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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edge334

Should i completely finish the section i am on before moving onto the next?

I honestly dont know what i should do, i need your help

May 9, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edge334

thx have a lingot


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

That's the way I've been doing it even before knowing about this blog post, and it works really well. That way you spend at least a few days on every skill, which is obviously better for memorizing them.

Personnally I've decided to reach only level 4 in every skill until I get a full tree to level 4, then I'll go back to all the skills, refresh my memory, and get the tree at level 5. But that is just my thing :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

No. This the best way - https://blog.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo/

Basically take a bunch of skills to level 1. Then go back and take them up to level 2 while adding more skills. Repeat. So basically once you get into it, you will have skills at level 1 to 5. Rule of thumb, do not start level 5 in a skill until at least a week after finishing level 1 (a month is probably better).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edge334

thx have a lingot


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

I think it would be good if you want to retain the memory for as long as possible, but it is certainly good as well to learn new things! When I’m working on a skill, I get it golden and then move on.

Hope this helped! Have a good weekend! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

Actually, working a skill to level 5 in a short time is a way of not remembering it long term.


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

@Judit

Duly noted. Maybe I should go about changing my ways. :’(


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

It would indeed be better to spend a bit more time on the skills. :) And do some tests with it!

Plus the method that Judit and I advise adds some diversity to your study, it's less boring than doing just one skill all the way up to level 5.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edge334

thx have a lingot


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rp6jfp20

I learned more and was able to retain more if I did one skill up to gold while staying near that 1 skill I was working on. Even if I unlocked more skills I would stay near the one I was working on. I would look at the tips here on duo then do a few lessons then I would also go on youtube to find some info on the topic or a website for more examples. I feel I learned more this way.

i tried doing one section of skills all to level 1 then tried to take the next section test to unlock it but there is no way in the world you can pass the next section test without looking stuff up or cheating. I felt like yeah I know what that is they’re asking but couldn’t recall it so that didn’t work out for me.

But I can tell you that if you have a short attention span like me that duolingo isn’t the place for you. The lessons in the beginnings are short and acceptable in the beginning but as you move on, they get WAY TOO LONG. I quit Spanish, French and german because the lessons get WAY TOO LONG like 20-30 minutes long and im only in the beginning of all of them. I’m talking about one little part in the skill! Not the entire skill up to level 5.

So now ive been working on Japanese for a few weeks since its only in the beginning phase but I know I’ll move to another site eventually. But its still worth it because you learn something. I can go back to some of these languages like weeks later and recall a lot of the info so its worth the time. but that one level stuff doesn’t work for me.


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

You probably do learn more with your concentrated method, but you might not retain your learning for long periods such as months or years. For long term retention, the research supports more distributed learning. This is what Duo recommend in the blog post. It's also emphasized in memrise and other learning programs for language acquisition.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rp6jfp20

I can go down the romance language trees if I cheat all the way down but the lessons even on the 1st skills get longer and harder and earlier grammer from the past skills are asked so I don’t have a clue how folks get by without looking stuff up.

How can you open the later skills of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and do only the 1st lessons of skills introducing the characters then go down the tree only having barely touched characters then move where they give you whole words in sentences?

So the answer is to cheat all the way down? I have trouble looking up answers for the asian languages. I might need some cheat sources.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edge334

have a lingot


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/y8FCVtig

I think you should go serially by finishing all the lessons. It will bring a good practice flow in your learning.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

Actually this is not a good leaning strategy. I know of no learning institution that uses this nor is it what DL recommends.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ardi_94

The way I'm doing it is to finish one skill to level 5 and if I need a refresher I just practice that the next day. But I usually go through 2 skills a day so by the time I need a refresher, the next level of that skill is unlocked

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