https://www.duolingo.com/MitchellDe201488

Depth or Breadth?

Hi all, I recently started German from scratch. I see that each topic has many levels. I am wondering what the best learning strategy would be:

  • Go through each topic level 1, 2 etc. until 5 before moving on to the next.
  • Do each topic to level 1, the come back and do them to level 2, etc.
  • Some combo.

What has been your experience? Does Duolingo recommend an approach?

July 4, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

You may want to do each exercise to level 2, and then go back and level up to 3, then back again to 4 ect. But Reynir's way is good also. But since you are going from scratch you may need to get your ears tuned into German words and so going through each level twice to begin with may help.

July 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Reynir4536

I would go through all topics on level one to cover all the grammar and to learn a basic vocabulary. Then you are free to choose the order of subjects that suits you.

July 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Yes, I definitely agree. Do not go through each level to level 5 before proceeding to next level. Imho.

July 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jussel11

Use www.duome.eu/MitchellDe201488/progress. Keep the strength of each topic at 100%. For strengthening you klick on that page on the crown symbol of that topic, you want to strengthen.

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchellDe201488

That is an interesting page. I can see where I could lapse when moving on and start to get worse in the earlier material.

July 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousKey1

I'm at about the same place as you, but the way I've been doing it is staggered: At any given time I have two or three lessons I've gotten to level one, and as I learn new ones, I level up the older ones. I might have to adjust this practice as it gets more complicated, but it's worked well for the first cluster. Viel Gluck! :) (my keyboard so far lacks umlauts, need to get that sorted)

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jussel11

my keyboard so far lacks umlauts, need to get that sorted

Then please exchange the way we also exchange them for crossword:
ä=ae, ö=oe, ü=ue, ß=ss

July 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

You probably have umlauts but don't know how to access them. What OS are you using?

July 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchellDe201488

I think am going to adopt a strategy like yours. I feel like I have learned just a few words very well at this point, and not much else. I am also trying to learn the grammar from example, and not necessarily reading all the informational pages up front. I will at some point, but I think learning rules without having some practice first will be difficult to absorb.

July 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/guntunge

I would repeat lessons once in awhile. So not go through the entire tree on level 1 and then repeat all over again, but repeat some parts earlier now and then. An entire tree from top to bottom takes quite long and while many words are reoccurring some are not that often used and you might need to repeat them in their lesson where they first appeared do not forget them.

But depends on you, how good you are at memorizing words. If seeing them once is enough or if you need to see and use them several times.

July 9, 2018
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