An Unexpected Benefit from the Change to Crowns
I've always been bad at listening in Turkish. In the beginning, I told myself that the TTS was bad and that was the reason I couldn't understand. I didn't do any listening exercises on Duolingo. I told myself that there were lots of other ways to practice listening, and I practiced really hard, but I didn't get anywhere.
When Duolingo changed to crowns, I was just about to make my tree gold one more time and then stop practicing Turkish. I wasn't getting any benefit, I told myself. I did the first lesson to crown level 5, just to see what the system was like. It seemed OK. A little repetitive, but not too bad. I have a lot of stress in my life at the moment and I find Duolingo quite relaxing. I thought that I would go through the tree to level 5 until it was finished or I got bored.
I started my tree. It was easy. I could listen to the sentences and type them without any trouble. I didn't need to listen more than once. Then I got to the 5th skill: accusatives. Suddenly, it had become more difficult. I was not hearing the accusative suffix. Each time, I had to listen to the sentences more than once. The skill was accusatives, and I knew what I had to type, but I couldn't hear it. Now I am listening to each sentence over and over again until I hear the sounds that I should be hearing.
If Duolingo had not changed to the crown system, I probably would not have realised the extent of my issues with listening. I knew I was bad, but I didn't really know what the problem was. Now, I will do more systematic listening practice in the hopes of improving. Surprisingly, the new system has turned out to be an excellent way for me to improve my language ability.
I have found out a lot of things I hadn't realized using the new system. One is not just that I am careless, but that there are specific areas in which I am careless, and I am learning to address them better. But especially I have realized how much, in the old system, I focused on simply getting the right answer to something and then I let it go. Now I am learning it much better. I am really happy with this change.