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the point of leveling up

what is the point of leveling up?

4 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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You can read a textbook, learn grammar rules and write exercises in a notebook like a serious adult person...

...or, you can have a language skill tree, unlock new skills, get a cool congratulation sound when you level up, have people click "Awesome" in your stream when you learn a skill or achieve new level, collect lingots, be proud of the number next to your language flag on the forum, compete with others in your leaderboard of friends... oh, and did I mention you'll learn a new language while having all this fun? :-)

For many people, learning is more fun when it's like a game :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/idshanks
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Yeah, it's been said in different ways, but I think most accurate is that it shows the effort you have put into the language. The distribution of skill points over the days of the week can be useful to show comparatively what you've done with the language from one day to the next. Primarily, I think the actual 'levels' serve as motivation for people who like to have some tangible goal to strive for. It's akin to achievements on Steam or some other gaming platform - in keeping with the gamified nature of the site.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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It's just a way of tracking your progress. It doesn't have any practical effects.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

I wouldn't even say it's a way of tracking your progress. Levels are pretty arbitrary. You could do 1 lesson and practice it over and over again until you hit level 25.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_undertoad

Up until you hit level 25 in a language, I'd guess that the level system is there to motivate you to advance your studies. It is a little childish, but I have to say that gamification of language learning works on me. There have been countless times where I said to myself, "just a little bit more... One or two more lessons and I'll level up," thereby studying for a longer period of time than I originally intended to. Olimo is right, I think. Being a grow up about all this takes all the fun out of it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adamchalupa

If it does its purpose - to push you to go a little further and encourage language learning... who cares if it's childish? It works.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_undertoad

Exactly my thought. The means justify the end.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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What... is the point... of levelling.... up?....

Clearly, a question that can only be posed by one who has never felt the iron grip of the 'R.P.G' ;P

I recommend a remedial dosage of 'Baldur's Gate' to correct this problem. To gain some re-compensation for having it destroy your social life, I suggest playing it in a foreign language, of which many, many are available in the relatively recent enhanced edition :)

http://www.baldursgate.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louis.vang
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https://www.duolingo.com/javax
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Well, it reflects your effort on the language. The more you practice, the more you level up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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For me, it's just goals to work for. Instead of this just being one long haul, I can have something to motivate me to keep at it and practice, so occasionally I can get to say "OK, I've worked X long and I reached X". Yeah, it's a bit of a mind-hack but it works for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flex567

if leveling up has no point then if you end a lesson with one or three hart is pointless?

4 years ago