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Is it me or is the Spanish course particularly harsh with previous lessons losing gold?

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A bit of background: I am a semi-fluent speaker of Spanish. I grew up with it, and speak it a fair bit when I am home, but I am by no means completely fluent. I have loved working through the German and Irish courses, so I'd figured that I'd work on practicing Spanish too. I took the placement course and started workin on new lessons.

With both German and Irish, I'll get 1 or 2 previous lessons lose their gold a day. Some days none even. And that works for me. I like to do one new lesson in each language, and then strengthen previous lessons, either course-wide or re-gilding previous lessons. With 3 trees going on, that's 6 lessons a day, which fits my schedule.

But with Spanish, 2 or 3 (or sometimes 4) lessons lose their gold a day. Which would be fine if I were made of time or were only doing Spanish. But without sacrifcing time with my other trees, I find that I end up just keeping a holding pattern with previous lessons instead of moving forward.

I know I could just ignore previous lessons and work my way through to new lessons, but I would really rather keep everything as strong as I can as I move throught he tree.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is this a byproduct of taking the placment test instead of working through it like with my other trees?

I've also found that the same few lessons seem to be repeat offenders. I cannot tell you how many times I've strengthened "Objects" and "Places" over the past few weeks/months.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/heqamaat
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Some people seem to have noticed that the faster you progress through a course the faster you end up losing gold. I definitely noticed this with Spanish after taking the placement test and testing out of most of the tree. Apparently as time goes on it will get better too but I haven't noticed that as much yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachelrypkema

Same here! I am only doing Spanish and French though, and my French is not very advanced, so I thought that was normal. I guess not? I'm ok with it, because I need the review, but it is the same few like every time. I am 0% Spanish and had no previous experience with it before duolingo so I'm all new to this. Anyway I kind of like the extra practice although I wish they'd switch it up a little more.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachelrypkema

And, I took no placement tests so it is not because of those either.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I've sort of been having the opposite problem. I finished my tree 22 days ago, now I'm working on the reverse tree. But, it is kind of a pain going from English to Spanish to Spanish to English every day, so lately I've just been focusing on Immersion for English to Spanish. In the meantime, I would like to brush up on some of the later lessons, but I feel like it is not 'worth it' practicing skills which are already golden. I'm waiting for them to deteriorate so I can get them back to gold. But at this rate there is only one skill a day which needs to be re-done. Sometimes none. Thus my work on the trees (which I spent hours on every day for the first 60 days) has essentially grinded to a halt.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Question: How many of those lessons can you ace with Timed Practice? 15+ correct?

Here's my personal rule. If I can ace a lesson's Timed Practice then I'm not worried or concern. If I can't ace it then I think I should review it constantly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fillmont
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Nearly all of them. That is what is so frustrating. Places and Objekts I keep acing, and yet they lose Gold two or three days later.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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That's odd. Places, People and some of those lessons in that area don't come up that often for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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My tree started losing gold very quickly a few weeks ago. I was doing one new skill a day and it almost seemed like it was triggering the algorithm to degold my tree. I switched to a new lesson a day and regolding a lesson or two. I now have so many that aren't gold that I just regold one or two a day with no new lessons. The rate of decay seems to have leveled off. I'm really curious as to how they determine the rate of decay.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rev1911
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I just went on to finish the tree and when I finished, 24 Lessons were not golden. I did about 100 XP per day the following week and made the tree golden in eight days. Since then, I do about 50-60 XP per day on lessons (Practice Weak Skills) and everything has stayed golden. Things also deteriorate faster if you hover over words before answering a question.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/supainanoko
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I think in general the more you get it right without using mouseover hints, the longer it stays golden. I jumped past the first checkpoint on German from Spanish, and a few days later, all the gold had vanished. I practiced it all, and it has stayed golden for a little longer than the first time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I also placed out of 9 levels of Spanish, my next lesson is Present Perfect. I've been waiting for my tree to un-golden so that I can better keep track of the skills I have reviewed and the ones I haven't gotten around to yet. It has taken about a month for the more recent skills to time out, but on day one, I knew 60% of Spanish and now a month later, I know 48% of Spanish. I don't think I could keep up with multiple trees.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jjcpoelstra

It probably doesn't have anything to do with taking a placement test because I started from the beginning and the same thing happens to me. And yes I also notice repeating lessons losing their gold. I thought maybe it has to do with how many times I was incorrect while I did those lessons or maybe the amount of time I spent on them. I can't be sure though because I'm only about half way through Spanish right now. I thought I read somewhere that it might have to do with some sort of algorithms, maybe based on performance.

3 years ago