Seriously? I just saw the change in the tree yesterday( and lost about 100 crowns I think) and opened "greetings". It has me defining words like "oui" and "bonjour". I'm at level 25 and have been studying French for years. Why would I go back to the very beginning???
They rolled out an A/B test for a staff made tree. It is quite different from the volunteer made tree we are used to, which is why those who got it lost so much progress. Duolingo calls it "helping you learn more effectively."
I am not very impressed with how Duolingo has handled this. They have put many users in the position of spending time redoing material they already did and know or giving up their French tree and looking for other resources. I've been using Duolingo since 2012 and have seen many bad A/B tests and many unhappy users but this one surpasses it all. But Duolingo literally does not care. Sorry.
Duolingo also seems to have "cut off" all the wonderful volunteer course contributors such as Sitesurf from accessing this "staff tree". As a result they cannot respond to questions benefiting us with their wealth of knowledge, nor correct errors. It seems to be a very poor way to treat people who have given a lot of time and care to those of us who are on the English to French tree. I have asked Duolingo to explain why the course contributors seem to have been " cut off" but have yet to receive any explanation.
I have to admit that I'm also unhappy with this new tree.
I tried to be positive about it when it first appeared this week [good to refresh the basics ] but am becoming increasingly de-motivated by the lessons it offers.
I have absolutely no interest in writing the same [very basic] sentence over and over again throughout 5 levels of testing out. It's mind-numbingly boring and I'm not learning anything new.
Duo, I think it's time you listened to your public and restored the previous tree!!!!!
I have just seen the new tree this morning. I have lost about 200 crowns, and totally agree with CarolJohns 10 comments about being taken back to basics. This is seriously demotivating and I am not happy. Duolingo needs to think again.
Thank the crown system for this atrocity. You only need to complete one level in each lesson.
I actually like this new tree. I find the learning process friendlier and more motivating. If i bump into sections that I already know, I just go faster through them.
Like you I had achieved Level 25 and had a streak of 340 days, until I took a hiking trip last month.Because of the change to the Tree, I lost about 220 Crowns and, bluntly, am not prepared to waste my time on such elementary exercises. Sadly I will have to find another on-line tutor but will monitor DL in the hope that the former Tree and our Crowns will be restored.
I'm also at level 25 and am VERY unhappy with the new tree system. Although I welcome the challenge of new vocabulary there is absolutely no benefit to intermediate students to go back to basic vocabulary. It is a complete waste of my time!
The changeover should have been handled differently according to level.
I have also returned to Duoling after a short break to find that I have been put right back to the very begining on practically the entire tree. I was at about level 24. What is this about? The introduction of the health system was bad enough but this is outrageous. How much patience are we supposed to have while the original excellent system is taken apart and destroyed. I agree that Duolino do not appear to care.
Having looked at this system a little more closely, I can see that there may be some small advantages. I followed the clue to test out and it presented no problems whatsoever. Also the immediate grammar lessons are a welcome addition.
All good stuff, but why didn't Duolingo send us an explanation of the new system by email? They certainly send us enough reminders to do our daily practice . Information is power so please empower us with information of what you are doing.
How do you know which tree you are on? I started with Duolingo more than a year ago and have just come back to it as a way of practicing as I am also having lessons elsewhere.