I'm not sure that I understand the whole XP thing. (As a matter of fact, I am sure that I don't understand.) What does XP stand for? At the end of every week , I get an e-mail urging me to increase my XP number. What's that all about? How does my XP differ from my streak number; from my Ligots number? What does one's XP number signify?
XP is granted to you after completing a lesson or a strengthening session. As your XP increases, your level (the number shown next to the flag icons beside your name here in the forum) also increases, up to a maximum of level 25. Basically, the more time you spend on Duolingo, the more XP you'll receive, and the higher level you'll achieve in your language course(s).
The streak is the number of consecutive days you've hit your XP goal on the site. I believe the default goal is 10xp/day, but you can customize this in your settings.
Lingots are a virtual currency that you earn by completing various tasks. These methods are described at the bottom of the shop page that you can access by clicking on your lingots in the blue bar at the top of the screen.
As you can tell, these different indicators are pretty strongly correlated. The more time you spend on the site, the more each number will increase.
XP stands for Experience Points, which are given to you when you finish or practice lessons. 10 XP for each lesson you complete or finish, but the number of questions correct if you are using Timed Practice. Your daily goal is how much you want to practice every day; if you have an Insane Goal of 50 XP, you'll need to do 5 lessons a day. Or 3, if you're good with the timed practice. The number of Lingots you have has nothing to do with the XP.
You can ignore it as you probably have already finished your tree.
It just tells you how much you have done peer week or month (including strenghtening).
But you might want to think about starting the reverse tree Spanish-English https://www.duolingo.com/course/en/es/Learn-English-Online or a new laddering tree, e.g French (from Spanish) https://www.duolingo.com/course/fr/es/Learn-French-Online or Portuguese (from Spanish) https://www.duolingo.com/course/pt/es/Learn-Portuguese-Online
Basically ANY course you start from your freshly learned L1 Spanish language (besides native/English) for a NEW L2 target language (either learning it from scratch or refreshing your previous knowledge - through the Spanish tree (higher typing ratio in Spanish) - in a language you learned before) would be a laddering tree: https://www.duolingo.com/courses/es
Any L2 laddering course you start with (from) L1 Spanish will have a much higher typing ratio on the website INTO Spanish, just like the Spanish-English reverse tree
"Ratio between translation directions": https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24799102
BTW: Are you already using Camilo's user script "DuoLingo tree enhancer" on the website? https://www.duolingo.com/comment/19654789/Userscript-Tree-Enhancer
You get XP every time you complete a lesson, do a review or answer questions on the stories so your XP is representative of how much work you have put into a certain language
Your streak is how many days in a row you have earned your daily goal of XP
Lingots can be earned by completing lessons and can be spent on items in the lingot store
Thanks for all of the information. I am particularly interested in Thomas Heiss' reply. I have almost finished the Spanish language tree (Spanish-English). When I have completed it, is there another Spanish-English tree that I can climb. Thomas, what are "reverse trees, " "new laddering trees," and "Duolingo tree enhancers"? Thanks....Ted
I have updated my above comment with links and ratio translation explanations: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24916061$comment_id=24916161
Camilo's user script for extending "reverse trees" or adding audio (even on forward trees) is really really cool - a MUST HAVE on the DuoLingo website (not mobile app)!
Thanks for all of the information. I'm particularly interested in Thomas Heiss' reply. I have almost completed the Spanish-English tree, but not quite. . When I do complete it, are there further Spanish-English trees that I can climb? Thomas, what are "reverse trees," "new laddering trees," and "Duolingo tree enhancers? Thanks...Ted
How did you write the exact same things? Amazing Memory? Or Pure Coincidence?
It was very helpful that I wrote the second missive within a minute or two of having sent the first. I did spice it up a bit--there are a couple of word changes: "almost completed" for "almost finished" and "is there another" for "are there further."
XP: Experience Points, generally they help determine when you move on to the next level or your standing in a competition. They are gained through completing a lesson or strengthening a skill.
Email: What the email is telling you is that they want to try to advance to the next level in Spanish (or whatever language you are learning at the time) by spending time in that language earning XP.
Streak: This is determined by how many days in a row you have met your minimum XP goal for the day.
Lingots: Have nothing to do with XP points whatsoever. They are the Duolingo currency used to buy things, such as Streak Freezes (keeps your Streak in place for 1 day of inactivity), new skills (usually either "Idioms and Proverbs", "Flirting" or the ever-elusive "Christmas" skill), or a new outfit for your avatar.