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

Is it just me?

Is it just me or are there really too many questions in the 2 minute timed rounds? I can´t seem to press the keys fast enough, and I am a fast typist!

January 4, 2013

29 Comments


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

I don't think it's the number of questions, I think it's the answer screen after each question. Either you should go directly from one question to the next or time should pause while you're on the page that tells you if you got it right or not.

January 6, 2013

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

Yes, I think you are right! And because there are different layouts for each question it is difficult to get a rhythm In the German lessons it is even that more difficult because you also have to record your voice for some questions, I think there are just too many different question types, but who do I complain to??

January 6, 2013

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

I agree, I would prefer it to pause that way you can also evaluate the mistakes you make and learn from them

September 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/integra1

Anyway this is not a crucial matter, it is just a challenge. If time runs out and you have not yet 3 errors it just goes on infinitely.... You only get 5 points instead of 10 (+hearts). I don't even try this "game", I take the 4-6 minutes I need, and proceed to next item.

January 7, 2013

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

I'm 60 years old, a moderately fast typist, and learning quickly. No way I can do it in two minutes. Although I have very modern equipment and a fast connection, there is a noticeable lag (sometimes a second or two) between my correct response and their server's confirmation. Spread over 20 or so questions, this eats so much time that I am doomed. Not to worry-as someone else says, just keep plugging along. I'd rather get 100% right in 2:30 and know I'm grasping the words and concepts.

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gumaro014

You need to use the shortcuts, enter key to enter answers, ctrl+enter to repeat sounds and the number keys to answer multiple choice questions.

January 7, 2013

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

I have no problem what so ever, I think it is a great challenge to think fast, type fast, to be really focused and nailed it. Keep trying.

January 27, 2013

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

It's just practice :) Try and try it, now I can do it in just 1,5 minutes!!

January 5, 2013

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

i have the same problem and ive been taking italian for 6 years hahaha

January 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gimb
  • 317

Agree, I have the same problem :)

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabi115

I have the same problem. Shortcuts or not, I simply can´'t type fast enough. I am no typist and not used to writing on a keyboard, so even though I usually know all the answers it takes me more than five minutes to complete the round. Pretty frustrating.

January 7, 2013

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

YES. Most definitely :P I don't even get half way in the time limit ... And part of that is probably just me being crap, but not all of it!

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephanie.byrne

I was slow in the beginning, but as the lessons continued, it got easier and I was able to do it under the 2 minute. It think it definitely reinforces your recall, by having to do it so quickly. I can see that if you are not a good typer that this could be very frustrating.

January 8, 2013

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

I too have found it difficult to complete all of them within that time.

January 16, 2013

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

no you have to be a professional typer apparently!

January 19, 2013

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

I'm a super fast typist and I've failed all the timed rounds so far (most by about 5 - 10 seconds). (I didn't try them more than once though.) I was beating myself up for being a failure this morning, so I'm glad I'm not alone. ;P

January 20, 2013

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

I thought so too for ages but I just managed to complete one with 11 seconds to go. The trick is not to wait until she finishes speaking before starting to type your answer but to start typing as soon as she says the first word. Also use the shortcut keys.

January 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mangoHero1

i'm a fast typist hehe

May 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0hmanda

I think it's good because it challenges you and helps you learn. If you practice them enough, they're completely doable.

July 26, 2013

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

They are very fast indeed, but I find that the time I spend re-trying the rounds helps further cement the questions & answers into my long-term memory. I imagine that slower typists have it even worse though.

January 4, 2013

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

The timed rounds are difficult but just keep trying! I can usually finish in just over 2 minutes on the 3rd or 4th try. If you keep trying it will get easier and even if you aren't a good typist or the screen for the next question doesn't load, your time will get better.

January 14, 2013

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

Absolutely -- my typing is terrible. That doesn't indicate how well I am learning!

February 16, 2013

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

A good idea would be 20 seconds per screen

March 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1435terre

No, non lei solo, mi anche!

March 26, 2013

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

Pane or il pane? Both were correct in the last exercise. When do you include the definite article?

June 23, 2013

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

It slows you down when you have to click on a box with an accented letter on it.

June 26, 2013

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

My solution to this is that I equiped my computer with the US-International keyboard layout...Though, I still tend to avoid the timed practice.

August 10, 2013

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

You don't need to type fast, you need to think fast. I think the time is appropiate.

September 6, 2013

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

The timed rounds seem to end before they start, so no more than two questions can be answered. This feature seems to be designed for hyper-reactive pre teens with lightning-fast keyboard dexterity!

September 18, 2013
Learn Italian in just 5 minutes a day. For free.