Noob question about how to progress through the Norwegian course
Hi all I just joined Duolingo and today I completed the Basics 1 and Basics 2 courses. I then noticed when I practised them they levelled up and added new content, Today I levelled them both up to level 3.
I notice I can move on to the next course without levelling up the course I'm on though, so I'm just wondering, what is the best way to progress? work through each course in a scetion and then go back levelling them up? or level each one up to maximum, or some number where it stops adding content, and then move on to the next course?
Thanks in advance!
Hello and welcome! :-)
The "5 crown" system is designed to be useful to different learners: The ones who want to get an overview of the language can progress to new skills on level 1, whereas those who have a deeper interest in the language can develop each skill up to crown level 5.
For me, Norwegian is a new language, and I go through the course at level 1 (because I'm always curious to learn new aspects, and it can get really boring if you drill through all crown levels of a skill at once).
But while doing so, I develop those skills that I have already opened at level 1 further: Some of them are at level 2, others at level 3 ... I skip around between older and new skills depending on my current status of attention, interest etc.
The system is very flexible, and what I definitely like: It always knows where I was in each of my skills! So whatever skill I open, I will always find "the next chapter".
Happy learning! :-)
Thanks! Yeah, I found trying to level up to 4 really boring as I knew itfairly well by that point. It's definitely a bit easier now I've realised I can read the lesson before taking the test lol! I started just by clicking on a course and getting really confused until I found out hovering on the words says wha they are!
Go for some of each. Move to the next one, but any time it seems a bit difficult, then go for the same one again. I keep on going back time and again for the bits I find hard. So I have lots of sections that are "low" but others that I go back to a Lot...
Getting all of them to level 2, and then redoing the tree, is my preferred approach. That gives me just the right amount of input with each lesson, and more 'spaced repetion' instead of too much cramming and useless repetition of things I've understood.
Thanks! Right now, I'm finding it really tough the first time through each one to remember the words, so I find three is about when it starts to become easy for me to recall them, but maybe it will be easier once I start to understand the language a bit more?
A lot of the words and grammar you learn here is built upon and repeated later down the line, so you'll encounter it as you go along.
There is also practise, which will take whatever words Duolingo notices you have trouble with, and help you with those. It might not be a bad idea to start off your session doing one or two rounds of practise, to start you off with some stuff Duolingo says you should work on.
I would definitely recommend you not try to push each skill to 5 before moving on. That would be pretty mind numbing and probably ineffective as a way to learn, to boot.
It is more effective to get things into your long term memory by drilling enough to get a handle on them and returning to them later, preferably after you have slept. It is the process of reinforcing memories after sleep has tried to erase them that leads to long term knowledge.
Thanks for the reply! I was using the app on my phone last night and the owl said the best time to learn is before sleep too. I'll definitely out learning new stuff in the evening and repeating it next day, thanks!
I joined duolingo before the crown system, and personally I find it unnecessary. I believe that if you yourself feel you understand and have learned the lesson and vocab, feel free to keep going. If you want to level up if you find it difficult, do it. Just do whatever you think best. I personally don't level up to level five when I complete a lesson, but instead keep going.
I feel the same. I actually preferred seeing my progress go gold the further I went down the tree. I also liked re-golding according to Duolingo's SRS algorithm. The only problem I had with that is sometimes an insane amount of skills would un-gold at the same time and it made me feel like I couldn't progress further. I get pretty bored if I'm not learning something new so when the new crown system came I just completed the rest of the tree at level 1. Half my tree (where I used to re-gold) automatically leveled up to 2's. So now I'm going back and leveling up the ones I have interest in.
I was wondering the same myself for a while :) So far I've been doing the way I see fit. If I completed a lesson but still feel like I didn't catch it I'll try to push it a little more. But I don't completely stop my progress, I continue to go forward but sometimes come back to cement the lesson I'm having trouble with :) But hey I'm a noob at Duolingo language learning as well :D