I don't understand the changes to the program. It is not going to help to translate anything if we are just guessing. There is no way to move forward. Also, I was at level 12 and now I'm at level 14. How is that possible? I hope you take another look at the program and switch it back so we can learn again. I thought it was such a great program. I would like to continue.
Follow the star and work through the lessons. Don't worry about mastery. Forget about the points. Just learn the language. I don't understand what the big deal is about. Duolingo is truly revolutionary. Let them experiment and innovate.