the languages that has been released! If you can't talk to people face to face, this is a decent alternative that helps you to think of words on your feet.

Thinking of the German words as you say the English is really useful - although I'm not fluent myself, I've heard that the best indicator of fluency is how well you can think in a language. Once again, good luck with your German learning journey!


I do have Android, and older version, 4.4.4 and an older phone, but I do have the new duolingo app, but I don't see the Bots. What am I looking for, exactly? Thanks in advance! :-)


Unfortunately, it is only available on IOS.


Oh really? I didn't know that! I'm sorry to hear that you can't get it, Dazey...


As for me, I keep redoing the lessons until I am sure I can use them. I try to translate phrases suitable for everyday situations: for example, while I am shopping, I try to translate dialogues I may be encountering to my target language, it immensely helps to know necessary words. And since you already enjoy learning other languages, it'll be fun and mind-challenging! Have fun :D


Thank you much! I do this, too! Not just shopping but pretty much everything. As much as I can, I mean, I don't know enough words quite yet, but I do use the words I have learned. It is fun, for sure. Thanks for your suggestions! I appreciate this very much!! I spent a lot of time on Duolingo because I really do want to learn. I have plans for other languages after this one, too. At least two more. Those should be easier because I know people who speak those languages, it will be easy to find people to practice with. :-)

Thanks again!


Same here; there is a lot of courses to go :D ! Good luck to us!


Flash cards are also helpful for remembering :)

Some examples: https://tinycards.duolingo.com/ https://www.memrise.com/


Wunderbar! I think it is important to REALLY review sometimes. And I would not hesitate to start from scratch= from the very beginning. Once your basic skills are solid, still review difficult and/or interesting lesson and/or pods. Expose yourself to other resources and modes of access, such as, reading elementary books (for now) with the aid of a dictionary, or listening to/watching programs or music videos appropriate to your level, and enrolling in or progressing through other presentations of the material which you need in order to pull yourself up to the next level - however subtle your progress may seem. The lessons do get more difficult to complete, probably, but the more that you immerse yourself in the language and culture, the more progress you will make. So try to study for at least a couple of hours per day, optimally, but sometimes a little vacation can be good for your perspective and motivation.


Thanks, Cosmo-pedant. :-) I wanted to ask you - where might I find these videos? I wouldn't have the slightest idea where to begin...


My approach has been to start each day by strengthen skills that have decayed overnight. I start with the most recent skills, the stuff I've had the least exposure to, and work my way backwards. I only go to new skills after I've completed strengthening. Some days so much has decayed overnight that don't have time to complete all the strengthening and get to new stuff. That's OK. The rate of decay seems to go in waves, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. I know if I keep at it, I will eventually catch up.

I also recommend using tinycards. I don't like to use them before I do a new skill. Instead I'll use them after I've been exposed to the skill at least once. I've found them to be particularly useful for the adverb and abstract objects skills.

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