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How (Comment) do I learn on Duolingo?

Bonjour, tout le monde!

Okay, I need your help.

I've been learning a certain way on Duolingo and sometimes I read people's post and get this nagging feeling that I may not be studying quite right.

It's in how I complete the tree. I start a topic and then earn 5 crowns on it before moving on to the next in which I do the same.

Is that what you do too? Or does it matter how I finish the tree so long as its completed in the end?

Do let me know please. And any other effective strategies on learning French with Duo will be much appreciated.

Merci beaucoup!

April 9, 2020



Working a skill to level 5 in one hit is not a good idea. It is best to spread a single skill over several weeks. This way you are more likely to retain it long term. It is also what DL recommends - https://blog.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo/


Thank you Judit!

I checked out the blog post and it's certainly recommended. They even gave suggestions on how to go about it.

Thank you so much


To me ( after being on the forums for a year or so now) it seems that many like to complete level 1 of a skill and move on. After completing a handful of skills to level 1, many go back and progress in these skills to level 2. Then you progress to new skills to level 1 and go back, making the first set of skills level 3 and the second set level 2. Hope it’s not too confusing how I explained it. :-)


No it's not. Je comprend. Thank you


If something is very difficult for you, it is very tempting to do it all the way to crown 5, so that it is completed, and so you receive all your visual rewards (the completed look) and lingots as fast as you can.

On the other hand, if it is easier, you can get very bored going that way, instead of just moving down the tree faster, learning more in a shorter time.

As you go through the lessons, you have a chance to decide for yourself how you like doing things.

If you want to store new information in your long-term memory, then you have to set it aside for a while, do something else, and then learn it again.

Then move away from it again, for a longer time this time, and learn it again, and so on, always increasing your time between studies on the same information.

Everyone will approach finishing a course differently, and some will do more practicing of the language here on Duolingo and elsewhere, instead of just doing all the lessons in a row, as fast as they can. In the end, everyone will remember different things from the course.

If French is easy enough for you, in the part of the tree you are in, then you can start going to other skill circles instead of going "all crown 5" on each one. Try it and see if you feel you are retaining things better by revisiting them.

Science would say you would learn more using the method I described, rather than doing it "all crown 5", but you are free to try any way that keeps you coming back to learn more, as many days a week as you can spare for learning.


Thank you so much. I'll give it a try.


You're welcome and thank you for writing to let me know you will try. Thanks for the lingot, too!


You're most welcome :)


Personally, I am getting all of the skills to level 4, then going back for one last run-through of all of the sections and getting to level 5 that way


Hmm, if that works for you. That should be good too.

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