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Finished Spanish tree twice, now almost all are level one

I finished the Spanish tree back in 2016 and again earlier in 2018. The first time took literally almost a year at 364 days and the second time took several months. I am now doing the Spanish to English tree.

I am genuinely very upset with this new crown update. It feels quite insulting that most of my skills are at level one. Furthermore, I really miss the motivational aspect of keeping my tree golden. Lastly, there is too much repetition.

I want the old system back! At the very minimum, please incorporate the parts of the old with the new system.

April 10, 2018



Just out of curiosity, what are your skills like in Spanish outside of Duolingo? Are you able to have a conversation, watch a movie, or read a book?


Duolingo is a supplement to language learning. To answer directly, I can have a conversation with any Spanish speaking person for longer than 10 minutes, watch an entire movie without subtitles, and have read entire books and played video games in Spanish.

Duolingo is a good starting place; however, it will only carry enough knowledge for a 5th grader. If you want more, the only replacement is to actually talk to natives and immerse yourself with their culture.


Hours of time wasted over and over.


All my Spanish was wiped away. All lost. This is very demotivating. I am OK with the crowns, but why do you have to clear away all our previous achievements?


I agree. I worked very hard at my Spanish tree...keeping the tree golden for over a year and using 'Practice' to supplement when my tree was golden. I am an intermediate level learner (outside of Duolingo) and, after the Crowns update, all my skills went to Level 2. I tried to do some of the exercises but they are all way too basic...even at Level 3. To do them would be a waste of time. I think I should have been put at L3 or L4.

I wonder if it was bad timing on my part? I broke my streak and left some skills ungilded for a few days when the update went live. Anyone here been put at L4 or higher?

Very disappointing nonetheless. I spent so much time and money on this app but I don't think I'll continue using it.


No one started at level 4 or 5. I agree that longer term users should have started higher but apparently they are working on the option to test out which would be helpful.


check out. http://www.duolingo.eu/AceTrainerGreen/progress

That will suggest to you where you need work according to the old system. you can practice to bring stuff up to spec there too.


This is so helpful...thank you!


Most of mine are at level 2 and 3, so I picked one that is at level 3 and just played that one over and over. And I’m still at level 3. The lessons are still the same. Nothing new added and I’m getting 100 percent correct. Getting gold, IMO, will be a long boring adventure. It means going back and starting with the first lesson and playing that up to 50 times before getting gold on the skill. It would be like learning to count to three.

No gold for me and glad I’m still on the free program. This might be a good thing for someone just starting out.

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