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Lesson Overload

¡Hola! A recent issue has come up with my Duolingo life. I have become ecstatic with Spanish learning (which is the good part), but I decided to learn from Checkpoint 1 to Checkpoint 2 in 2 hours and I can't remember 40% of it. I realize that I definitely need to lay off the lessons, but then the question arises, "how much should I do daily?" I don't want to do too much, or learn to slowly. Any tips for learning pace?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Everybody's different. We have our own methods, and some practically swear by theirs, but another person can try it and hate it immediately. You'll have to find your own groove. Do you have an end goal for finishing your tree?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ctmorris1999

I'm really not sure when I want to complete my tree. I am taking Spanish I this year in school, but the pace we work at is extremely slow and annoying, like we have only covered basic conversation, gustar, estar/ser, and adjectives since August. I just want to get ahead and learn the language at my own pace, and not the school's pace. I think the main problem I run into with not retaining information is when I have to translate it back from English to Spanish. I just need to find that equilibrium between too slow and too fast. Today was clearly too fast, but doing one portion of a lesson a day was too slow. Maybe I should just try to do one lesson a day and review it the next day?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Do you mean one skill a day? That may be good. I can't really speak on that, though. I have a tendency to rush through my trees insanely, ha ha, or vary the amount each day. One skill every two days may be good, with a couple of Strengthen Skills exercises.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ctmorris1999

Yeah, I'll just have to have the patience for only one skill each day, but I'd rather learn it thoroughly. Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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De nada y te deseo éxito con tus estudios. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

When you finished your Spanish tree, were all the skills golden?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Probably, I did it in ten days, so I don't think the "un-golden" factor would have kicked in yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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It was crazy and I don't recommend it. :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

Ten days! Wow.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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Ten days :-o !!!! :-p

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

I started mine a week ago (although I took a shortcut) and I am at Spiritual and Verb Future.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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@duonks: Logged a couple of 10 hour days there. :P

@language020: I also took a shortcut, but I only passed eight skills or so, I believe. Ah, you're close, then!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212
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Challenge accepted, though I guess not on Spanish since I've done some of that already.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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@Delta: Have fun. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/supainanoko
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Learning several entire skills in a day could definitely be too many. I would recommend learning one or two lessons from each skill you are working on, and review a lot. Or redo each lesson until you get full hearts and then do many, as all the repetition might help it stick in your brain. If I tried to learn more than one skill in a day, all the vocab would leak out of my brain in the night, but three lessons a day and strengthening works for me. Of course, I'm learning three languages at once so the learning is spread out over more area. If you're also learning things in school, you could probably speed through lessons that are review of course, but for some it is better to do in chunks rather than all at once.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

I completed 17 lessons today. I am not having issues remembering them except for the the Verb Haber lesson. I have not reviewed today because today I wanted to learn. Go at your own pace, learn how much ever you want and review as much as you want.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ctmorris1999

How do you know when you've learned too many lessons a day-to the point where you can't learn any more?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

When you feel bored or get the feeling of "this is pointless". To the point where you get bored. Now if that's too long of a time for you, try it like this. If you want to see if you are not able to remember and should stop, Strengthen the first skill you started with. If you fail the strengthening, you should stop.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dswynne

Personally, I'm not in a rush to learn. I'm taking Irish, but I am taking Spanish as a refresher. After I complete those trees, it will be onto German and French. Then it will be Portuguese and Italian. Hopefully, Turkish and Russian will be fully ready for me to do as well. I don't know about any other languages. I'm not particularly interested in Danish, or whatever else is available on Duolingo (unless, someone can convince me why). But even after I complete the trees, I will make sure to keep my trees golden. Plus, it's fun to do.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

I find that the general "Strengthen Skills" exercises, unconnected to a particular skill, are best for cementing skills. It's easy--or at least easier--to remember colors if you're doing the colors lesson and are shown nothing but. You know that you've really learned something if you can remember it when you're not expecting it.

I would suggest doing the general Strengthen Skills exercises for a while until you identify a skill that you need to work on. Then go back and strengthen that particular skill. Return to the general strengthening exercises until you identify another weak area. Keep doing this until you can get through the general Strengthen Skills without too much trouble. Only then move on to a new skill.

I looked at the curriculum for my niece's Spanish class (junior high school) and I see what you mean about the slow pace. She only took a year of it, but by the end she could barely say hello, goodbye, and "I have a pen." I hope your class isn't that bad!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PinkAndLilac

Just go at your own pace. Take 30 or 35 minutes of your day to learn a lesson then take a break and go back and do more. That is what I did and it worked for me. Hope this helps! Good luck!! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ctmorris1999

Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PinkAndLilac

Your welcome! :) Here have a lingot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit
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It gets easier to pace youself once the skills start degilding, then you can make sure to regild before you do a new skill, which makes sure you are really learning everything. I try to keep my trees golden and do one new skill a day. If you rush the tree keeping it golden after you have finished it becomes nearly impossible. And I think there is as much to learn from it after it is complete as during the first pass through it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mangakoibito
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i have better long term then short term memory and i suggest some sort of flash cards i love Memrise personally some languages even have courses based off Duolingo i'm learning dutch here and there with a course based on the Duolingo course i just have to make sure i don't get to far ahead on either!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chickyhannah

I do a row each day and then spend the day meditating on what I've learned

3 years ago