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1 Day Duo lingo Marathon

I have been using Duolingo for a while now and I have been experimenting with different languages. As of 8PM EST I will be doing a one day marathon that will last onto 8PM the next day. It will be in Mandarin Chinese. If people could suggest, I would like to see if their was a way to check how fluent I became by doing this for a day. Be my guest in checking periodically throughout the day! Wish Me Luck! - Eitan Update: Over the last 24 Hours I have been on Duolingo, making flashcards, trying to read Chinese Newspapers, Trying to stay awake, questioning why I would do this in the first place, studying, studying, and did I mention studying. I have found this experiment very very useful in my peruse of learning the Chinese language. Not only was I able to master words, I was able to put the words in sentences and be able to speak a conversation. I took an exam online before I did this experiment and it said that I had a poor understanding of Chinese. Now it says I am intermediate at it. I am now able to understand about 20% of the words in a newspaper, which is quite amazing. I am only Level 6, nearly 7 in Duolingo Chinese but I have gotten a lot done. I have done numerous practices and it helps strengthen my understanding of this language. Thank you Duolingo, now I am going to sleep!

May 29, 2018

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

Update: This is the last update til the end. I am tired and bored. I feel like I know too much about this language but I do want to finish this course. Probably over the next week at this rate. I would suggest not learning a language JUST with Duolingo use the App Hello Chinese to help with tones, I have found it helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gary329920

Eitan, Congratulations on making such a concentrated effort and for persisting. I am curious as to how the new knowledge will stick. If you can give us a report in a couple of weeks it would be helpful. I have been learning Chinese for about 7 years. I always tell people that my learning is like filling a leaky bucket. I need to make sure that the hose of new learning exceeds the leak rate. Best.


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

Sure no problem, I will update everyone in a week and the week after that!


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

I am level 1 in Mandarin so it is a fresh start!


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

I'm still wide awake. I am already level 4 60xp til 5, I have pretty much mastered most of the skills I have started. Let me know if you want to see a YouTube Video on this. Getting some screenshots and fotage just in case.


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

Just reached Level 5, think I will take a break soon and eat. But not to long. I feel like I have learned a lot so far. I look forward to the rest.


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

You're crazy, I love it. Keep it up!


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

I know, Thanks for the support!


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

Update: Drinking tea and eating right now. I'm tired but excited to reach the end! I have made handwritten flash cards to help me and they help a lot. By the looks of it I can speak around 100 words so far. Duolingo is awesome but I would highly recommend flash cards as well. My next goal for today is to start working on characters a bit more. See you guys in a couple hours with a new update!


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

Over the last 24 Hours I have been on Duolingo, making flashcards, trying to read Chinese Newspapers, Trying to stay awake, questioning why I would do this in the first place, studying, studying, and did I mention studying. I have found this experiment very very useful in my peruse of learning the Chinese language. Not only was I able to master words, I was able to put the words in sentences and be able to speak a conversation. I took an exam online before I did this experiment and it said that I had a poor understanding of Chinese. Now it says I am intermediate at it. I am now able to understand about 20% of the words in a newspaper, which is quite amazing. I am only Level 6, nearly 7 in Duolingo Chinese but I have gotten a lot done. I have done numerous practices and it helps strengthen my understanding of this language. Thank you Duolingo, now I am going to sleep!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

Since you'll probably see this after you wake up: I hope you had a good rest after all your hard work. I'm impressed by the huge amount of progress you've made in just 24 hours. Huge congratulations for making it through those 24 hours!


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

Just Woke up having a hard time sleeping, thanks man!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fallingleaf_271

Good luck! Glad to see that you chose Mandrian!


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

Update: Everything is going well. I have found it hard remembering the characters so I will be going back and working on them a little bit more. Not tired yet but I am sure I will be ridden with the urge to sleep soon.


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

Update: I have got the characters down pat. Working on tones, about to level up to level 3. Hoping to get to 25 as soon as possible. I could probably get in a basic conversation now. I assume everyone is going to bed in the US so goodnight to them. I will continue to update everyone else.


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

Just mastered Greeting 1 and have level 1's in a bunch of others. Off to my break I will keep everyone posted.


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

Update: I am getting really good and I think this is working well!


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

Update: Just reached Level 6 , I don't think I'm going to make it to 25, but I would like to get to 10!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gooeygoo1

Good luck @EitanPritzker! You'll have a lot of fun.

For me, some of it sticks, some of it doesn't. I have to do a lot of timed-reviews to help get more practice.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ed.Chan

The new HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. http://english.hanban.org/node_8002.htm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

Sounds cool! I'd love to do something like that since it looks fun and challenging at the same time. Perhaps I'll do it over the summer...


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

    Update: I have been working for a while now, drinking a lot of coffee and "duolingoing" a lot! Look forward to seeing my progress!


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

    Keep up with the marathon. Hope you took the practice test before you studied so you can compare the results. Keep us posted.


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

    Sure did do the practice test and knew next to nothing so this is a fresh start with a new language. I will keep everyone posted throughout the night.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nick557563

    Congratulations!! Extremely glad the experiment went well.

    Also if you ever have the urge and a free 30 hours...

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    or

    for another language...

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    Anyway, CHEERS!!


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

    Wow. I notice your post was a year ago. I'm curious: Did you stick with the Chinese learning? Do you remember what you learned?

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