https://www.duolingo.com/Emelia113197

Too much repetition of questions you never get wrong.

I wonder if there is a way DuoLingo could keep track of questions you ALWAYS answer correctly and replace them with something else or better yet, leave them out so you can work on the new material and progress faster through the tree.

I took Spanish in high school and college and even though I am taking advantage of the supposed "testing out" of skill levels, the higher skill levels are still so low that I continue to be asked to translate the same easy sentences I don't think I've ever gotten wrong. They reappear over and over such as "The school is interesting". It seems like such a waste of time.

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sharon275517
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You can also test out of higher skill levels. Use the web browser so you don’t have to pay in gems (iOS app) for the higher test outs.

1 week ago

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This is true and quite frustrating at times.

I also think they need to vary the conjugations -- tenses and moods, especially subjunctive -- earlier and more often.

Most Duolingo questions use the present indicative, even deep within the tree.

For native English speakers, learning to choose between the preterite and imperfect past tenses and using the subjunctive mood are important concepts that won't come naturally for most of us.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emelia113197

I agree, or at least they should let you skip ahead! After all in most any test I've ever taken if not all of them, I've been able to look at all the questions and skip around, answering them in the order I choose.

Evidently they have problems with people leaving who are being introduced to a new language for the first time if it isn't "easy" enough... and there are fewer of us who have already had past experience learning the language. What they haven't seemed to figure out yet is that they can have their cake and eat it too, if they let those of us who WANT to, to skip ahead and learn at a faster rate if we want to, without discouraging those who are learning for the first time - who can stay behind and do every lesson with all the extra repetition if they want.

I really don't get why those who are ready to do more aren't allowed to do so. It is almost as if DuoLingo is incorporating a substantial amount of dumbing down into the program and limiting those with an aptitude to learn more to settle for tedious review of already learned stale content before advancing to fresher more challenging material.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spiceyokooko
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I really don't get why those who are ready to do more aren't allowed to do so.

How about because duolingo is designed for people who have no prior knowledge of a language, unlike you, who has a lot?

No-one says you have to take every single skill to level 5, you can just test out level 1 and move on. Why are you wasting your time testing out to level 5 when you don't have to? Then coming on here moaning about having to do it?

If you feel you know a lesson well enough that any further learning is redundant, test out level 1 and move on to the next lesson.

Surely that's not too tedious for you to do?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emelia113197

If you read my post, in the second paragraph, I made it quite clear I was ALREADY taking advantage of that. As far as tedium goes, I haven't noticed much difference between levels 1 and levels 4 as far as new content being taught goes. It is same ole same ole no matter what level you are working on. Maybe there is a little more translation from English to Spanish required at the higher level but that is about it.

Your comment is the first I've heard DuoLingo is strictly for those brand new to the language.

6 days ago

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If you read my post, in the second paragraph, I made it quite clear I was ALREADY taking advantage of that.

So why are you complaining about the higher skills levels still being too easy for you? Test out at Level 1 and move on to the next lesson.

You might want to consider trying the reverse tree (Spanish to English) which is more challenging because it assumes you speak Spanish. Ignore the first 1/3rd, it's fairly easy, but after that you might find the challenge you're looking for.

6 days ago

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Your comment is the first I've heard DuoLingo is strictly for those brand new to the language.

I didn't say it was strictly for I said it was designed for those with no prior knowledge of the language. That doesn't preclude those people who do have prior knowledge, but understandably the early lessons will appear easy to them.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VoodooSaints

the harder conjugations seem like an afterthought. I just got to them halfway through level 5. they really should be introduced way earlier, and then practiced throughout.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/susu581980

Duolingo expanded the first part of the tree in the last year. Here is to hoping that they are planning to do the same for rest of the tree so we can get more practice with the harder tenses. Of course many will complain that there is too much repetition.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VoodooSaints

I'd rather the repetition. as it is, it seems like I got a half dozen new verb tenses thrown at me over the last few weeks, and I don't know when to use them, or which one im looking at.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emelia113197

Lucky you! I'd rather have that problem than not enough.

Some of the online dictionaries do complete conjugations of all the tenses of verbs and use them in sentences and show all the possible ways to use them. "Bab.la" is one of them.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaeleiKatz

well thats to help you recall the at the drop of a hat

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/susu581980

I agree. This course is designed for people from children to seniors who have no previous experience and different capabilities. We are all in control of where we spend our time. I also like the fact that I can get some sentences right. It makes me feel like I've learned something so I feel ready to take on harder material. There is plenty of stuff out there on the internet that is much more difficult for people who are ready for it.

6 days ago

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I think DuoLingo can only take you so far. Then you have to do something else or just use DuoLingo occasionally for revision. You need to get beyond translating and start to think in the language. Have you done all the stories? They are well worth doing for intermediates. If you are higher intermediate then it is time to use your language - watch films and TV (there is loads on Netflix), listen to native podcasts like those of RTVE or Ted En Español, read books in Spanish, and speak to or write to native Spanish speakers. Maybe look for a language exchange. You could also use Duolingo in a different way - like doing the reverse tree learning English from Spanish or learn a third language from Spanish.

6 days ago
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