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just before third checkpoint: hit a brick wall. (just venting, nothing to see here!)

holy hamburgers batman! I've flown full speed in to a brick wall just before the third major checkpoint. I went from easily clearing everything to failing over and over and over (and over and over and over) again... on everything! I have spent the last few days quitting early and way below my goal due to frustration. Today I've been determined to make it through but I've just failed 6 times over and haven't passed anything!

Anyone else having this issue? I'm stuck on the 7th lesson of numbers, the fourth lesson on feelings, I simply cannot pass the flirting or idioms special skills (despite completing them in the past), and every other skill that's not gold seems to be out to get me! (it took a lot of self-restraint to avoid curse words ;)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jddar

The same thing happened to me at the beginning of the last section. I took the drastic step of starting from the very beginning and not moving forward until each lesson was completed with full hearts. I know this wouldn't work for most people, but I'm enjoying the greater challenge.

300 days in a row ! I would have never imagined that !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/un_programmeur

excellent work on 300!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bush6984
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And 845 days in a row as of 24March2016. Impressive!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/driusan
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Maybe you need a little break (you can buy a streak freeze if you're concerned about that.)

Anything you do-- whether it's learning a new language or a new sport or a musical instrument or some kind of physical skill like running, if you keep at it too hard for too long eventually your body and mind just kind of gets tired and gives up because it needs time to rest and consolidate what you've learned. When that happens, if you take a little break and come back, you're usually better at it than before you left.

Having trouble doing things that you know you should be able to do and used to be easy is a pretty good sign that you're on the edge of burning out and need a break.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mariana.Fortes

I just passed that checkpoint... I've hit some walls too. Right now I just can't pass pronouns 2. I'm currently studying it on my grammar book. But back to your case, french numbers can be very tricky. I still don't know why the hell they say quatre-vingt-dix instead of just making a word for ninety lol I would recommend you to get away from Duolingo and study what you're having trouble with and when you're confident try Duolingo again. For exemple, take a look at this http://french.about.com/od/vocabulary/ss/numbers.htm

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/un_programmeur

the numbers are kind of weird. I'm used to quatre-vingts, but I just learned today that quatre-vingts needs an s, but quatre-vingt-deux doesn't... weird.

but, I was in a class yesterday with francophones learning english. One thing I noticed that's kind of silly in english is how close the teens sound like the 'tys. For example: fourteen/forty, fifteen, fifty, etc. It's very common speaking in english to have to ask for clarification:

"holy s**t, I just saw the most expensive wedding dress!" "oh yeah? how much?" "fifty thousand!" "wait, did you say fifteen, one-five, or fifty, five-zero?"

this happens all the time because we get lazy with our pronunciation and they sound so similar to each other in speech.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PantsTresBien

"Pronouns 2" was the hardest one for me so far. It took almost ten attempts over three nights just to get past one of those lessons. When I got frustrated I took a break or did some "Strengthen Skills".

(And "Numbers" and "Feelings" were harder than I expected too. There are lots of idioms for those.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/un_programmeur

You know, I think it just occurred to me what's killing me...

I am actually living in an immersion situation right now. I struggle with speaking and listening, so a few days ago I decided to look away from the screen and force myself to listen to the audio, without using the text as a clue. It's really helped my comprehension, but I don't think I realized how many times I screw it up by writing what I hear (in french) without checking to see which language I'm supposed to be writing in...

I knew it happened sometimes, but I just did it 3 times in a single lesson and it just occurred to me that I'm probably making mistakes at a fairly normal rate, but adding 2-3 stupid errors because I'm not paying attention to the language I'm supposed to be using is what's sinking my ship every time...

so stupid of me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lc_sar

I've done that, but it usually prompts me and says "It doesn't look like you're writing in French" or something like that.

One thing you might want to do is go back to basics 1 and 2, re-do some lessons each day to get your minimum number of XP to hit your streak... then go do your "real" practice. That will take the pressure off (knowing you've already reached your "required" XP for the day) and decrease the frustration when you get SO CLOSE to the end of a lesson and then run out of hearts and get booted and don't get "credit" for the XP. Plus, if you re-do some of the early lessons you will probably be very pleasantly surprised by how far you have actually come. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pianochem
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Some people say it helps to physically write down the answers to all the questions they get wrong.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZheGreatest

I was doing the food lesson (french) and I could not finish it, I stopped for a couple of minutes then tried it again and again.... seriously it took me more than a week until i finally finished it, I was so relieved. I actually did a happy dance, then cleaned the sweat from frustration. But atleast now I understand the words better, which I thought to my self never again, but I know I'm going to have to do it again someday...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-TashaJ-

Try using immersion too. It helps to learn new words and phrases as when someone corrects your translation, you can see where you went wrong. I can help you with some French if you want.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViolettePolyglot

Ha, me too

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MalloryBlaise
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Oh my god yes, I remember that. I'm on the last lesson of the row after the checkpoint and that section was hell. I started Portuguese just to have a break and came back and just smashed through the lesson without caring about hearts or anything. Now I'm going back and redoing the lessons...it seems to be getting easier now. Good luck.

3 years ago