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Is it regular to feel burnt out after a few weeks?

How do I not feel so meh about learning German? After a few weeks it feels like a chore? (I still don't wanna quit)

June 11, 2018



I would set your XP-bar low for a bit, and keep plugging away at it. It will keep your streak going. Then raise it later. Some exposure is better than none, and your interest will come back. Once it does, raise the bar.

Or you could watch some TV in the meantime...


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It happens to all of us. Good advise Eric.


I will have to give that a try! Vielen Dank! :)

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The same issue slowed me down, for a few weeks, in the middle of the tree. I was so proud of my streak (silly, I know) that I kept going. Glad I stuck with it. Now, reading kids books in German has inspired, and re?energized me. My Grandson laughs out loud when I read them also.....totally worth the effort. viel Glück Mark442

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Glad I have stuck with it.


Thank you very much! :)


Totally normal. Learning comes in waves. Stay steady, at a minimum, and do more when you’re bored with other stuff.


Thanks for the tip! :)


Level 14? After only a few weeks? Maybe you're working too hard.

Try taking a bit of a break. For a week or so just do a few practice lessons each day. Make it a game, see how many XP points you can get on a timed session. Perhaps go through some of the stories. When you've had a week off of doing the minimum, try reading the news in German, or watch a TV show in German (even if it's a kids show).... maybe it will get you back in the mood.

I've gone through a couple of slumps since I started on Duolingo. I always come back rejuvenated after a week of doing the minimum.


I've actually gotten burnt out before. I just recently got back into it. My level was like 7 or 8. I do though do 200 XP a day... too much?


Well... One of the problems of gamefication is that it is not uncommon for people to lose interest due the fact that the streaks, lingots, number of words, crowns, etc, are pretty much "empty" things. They're not "real". You can't do anything with them and after a while you starts to get tired of it.

So, what I would advise is to set real life goes concerning the language. Would you be able to read a piece of text? A book? Understand the letter of a music? See a movie in German? Read comics? Write a letter to someone? Have a conversation in German with someone you know?

Real life goals will boost your desire for learning. But take small steps.

I buy a magazine named "Deutsch Perfeket". And my first goal is to be able to read, and understand at least one paragraph of some of the news and texts in there. And after 3 weeks I start to be able to do that. I am not able to read the entire text, for example, due a understandable short of words. But my first goal was achieved. Now I am preparing to a bigger goal: Read an entire piece of text using litle the dictionary.

And so goes on.

The first time I tried to learn German, I wasn't able to keep going. Now that I understand what was the problem at the time, it is much easier :)

Hope this helps.


One thing that helps me is finding German gaming videos on YouTube. It has helped me learn a lot of new words, but also kept me entertained at the same time. Another thing I do is listen to German music and try to figure out what the lyrics mean. If you need a few YouTubers/bands/artists as a starting point, I can list some if you want. I hope this helps! :)


I'll have to give that a shot! I'm a big gaming person! Vielen Dank! :)


Great advice! Which songs are your favorite? Recommend us some..

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