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New Spanish skills added?!

Hi, Was I the only one to have had like 30 new Spanish skills added, near the top of my skill tree, or is this something that was done for everyone? it really confused me for a bit....

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

I have had it too and my crowns have been reduced by at least 50. What an awful way to demotivate a person. I had spent ages bringing my crowns up to 5 to have it all taken away again. Someone please tell me why.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaSesLingvoj

Are you not here to learn? Well they just gave you a ton of new material.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

Of course, but it does seem like one step forward and two steps back at the moment. I enjoy learning but I also feel satisfied each time I get a crown. Now I am 50 behind!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaSesLingvoj

Think of it this way. That’s 50 more times to feel a little satisfaction and to be far more knowledgeable in the end then you would have been.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

Yes, you can always be positive about it!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

You are right and I am grateful for more chances to learn. I have started from the beginning and I am bringing everything up to 5 crowns. It is surprising how much new stuff I have learned. Especially el sandwich which is easier than el emperadado

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

I'm obviously here to learn! it was just confusing, and it seems as if maybe new skills, should go farther down the tree, since we've already completed the ones at the top.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

I didn't even notice the crown thing! that's strange. my guess is that they wanted to add more skills, which is understandable, but some weren't actually that hard, so they had to put them at the beginning, and then they also wanted to go more in depth in the harder ones, that we may have already completed, so the best way they could think of was to, make us practice them more to learn the new words?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

and they have taken my dragon away from me for finishing the tree before the crowns. I feel like crying

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

Your dragon? I'm unsure what that is, but maybe you'll get it back, if you complete the new skills? also I just noticed that though each skill definitely teaches helpful new skills. they also teach "new" words, that I already knew from skills farther down the tree....but I don't really want to complain, Duolingo is free, and a great resource.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

I agree, it does teach new skills and that is good. the dragon (or maybe it was an owl) was what I got for completing the original tree about 5 months ago. It was at the bottom of the skills until today.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

Ah I see. but now you can get that satisfaction again right? earn those crowns all over again! I see you're taking French as well, did that change? I know that Hebrew did not.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

French is a secondary language for me. I used to be fluent so I am just trying to revise a bit. I will check next time I go on it. Spanish is my main language. I put quite a lot of time into it each day.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/6KfM6mAA
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Yes it is confusing at first! This morning everything was normal for a few seconds and then my tree went to purple (level 0) and crowns went from 109 down to 90. There is so much more to practice now!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

Keep the faith. I did not like doing the long easy ones that were now at the beginning, but I have learned much more vocabulary.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

Incidentally, did everyone get the new skills?

3 months ago

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It seems that all of your posts are from a month ago. I've been using the phone app for over 200 days and was just hit with the new skills this morning.... and it seems there are hundreds of them.

First let me say "Thanks!" I finished the Spanish tree 6 months ago and felt that using DuoLingo to study Spanish had gotten stagnant. And there was a ton of Spanish I have yet to learn.... that seems to have been added.

But... now I'm confused. Do I have to manage my progression through this "New" tree? All of the lessons seem to be unlocked, but there are "checkpoints."

I don't care too much about crowns, but now I can't tell how I far I've gotten... or how much further I have to go.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

I got my new skills about a month ago and am still confused. When the crowns were lasted I wrote to Duo asking for advice on what they considered was the best way forward - ie start at the beginning and do each skill to level 5 etc. No one responded, so I am none the wiser. Like you I finished the original tree about 8 months ago. I think the new skills are a good idea but we do need advice on how to work them.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

Sorry when crowns were STARTED

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

Yeah that's when I got them too, I'm not sure how much there is to be confused about though. I think the "best way" to do the crowns is whatever you prefer, that's why they desighned it that way, so people who really want to learn those words, can do that right away, and others can just go for the broader knowledge. though they might forget some of the older words, because they never really pounded them into their brain. I think in the case of the new skills all being unlocked, that's simply because they are "easier" then what you've already done, so they're at the beginning of the tree, but since you have completed some past it, they unlocked them all for you. sorry I can't be more helpful

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

You have been very helpful. At the moment I usually have 2 skills on the go - one more difficult and one easy one for when I am getting tired.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

Thanks ;) I actually have a similar set-up, learning some new skills when I feel like it, and when I don't then I work on raising my crown level for other skills. Just wondering: do you have the test out option for crowns?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob385882
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I started doing just the "New Skills" to bring them up a few levels... and assuming they'd be "New Skills." But after doing several sessions with "New Skills," I've discovered that they've forgotten that I know most of the words, phrases, etc in the "New Skills."

I keep getting bonus points for words that are supposedly new. So I looked, and they've reduced the number of words they think I know. After finishing the Spanish Tree, my word count was over 3000. But now, it's like 2500. That explains why I keep getting the bonus points.

I don't think their word choosing algorithm is working because I have 100's of words I haven't practiced in 7 months. When I press the practice button, I keep getting words that I've practiced in the last 3 days.

Also, I just finished the new "Shopping" skill set. It had nothing to do with Shopping as far as I could tell.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela872862

Thanks Kinneret8. There was no option to reply to your post. If you do some work on the ap you will find the option to test out. I use on line and the ap

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kinneret8

That's weird that you couldn't reply. I actually have the option to test out on line, for Spanish I just wasn't sure if this was one of the things they were testing for some people, or if it was the new thing. good to know though.

2 months ago