What on earth has happened?
I logged in and all my progress has been reset. I see crowns and a very poor explanation of what they mean.
I think it's time to say goodbye to Duolingo.
I've been on Duolingo for three years and completed my tree a long time ago, but I still come regularly to keep my categories golden. And today everything was gone. You can imagine how that feels. Many here have been on Duolingo much longer than I have. Just imagine.
WHAT IS GOING ON, DUOLINGO?!
So you have been repeating the same stuff doing no progress at all. Nowadays you will be challenged by harder and harder sentences for each category depending on how advanced you get there. I think this is actually very clever thing to do. The only thing I would change is to give an option to selectively repeat only captions of each category. Also the new sentences are full of errors. Like at least two in each practice. It feels like total beta and not ready to launch set.
Actually, there are not new exercises, at least not in Spanish. The variety of exercises for a person who had completed their tree is actually far, far, less. The lessons also do not use material from later lessons, so if you want to work on items early in the tree, you will not see the diversity of vocabulary that you used to see, you will only see very simple words. This is a complete waste of time for advanced learners.
Simples. By mastering the topic, you level-up, so you will get more words and more difficult sentences. You can get up to level 5 now for each subject. There might probably be even more levels in the future. This way the beginner can go through the whole tree mastering the basics of the language and all subjects, but by practicing more and more, he can level up to more advanced and more in depth knowledge. I love the idea, I just think Duolingo is really useless in communicating it. I would expect some initial guide through the changes after you load the new design first. I had to google what happened.
No, no no!!! I hope they are monitoring this for satisfaction with their "new crowns idea" because I DO NOT LIKE IT! How the heck am I supposed to "keep my tree golden" NOW? WORSE, I HAD 4605 LINGOTS AND NOW IT SAYS 490! I feel like I've been ROBBED! How the heck can I direct my complaint to them?
I also hate the new system. What happened to the speaking into the mic? That's gone. Also, there is no list of the new words in each lesson. I was learning a lot by making spreadsheets of the new words and looking them up. Otherwise, how can you know what they mean? I am quitting Duolingo!
To Hobbitt CZ
I do not understand what you are talking about although I am sure that the new system is probably great for new starters and possibly those that have already completed the course and are using it to refresh everything.
I am almost 60% through it and it would appear that I need to spend the next 6 months learning absolutely nothing and just refilling all that has been deleted by duolingo. I might be wrong but how do I know? This upgrade has been thrown at us with no explanation and absolutely no help.
If this really is an upgrade we really need help urgently not just your opinion!!!
To Hobbit_CZ What has been deleted is all of my achievements so far!!! If I want to revisit any topic it appears as if I will need to restart the topic from scratch and go through each of the exercises, much of which I have already done. This would be great if my only objective in life is to learn spanish. However I joined duolingo to improve my spanish and I do not see the point of spending the next 6 months getting back to where I am now to benefit from the improvements.
You may know better but someone needs to explain to me how I can progress without staring again.
To Hobbit_CZ You obviously have access to a lot of information which duolingo has not sent to me. If I want to return and practice say level 1 present tense, up until the change the system would add a new chapter at intervals for me to practice.. It does not now appear to do this and if I want to practice, it appears as if I will need to repeat the complete skill again. This is to me a very retrograde step as I cannot remember everything I was taught and the old revision process was in my view one of the great benefits of duolingo. i.e. if idiots like me felt it was useful to go back and practice I did not need to repeat everything. I really would like the opportunity to revisit the chapters within a skill (topic) without repeating everything within that set.
I have had a look at the new system and it is a pity that they have had to downgrade rather than upgrade the system to hopefully put in a lot of new and probably harder good content. The e-mail that they sent is incorrect as they have deleted all my past achievements except at a high level although this is not obvious when you first look at it. I very much liked the revision exercises and I was revisiting these regularly and they appeared to have a higher proportion of spoken Spanish which is what I need. The prospect of redoing the whole lot to do revision when I am nearly 60% of the way through, having spent about 6 months, is very daunting. I really feel like ditching duolingo. I think that the crowns are just a distraction and it really is a pity that this has happened. Having been treated this way it has put me off trying a new language with duolingo and I would now not recommend it but having got this far I will probably continue until I get to the end.