Just got to crown level 4 on alphabet (Russian), 25 lessons to level 5? Are you kidding me?
Just another crown rant... I don't mind the new system but for those of us that are already at level 25 in some languages or 19 for me in Russian, do we really have to do this many lessons on the basics to light the tree up! Ugh... I realize we can pick and choose but something about having a lit tree I think kept a lot of us motivated.
No argument from me, that the crown system has a lot more repetition and that some people (like me) find that a good thing, and others (you apparently?) find that a bad thing. I will say, just for the record, that when I'm staying at my sister-in-law's place in Russia I do in fact wind up saying доброе утро a few dozen times a day.
P.S. I guess I would also add that there is no reason to do all that repetition if you don't want to, as discussed by phopkins1 below.
No, I'm not kidding...I went through the same thing. It's ridiculous, really. It adds up to so many. Thank God that I was already at 3 on everything when it was switched over! But don't worry...the lessons are so short, I can complete one of those in about 20 seconds...I hope they reduce it, anyway. Best of luck ;).
This is why I’m jumping around a lot; I’m getting everything to level 4 and only really working on one skill up to 5 at a time. This way it feels like I’m making a lot more progress (I went from 132 crowns to 137 crowns in my Spanish course in about a week this way with minimal frustration). Basic 1 in Spanish is shorter but no less grueling. I don’t want to type “yo soy un niño, tú eres una mujer” 3 times out of 12 just to pass a lesson. (Don’t get me started with the first skill in Japanese, it’s worse).
It alarms me the talk that in A/B comparisons... their chief metric was: spent longer on the app, and more time in duolingo. With all the problems going on with social media, they better not sacrifice quality of learning to ensure people get more screen time (making their advertisers happier). Because that will backfire big-time as FB is finding as they sacrifice positive interaction for longer app views.
Part of the point of the crown system is to give more advanced learners something worthwhile to do. If you rush ahead and gild every skill up to level 5, you'll truly be at the end of the road. Nothing decaying, no new skills, that's it, except endlessly pushing the practice button. Nothing for your "lit tree" to motivate you to do. So I'd suggest slowing down a bit, maybe laddering or something.
that s because you dont understand the new system. Look, once you get your 5th crown that´s it, you repetead it all so many times that you already know everything forever and ever, you can start calling randomly to speak to any russian by phone because you are already a Master!!
I realize that you were joking, but it is true that some people spend way too much time continuously refreshing their Duo tree when they should be out in the world reading and speaking. At least the new structure provides something slightly more challenging for advanced learners. And maybe the final, non-decaying gold tree of 5-crowns will push some people out of the nest and into the real world.