Am I doing too much?!?

I really want to learn Portuguese in less than 2 years but at the moment on Duolingo, I am aiming for 100 XP everyday. I think it may be too much to get everything into my head but I just want to know how much XP I should be aiming for.

January 8, 2018


Honestly, if you are starting from the very beginning to learn Portuguese, it would be better to focus on specific aspects of the language and to take your time. I know a mistake I felt I made, and I'm sure other people have made, is that my goal was to get through the tree as fast as possible, which was a mistake. While I ostensibly learned those lessons, I don't feel as though I absorbed them very well. I have spent a lot of time going back and reteaching myself aspects of the learning tree through outside sources that I ran through as fast as possible while learning Spanish. So the short answer, 100 XP a day is not a bad thing, just make sure it is applied methodically and evenly, and that you absorb each lesson fully. That is my advice anyway. Salud!

January 8, 2018

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    No, 100 xp's a day is not too much... in fact it was my daily average throughout the German tree. But I only learned 1 new lesson a day, the rest were strengthen exercises to consolidate past lessons. You can learn 2 or 3 lessons a day at the beginning but then you can slow new material down a bit and mix it up what you've already learned. Two years is more than enough to finish the tree at a slow but steady pace.

    So no... 100 xp's a day sounds fine.

    January 8, 2018

    If you do not:

    • use a good 3rd party flashcard program like Memrise, AnkiSRS, FlashcardsDeluxe, SuperMemo, etc. to regularly review words including short-term intervals (4-5h, 12h, 24h++)

    • type (=RECALLING) in the L2 target language (which you won't do much on DuoLingo for your forward tree)

    • see frequent (learned) words in multiple non-nonsense robotic-mixed sentences in action

    • use multiple resources (including native recorded audio)

    you probably will not come very far, no matter if you do 50XP, 100XP or more on DuoLingo alone.

    Don't use DuoLingo alone to learn a language, but use multiple resources!

    You will run into all weak points, which are not very good implemented on DuoLingo (like SR, not being able to mark or practice weak/difficult words, recall/translate in the L2 language, etc.).

    January 10, 2018

    Learn Portuguese and have finished the tree are two different things. It is more important to really know what you learned than to have 100xp or make the tree ass fast as possible. 2 years is very reasonable and not too fast. Have fun learning :)

    January 10, 2018

    If the question comes to mind, then yes. If the question comes to mind, am I doing too little? Then yes. No problem. Just relax.

    January 20, 2018

    The further down the tree you go, the more you will need to review in order to grasp the language well. You can easy get XP in timed practice in Portuguese although, I don't think it gives you time to stop and remember words to improve. It's just rote practice and is good for drilling. The "practice without a timer" is better for making sure you know words because you need to do it again until you get it right.

    January 9, 2018

    I think you should take your time

    January 9, 2018
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