Decaying skills???

Hi, I am returning to Duolingo after a long break (approx 1 year) and want to focus on learning Spanish again. I had completed 2/3 of my skill tree, but I don't remember much other than basic greetings, animals and food items. I notice that my skills have not decayed and when I try to practice them again, the words are at the advanced level I was at previously. As I cannot remember most of what I learnt before, its not going well and taking a long time to try and get to the level I was before. I feel like I'm starting from scratch. I have tried starting the reverse tree (Spanish to English) to see if that would help. Other than creating a new account and starting at the beginning, is there anyway I can practice the first few lessons of each skill without picking it up from level 3, 4 etc?

Thanks in advance :)

January 16, 2019


You don't have to start a new account; you can reset your tree in the existing account.

Looking at, it looks like you also had your tree switched out. There's a lot of new lessons in skills you had previously unlocked.

I can't give you advice on whether you should reset, but it's an option to consider.

January 16, 2019

If you use the PRACTICE button, you won't increase your crown levels or increment the "crown sessions" (lessons).

January 16, 2019

I am returning to Duolingo after a long break (approx 1 year) and want to focus on learning Spanish again.

If your break in the Spanish language is one year, I probably would restart from the beginning.

If you practiced it in your daily life or 3rd resources, it may not be that much difficult.

Doing the AnkiSRS "shared Spanish decks", Memrise "Duolingo" vocabulary courses or SuperMemo Spanish courses might get you back on track with vocabulary.

What do you think can you still recognize, recall from EN->SP words or remember in Romance (Spanish) grammar?

If you really want to restart your tree from scratch:
Be warned that the first ~10 levels might be tough for you in the first 3-4 months going again over the language basis, food and animal stuff and so many robotic random sentences which you cannot use in real-life as nobody is interested what the bee does, that the girl drinks milk, the woman eats bread and the man drinks beer....or stuff like that.

The Spanish course has got an update with 113 skills and 520 lessons.

Maybe the beginning is much different for this course....but I can't remember having had good times when I look back at my old Portuguese course and the first ~3-4 months...and I surely would not want to be FORCED to go over all this c..p again (when you reset your language progress back to level 0).

January 16, 2019

If you are using Chrome you can install an add-on Duo Strenght, that shows you which skills have decayed and how much.

January 18, 2019
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