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https://www.duolingo.com/steven_black

Duolingo website vs. smartphone app

Hi all,

I was wondering how many of you use the Doulingo phone app, as well as the website, for your lessons? I use them both, but I have an issue with the phone app giving me 10 points for doing the same lessons that the website only gives me 3 points for doing. It almost seems like a cheat, although the only person you would be cheating is yourself. I do, however, love the fact that the phone app has you actually say phrases, and not accept it if you say it incorrectly (even though it has accepted some very butchered speech a few times)

Anyway, I'm new to Spanish (only 8 days in) and I'm having a great time learning. I live in California, and work with a whole bunch of Spanish speaking coworkers. A few of them know that I have been studying Spanish, and are excited to help me along as my Spanish progresses. Right now I'm not much of a conversationalist unless the talk turns to red strawberries, random animals eating cheese, or birds reading newspapers.... LOL

3 years ago

34 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/game-biz
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I prefer the web version. I don't like using the mobile app because there's no way to view the discussion after you translate a sentence. This is important because a lot of times I'll have questions that I know is already answered under the discussion section, but I can't access it, which really sucks. I know the primary reason why they haven't added this feature to mobile must be because they don't have the resources yet to handle all the spam. But perhaps they could just make it so we could view the discussions without the ability to post anything. Because the discussion for each sentence almost always contains the answer to the most common questions.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianvonne
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Do you mean trying to find the discussion after leaving the app? Because you can view the discussion within the app. You press the chat bubble above the report flag.

What I do is, when I look at the discussion in the app, if there is an answer that I want to remember, I take a screen shot of it. Usually it's right under the sentence so I can include the sentence in the screenshot.otherwise I just take a couple of screenshots if I want to include the sentence.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahOwens10

italianvonne is right, when the "You are correct" banner comes up at the end of a question, there's a report flag on the right, and above that is a chat bubble for viewing the discussion thread.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

Maybe I am missing something ,but I do not see anything like that when working on my IPAD app, when using the website on my computer - yes, but not using the app on my IPAD. Does anyone get that option on their IPAD app?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahOwens10

Oh, I'm sorry, that didn't occur to me. I'm using an android phone.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

Ok, I thought maybe it was only on the website. Maybe I am missing something.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianvonne
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I have android too. Maybe the version for Apple systems hasn't been changed for whatever reason

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I much prefer the website, but don't use the microphone. The XP are not that important to me, so I don't care if I only get 3XP to strengthen something. Eventually, I will probably max out on XP regardless.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/steven_black

I don't have a microphone on my computer either. That is the one thing I like about the phone app.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianvonne
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I only use the app. Maybe I used the website for practice once or twice months ago. On the app, I don't feel like it's cheating because if you miss an answer, the progress bar jumps back. The bar could be halfway full, but then if you miss a couple of answers, it will go backwards or not move at all. I don't know if this has changed because I haven't updated the app in a good while.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/steven_black

You are right. It does move backwards with each incorrect answer. I didn't even consider that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianvonne
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There have definitely been times where it felt like I would never reach the end of the practice! And I don't like when I make typos that I miss before clicking the check answer button. That makes an extra answer I have to make up

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrea547622

You're really fortunate to be working with people who are happy to help and encourage you! I envy you that. The closest I have to that is a friend who's excited at beginning Duolingo and wants to meet me at our outstanding local Mexican grill as often as possible so we can practice our new words with the wait staff... and have pollo con arroz! :D I also like the app and the chance to use the mic.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

I mainly use the app on my IPAD. But , at least for me, it does not seem to update the Fluency percent. Couple of reasons I use the app on my IPAD, I can take it to my bedroom with me and get comfortable. But also, because of the exercise where you have to listen to Spanish phrases/sentences. I have some hearing problems anyway and understanding Speech in Spanish is extra difficult. But for some reason, it seems a little bit clearer on my IPAD. Still have osme issues but not as much as on the computer. Not sure if the problem on my computer id due to the speakers , the sound card or some settings. But I seldom try to do the exercises on my computer because of the listening part.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nora414956

I like using both - I do have a microphone for my desktop computer although sometimes It does not "hear" me -- the phone microphone is a little more sensitive. The advantage to the desktop is that I have the ability to type using accents-- I have not been able to find a way to do that with the phone app. I don't worry about the XP at all. I am just happy to be able to practice. I also have many native Spanish speaking co workers but my vocabulary is still too limited to be very helpful with actual conversation. I trust that will come as I advance. I am also anxious to improve my reading skills.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

I do not know how different it is on a phone , since I use the IPAD. I found that on the ipad when I am typing on the on screen keyboard, if I hold press a vowel and hold down, a popup appears with the different accents and I can slide up to it an select the one I want. (when I am in duoling it does the same thing with the n) But I do not know if you have you have anything like that on the phone.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianvonne
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I think most phone keyboards you can long press the keys to get the extra characters. If not you may be able to download a keyboard that has several language dictionaries that you can download. I have swype keyboard. I haven't updated it in a while, and I've been seeing some complaints on the newer updates, so I don't know how good it is at the moment, but I like it. Maybe you can find something similar. I have Italian and Spanish and French keyboards in Swype. They have the extra keys needed for each language along with the language dictionary for each one. You will have to add in words from time to time

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pm2008
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Personally, I think the least remarkable thing about Duolingo is the speech recognition feature. I don't think that you have to pronounce a word or phrase very well to be deemed correct. Consequently, I have turned this feature off on both my app and when using the website.

I really like using the website and having access to the immersion features of the service. Additionally, I can type considerably faster on a computer than on my phone.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Radames781

You're right man, if you're learning Spanish maybe I could help you, I'm a native spanish speaker and actually I'm learnig English, we can help each other if you want

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankRipley56

I almost always use the phone app, solely due to convenience while on the road. Also, when I do use the website, I notice that my typing on my laptop is much, much sloppier than my typing on a phone (when I try to rush through a re-golding process).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/steven_black

I'm the exact opposite with the typing. I'm much sloppier on the phone than I am with a keyboard.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/beccasu

I use both almost daily and I feel as though it is helpful. My biggest problem is not having many people to interact with, so that I may practice my Spanish. I can definitely read it better than hearing it or speaking it. ha

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/steven_black

Ditto..... half of the time I have to slow down the lady's speech on the app to understand what she is saying.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nadircohen1

The website is much better for me, I use the app occasionally.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrosebeetle

I'm assuming you're talking about using timed practice on the web site verses the strengthen button on the phone? I've had a bit of the same experience - using the timed practice to strengthen on the web site can give me anywhere between 3-18 xp verses a solid 10 on the phone. I think the timed aspect is the reason why. I dislike this because I try to do 5 modules/ strengthening exercises a day and frequently go over the amount of xp I need to keep my streak going just by knocking out 3 strengthening exercises. I mean, yeah, I can do more, but, I use xp as a guide to do a little bit every day as opposed to letting my hyper focus abilities kick in and knocking out the tree in 3 days. It's more important to work consistently at a language than to do all the coursework quickly and burn out.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel406075

Hi I would love to use the computer version as I've only been using my phone. I cannot seem to change my keyboard to spanish international so cannot use ñ etc, any ideas? Also I don't get to speak on my phone app as it said my microphone was off and then has never offered this option again.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nora414956

I haven't been able to change my keyboard either but the desktop version of duo lingo has a pop up keyboard built in to the program that lets you select accents. My app on the phone has always let me use the microphone

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel406075

Oh that's interesting I'll give it another try, I must have missed that. Thank you and I'll see if I can change some settings on my phone, thanks again

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/steven_black

You can turn the microphone off and on in the setting on the app. Sometimes if I click that I can't use the microphone right now, the app claims it will shut off the microphone for one hour. I have to turn it back on myself because after an hour is will still be off.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel406075

Yes that's what happened to me, I've switched it on with the app settings now as so far it's working thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redrosebeetle

also, duolingo doesn't seem to penalize you much/ often for failing to type in an accent

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nora414956

True but I want to learn to do it correctly

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TessTales

I honestly use a mix of both, though I'm a bit heavier on the use of the phone app. Using the mic on my computer feels rather clunky and I like the phone interface. While the point difference is a bit annoying, it doesn't change the fact that I go through and review the same stuff no matter what. Points are nice, but in the end don't matter as much as the content.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doug.dalzi
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I believe I do get more out of the website, but the app is so very convenient. I think you're right that it does take longer to navigate a lesson on the website. On one very bad day one lesson took me 70 answers! Usually it's between 20 and 30.

3 years ago