Keep the tree GOLD, or continue to push the CROWNS??
So of course the new crown system has got alot of completed golden treed people a little confused as to how to keep going on Duolingo, me included!
I have found a little way to go back to the 'old system'. You view your Duolingo progress here: https://duome.eu/JohnAdamClark/progress (Exchange my user name for your own in the URL) On this page you get a list format of all the skills/lessons, and your strength in percentage (usually it will go down to 75%). Then you just click the practice, do 1x lesson (same as what the lesson Strengthen was) and it will go up to 100%. Then you run through the list as you would have on the old Duolingo, keeping your skills all gold.
Unfortunately this does not affect the Crowns. What I mean is if you do 1x strengthen of a skill on the Progress page, it does not give you 1x lesson closer to getting a completed crown on the same skill.
So, of course the big question is: Do you work on the Progress page as of old, or carry on getting new Crowns? So far my experience with the crowns (most of my tree is on Crown level 2 for each skill) is pretty much no new sentences or words as far as I can see.
Will we be seeing, experiencing new words when we get to the higher crown levels? Currently on 2758 words in total.
Go to the site you mentioned, pick a skill at a weak strength, and either click on the crown which will bring you directly to a lesson from that skill which will count towards your crown levels, or look up said skill in your tree and complete a lesson in it. Either way, completing lessons will increase the strength of your skills.
In other words, you don't have to choose. You can have the old Spaced Repetition system combined with the new system of getting crown levels. To me, this seems the obviously better choice.
I do not mind the crowns vs. gold tree so much, but I do miss the ability to repeat lessons from skills easily. The new system more or less forces you to do a new lesson section from a skill each time. I followed your link but did not see a way to accomplish what I was after. Has anyone found a way to use the old lessons in a skill method?
From the Crowns FAQ:
What are Crowns?
"When you level up a skill, you earn a Crown, and the types of exercises you see will get harder."
I lost all of my progress!
"Since levels get harder as you go up, we didn’t feel comfortable placing anyone at Level 4 or 5, since the old system didn’t give hard enough exercises to place into these levels."
I must admit, despite being a bit frustrated at losing my golden grammar tree, this new system forces you to repeat things extensively and I am finding that IS helping me quite considerably. All in all I am reasonably pleased with the new system.
My one concern is that I wish the sentences were a little more contemporary. "She reads the menu and they read a newspaper" is not a thing you would often say.
How about "Vreau și eu un meniu Big Mac" haha!
Sorry for the Romanian on what I have just realised is probably a German language thread...