My Russian Lessons are a bit repetitive - I have mixed feelings/thoughts about it
So, the title pretty much says it. On Alphabet, Phrases, and Basics, I graduated to level 4 on each, and thought, "OK, the phrases will be different this time" - but they are exact repeats.
So far Russian is my only language experience on Duo, maybe the programs differ in quality between languages. And yes, after initially going crazy on level 1 and 2 I came to realize that, if I was ever going to learn this language, I'd need a lot of repetition, but by level 3 and 4 for these categories, there no challenge and you don't see new words and syntaxes systematically being entered in.
You also don't see anywhere a list of words you've learned for that level (that I know of) to that point in the category.
If you curate or helped design the Russian module, I'd appreciate your feedback.
I hate to tell you but repetition is the only way to learn a language. The advantage here is that you'll learn tons of stock phrases, which is one of the most efficient ways to learn a language. It's better than learning single words, because it allows you to swap words in sentences you already know.
When you feel like you've exhausted a lesson, move on to the next. No reason to max out the crowns. Level 5 is way too much anyways. I get bored usually with 3 crowns.
Just ignore the crowns and move on as you see fit. You don't have to get to to the 5th crown to move on. Crowns were implemented to make you spend more time here, not to improve your learning. Better spend your time on other resources as well, it will benefit your learning so much more. Have a look at this very good course for example:
All the language lessons are very repetitive. Only do the first two or three levels and move on. Save the next levels for review.
I'm currently up to the Conjunctions level, and the first Basics levels are indeed repetitive. But as you stated it is more about familiarizing yourself with the alphabet and learning the basics rather than building your vocab and learning grammar.
Wait till you reach the Genitive level, trust me you will be overwhelmed with grammar and words to learn ;) From there on it is really fun (albeit complex). But I agree, try to reach level 4 in each skill before moving onto the next lesson, as I found that is usually the point where I have mastered that particular lesson.
With summary of each lesson. I'd recommend a notebook and building your own lexicon of words and summarizing each lesson and just keep writing each of the sentences.
It will get much much harder!
If you go to your Duome site: https://duome.eu/SamuelFull8 there's some more information about you've learnt so far. I think there's also a Duolingo Google Chrome extention which (I believe) tells you which words you've learned - plus various other progress and learning details.
Just do one level at a time. Leaving time between levels gives the material time to sink in. Move on rather than repeating it too soon. You do need repetition but you also need that repetition spaced out sufficiently so that the repetitions are discreet rather than just a single lumped exposure that won't stay in your mind as well. It isn't just boring to do multiple levels at a time, it is inefficient.
You can't expect to create genuine sentences in a language without sufficient knowledge about that language. So you should repeat the very fundamentals at the beginning a lot. If you are bored then focus on their accurate pronunciation as much as you can it is very important. You will always have trouble regarding word memorization in the future if you can't pronunce the words accurately