What is the best way to progress through the modules?
I'm wondering what people think are the effective ways to go through the modules. Going through one module at a time until it's level 5 seemed to be OK for a little while, but I also find myself easily forgetting things from earlier lessons this way. Going through all of them through level 1 also seems bad, since there's no way to practice the vocab. Lately I've been learning about 5 lessons at once, and practicing them sort of in waves; lessons 1 to 3 one day, 4-5 the next, and then repeating until their at level 5. I'm curious about what others have been doing and what works best for them.
"Spaced repetition" is very important.
This is explained in moderator hughcparker's comment in
Some background information about "Duolingo's Crown method
- In crown level 0 you will learn all the words
- crown levels 1-4 are explained in
The advice in the English Duolingo Help Center
you don’t have to get to Level 5 right away!
We in fact recommend you don’t get to Level 5 all in one go.
Level 5 is there to show that you have practiced the words in that skill a ton and probably don’t need further practice on it for quite a while. It’s completely optional.
We definitely think we can do a better job of encouraging you not to binge on one skill, though, since that can feel really repetitive.
How can you make the program add new material?
- Tap on a new skill in "crown level" 0 (purple circle)
- do all the lessons in that skill until the skill has reached "crown level" 1 (blue circle)
- tap the next new skill in "crown level" 0 (purple circle)
- etc. etc.
When are you going to do lessons in skills with "crown level" 1-4?
- if you need more repetition
if you want to translate more to your target language (crown level 4)
my favorite method:
if the "strength" of a skill is ≤ 75% in your (unofficial, but very useful) progress webpage
thanks! I'm a little disheartened to be honest, I was looking at some sample A1 paragraphs in both English and German and could translate neither, so I want to do the extra push to learn more efficiently.
Language learning is like that - frustration followed by breakthrough followed by frustration and then, with luck and dedication and time, another breakthrough! And then the cycle all over again. Sometimes time is really what’s needed for your brain to assimilate the new things, sometimes it’s an extra push of grammar and vocabulary.
I trust my moods - there are some days I'm hungry for new things and i zip through a few new virgin levels getting them to 1. Other days I feel like I'm weak in a certain area (dative!) (prepositions!) (modal!) and I buckle down to get them to a 3 -4. Then, at a later point I "five" out the ones I care about. There are a few in my tree still sitting at 4 because I find them boring (body 1, shopping, travel) ... maybe I'll finish them off sometime, maybe I won't. I'm taking formal lessons at the same time as doing duolingo - If we're doing something in class I want to use duolingo to practice (eg modal verbs) I race through the tree in order to open up the lesson I really want and need to practice.
You are already doing fine, hints and links from pentaan and daschless88 are useful. About the percentages mentioned: They can help to remind you. If you have a need for repetition - finally it's your decision, so just jump back to a random skill, may be after doing something new before. (But I guess you are going so already..)