I’m afraid the new version of Duolingo Spanish is a disaster. Far too many tedious and simple repetitions. I’m losing the will to live and, if it doesn’t change very soon, I’m gone.
Topics turn gold when you reach crown level 5.
Topics that need more practice are accessed via the "Practice" button on the main page.
There is a Crowns FAQ that explains this and more. You can get to it by looking at the posts that are stickied to the top of the Duolingo forum, or by looking in Help for info on the Crowns system.
I agree - I'm all in favour of a reasonable amount of repetition as an aid to learning. I suppose that, having made progress under the old system, I suddenly find that I can't tell where I had got to, so that I can continue where I left off. (And no, I wouldn't dream of hacking through all the levels of one skill at a time! That really would be soul-destroying!)
I could just decide to move on from each skill at level two or three but then I would never know if I was missing something useful in levels 4 or 5. Also, there would never be the comforting reassurance of a "Checkpoint passed".
My current plan is to finish the tree, then start at the bottom and work my way up, getting everything to crown 2, then crown 3, etc.
maybe making some pitstops along the way to focus on skills that have weakened based on this website. https://www.duolingo.eu/Nick2408/progress doing some of the weaker skills.
I paid for a year's subscription, less than a month before what I bought was replaced by something I didn't and still don't want. I imagine that Duolingo has a legal right to do this, but even in the unlikely event that the new system grows on me, I'll never renew the current subscription, because clearly, Duolingo can change what it is that customers buy, even after they've bought it.
i am interested in pursuing the new stories that you have constructed but from my tablet i cannot figure out out to access them from your 4 screen choices. The heart system sucks when practicing---you expect us to spend money for being imperfect--with the bots we could earn credit--that is gone???