https://www.duolingo.com/profile/entropyfails

Duolingo for Phone: Can you please disable "first letter capitalization" of the correct answer?

In the phone app, it gives you a list of words to chose from when translating a sentence sometimes. However, the first word of the sentence is always properly capitalized. This gives away what the first word should be. It makes it far too easy and makes the phone app less effective than the web app.

It is a simple coding fix to make all of the words in the "word jumble box" lower case and just capitalize the first word in the English sentence on top.

You probably have some "onWordMove" event handler that you can hook into that you can use to scan the currently constructed sentence on top and ensure correct capitalization of the sentence. I can think of some edge cases you'd have to code around (Proper nouns, etc) but honestly this should be a high value, low work target. Maybe even something to give to new Software Engineers that you hire.

Do you think you guys could do this please? Thanks so much!

August 17, 2015

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dondanz

Shhhh...don't listen to entropyfails...I need that. But, yeah, seriously, kind of a weird bug. They all should be lowercase and then transition to capital if used first in the sentence. Having completed my tree, I would really miss it but I can't justify it being that way.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/entropyfails

It isn't a bug. It is put there by design. The design is, "construct a sentence with proper punctuation, add similar words, scramble them and put them in the word jumble" They just need to change the design slightly.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dondanz

Agreed. I wasn't thinking so much a software bug as much as a not really thought this through bug.

I agree with you, it should go. But I wonder if, maybe, it was put there on purpose, to intentionally make it easy for what DL perceived as difficulty balancing, or to help progress along, or whatever. After all, it is a pretty obvious thing and, I think, it has survived several updates.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/centime

I appreciated every advantage when I got started, but then, like you, all of us want to rachet-up the challenge. Imagine how helpful it would be if we could enable/disable certain features ourselves. Or change the ratio of lesson types presented.

August 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanLynas

Couldn't agree more!

August 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob197332

It can be a useful hint. I like it. I do better if I limit frustrations and there's still plenty to get right. Being able to toggle the initial cap would be helpful, though.

August 20, 2015
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