I think you will notice many comments throughout this course aimed at bringing a little bit of levity to our learning effort. In addition to comments, you will find funny sentences and statement inspired by popular culture. I am sorry that such humor bothers you. Personally, I am looking forwards to these lighter moments. Please note also that I do answer seriously (look a bit further in this thread) and ask serious questions when I have them. Variety is the spice of life.
Hi Laurent. It's great that you help learners like me understand Norwegian.
Users who are learning often turn to the discussion when they get an exercise wrong or don't fully understand an element of grammar, in order to ask a question or read an answer from people just like you. That's great.
They need to be able to check through the questions and answers that have already been written, to see if their query is already answered. As more and more off-topic observations are deposited on the thread, it become more tedious to do this. For example, the 'Americans read books' discussion, which has 3 genuine language questions, among 34 comments.
That isn't useful for those asking questions, nor is it useful for those providing answers: when a user cannot easily find the genuine language questions among the 'humorous' comments, they re-post questions that (may) have already been answered by people like you. The result can be twofold: i) those answering questions and supporting the community have to repeat themselves regularly; or ii) the repeated questions go unanswered and those later users have a much worse experience.
All because people who've already completed the exercise -- and are unlikely to return to it just to re-read their own comments -- felt the need to leave their mark. I'm sure you can appreciate that if everyone who had successfully completed an exercise left a 'jokey' observation, the number of observations would quickly exceed the number of genuine questions. Hence the 10% efficiency in the example I cited.
Feel free to contact me directly if you'd like to continue this discussion. Joseph
And yet here you are leaving your mark, every bit unnecessary as the person you singled out. In fact, your long rant means people have to scroll further down now. Well done.
The guy was correct. Every single one of these discussion sections has people making jokes. Every single one. If you want to fight this battle, you're wasting as much time as I am by typing this out. Take your battle up with Duolingo, rather than wasting time trying to moderate a forum you aren't a moderator of.
You can easily scroll down and find the help you are looking for, if it is there. I doubt his little comment prevents you doing so. He isn't stopping anyone from leaving helpful comments. But you're trying to stop him from enjoying his time learning a language. How selfish.
1: Nothing in this sentence indicates that only Americans speak English, or that Americans speak only English.
2: "Amerikanere" (and "Americans") can be used to refer to both people from the United States of America and people from the continent America.
We don't need twenty posts about how offended everyone feels.
at least at 2nd grade level. As a nation we can't write or do math for $h!t either. Heck, a quarter of us - including college students - can't even name the two oceans and countries on our four continental borders, and 56% think we shouldn't use Arabic numerals (https://triblive.com/news/roman-numerals-anyone-poll-suggests-bias-against-arabic-numerals/). Those who come here to learn another language, and thus their own better, are the best!