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

Could a patient person please explain

I don't understand the system at all, beyond simply clicking on the lessons and doing them. Could someone kindly explain? I am autistic and things that are obvious to neurotypical people may not be obvious to me. I don't get any of the crowns and streaks and all the rest. Maybe I don't need to?!

November 27, 2019

44 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Tigress-

Well, you already know about the lessons.....the rest is just confetti. Tembo has mentioned the notes, they are very helpful for the languages that have them. TinyCards are great for reviewing the vocabulary. The Stories are lovely and a welcome change from lessons. If a sentence within a lesson confuses you, click on the discussion icon - the Sentence Discussions for most of the languages are a veritable treasure trove of information. Streaks, Crowns, Leagues....not really essential to learning and often more of a distraction than anything. If they motivate you then use them for that purpose. If not, feel free to ignore them. Your approach is straightforward. That is a good thing cause it allows you to focus more intently, yes? The very best of luck with your studies : )

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tembo441

You're absolutely right that you don't need to know it all.

Most of it (all of it?) is explained in the "help" and "guidelines" sections of the site (links at the bottom of the page), but mostly you just need to click the lessons, do them, and come back here with specific questions if something comes up that's baffling you.

One important thing: when you start on each lesson, there's usually a link to the grammar notes - it looks like a lightbulb on the web, but may look different on the app. It's very important to click this and read/learn what the notes tell you.

November 27, 2019

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

In the app, it comes up as "Tips" for me, before I updated it the lightbulb was also where I got the notes when using the app.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GingerSnap04

You can check out this post I put together a while back. It might help explain a few more things. There are plenty of links to get you directly to where you want to go. I hope it helps. Good luck to you!
Welcome to Duolingo!

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Gingersnap. I may have to borrow this occasionally, and credit it to you - hope that's OK. Ciao... ;-)

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GingerSnap04

Of course! :) If it helps anyone then by all means please do. I am completely ok with anyone sharing it. :)

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeff261178

I agree that the info provided by GingerSnap04 is very informative and helpful, thanks.

November 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

I already have used it. I even have it in my google keep! Hope you don't mind GingerSnap. ;D

November 28, 2019

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

Great post Ginger snap!

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwbrand1

GingerSnap, your Welcome to Duolingo post is excellent! That should be pinned to the top of the general forum page.

November 28, 2019

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

As I understand this question, the "gamification" features like streak and league, are intended to motivate people to use the system more. Many people respond to competition and goal achievement. These features generally allow people to compete with themselves or with each other, with a design goal to get people to form a habit of participation. Some people experience motivation, in the form of positive encouragement, or even a negative "shame-avoidance", in things like daily reminder emails. Is that the answer you're looking for?

November 27, 2019

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

Yes. That figures. I'm not interested in competition so I can probably ignore all that - thank you.

November 27, 2019

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

Yes, you can safely ignore all of that and only use the system to practice languages. That is mostly what I do.

November 27, 2019

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

I find the Duome site very helpful for statistics and keeping track of progress - to find the page for your progress, enter https://duome.eu/ followed by your user name. I like to have the statistics without the competition/gamification element.

November 30, 2019

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

I agree with Tembo. What matters is that you are able to comminicate with others in the language you are learning. Well, that is what is important to me, maybe not to others. I don’t really pay attention to the crowns or streaks, mostly cause I don’t use duolingo as my main source for learning. Keep on learning!

November 27, 2019

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

I can see this has already been explained, but I'm going to try explaining it again, just because I want to.

A streak counts how many days in a row you have completed any lessons on Duolingo. For example, a ten day streak means you have completed lessons every day for ten days.

A crown is basically a measurement of you progress. Duolingo says you can earn them by "leveling up," but leveling up seems like a vauge term.

Lingots are Duolingo's "currency" that can be used to "buy" temporary feaures or (depending on the language) extra lessons from the Shop. At the bottom of the Shop page there is a small description that tells you how to earn lingots.

You can also search for language learning events near you under Events, translate words between your original language and the language you're learning in Dictionary, and Words lists the foreign words you have learned and uses data from your lessons to show how well you know each word. I have also heard about Duolingo Stories and Tinycards, but I have only accessed them once, and the Stories are in a limited number of languages. These are just supplementary additions to learning the language(s).

Thanks for reaching out! The people here are happy to help. I understand your dilemma, being mildly autistic myself.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianC602

"Levelling up" is straightforward enough.

Each "skill" (one icon in the tree) has seven inner colours.

Grey - you haven't got to the point where you can start it yet.

Purple inner - you can start to learn. That's Level 0.

Blue inner - you've completed enough lessons to have reached Level 1.

Green - ...and Level 2

Red - Level 3

Orange - Level 4

Gold - Level 5. Well done!

You do enough lessons to move between levels...? You just "levelled up". And you just earned another crown. You've got three skills gold in your tree for a language, two orange, and one blue? That's 3 x 5, 2 x 4 and 1 x 1. 24 crowns total.

And the ring around the inner shows what proportion of lessons you still need to complete for that level. There might be two, there might be ten, there might be anything between. Apps show 1/5, web shows 20%.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Hi CeitNic. Good advice from Tembo and others. I wish you lots of happy learning and a cheery lingot.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3000letters

No you don't need to get any crown or streak! It's just to give the illusion of being part of a community. I just learn at my own rate, and as long as the hints and translations it's all I need

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cheryl745288

A streak represents how many days in a row you studied with Duolingo, before missing a day.

November 27, 2019

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

The crowns and streaks are just a bit of extra fun, like the leagues. All that really matters is going through the lessons, learning at your own pace.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/darkwolf424616

exactly.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Genesis_1_1_B

Crowns are the rewards you get for leveling up on a skill. A skill is a group of lessons that focuses on something for example "Pets". A streak is how many days in a row you did your lessons/xp goal. You can use streak freezes to keep your streak.

I think streaks work differently on different versions of Duolingo because when I do a lesson on the app the streak is orange even though I did not meet my goal.

Please correct me if i made any mistakes.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lee1561

I think the streak thing is a new feature as it is the same for me on web now, one lesson continues my streak

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Genesis_1_1_B

Thanks, for me you still have to do your whole goal to get to the next day of your Streak on the website I don't doubt you tho. I don't know why they do things differently on the website.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lee1561

I think, correct me if I'm wrong, when they're testing new features they only roll them out to a certain percentage of people at first, so people using the same platform may have slightly different experiences

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Genesis_1_1_B

Thanks.

Also thanks to whoever gave me lingots.

Wow thanks for that forty lingots!

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DominicSal294966

I agree. One of my friends on duolingo commented on "keeping their progress gold" by keeping the skills maxed out. But my duolingo is different, it uses levels on each lesson - 1, 2, 3 etc. Also mine changed a few months ago so that you have to test through each level. Yeah they change things up

November 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/betsys2003

You have to do your whole goal. But if your goal is set at 10XP then one lesson will get you there.

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/betsys2003

Yeah, you really don't need to care about streaks, leagues, or lingots. Many people find them motivating, if you don't, that's totally fine. They have nothing to do with the language.

However, crowns are a part of the learning platform. There are five for each level, and you may want to experiment with how going through them works for you. Some people find it best to do just one crown on each lesson at first, do a bunch of lessons to that point, and then come back and do later crowns (for what it's worth, this or some variant is the recommended way). Other people just go all the way to crown 5, then move on to the next lesson, and never come back. Some never do more than crown level 1, others want to get everything to gold (crown 5).

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MGraves8

Have a lingot

November 27, 2019

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

Thank you everyone - this now makes sense, or as much sense as it needs to. My head may be particularly full of mince at the moment as I'm a non-fluent Gaelic speaker trying to learn Gaeilge!

November 27, 2019

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

Good luck, and don't give up! As the others said, you can just focus on learning and ignore the crowns, streaks etc if that helps you. If a particular phrase confuses you, you can click on "discuss", and you'll see other people's comments, or if there are none, you can ask a question for other people to answer.

November 27, 2019

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

Here's is one to you, kind behaviour needs to be supported ;)

November 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/darkwolf424616

thats all you really need to know. good luck!

November 27, 2019

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

The only function that might be useful other than the lessons would be notes. I don't know if Irish supports stories but if so that would be another option. There is also global practice which can be seen in the bottom left, it looks like a dumbbell. The other thing that I think you found given you asked the question is the answer forums. When you answer a question and the answer appears you can click on Discuss where you can ask for clarification or read explanations.

Streaks are something you earn when practice everyday they are more like a reminder to practice then anything. Crown are completely worthless you get them when you finish a lesson. Both do nothing and only have cosmetic effects. The same can be said of the leader board function which I recommend that you block details on that https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33039989.

That is all you need to know about Duolingo however if you are focused on learning language I recommend that you use a secondary application for vocabulary. I have found TinyCards , Memrise and Anki all effective. As for details on these applications I advise you use google or just ask at this forum. If it isn't me I am certain that someone will help. There may be something Irish specific but I can at least confirm that Memrise (the decks version) has content for Irish. Hope this helps. PS. Don't let the spectrum limit by cousin you is also on the spectrum is perfectly fluent in German and English.

November 28, 2019

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

Lol I hope the poor guy doesn't get overwhelmed with that much information.

I guess this message would get buried with all the kind help of the community but that'd be fine. But if by chance you see it CeitNicLab: Welcome to Duolingo!

November 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annette212767

I believe the critical part of Duo are the lessons and the quizzes. The rest is for "fun" but not essential.

November 29, 2019

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

a crown is when you complete a lesson, and a streak is how long you've gotten your goal in a row. lingots can be used to buy extra things.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miraculous410

CROWNS: You get a crown every time you finish a level of a lesson (highest lvl- 5) STREAKS: You get a 1 day added to your streak every time you reach your XP Goal for the day (you can change your goal in settings)

LEADERBOARDS: Once you do a lesson, you get put on the leaderboard for the week. The more lessons you do and the more stories you read, the higher you will get on the leaderboard. If you are in 10th place or higher, you'll go on to the next league. You also get lingots for the place that you finish in.

Any more questions? This will help: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29428379

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tuna4242

Streaks = How many days you have met your exp goal (changeable in settings), resets after you miss a day (unless you buy a streak freeze) Crowns = TOTAL amount of lesson levels in that language course Lessons = .. yeah they're just the lessons you do Lingots = Currency earned by doing lessons and a few other things, used to purchase shop items.

November 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarmenPoll2007

In my opinion, it´s not that important, but the crowns are showing what level you are on for that lesson, and the streaks tell you how many days you´ve practiced in a row.

December 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ansh261436

oof

November 29, 2019
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