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At the half way point

I was musing over writing something when I finish my tree, but thought I should get something written down now, while it is fresh in mind. Here are some thought after passing the last checkpoint (about half way through).

I started with 20 XP/day, but after a while I realized I needed and wanted to do more. I needed more to keep the tree gold and make any progress. I wanted to do more because I was experiencing the good feeling of mastering lessons. The level scale is exponential but XP is linear which I think is to encourage to make your effort go up exponentially over time . This summer I am nearly doing 100 XP per day.

At half way I feel like it is useful to start adding in videos to my studies. I am pretty new to that, so I can't comment on how well it will work, but it seams feasible to try that now and I really want to get better at understanding speech. My ultimate success goal is to be able to watch French movies.

Reading a book still seems out of the question. I am guessing you really need the 2000 most frequent words for 95% comprehension to make reading not be a complete chore.

I hope this gives the newbies some ideas for the future.

July 27, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

Thank you for your interesting reflections!

About reading a book: Maybe you can find books that have been edited for learners. I like the Spanish "Lernkrimis" (detective stories for learning, for German speakers) for example. There are books for different levels, starting at A2.

I hope I may post a link to an example on amazon: https://www.amazon.de/Murderous-Collection-Lernkrimi-Sammelband-Kurzkrimis/dp/3817489676/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8qid=1501177900sr=8-1keywords=lernkrimi

(This is an English "Lernkrimi").

I guess that similar editions should exist for other native languages too.

July 27, 2017
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