https://www.duolingo.com/DerekWaghe1

How much XP per day is healthy?

Saluton! Mi pripensis ke tro da lernado en unu tago povas malsani. I was reflecting/wondering that too much learning can be unhealthy. If you guys had nonbusy, boring summer days with which to practice Esperanto for hours, how much time would you spend learning Esperanto every day? The implication being that I have time.

I don't want to 1) burn my brain out by learning too much at once, 2) quickly forget vocab/grammar due to cramming, and 3) overdosing on the fun that is learning another language and walking away from it for a few days (or weeks).

So, how much time would you recommend learning Esperanto? Or rather, how much XP would you recommend gaining? I know that 10 minutes for you might be worth 20 XP for you but only 10 for me, because everyone learns at different paces (and I repeat translations multiple times to practice speaking it). I know it'll differ for everybody depending on interest, ability, speed, etc., I just want some general idea of what most people would do.

I'm currently fluctuating from 10-60, the median being 20-40. Whenever I do closer to 60, I usually have a sudden drop and only do about 10 XP the next day (to reach my daily goal). I'm serious about learning Esperanto and have what I think is a high level of interest; I just have low attention spans during the summer and am a sometimes-procrastinator, so watching Netflix is easier to force myself to do.

Edit: Bonvolu montri al miajn malbonajn frazojn kaj grammar en miaj (maloftaj) frazoj en Esperanto.

June 22, 2018

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 22
  • 19
  • 14
  • 14
  • 14
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 546

In my experience, you'll recognize it when you start burning out for the day. You'll start feeling bad and you'll be making too many mistakes.

On a good day I can handle about 250 XP of progress or about 1,000 XP of review before my brain is fried. Time is usually the limiting factor. Though of course it depends on the language, and the topic, and the day. Today I only managed 80 XP of Spanish progress before I had to throw in the towel.

People often downplay the gamification side of the site, but I'd actually recommend the opposite: love your streak, commit yourself to your streak. It's there to remind you that consistency is more important than cramming.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekWaghe1

Thanks everyone for their advice, it really helped a lot! I was also wondering if there is a way to access all of the words I have learned so far? I know there used to be that feature but I can't find it anymore. It would be helpful for me to specifically see the words I often forget until I see them...like sxlosi or trancxi. I know them when I see them, but would never remember them off the top of my head.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 22
  • 19
  • 14
  • 14
  • 14
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 546

Switch back to your Spanish and you'll see it. The feature is available for some languages but not Esperanto. Some clever folks did find a workaround that lets you trick the system into displaying them but I could never get it to work for me.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EsperantoHundo

You can have a daily goal of 10 XP and still do 20-40 when you have time and energy.

I find it helpful to repeat each sentence out loud until I can say it fluently. That adds some time to each lesson, but it's helpful.

It's easier to accumulate XP in the early part of the tree because there are less sentences per lesson and the sentences are simpler and shorter.

So set your daily goal low (10 XP) and consistently exceed expectations.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaptianKaos8
  • 25
  • 25
  • 22
  • 17
  • 10

What I do, very effective!

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cambarellus
  • 25
  • 15
  • 11
  • 8
  • 6
  • 416

I agree, although I've got my goal set to 20 XP. I try to hit at least 100 each day, preferably 200. I couldn't do that every day though. Some days the brain needs a rest- and I need a rest so I will hit only 20 for a few days in a row.

If you do 100 every single day you will get sick of it and it becomes a chore rather than fun.

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekWaghe1

The last few days I've been trying to set a minimum of 50, but I can already tell I'm going to have a few lower days. Being active on the forums has made me more friends though, so now competing with others to get the most XP is very motivating :D

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/22gulls
  • 23
  • 10
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 214

Dear Derek,

I think it all depends on how you are feeling that day. For me some days I will be inspired to learn a lot of French and do 50-80 XP, others I will feel tired and groggy and do only 10-30 XP. It is all up to you!

If you are really serious about learning Esperanto, than I suggest not to watch Netflix before it. For example: One day I was sitting on my sofa, doing my French lesson, when my brother plops down on one of the chairs across from me. He grabs the remote and starts watching television. I am trying to finish my French lesson, but I am distracted by my brother's show. All of a sudden I have lost interest in focusing on the task at hand. The moral here: complete your lesson before you watch Netflix, or do other activities. I suggest doing it early in the morning, before you get busy.

You are right to decide not to rush. I made this mistake while learning French. I decided to rush ahead so I could complete my French tree. Unfortunately I had to go back and relearn the lessons.(This was before the "crowns" were introduced.) And I also forgot most of the vocabulary. There is still a lasting effect of my actions. Lower down on the tree I still forget the vocabulary, and often make many mistakes. My advice, just be careful, do not rush, and take your time. If you complete a lesson and are not sure if you remember all the vocabulary, or you are confused on the grammar rules, REDO the lesson! There is no consequence to relearn a lesson. And it is better to be safe than sorry.

I wish you the best in your language learning, and I hope my advice helps.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PannasOwen
  • 25
  • 25
  • 22
  • 17
  • 14
  • 13
  • 11
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 781

Yes, games distract me and I find myself doing them way too often.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/geo_torno9

It depends. Like, if you're feeling tired, I'd say only do 10 XP or so (because you really should care what you feel like, don't force yourself to do a billion XP when you're super tired). But some days, you might feel really energetic, and do 100's of XP. So basically, just do as much as you feel good doing.

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/fc0292
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 20
  • 14
  • 13
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 106

I have been doing 500 xp per day and I feel good this way, sometimes I tried 1000 per day but my brain burns, less than 500 I lost the motivation and 100 seems too much.

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekWaghe1

I've noticed that I can do 2-4 lessons before I burn out, but I can practice more times than that and be fine. Especially when I spread the practices throughout the day.

June 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/H7rx2
  • 17
  • 12
  • 9
  • 2

this is a really good question, some days I do 100 some days I do 500, some days I can hardly do 10 (normally these are the days that I just fail so much i quit and then start again later) I have gone very quickly i think. I am at level 11 after 2 weeks study and I am kind of regretting it. I have spent all my time these last few days just consolidating what I have learned in the previous lessons.

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/This_Dark_Soul

I normally do it for until I have over a hundred XP - or two hundred if I'm bored - no matter how long it takes me. If you try to do a lot in a shorter amount of time, you won't remember the words as well as making you feel like you don't wat to do it anymore. Less learning in a longer amount of time is much better.

June 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/StrangaStrigo

I don't set a goal beyond my standard 30xp every day. If I'm short on time, that's all I do. If time isn't an issue, I'll play until I'm just ready to meander off and do other things. However, most of the day I try to think in Esperanto. I work in customer service so I'll repeat questions and answers or narrate interactions to myself. I keep a dictionary nearby and look up words I don't know as I come across them. Practical daily use can go a long way to keeping things interesting.

July 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/trenton

I doubt, seriously, that you could "over dose".

October 22, 2018
Learn Esperanto in just 5 minutes a day. For free.