https://www.duolingo.com/Spring.Kitten

Good age but no time...

I am at a good age to learn Spanish but I have school and homework. I can cram in some Duolingo time before school but then after school, I only have about 2 or 3 hours so that's 2.5 to 3.5 hours of Duolingo. Any suggestions to helpwith that?

3 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/dancepointe
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2.5-3.5 hours of Duolingo every single day is way too much. You won't be able to remember everything if you study for that long at a time ... unless, of course, you're used to studying that much on a single subject. I wouldn't recommend doing that with Duo. An hour a day is enough - more than enough. Even half an hour a day can teach you a language.

Instead of dividing your Duolingo time before and after school, why not try taking just one hour after school? Put all distractions - phone, music, etc. - aside for just one hour and study. Don't forget to watch some Spanish movies or read some Spanish books for variety.

I personally think that method is much more productive than spending 3 straight hours studying.

Good luck and congrats on your decision to learn a new language!

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S0Y_BATMAN
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You never remember everything that you study regardless of the amount of time you study for, however if you study a single topic for 3 hours you will remember that topic better than if you study for an hour. That being said your brain does better if you study in shorter intervals but if they want to spend 3 hours a day studying spanish they will definitely learn more than if they just spent one hour. But I do agree that it would be more productive to spend time on other resources as well. Just don't discourage people from putting more time in because the more time and effort you put in the more you'll get out.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dancepointe
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Thanks for clarifying! I certainly wouldn't want to discourage anyone from putting plenty of time and work into learning a language. I just don't think it's a good idea to rush the lessons, and my personal pace is less time over more days rather than more time over fewer days. But that's just me, so thanks for your insight.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spring.Kitten

it's fine, it's just that to get something into my head and stay, I need to actually learn it for a long period of time at once. P.S: sorry if that doesn't make sense, it's 10 pm.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ymous1
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Indeed, I agree with most of what you say. It is true that after a period of time, most people's brains will stop retaining information without a break.

It is certainly possible to do three hours a day of duolingo! If you are committed, it is definitely not way too much. I have done it before. But, it's important to maintain a pace. Don't rush through lessons just to complete them, and make sure you are retaining information. Take a break every 30 minutes or one hour, or whenever you feel your mind is tired.

This is just what works for me

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spring.Kitten

yup i'm committed and I do have wee breaks

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jose629597

I may be wrong but... I think the other person maybe suggesting that the more time you put into the subject past a threshold, you receive diminishing returns. For example you might study for 10 minutes and remember 9 things, 30 minutes 17 things, 1 hour 30 things, 2 hours 40 things, 3 hours 45 things. I think the study to time graph would have a logarithmic or logistical form.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ymous1
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I'm not sure if that's true, but if it is, you're still getting returns nonetheless.

I don't feel like I have diminishing returns when I study duolingo for three hours a day..I break my time up nicely. Breaks whenever I feel like I need one, am getting bored, or not retaining as much information. I take short breaks in between skills to browse the forums. It works for me, but that's not to say it will work for everyone. My point is, it's not correct to generalize that 3 hours of time spent on duolingo is too much or counterproductive, because what is too much for one person can be just right for another.

Have a lingot!

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jose629597

I think we both have a part of the truth. Some days I spend thirty minutes on duolingo and I am mentally done. Other days I spend hours and would be happy to spend more.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spring.Kitten

aha i mean per day x

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner
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do like 15 minutes to 20 minutes because if you have that much of a hectic schedule you will not have time for anything else like spending time with friends or family

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spring.Kitten

I do this downstairs with my mum and nana anyway (my sis stays up in her room all day) and it's always raining so I can't go round to my friends house anyway.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Crissyra21

I recommend learning about 100 xp a day, and this usually takes me about an hour. good luck!

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cat4343

100 xp takes you an hour of learning? I don't mean to be rude but it usually takes me about 30 minutes. You must be very thorough!

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jose629597

It is interesting to hear different peoples' experiences. Each lesson takes me 5ish minutes. At 10xp per lesson for a total of 100 xp that's roughly 50 minutes.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I think 2 hours a day is plenty of time for Duolingo no matter what age you are, especially with breaks between them. My high school Spanish classes were about 1 1/2 hours and even with lunch in the third quarter of the class in my first highschool (to which I went for 3 years), that was plenty of time for most of the students to learn at least some words.

I would recommend doing 20-30 minutes either before you go to bed or as close to right after dinner if possible, and then do more on the weekend or whenever you have free time. I don't recommend doing Duolingo in the morning unless you're a early bird and can remember things from early in the day better than in later hours. You can even use Duolingo as a treat for completing your homework, if you like!

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spring.Kitten

i sure am an early bird, thx

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spiceyokooko
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Little, but often, little but often, little but often!

Don't be in such a hurry! Learning a language is a long term investment in time, think two years plus, you're not going to do it any faster regardless of how many hours a day you do.

In many ways doing 2-3 hours a day of duolingo is counter-productive, you just will not retain what you're learning. On the contrary 20 minutes or so a day, regularly over a long time period will enable you to learn and retain what you're learning.

I've been here 6 years this January and I'm still learning!

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ymous1
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For some people, 2-3 hours a day is doable. Brains work differently in many ways and retaining information is one of them

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wangshengf

NICE

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessenia2925

Hola :) Escucha canciones en español

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spring.Kitten

Escucho sus podcasts (disculpe si soy malo al escribir esto)

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessenia2925

Está bien escrito, no te preocupes. Eso te ayudara mucho, sigue así y lograras aprender muy rápido.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/letterlover13
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You are going to go CRAZY after staring at a computer for 3.5 hours! I think that an hour a day is about the maximum tme that I want to spend on Duolingo!

3 weeks ago
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