Bring back the old version!
I have been using duo lingo for about two years now. I found it a really useful tool as it supported me during my French and Italian degree. It introduced me to new vocabulary and encouraged me to write phrases enabling me to become a lot more confident in expressing myself in other languages. I really really did love it and it worked so well for me as it combined learning languages with an addictive game-like quality as I desperately wanted to build upon my streak, I also think that it was really great as it got you to do a bit of language practise everyday, which is just the best thing for improving your memory! However I am really disappointed by the new upgrades and wish that I had kept the original version! I feel like the newest version of the app is much too simplistic and it does not help you learn the language as much as it used to. I think the current version could be more suitable for children but I don't think that it is appropriate for university students anymore. It is much better when you have the same keyboard all the way through so that it doesn't suggest how to spell a word in the language that you are tested on as this encourages the user to become lazy and does not help you to actually learn how to spell those words. Please please could you give us an option to go back to the original version as I really found it an invaluable tool and I'm very sad that I no longer feel like I can use it as the new version simply doesn't challenge me. I was the biggest advocate for duo lingo and have encouraged so many people to download it, I'd love to go back to using it again!
It is much better when you have the same keyboard all the way through
so that it doesn't suggest how to spell a word in the languagethat you are tested on as this encourages the user to become lazy and does not help you to actually learn how to spell those words.
Suggesting spellings is by the mobile keyboard and not by Duolingo. You can turn this feature off. Hope that helps.
On iOS, at least, an app developer can set a text field so that it doesn't automatically correct. Like in a search bar. Some third-party keyboards will correct anyway, but you can't really use those with the Duolingo app since it always switches back to the stock keyboard. (I understand what they're going for with that feature but it's realllyy annooyyying -- I have a third-party keyboard for a reason.)
I don't know if that will ever be an option as most companies don't like to have to maintain different versions (more work than it might appear). However, you might consider trying the website instead of the app.
Let's face it, the way language learning is taught in schools is not stimulating with so much emphasis on grammar and spelling;although Duo is still maturing, it is a different approach. Sure, the content could be more engaging and challenging and have element of excite and delight depending on the user's familiarity and ability with language. It will improve!
I know I think that too. I don't use the app version that often, but I can say that I agree with you! I think that the normal version is pretty cool all by itself. I like that the duolingo people are trying to make it good for younger children, but THIS!?!?! I think that's going just a little too far!!! Can't they see that if people didn't love the site for what it is, they wouldn't use duolingo so often. I've read a lot of inspiring things about the journeys of other people, and that is what motivates me. Even if they are young children, they need to hear these inspirational things, and although they may struggle, it will be better for them in the long run if they learn to pick themselves up by trying new things instead of finding out the hard way. (By the way, this took me 5 minutes to write. That is what happens to people who write comments like this).
That must have been some update: my "hearts" finally went away. I've had hearts on my Kindle for months, well past the point where others were saying how much they missed them. I have no idea why mine stuck around; maybe I missed a voluntary upgrade or something. Anyway, they're gone now. (Truth be told, I wasn't a big fan and I don't miss them too much.)
Use the website... the app is terrible; Far too easy with the words to choose from at the bottom.
I agree completely, I don't know how you could survive more than 10 minutes by slowly twiddling your thumbs on a phone or tablet, when you can get so much more done by typing on a laptop or pc. The app should be used as a complimentary tool to the site, when your on the bus and want a quickly test for example.
Personally I like the ability to have the app which is easier and the website which is harder. I go back and forth between the two based on what I feel like.
Praticing a language on the computer is so much easier then constantly getting the option to choose 3 or 4 words on a phone. Praticing on the computer exposes you to more oppurtunities to learn the language faster and easier.
I totally agree with you. I like the old version better than the current one that I'm using right now. I was trying to learn some Japanese yesterday and it was telling me the words for different foods and animals on the BASICS.
I have to point out that you're absolutely wrong here. Duolingo test every feature before they add it (they even tested how many tears to give the crying owl) so that everything is conducive to keeping people on the site and getting them to learn more.
They didn't introduce the changes without testing them first, ergo we can assume that more people respond positively to them than not. you may not like them, but that doesn't mean that no one likes them.
I think it's important that we remember that what keeps the majority of people here, is not necessarily the same as what is the most effective way to learn.
Nothing in your post shows where she is wrong. She said she didn't like the new version. I believe she doesn't like the new version and defy you to prove otherwise. The fact that Duolingo tests every feature before adding it doesn't mean she likes it, or even that every feature is good. Also, nowhere in her post did she say that nobody likes the changes, she said SHE didn't. When you "had to point out" that she's "absolutely wrong here," did you really mean to say you know her mind better than hers?
The only possible nitpick I see with her post is her assertion that Duolingo isn't appropriate for university students anymore. That's a matter of opinion, not fact, and for the record I happen to agree with her completely in terms of Duolingo being too easy for those who might get lazy with it. There is nothing "absolutely wrong" with her post - the only "absolutely wrong" thing here is your assertion that she's "absolutely wrong. She isn't. You are.
I agree completely, and think that the biggest disappointment is that you can make several mistakes and not have to start over. It's just too easy now that it doesnt make me try and try until I make it the app nor the site pushes me to learn like it used to.
Use the duolingo website, not the app, and if you want to bring back the old duolingo, you should first go to discussions, right click & inspect element, go to console and type in: duo.old_web_url_whitelist=["^.+"]; then press "home" and there you can practice on the old duolingo. Its not just inspected, but also fully functional as long as you don't press reload or close it. If you do, however, you should type it in again. It saves your progress even if you reload and go back to the new version. It also works for the new courses such as Japanese that wasn't added on duolingo on that version, but it works perfectly fine on the old version.
What's the app version number of the one that you were using before the update. The better version