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Language flags and profile language

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With the new courses coming, the flag system should be changed. The flag should show both languages (not only the language you are learning) and the relationship between them.

Another thing (connected with this) is the language of the site. You should be able to choose the language for the whole site. For example: you learn Portuguese for Spanish speakers and English for German speakers. It would be tiresome to change the language every time you change the course you are practising. (The forums also should be changes so that everyone can see the forum for every language he wants.)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/idshanks
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To add to this idea, I feel that it would be great for the user to be able to select the languages they'd like to display next to their name on posts, in the profile or settings menu. I say this because I'm sure many people will dabble in the low levels of many languages as they become available - I know I will, anyway. So when I have a few serious languages, and many level 1, 2, 3, or whatever languages, I'd personally quite like to hide the ones that I'm not seriously studying.

Also, to keep the display from feeling cluttered, it might be better to opt for displaying only the flag (or whatever iconic representation) of the language learned, but being able to see what it was learned from on mouse-over. So in my case, German flag - mouseover: "Learned from English". Given that people have clearly indicated they intend to learn English from their target languages, you could use this system to display the English flag and see for example "Learned from: French, German". And furthermore, you could use the ability to select which languages you want displayed to hide English if you so desired since in my example it isn't really a target language, but just another way to approach the user's target language.

Just my personal thoughts. Share yours. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mirriel
mirriel
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Hiding some of the languages is a very good idea.

The mouse-over thing is also not a bad idea, but I'm not sure it is necessary. I don't think anyone would learn one language from that many others ;) (and he could use the hide-language option to hide some of them). I just think it's a useful information.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/attcat23
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I like this idea. Provided the incubator comes out with them, I wouldn't mind dabbling in Romanian, Icelandic, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, etc. etc., but I don't really want all those flags by my username if I'm only level three and have no intent on going farther. I think it would be best to show the top five flags by usernames, but show all ribbons on profile pages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
jrikhal
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If I understood it well, the skill points you earn for the language XXX, no matter from which other languages you're learning, go all together. So your level in the language XXX is no related to the language you're learning from and so, IMO, no need to "show both languages". And it's better otherwise we wouldn't have enough space to show them all... ;) Well if someone try 25 languages there will already not be enough space... [I'm speaking about showing it in discussions, next to the name]

4 years ago