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

Crown System

How does one work with the crown system that has been introduced since I was last on Duolingo?

Should I work towards the highest crown level (which is what?) for each task?

For example, do I complete all crowns for Beginner 1 before moving to Beginner2?

Is there a recommended path to follow within each stage/group of tasks for optimal learning?

Thanks.

June 19, 2018

9 Comments


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

Should I work towards the highest crown level (which is what?) for each task?

Duolingo's advice in
https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002253451-Can-I-test-out-of-individual-skills-

you don’t have to get to Level 5 right away!
We in fact recommend you don’t get to Level 5 all in one go.
Level 5 is there to show that you have practiced the words in that skill a ton and probably don’t need further practice on it for quite a while. It’s completely optional.

June 20, 2018

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

Thanks, pentaan, for the link. So it’s a personal choice as to which Crown level one works at, even from one skill to another depending, say, on the degree of practice one needs?

June 20, 2018

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

I'm not pentaan but yes, the Crowns make Duolingo a lot more flexible. In French or Spanish I can complete a crown, go to the next skill, and then go back to review periodically.

In Czech, however, I need to get to at least crown 3 before even thinking about attempting the next skill.

Just play around with it and see what works best for you.

June 20, 2018

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

Thank you. That's exactly the kind of advice I want based on other's personal experience.

June 20, 2018

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

Found an answer posted elsewhere by mod Lrtward in response to someone else with the same question: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002237152-What-are-Crown-Levels-

June 19, 2018

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

Here's my method:

Start at the top and go down. For every skill that is not yet gold, do one activity. Some skills will turn gold quickly, while others may take several weeks. But each one gets a little practice. Brag to my family when one turns gold.

Do an activity in each new skill. Do more than one if I don't learn anything that I didn't already know (like from other language programs or other exposure to the language).

Do a timed practice. This won't affect crown levels, but it will use skills and words I haven't had in a while, as well as make me think more quickly.

Do TinyCards if DuoLingo has made a set for the language. Use the barbells to gild any skills that are not still gold. Do as many sets in the new skill(s) as needed until it gives me a word I haven't yet learned in DuoLingo.

June 20, 2018

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

Thanks Mama. Sorry to be dim but what do you mean when you talk of a skill turning gold? Do you mean completing a golden 'ring cycle' around the edge of a skill, and thus 'levelling up' and increasing the Crown number for any one skill?

June 20, 2018

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

When you reach crown level 5 of a skill, it will no longer have one of the other colors, but will have a gold background which matches the crown and that ring. At that point, while you can still select it and practice that skill, there is no higher level to reach on that skill.

In the discussions of crowns, you will often see people talk about how their tree was gold, then the crowns update came, and their tree was no longer gold. That's because the skill used to turn gold when they had done each of the lessons (the equivalent of level 1). But, over time, skills would lose their gold color and have to be strengthened to turn gold again.

I joined DuoLingo two months before the crowns update, so I saw the difference, but I was not as attached to the old format as some who had been here longer. I just devised my own method of working with it.

June 22, 2018

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

Thanks again Mama. I guess I'll muddle along and find my own way, whilst trying out the ideas of others like yourself, once I get used to how things work.

June 22, 2018
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