https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

Maybe level 2 is enough...

It is not as satisfying to only get to level 2, but to go beyond it is drudgery. I'm not in this for drudgery. Twenty basic, repetitive lessons to achieve a level THREE? I don't think so!

To deal with Crowns and not make myself crazy, I'm going to bring all my lessons up to and into level two, but I'm not going to push myself to get to level 3. Maybe after I finish the whole tree I'll do that, but for now I'm going to get well into level 2 on each lesson and move on.

May 9, 2018

28 Comments


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

Actually i think it is a good idea. You will go on after with level 3 or 4 if you don't feel confident enough in your language ability. Good luck and keep on working ;-)

May 9, 2018

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

Hi,

Only now I am getting the level 3 in English-Portuguese. I don't think it is a good idea to go to level 5 in only one unity. Just go forward and sometimes turn back to revise some first lessons. I just do it from top to base and then the inverse (up-down-up)

May 9, 2018

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

I know it seems like "drudgery" but the one thing it does accomplish is make you so you no longer have to think bout the answer. To actually be fluent in a language you must be able to do that. Also it helps you learn the difference in sounds. Han and hon sound the same to most when you first listen to swedish. After a while you recognize it. I had completed several trees but redoing them i'm finding it much easier to speak and understand my friends. Keep going forward then on days when you are running out of time to make your goal, go back and do a level on one of the previous lessons. The lessons are much shorter than before some only 4 or 5 questions.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

I agree with most of what you said, but tell me again-- when do you get to those short lessons?

May 10, 2018

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

She is probably referring to the web. Web crown lessons are 7 to 8 questions for basic lessons. If you click the “can’t listen now” button it ignores the listening Qs so you can get a three-question lesson.

May 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

I stand corrected! I'm breezing through level 4 in the very first skill and there ARE fewer questions. And boy, are they repetitive. I am a woman. A woman eats an apple. A boy eats an apple. A man and a woman. Wow, Duo, really?

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IanC798471

I have developed a fairly precise approach. At 5 units per day, I allocate one unit to the earliest unit of the tree, one to pushing it further. Then the other three I use to push three different items one notch further, bringing the whole of the tree that I have covered to a single uniform level. When the whole tree less the first and latest units are level 2, I start doing the same to level 3.

Doing those twenty lessons in a row in one or even four sittings is drudgery, and probably not that useful for retention either. But spreading it around seems to be helping.

The only variation I have made on that is in German, where the grammar has been challenging, so I have been focusing on moving the grammar to a higher level than the rest of tree. I figure vocabulary can catch up over time.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

I like that approach! I'm doing something like that too, but with only my one true love, svenska!!! Do you do that with each of your 7 languages every day?

Today, just for fun, and for easy XPs, I'm pushing Basics (first lesson) up to level 5. HAHA Crowns, I'm making you work for me.

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IanC798471

No, my daily ones are French and German. Most of the others are weekend ones during family obligations (on a tablet watching kids). The Danish/Swedish are just one lesson each every time I watch an episode of the The Bridge, not a serious effort to learn them at least for now.

May 18, 2018

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

Yeah, I agree. I got the first two courses of German to level 5 gold. Which means I did the same test 36 times. It's insane.

I think the Duolingo people should have made this update after they made 36 new tests with different sentences and increasing difficulty or something, which is an insane amount of work, but otherwise you end up with this ...for lack of a better term... grinding.

I mean the LEAST they could have done is make it so that when you press the "Practice" button and do the test for time, for example, you get random sentences from all the lessons and then you get points for them and up their level. But you don't even have that. Practice is just meaningless now too.

I'm sure they'll fix this in due time, though. They're not stupid, they're just rushing things.

May 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Hello_.There_

I am always doing all 5 levels so i can memorize and understand the words and senteces and feel confident using them.

May 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abbie_wolf03

Me too

May 12, 2018

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

I'm trying this with my Scandinavian languages. I think it's a pretty good idea, and I agree with what you say. Once you have covered the whole tree you can use the higher levels for revision and you still have enough (or too many) sentences at your disposal for the sections you're not too good on.

May 9, 2018

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

This is what I’ve been doing to an extent. For my Spanish course I’m aiming for level 4 (since most of my skills were already at level 2 when the switch happened) and then slowly work my way to level 5 for each skill as I focus on other things. Excluding the bonus skills, I already took 4 skills to level 5 even though I have not been focusing on them, I’ve just gone back to them for every 2 or 3 non-level 4 skill I worked on and whenever I felt like I needed a break from more advanced things.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

SO MANY LANGUAGES!!! I can't even... My hat is off to you.

May 13, 2018

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

Can you really speak all those languages...?

May 29, 2018

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

Level 2 is decent. Don't forget to also use other resources, SVT.play, Swedish netflix, actual conversation. Even a person who got to level 5 on the entire tree(and nothing else) would have excellent grammar but probably poor listening and speaking skills. Balans, min vän.

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

Absolut! Watching Swedish TV shows is how I got into this in the first place. I have no one to speak Swedish with but my main goal is to understand what is being said on my shows --and then I just fell in love with the language!

Hulu and MHz Choice also have great Swedish shows. On SVT many shows are blocked here (US). I try to read 8Sidor online every day. If you don't know it, try it.

May 13, 2018

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

You don't have to do all of them

May 11, 2018

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

I try to get everything to 5. I need the repetition in order for it to go in! But, if you are moving on quicker through levels, I would recommend using the timed practice to cover all skills as a reminder.

May 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

Today I got to Level 4 in Basics, the first skill. Took only a few minutes. LOL. I'm trying to get enough XPs to get to the next level. I'm making this stupid Crowns thing work for ME.

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tripp1n

My current strategy is to group courses up in blocks of three, and then alternating between these three untill I reach level 3 on all three. Then I move on to the next three.

Anyone else have this strategy?

May 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

That's interesting. Might try it. Tack!

May 13, 2018

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

Testing Testing

May 10, 2018

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

I've read this somewhere in the forums not long ago : You can check your progress using the link: [ duome . eu/ YourUsername/practice ], focus on strengthening the weak ones (quite a dozen you've got there btw :P) and then move on. So it's just like the old days ! I hope this helps :) Now go practice ! Hej då !

May 10, 2018

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

you can find a lot of Swedish tv on you tube. There are several of their version of American Idol. Sometimes it is easier much easier to recognize words in songs.

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

You can certainly knock out a LOT of XPs on the early lessons. This comes in handy like today when I'm very aggravated about other things but want to maintain a streak and get more points!

I call it Making Crowns Work for Me.

May 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anthony109735

hi

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