https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jcoeman

Why do lessons get longer and longer as you go down the tree

not complaining but it gets annoying how long they are

May 7, 2018

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeeBrownst1

They don't want to scare away beginners.

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

I assume since the farther down the tree you get, the more difficult the lesson content is; therefore the longer it will take you to master it. So for more difficult things it asks you to repeat it far more than the very basic words at the beginning that you can quickly memorize and move on.

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/betsys2003

Yes, but that could also be dealt with by requiring more lessons. Personally I would rather do 5 short lessons than 2-3 long ones.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pippinstar22

I am very pleased they have got more difficult to master. After reaching Level 25 in French prior to the Crown system I was going to move on, but now, I can continue with Duo, Additionally, it has really strengthened my 'core' grammar. The repetition was mind-numbing at first, but now I 'leapfrog' between categories. It prevents me from memorising the sentences and gets me to think (always an uphill battle, wink)

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

I think it's fine. We need greater challenges as we advance. And the skills, which are more advanced, may required a little more practice. Getting to 25 is not my goal, learning French is my goal.

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ululare

I think in the beginning you need te get that basic grammar down, without it your language skills will go nowhere fast. And it helps to draw people in with faster progress. Later you need to build that vocabulary too

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bookrabbit

It does, I think they have over done this rather. They seem to have a multiplier depending on which section the question is in but the Dutch and Norwegian trees have more sections than other trees so it is particularly bad for them. I have actually fallen asleep during some of these long lessons and made lots of mistakes which just drags them out further:(

When you have answered a lot of questions you really don't want to stop part way through but your eyelids get so heavy and the sentence starts to morph and you answer a question you just dreamed instead of the one you are supposed to, then you know the lessons are too long!

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dondy18

Many reward structures do this, such as video games or grades in school. In a video game the lengthy slogging work is called grinding and many people complain about it. The idea is that if you can handle this much of the material it is going to be so easy you will want, or can handle more of a challenge. Of course if you are motivating yourself with crowns, or if you only commit to a set amount of time studying the increase amount of effort - which is not the same as difficulty - it can get quite annoying.

I like to alternate with one review of easier, shorter material followed by one lesson in something new and hard as I work towards the end of the tree. I find this helps keep me from getting as frustrated with the new material that requires so much more effort, as I get the confidence boost in zimming through the review work, as well easy drill ensuring that the part of my brain that remembers French is awake and warmed up. And if I decide to only do half of the fifteen sets required to get a level, I can still get a crown by doing the three set level at the beginning of the lessons so I get the reward.

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

I understand the desire for easy practice at times and challenging lessons at other times. I do not do the tree in order. I jump around. Have you tried the stories? They are very entertaining.

May 7, 2018
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