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here we go again... ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Published about 2 months agoย โ€ขย 3 min read

Ciao ๐Ÿ‘‹

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how do you know when you've gone as far as you can with Duolingo? ๐Ÿค”

back in the day, it was obvious:

you'd reach the end of your course and you'd get a shiny golden owl ((basically a swanky little trophy)) ๐Ÿ†

but nowadays it's not so clear...

because even if you've finished your course, owly doesn't want to let you go

he wants to hold onto you forever and ever

even if he's taught you everything he can...

how does he do this?

with guilt trips, threatening behaviour, and a little something called Daily Refresh...

what is Daily Refresh? ๐Ÿค”

Daily Refresh is the final section of the learning path...

unlike the main sections, Daily Refresh doesn't come with any new content

it updates every day with 6 levels pulled from the earlier sections of your course

you'll notice it follows a circular path rather than the more linear one of the main sections...

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if you're learning one of the popular languages, you'll get a mix of personalised practice and stories ๐Ÿ“–

if you're learning one of the less popular languages, you'll just get a bunch of personalised practice levels ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ

each day ends with a challenge, which is supposed to contain harder exercises. once you've completed it you'll unlock an XP Boost ...

a typical refresh ๐Ÿ”

how does a typical refresh play out then?

well, I completed the Italian course a lonnnnng time ago so I've been on the Daily Refresh section for quite a while

each refresh usually lasts me about 10-15 minutes, but it could last longer depending on where you're at with your language or if you want to compete each level to legendary

most of the time the levels aren't that challenging and you'll probably be able to breeze through them without losing too many ((if any)) hearts

this might be a little different in the more popular courses like French and Spanish, but in the courses that only go up to A2 ((like Italian)) everything's very basic...

the personalised practices come with the usual mix of exercise types that target reading, listening, pronunciation and typing

each level is worth about 10 XP and the final challenge is a bit more

the XP Boost you unlock on the final challenge activates automatically so you'll have to use it there and then if you don't want to waste it

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groundhog day... ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ

I like the idea behind daily refresh... i just don't think it works very well

giving users something to do after they've finished their courses obviously makes sense, especially if they've paid for one of the premium subscriptions

it also makes sense for Duolingo to want to keep you showing up every day

and of course, it's important to review previous material to ensure it's fresh and firing in your active memory...

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but I don't think Daily Refresh does a good job of making that happen.

going over the same material over and over again does more harm than good over time

it encourages stagnation rather than progress

most of Duolingo's courses only go up to A2 on the CEFR, so going over the same beginner material repeatedly is just gonna hold you back

it also doesn't help that there seems to be a glitch that means you're going over the exact same vocabulary every. single. day.

it's been like this since it launched and the guys at Duolingo don't seem to have done anything to fix it

it's more re-peat than re-fresh ๐Ÿ™ˆ

like i've been learning Italian for 8 years -- I really don't need to be reminded of how to say "Television" every bloody lesson ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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what the users think... ๐Ÿ’ญ

i threw this out on X and it seems a lot of users feel the same...

there's also a lot of chatter about Daily Refresh over in the Subreddit

seems a lot of users are having the same issue getting the same content over and over again...

what next? ๐Ÿค”

if you've reached Daily Refresh, then you've completed your course

that's the main takeaway here.

there's nothing more for you to learn on Duolingo

you can come back every day and review what you've learned

but to make further progress in your language you'll have to explore other resources alongside.

Daily Refresh just isn't that effective right now

it just feels like a bit of an afterthought

we'll have to see if Duolingo has any plans to 1) fix it and 2) improve it to provide more of a challenge moving forward

by the way...

have you seen the latest Duolingo app icon on iOS?...

think maybe even owly's getting tired of Daily Refresh ๐Ÿ˜‚

Ciao for now,

-Matt

eat ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด streak ๐Ÿ”ฅ repeat ๐Ÿ”

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