Hello! I took about a 1-2 week break from Duolingo and came back to find the new update. The contents of which all seem good except that I don't seem to be able to select individual lessons out of the broader topics anymore. For instance, if the restaurant topic in Japanese has 6 lessons and I want to repeat the 5th lesson, it seems like I have to do lesson 6, then lessons 1-4 again in order to access it. Is there a way around this? I usually like to do lessons a few times before I move on and cement the new words/vocabulary in my head.
I think there is a way, but it might not advance your crown levels.
Take a lesson link and remove whatever comes after the name (Maybe a number /1). Then you can choose a "lesson" out of the skill. You could also try to play around with the links some more. Maybe you can get directly to the "lesson" by using its specific number at the end of the link.
The Crowns system allready includes a large number of repetitions in the lessons in the different levels so it should be unnecessary to wish to repeat a specific lesson as by level 5 you will have repeated the lesson at least 5 times and most probably many more times.
I believe the amount of repetitions needed per level is doubled with every level: That should make 31 repetitions. Does that seem correct?
From going through a few, here's what I found:
To get to lvl 1: once through each lesson To get to lvl 2(from lvl 1): once through each lesson To get to lvl 3: 2x each lesson To get to lvl 4: 3x each lesson To get to lvl 5: 4x each lesson (I'm assuming, I haven't gotten to lvl 4 yet on any skill)
This would be a total of 11 repetitions to get to lvl 5 (the maximum, so I've been told) from 0 (the starting point)
However, they're not just the same lessons repeated. There are more sentences in the system, and the way the same sentences are presented differs (as far as I have observed, less in Japanese than in other languages).
But, yes, the number of lessons is based on multiples of how many lessons there are at level 0. It's 1, 2, 3, and then 5 from lvl 4 to lvl 5.
So overall to get from level 0 to level 5 entails doing 12 times the number of lessons present at level 0.
I believe the 5th level requires five more reps per lesson, so that adds up to 12 repetitions total.
lvl 1 = x1 lvl 2= x1 lvl 3= x2 lvl 4 = x3 lvl 5 = x5
I think this is accurate for an Italian or a Norwegian. Whether it's true for Japanese... entirely different question. Overall, the crown system seems barely in evidence for Japanese. The crown numbers are there, but almost nothing else. My experience with it in this course vs. e.g. Dutch could hardly be more stark.
Even apart from that, it's trivially the case that learning Japanese is going to require a lot more repetitions / study / everything than learning a Romance or Germanic language, so having the crown levels contain simply the same number of exercises means that any given crown level corresponds to less actual progress since the crown level doesn't account for the difficulty differences.