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What if I loose all my attempts ?

September 8, 2012

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/hugolemieux

For shortcuts? Well you can't try the shortcut anymore.

September 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/hugolemieux

Can't you master it just by getting enough points in the skill?

September 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/tutto

I think those tests enable you to skip an entire section, not just one lesson.

September 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

No, you definitely don't have to take the test. I've have barely taken any. You get more points as you go to "Refresh this skill" and as you translate sentences that are relevant to the section.

September 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/tutto

I didn't think you would get any points for writing "lofjsfjqjfh" in a translation; if your translation is too dissimilar to others' you don't get any points for it. And as Sitesurf says, what's the point in cheating, ie. gaining points without learning anything?

September 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/PistolPoet

That sucks a little, cos I have a lesson for which I've done all the practice, so I'm done with it, but I've also (foolishly) used up all my three attempts to master it, so I'll never have it mastered. I think the three attempts should be kept for when you're trying to skip a lesson, but for mastering a lesson we should have a separate test that we can take as many times as we want until we pass it.

September 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/PistolPoet

Nah, on your skill tree you will just get a little tick to mean you finished all the exercises in that lesson, but not a gold "Mastered" sign :(

September 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/PistolPoet

Right, ok, I got a bit tangled up in the terminology - so yes, I can finish all my lessons, but a section will not count as mastered unless you take the test that you can only take three times (which is annoying).

September 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

Right, ok, I got a bit tangled up in the terminology - so yes, I can finish all my lessons, but a section will not count as mastered unless you take the test that you can only take three times (which is annoying).

No. You master a lesson when you have enough points gained for it. There are three ways to get the points:

1) do the refresh sessions (click the blue book that now says "Refresh this skill" instead of "Lesson [number]")

2) translate some sentences from the web (you can check what kind of points you get for any sentence by hovering the coin to the left of it)

3) use test out option. And only this way has a limited number of attempts.

September 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/PistolPoet

OK, I've never done the refresh sections cos I didn't think they'd get me any points (even though the number of points is clearly written - d'oh), I thought they were there simply if you... well, wanted to refresh that section :). Thanks, guys!

September 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/tutto

In some cases I found that I had gone over the number of points needed to get to "learned" or "mastered" in some sections, just from the translations I was doing, via the "Translations" menu at the top of the page. Sometimes it felt as if I was cheating, as in some of the translations, I wasn't paying attention to the grammar.

September 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/tutto

I didn't get ALL the points for those sections from translations, but quite a large proportion of them.

September 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

I would like to point out that some Duolingers have found a pretty nasty way of mastering a lesson : they go to translations, write "lofjsfjqjfh" (or similar, sometimes even shorter !) in the frame, get their points and just go away. What's the point of mastering a lesson by overtly cheating?

September 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

@tutto: The fact is that you get points if you are the first to make a translation, even if it is a complete nonsense... I guess it is what Sitesurf means.

September 12, 2012
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