Hi Duolingo community!
I wanted to see your thoughts on a sort of "rapid reguilding" option for users reviewing a completed tree.
I completed my Spanish tree and reviewed it fairly regularly for 3-6 months (I can't remember how long). It got repetitive and boring, so I moved on to French and Italian, plus some more advanced Spanish elsewhere.
I want to be able to casually use Duolingo in Spanish to review, but with how quickly my tree degrades, it's not terribly easy.
Would Duolingo ever consider a rapid reguilding for users who completed a tree? It could be like a placement test, only longer (maybe based on that test in the Lingot store!) so that users can quickly reguild their tree and therefore continue practicing relevant content.
If I leave the Spanish tree alone for a month, it thinks I've forgotten FAR more than I have which just continues to discourage me from using this tool. If it could stay as a relevant review tool, I would love to review Spanish maybe once or twice a week while continuing to focus on my new courses.
I don't know if they will. But, for now this method seems to be the most popular way to go about it: Best Way to Make Your Tree Turn Gold and Stay Gold.
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Umm, I don't know if I get the point in the proposed repetition scheme. When I use the strengthen button on the main page, I will get one "unit" up, bar by bar, skill by skill, starting from the top right, for every bunch of 20 questions that I do. It's rare that nothing changes after such a bunch. In some courses I was able to get more than one skill golden in one bunch, but if I use the strengthen button inside of a skill, I can only get this one golden, but never multiple skills at once. And I definitely don't want to repeat the single lessons in each skill, like when I did them the first time, that's simply too boring.
So, do I get something wrong in this guide? Or did Duo change it's algorithm in the last two years since that post was written? Do some of you experience a different behavior, maybe in different courses? I have English, Spanish and French from German, Italian and German from English, plus German from Italian and English.
(German from Italian is a special case, the button on the main page doesn't really work, it's showing me a strange selection of questions from every skill in one bunch, but with tons of repetitions of the same sentences, so I rarely get something golden this way. That's why I use the strengthen button per skill there.)
Timed practice - if you can type at a decent speed and you know it well enough (if you're doing it on computer). No doubt over time the degradation is slower too.
I've never cared about keeping things gold, but when you do well at timed practice (being able to finish it without running out of time more often than not), it seems to reguild relatively quickly. It seems to increase the "fluency %" quickly, which should be in line with "how gold" your tree is.
after a certain number of times getting full marks on an exercise when it stops being gold (I think somewhere between 10 and 15 times), it doesn't test it again for several months.
After you've redone all the exercises a few times, and got it all right, it'll all stay gold for significantly longer, making it much quicker for you to review the tree
Would Duolingo ever consider a rapid reguilding for users who completed a tree?
I've no doubt Duolingo wouldn't object to people in this situation quickly re-forming trade associations if they so wished. Were the gold leaf to come off the ceremonial arms of such a newly-refounded livery company just before a meeting of the Court of Aldermen, however, it would require 'rapid regilding'...
When I travel to a Spanish-speaking country, my Spanish rapidly improves because of the immersion in conversation, billboards, menus, signage, broadcast and print media, etc., but, since I'm not using Duolingo, it thinks I'm forgetting. When I return home and resume using Duolingo, it thinks I'm re-learning what I had forgotten, but in fact, because of disuse, I'm actually forgetting what I had just learned.