How long will it take to learn Czech on Duolingo?

How long will it take to learn Czech on Duolingo ?

I mean to complete the tree at least once - if I spend around 1 hour per day?

It has around 83 units (or one or two more) with varied amount of lessons.

Till now I have completed around 8 basic units in less than 2 hours.

September 28, 2017

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You have earned 440 XP so far and it should take about 4500 XP to complete the tree. You're doing well, keep it up!

September 28, 2017

How difficult are the later units. Currently, I am able to do 10 XP in around 2 to 3 mins. How tough will it get in the later part of the tree?

Hypothetically speaking, can a non-Slavic speaking person complete the tree in less than a month?

September 28, 2017

It is impossible to answer. Different people learn at different speeds. Some people live abroad their whole life and never learn the language properly and it is not always for lack of trying, some people go for a vacation and are able to get around within couple of weeks.

September 28, 2017

I am talking about covering the whole tree once. If I can complete roughly 250 to 300 XP in a day ( at least in the earlier stages / with easy units ). How long can it take to get to 4500 XP i.e. the whole tree once

September 28, 2017
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Well since 4500 devided by 275 (average of your 250 to 300) is 16.364 .. it should take you 17 days. :-D BUT since you have done only 520 XP so far I would be careful with these estimates. This math says you will keep doing 250 to 300 XP every day, doing only new lessons (no repetitions). That is a VERY brave idea and I wouldn't suggest doing it. You would probably be able to do it only through hints and you wouldn't probably remember much of the language after finishing the tree this way. So as always: "slow and steady wins the race". Good luck with Czech :-)

September 28, 2017

Very true.

I have earned the 500 odd XP in almost 2 days with less than 3 hours of effort till now

Till now it is rather "ok". As you said correctly, I have to look at hints from time and again. It is not yet something which has been very much solidified in my long term memory.

All Slavic languages are relatively hard for non-Slavics.

I just wanted to analyse and understand how the difficulty level scales up in the Czech course.

September 28, 2017

i would say motivation would also play a huge factor on it as well. i have been stalled at level 10 but it is because i spent a week neglecting my other avenues i use for learning czech and just working on duo now i am spreading my self back out between the other things i use. reading watching tv and talking to people as well as flash cards with memrise and duo lingo. Duo lingo has become more of a reinforcer for my other areas. I will go and learn and come back and reinforce on duo lingo. :) But i have a huge motivating factor that many do not so like i said before its all about you and what your motivation is for learning it :)

September 28, 2017

How long have you been learning Czech and from which all resources? How long did you take to reach level 10 in Duolingo ?

You said rightly, motivation plays a huge role in language learning.

I particularly wanted to know how difficult it can get at the end of the tree.

Duolingo mostly offers content till A2 / early B1 level in most languages in certain skills.

For many languages like German and French - one needs at least 400 hours of effort ( ideally in a class room setup to get to a B1 level )

September 29, 2017

I took two immersion 6 week courses in Prague 10 years ago and then have since just kept up that level until a few months ago when my family moved to Czech Republic and it became an every day necessity. I went through to level ten in just about a week or week and a half and have been at level ten working on other sites like Mondly and memrise for added vocabulary and variation of sentences :) it is a long road I am only about half way through the tree and am encountering many new things now :) instead of occasional grammar ah ha moments. keep chugging along!

October 1, 2017

For comparison:

I've been trying to learn czech from books and classes for over 10 years. I can deduce the meaning of newspaper articles, but still can't hold a conversation at all.

After 27 days I'm right now 196 XP short of level 14 in Czech.

I'm two rows from the 5th checkpoint, i.e. almost 5/6 through the lessons.

It goes much slower the further I get, as I'm trying to keep the tree golden all the time, which means a lot of strengthening and only little new content each day.

I will still need to go back and read up on grammar a lot once I've completed the tree.

I absolutely love it.

It can't be rushed.

October 2, 2017

Why are you learning Czech ? Any particular reason ?

I am nearing the 2nd checkpoint - 7 more units to go.

I started around 6 to 7 days back. It is my 4th day of effort on it.

I had a bit of previous knowledge from online resources like Czechpod101 and several online phrasebooks.

October 3, 2017

Define "learn Czech". On DL, you'll learn the basics, you won't be fully fluent.

October 12, 2017
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