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Knowing it all before you move on.

I don't know if I should move onto new lessons because I feel like there are some that I haven't mastered yet. Should I fully understand all of my lessons before I do new ones? or should I just keep going? I ask because I feel like I am advancing really slowly but I want to finish my tree before the end of December.

September 1, 2013



I have used Anki for years and am, therefore, a strong believer in the effectiveness of Spaced Repetition Systems. As long as you take full advantage of the "practice weakest words" feature, you should get all the reinforcement you need for long-term recall of previously learned material.

I would like to finish all five currently offered skill trees by the end of December, and I consider this to be a realistic goal. Of course, I expect to continue visiting this site daily for six months to a year afterwards before having enough practice under my belt to read and write all five languages with confidence and automaticity.

It is important to remember that the goal is gaining proficiency in using the language. Reaching the end of the skill tree is just one of the steps on the way to that goal. It is not the end, nor the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning.

My advice is to trek forward as quickly as your spirit of adventure bids you. Trust in the SRS algorithm; anything you miss or forget (which will happen no matter how slowly you go) the algorithm will identify and present to you as needed.


I like to move really quickly, so I haven't been mastering each skill before I move on. I think it's been fine doing that, because if there are words I don't know really well, I know I will go over them eventually in the lessons and practices. I would rather progress quickly and learn new skills all the time and just take breaks occasionally to practice skills, than do it the way you are doing. Besides, it's more fun that way :)


Thanks for all the input y'all. I appreciate all of the positive comments I receive when I make a new discussion. It helps to have input from many different points of view on one subject to find an over all answer to the situation. Thank you for the time you spent to comment on my discussion and for the encouraging words!


I couldn't say for sure, but I'm advancing really slowly as well. It's my belief I should master the previous lessons before moving on and I feel like learn more that way. Depends how you learn I guess.


It's worth taking the extra time to master certain lessons I think. If you want to build a strong house you need strong foundations blah blah...


You should try to find a balance because you'll drive yourself crazy trying to ''know it all'' before moving on to new lessons. One of the unique things about Duolingo is that it incorporates new learnings into previous lessons. For example: Say you've completed the past tense verb lessons. Now, when you go back to previous lessons you'll see past tense verbs included whereas, previously, only the present tense was used. You'll also see many vocabulary words and grammar constructions, from the more advanced lessons, now incorporated into the earlier lessons. Think of it as growing new leaves on old branches.

Everyone learns a bit differently, but I've found that I do better when I have an overall framework in which to fit the new things that I learn rather than trying to fully understand a stand alone piece of information. It doesn't always turn out that I really did fully understand it.

Anybody that can keep a 55 day streak going has the perseverance to complete their tree by the end of December! Congratulations!

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