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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carlozzo

Too long chapters?

I don't know if I am the only one who thinks the chapters are too long. I am talking about the chapters with 8 or more lessons. I get the feeling that nothing gets done and I am always on the same chapter.

I prefer the shorter chapters with 3-5 lessons. Am I the only one? Tell me your thoughts on long chapters.

May 24, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnAngelaras

Nope, I totally agree sometimes it could be degrading. And if you have absolutely no interest in the topic then its even more painful. But if you do like 1-2 sub-lessons a day they seem to go by.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fer84

Hard to keep it golden at this paste

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fancyfeet711

I agree! I just got to a new section of adjectives and there's 10 lessons in it! I'd much rather do two sections of 5 rather than 10 all at once. It's hard to retain it all, and it's a bit daunting thinking how long it will take to work through it all!

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valleygirl69

Absolutely agree with you about parts of the French tree with so many lessons. I find it demoralizing, and not very helpful for learning- especially when the words are in alphabetical order- they just seem to blur together in my mind. Don't know if you've gotten Adv 2 yet, but is killing me and making me totally frustrated. Can't remember other places where I've had the same experience. Can't remember if it was Adv 2 (tend to think it was) where I got so fed up I gave up a 99 day streak. Oh, btw, have a lingot. I hope Duo pays attention to your sentiments.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carlozzo

No, but I'm at Pres 3 and Time both have around 10 lessons!

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valleygirl69

You can't get to Adv. 2 (at least in French) until you have completed Verbs Present 3 and Time. So, it must have been earlier. Yes, I've been through those, and irrc Vpres 3 was a real struggle. (Maybe that was when I bailed!) Time was not so bad, b/c of long ago French I knew most. I got interrupted when I was typing a comment to someone below, who said "Chill". But, I'll summarize my thoughts here: A huge part of learning has to do with psychology! Positive encouragement. I've thought of writing to Duo about this issue (what you mention), but not sure they'd pay attention- Might be hard to redo the tree.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carlozzo

Sorry, I thought he meant Adject 2. Adject 2 has 9 lessons.

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimEnglishWoman

hello, I have heard "the tree" in duolingo several times. Excuse my ignorance but, can you direct me as to where I can find that"tree" thank you so much in advance, Kim

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robynho100

yeah. in german, there are so many chapters, but each one has a little bit of lessons. in french, is the opposite: so many lessons, but few chapters.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maddyis7

This topic has been brought up many times and in many areas. For instance the number of lessons in 'clitics' in Italian is just 3. You may not know what clitics are, as you are doing French, but 3 lessons is too much, let alone 8 or 9! It is not natural to learn a hundred adverbs or adjectives at once. But maybe it works. It is off-putting though none-the-less.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klgregonis

Why do them all at once? do two lessons in a skill plus a review per day, or whatever you have time for. The skills with more lessons just give you more info and practice, not much different than going back and doing a practice session. Breaking them up might be a psychological advantage, but not really an extra benefit to learning the language. Chill! You don't have to finish a skill per day!

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valleygirl69

Learning a language- don't discount the psychological advantage! I think that that is a huge benefit to learning the language. And, Duo, on the whole, has done really well at providing upbeat reinforcement. But, the parts with a huge numbers of lessons, where one can't move on until finished, really can be demoralizing.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tbvjshqk017

at first it kinda bothered me too, but now I am kinda used to it. think it helps if you take it much much slower if doing lessons feels more like a chore.

I am sure it wouldn't make a high priority, but it might be worth noticing that chapters w/ many lessons bother some users.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/suesieb

When I feel frustrated, I go back and strengthen other leaves in my tree.

May 24, 2014

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    I agree psychologically its too much they should split the ones that are 8 or 10 into 2 seperate ones and label it part 1 and part 2, so no real difference in content or layout, but a big difference mentally

    May 25, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmineK

    totally agree with you in here , sometimes you feel that you're wasting your time in doing long chapters with more than 7 lessons , but then i prefer the test out to complete it quickly

    May 25, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jasminedesi16

    I agree sometimes it is so discouraging to have eight lessons in a chapter.

    May 26, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_splendor_

    d'accord :P

    May 26, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TURNDOWNFORWHAT7

    i agree

    May 26, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimEnglishWoman

    I totally agree, too long, way too long, it is "depressing" sometimes. Some give 5% each lessons so you have to do it 20 times to get 1 full circle!!!??? before it was 25% each but now they vary from 2% to 8% each lessons, it takes for ever to just do one circle... I am glad I am not the only one that "hates" that!!!!

    August 9, 2019
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