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Order of operations

I'm trying to figure out the best way to organize my study.

Would you suggest:

A. Working through all the lessons, and then going back to run through them all, and then repeating until all lessons are complete?


B. Working through each set of lessons until it is complete, and then moving on to the next group?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

January 28, 2020



"Spaced repetition" is very important.
This is explained in moderator hughcparker's comment in

Some background information about "Duolingo's Crown method

The advice in the English Duolingo Help Center

you don’t have to get to Level 5 right away!

We in fact recommend you don’t get to Level 5 all in one go.

Level 5 is there to show that you have practiced the words in that skill a ton and probably don’t need further practice on it for quite a while. It’s completely optional.

We definitely think we can do a better job of encouraging you not to binge on one skill, though, since that can feel really repetitive.

How can you make the program add new material?

  • Tap on a new skill in "crown level" 0 (purple circle)
  • do all the lessons in that skill until the skill has reached "crown level" 1 (blue circle)
  • tap the next new skill in "crown level" 0 (purple circle)
  • etc. etc.

When are you going to do lessons in skills with "crown level" 1-4?


Thank you for the good top level view.

And special thanks for showing me the unofficial progress page!


^^ What pentaan said. But also, once we complete sets to 5 crowns, they'll start to 'break' over time, needing a review lesson, so we still get a chance to practise them again anyway. It's a matter of personal preference, but I like to get each set to 5 crowns before moving on because each crown presents more difficult lessons; for example, we'll only be asked to speak sentences aloud during the last 2-3 crowns. Or another alternative, I've heard of some people who get all skills in a row to 5 crowns, the next row to 4 crowns, and so on, basically working on 5 rows at any given time.


I saw a video that recommended "waterfalling," so completing one lesson from each session within each castle.


What pentaan recommends is good.

What I did, FWIW, was work through the 5 crown levels, going all the way through each level each time. That worked fine and was enough review per level. But the material was not new to me (other than such things as mustelae and psittaci), so this may not work for you if you're learning from the beginning.

In level five things became a bit boring. If the excessive repetition becomes tedious and you still have the ability to test out of each skill, you might try that, as it will require only one repetition of a skill per level (when you succeed in testing out). However, I don't know if testing out is available at level 5 and cannot tell from my tree, so this may not be an option. Anyway, just a thought in case you bog down at level 5.

Have fun with the course! IMHO it's very enjoyable.


Thanks. I just reached my first weasel.


You're welcome.

It won't be the last! And beware of those psittaci. (You might save this for when you've been through the tree once.)

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