My impressions on the new Crowns system
At first I was hesitant about the new Crowns system, but after sitting with it for a good while, I am starting to see the benefits. While the old system emphasized showing me my weakest words so that I could strengthen them when they started to decay, the new system focuses primarily on sandwiches, apples, and children. I am now able to fluently maneuver through every conceivable permutation of women, men, girls, and boys eating sandwiches and apples, or drinking milk and water. I may be forgetting important vocabulary, but did I really need all that anyway? The boy drinks milk. The woman and the man. The girl eats an apple. The boy eats the man. The apple drinks the bread. The drinks breads apple boy. The girls women apples the bread. All apples and no bread makes Jack a dull boy.
All apples and no bread makes Jack a dull boy. All apples and no bread makes Jack a dull boy. All apples and no bread makes Jack a dull boy. All apples and no bread makes Jack a dull boy. All apples and no bread makes Jack a dull boy.
Up-voted! They seemed that way to me at first as well. But, you really need to move beyond Basics 1.
I was doing stuff near the end of the tree, which I had been kept at full strength for 40 days, so mostly got level 2 or 3, when I did exercises I was getting repeat questions in the same lesson. Once I had the same question twice, at end of one lesson, beginning of next, then another question asked twice in row in middle of lesson, and finished by same question asked with 1 different in between. In NONE of those lessons did I get 1 single question wrong! My fluency was high, I used to repeat exercises to drill .. the Crowns update just killed DuoLingo as a time efficient tool for me. I'm using other websites & apps and am really getting to grips with the real language now. Babbel, DuoLingo, Mondly and Memrise helped me get off to a good start, but you hit diminishing returns, being forced to do 20 trivial lessons doesn't teach much, in each one.
Crowns are bad. Crowns are bad. Crowns are bad. Crowns are bad.
Duo, are you getting the picture yet?
Perhaps you need more repetition.
You are only at level 3.
Please repeat eight more times to reach Complaint Level 5
Well, since the crown system revealed such a great comedic talent, it was definitely worth it.
Haha, I feel your frustration, I had the same thing when I first tried out crowns today. I came to the conclusion I think we're all supposed to make: don't try to get new skills to level 5 right away. Your progress should be spread over time.
Think of it this way: in the old system you could strengthen a skill until it's golden, but it would decay over time and need to be strengthened again. However, the more you strengthened it, the longer it took to decay. So if I'm not mistaken, in the old system you could theoretically also repeat a single skill hundreds of times at once so it would almost never decay anymore. Of course nobody did that. So I think the new system isn't all that different and you can treat it the same way.
I understand it's very inviting to get each skill to level 5 right away though, I'm very tempted to do this myself.
DECAYING IS THE POINT OF THIS SITE
I understand that progress should be spread over time, but now I don't know what I should revise because they took away the god damn bars
Oh, your progress won't be spread out "over time", sir. It will be spread out over forever. You see, sir, you've... always been here. We've all always been here, sir.
Perhaps the supporters of the Crown system must be... corrected.
Basically, it blows. The biggest change seems to be that skills are no longer broken up into chunks, they are just one solid lesson. So you don't know which vocabulary will pop up in skills that have, say, 69 new vocabulary words, so ideally you should learn all of them (on Tinycards) before trying to tackle the skill (on Duo-Crowns). Also, they have taken away your ability to go back to a skill and review the specific parts of the skill that give YOU trouble. Your only option is to "practice" the entire skill-- which now contains very simplistic, boring, repetitious sentences. This "Crowns" revision to Duo was somehow meant to address "more advanced learners." Yeah, it's a mystery wrapped in an enigma....
To top it off, the powers that be CLAIM that some fixes are coming. Can't wait!