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How long did it take you to complete a tree?

I'm currently on course to complete the Italian for English tree in the 1 year target I set myself. I am then planning to learn a new language every year.

So my questions are: How long did it take you to complete a course and which course? How many lessons/XP were you doing each day to achieve this?

Also, I would like to know which courses everyone enjoyed for my next language!


November 4, 2017



All these people talking about trees taking a month or so... My french took me about a year, and German took two! It really depends on how you like to learn.


I struggle to understand how people complete them in such short amount of time. They must be cleverer than me!


I'm deliberately taking mine slow. I'm in no hurry to know a whole language, though, just doing it because "why not?"


I haven't completed a tree yet. I hate moving forward if I don't have the previous lessons mastered and also cross-referenced with other language sites and apps practiced to what I have learned. I have like 10-15 lessons to finish the French, reverse French, Esperanto, Spanish, and German tree and I am about 50% through the Japanese tree. Every 2-4 lessons on the Japanese tree and I redo the whole tree to make sure I haven't forgotten anything. Also before I do new lessons after going over the tree again, I will do 5-10 timed practice and random lower level lessons to see how fast I can complete them.


Oh and languages I end up not liking, such as Welsh, Vietnamese, and High Valerian, I'll just do the lessons up to the first shortcut. Every once in a while I'll come back to them and do timed practices to keep the tree gold up to the shortcut bar and see if I am liking the language any more than the last time I was practicing it.

If I don't like it after doing this a bunch of times, roughly getting to level 10 or so, I just stop practicing that language and focus on ones I enjoy.


It depends on the language and how much Xp you are doing in a day. You can finish within two or three weeks, but I would recommend taking some time to review your old skills.


Yeah, I've been trying to keep a slow pace and not rushing into more skills until I felt comfortable with all the previous ones. I could have completed the tree in a few months but theres no point if I forget it all soon afterwards!


I don't remember how many lessons I did a day, but it took me about 8 months to complete the Portuguese from Spanish tree. I was trying to make sure I absorbed what I was learning while I was going too (people can finish a tree fast, but that doesn't mean it was retained well).


That's my logic too. Learn slowly and try to absorb everything the best I can


I wouldn't say slowly, but methodically and efficiently. But effectively we are meaning the same thing.


I finished the Spanish from English in 105 days, keeping everything gold while working down the tree. I had a goal of finishing another tree in another 105 days, and today is day 210. But I've been doing Spanish every day to keep everything gold and to hit level 25 (I was at level 18 when I finished the tree). I also started both the Russian and German trees at the same time, which was a mistake. Some people can do that, but it isn't working for me. Both Russian and German are significantly more difficult for an English speaker than Spanish, and I'm thinking in Russian while doing German lessons. So I'm letting the German tree go for now and focusing on finishing Russian (keeping it gold as I go) and keeping the Spanish tree gold. Once those are both done, I'll start German from the beginning again. I'm hoping Latin is ready by the time I finish German.

I still have a goal of having three completed, all gold, trees in a year, and all of them at level 25. I don't see it happening, realistically. I would have to average 370xp per day for the next 155 days for that to happen. My max has been a little over 500xp in a day, but that was a Saturday when I had nothing else going on and spent quite a bit of time on it.

So bottom line is, it depends on how motivated you are, how much time you have each day, whether you care whether you get to level 25, and whether you keep it all gold every day or just concentrate on finishing the tree and re-gild it all at the end.

Here are some lingots for encouragement!


You must be working very hard to have learnt so much in such a short amount of time!

I am trying to keep everything gold and then add a few more skills when I'm comfortable. Unfortunately I am fairly inconsistent with how much I learn due to work and other commitments.

Hopefully I'll be able to find more time though as I plan to finish my tree within the next month or so. Good luck with your learning!


Well, I'm not sure how the lingots are working right now. It took 5 from me, but looks like you only got two of them. Sorry!



I finished my Italian tree 57 days early! Now planning to carry on my learning via italian books and tv shows etc

Any recommendations on what to watch/read?

Any other suggestions welcome too!



Wow! That's an impressive goal. You should check in here annually with an update. I just started French in October, and practise about 200xp daily, so I can only report that I am really enjoying and progressing with my french ability. Bonne chance! Liz


You have done well to get to level 14 since October! You must be working hard and progressing well! I'll try to check in every so often if I remember. Good luck with your French!


I think the French tree took me somewhere between 6 months to a year (I don't remember exactly). But that's with 11 years of French in school. I also wasn't focused on my duolingo work, but more on my anki flashcards that I made.

I've been doing the Hebrew tree for just over a year (since it came out) but I'm only about a 1/3 of the way there.


I tried my best to do a new lesson every day and the entire time I kept the entire tree golden.

All in all it took a few months


I have 5 units on the Spanish from English tree to complete. I will be at level 25 sometime this month. I have a 458 day streak going now. I do a minimum of two lessons a day. I began using Duolingo in May of 2016 and except for a two week vacation in 2016 practise every day. I had listened to some Spanish audio cd's previously where I learned a little vocabulary and a few simple phrases. I watch Netflix series that I can choose Spanish audio with English sub-titles. My comprehension is getting pretty good.

35 years ago I was given the opportunity to become fluent in French by attending language school for 7 months. I haven't used it much in the intervening years but I find a lot of similarities in Spanish, particularly with vocabulary.

Although I'm a senior citizen, I find that I'm in no great hurry to finish my Spanish course. I am currently reviewing all of the verb units before progressing to the last 5 units, four of which are more verb tenses. My goal is to know the language so well that it is second nature. When I learned French I concentrated on having a repertoire of phrases which I could use so fluently that I was often mistaken, at first meeting, for a native speaker.

I hope this answers your question and perhaps offers a few tips of some use. Keep up your good work.


I (German native speaker) am about to finish the Danish tree very soon. It took me half a year. Unfortunately I had to do it English-Danish, as there is no German-Danish course yet. But it worked. I started two new sub chapters (almost) every day. In addition I clicked on "strengthen" around 5 times a day, i.e. I earned my 70 points per day. That was a lot of work. Duolingo was one of the first things I did in my office every day, like a daily routine, and I also did it in the evening. I had some prior knowledge from a real-life language class, which did not really work for me but gave me some basics. Again, I put a lot of efforts into the course and I also live in Denmark, which is an advantage. I can imagine that a more realistic target for most people would be one year, but even that can be tough if the languages are not from the same language family as in my case.


It looks like your consistency helped you do the tree, which I think is cool.


My Spanish took 1 and a half months but now I'm not rushing as much.


Did you have any prior knowledge of Spanish? Or were you just spending a lot of time each day learning it?


No, I just spent a lot of time each day. I love learning languages so I do spend quite some time each day learning languages.


I think it took me about a year and a half to finish my EN->DE tree. But my practicing was very inconsistent: I stopped doing it for a couple months occasionally, and would have short bursts of a couple days where i would reach like 800 xp per day.


Question: Qu'est-ce qu'un 'arbre'? Je sais ce qu'est un arbre, mais dans les cas de langage, non!


“Un arbre” à Duolingo est la totalité des leçons pour une langue. Les étapes semblance (on peut s’imaginer) à un arbre mince et grand (et renversé) qui commence de la racine à la tête de la page avec “Basics 1”.


It took me two years to complete the French from English tree, but that was because I went on a hiatus. Disregarding that, I don't know how long it took me to finish my tree exactly, and I certainly don't remember how many lessons or skills I did in a day. As of right now with the reverse tree, I'm doing about one lesson a day because my personal life is hectic. Plus... I'm adulting, so that's great, I guess.


It took me about 100 hours over sixth months, but since I spent plenty of time practising (and I'm now on level 24), I probably know the material better than people who rush the tree by level 14 or so.

Naturally people on level 25 will be more experienced, and probably more familiar with the vocab and grammar here than I am.

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