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

French from English

Is it just me or does anyone else get sick and tired of the same old sentences being repeated over and over again? Surely the words/ideas being taught can be phrased in different sentences.

September 6, 2019

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/W-Ruggles-Wolfe

Looking at your Duome data (https://www.duome.eu/LoisDelaney/progress), it appears that you are taking each skill to Crown Level 5 before starting the next skill.

This might be part of the reason why the site feels repetitious.

When Crowns rolled out, it took 12 lesson cycles within each skill to get to CL5 (Wagnerian rings nightmare? Even he stopped at five.) -- which was DL's attempt to deal w/the loss of spaced repetition (SRS). I think their idea was that people might do CL0 and CL1 (maybe part of CL2) - and then move on to the next skill. Then occasionally double back and work on the higher crown levels for the previous skills. I.e., users would be creative and find their own 'best case' SRS patterns.

Though what appears to have happened is that a lot of users did what you are doing - taking each skill to CL5 before moving on. (And yeah - that would be dull.)

Just recently - DL made the announcement that they are A) bringing SRS back and B) reducing the number of lesson cycles it takes to go to CL5. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33937433

I'm in an A/B group that has fewer lesson cycles from CL0 to CL5. I like it. I find that if I take careful notes - it works rather well.

Depending upon which version of DL you're using (web, android, iOS) - the timeline for when you get the new system will vary.

In the meanwhile - maybe you can change to working a skill up to CL2 (or maybe 3), and then continuing up the tree. Then every day or so - doubling back and reinforcing skills you've already started.

As always, just a thought. YMMV.

September 6, 2019

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

I see your point, sometimes I do switch between different lessons so I get some variety. I might try to do that more often. I mostly use the Android app, but occasionally use the web based app on my Mac .Thanks for your input.

September 7, 2019

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

I think the sentances are repeated because when we repeat over and over again the same sentences we remember that better. That's good for people who started learn some language because later they don't have to think how to say something, they just say it.

If you are sick and tired it means you have learned that lesson. And when you come back later to that lesson you will see you remember all.

September 6, 2019

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

My understanding is that a lot of the content is put together by volunteers. It is more complicated than it first seems because any given sentence might have many possible correct translations. I agree more variety would be better, but I am thankful for the incredible amount of effort that they have put into this for free, and made available for free.

September 6, 2019

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

No longer true. The course you are using was written by Duolingo's paid "experts" and staff.

September 6, 2019

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

My mistake; thanks for the clarification.

September 6, 2019

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

Yes I see your point Jeff. Just a tad frustrating, but I do love Duolingo! Very addictive and so nice to pick up from where I finished French at school in 1971! Bit more modern than my school days French.

September 6, 2019

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

Perhaps you've outgrown Duolingo. It's only meant to be an introduction to the language. Perhaps you should move on to books, radio, video, websites, language exchanges, etc.

September 6, 2019

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

Some sentences are repeated ad nauseam for technical or strategic reasons: some lessons don't have enough alternative sentences or more difficult sentences are disregarded.

September 6, 2019

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

Apparently the best way to remember is repeat/revise. If you take a lesson, then repeat after one day, then repeat after one week, then one month then three months the learning will go into long term memory. So in theory if you were able to structure your Duolingo lessons this way you should remember everything!

September 7, 2019
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