Instructions and Explanations
I'm new to Duolingo and I am really benefitting from the exercises.
But, I find no directions or explanation on how the site works. What is the graph about? What are the icons with graduated sections about? How do you know about your progress, practice sessions, etc.
It would really help if the site had some basic instructions for beginners on how to use the site. Intuitive is good to a point, but . . .
I have the same question. I've been using Duoling for a while, in a completely random way. I have no idea what all the graphs and icons mean, it's a complete mystery. Ridiculous that there are no instructions - and I've paid for Duolingo Plus. I think it's really bad that there is no initial help or support for people. Thinking of cancelling and switching to an app which makes things clear. It's difficult enough learning a new language without having to decode a load of icons and graphs.
if you successfully complete a lesson, then continue clicking continue, it will take you to the next lesson, or click "home" and click on the next lesson. On the home page, you will see a check mark next to completed lessons and "Begin" under the next one. (If you lose all three hearts and crash, click "retry" and do it again. It's crushing when you lose the last heart on the last question! But buck up, and retry - or wait for the next day!)
It's not surprising that you are lost. With lessons within icon/topic areas and neither a linear nor a free-form structure it's a bloody mess. I've done mostly 3 levels (earning a crown. Why?) and have access to new tropics. Should I stay in the current areas and go higher (levels 4, 5... 101?) or should I acess the new topics? Yes, it's an engaging interface and litsvof good features. But painfully lacking structures. Lingots, Crowns and that weird elephant thing? Can anyone explain?