Will the Russian course have the immersion option?
Hi, I'm very curious about this since languages like dutch, swedish, etc. Do not have this option. (Or at least it does not appear for me) . It is a great way of learning so I would be really happy :).
Duolingo is slowly giving up on immersion. It turned out to be unprofitable, and legally dubious in the EU.
As for the legal stuff, it's because the European Union has some provisions regarding volunteer work, which would force Duolingo to do something regarding EU immersion users translating paid content. I'm not sure what that something would be, maybe it would even be paying social security. Since Duolingo is small US company, they don't want to bother dealing with 28 countries just for that, but simultaneously, a huge chunk of potential translation power was blocked from being used as Duolingo's revenue source.
As for the money aspect, as you probably know, immersion produces low-quality translations and does it slowly. You can easily guess that "slow and bad translations" aren't a very marketable product.
This, and the fact that moderating immersion takes resources, made Duolingo give up on adding new languages to the immersion system. Their new revenue stream is cheap language certificates.
Ah that sucks! I really wanted to learn Russian through immersion, seems like a great tool!
What is this then? https://www.duolingo.com/translation/585836a34531584f65d9764a460b75dc
It's a real shame that we won't have it while other major languages do. It was a great learning tool, better than Readlang, Lingq, etc because it was more interactive.
It looks like that's from the reverse course, since the buttons are all in Russian.
It is not, actually. You can see English interface on the first screenshot. However, you do need the course with existing Immersion to access the English-Russian Immersion.
1) Open a course with Immersion in one tab of your browser.
2) Open another tab. Switch to the English-Russian course.
3) Go back to the first tab and enter Immersion.
However, this bug is of no use, because you cannot upload new texts. There are only three texts over there, probably the remnants of some early experiments.
Interesting find! I'm not able to recreate it. I opened a tab with the German course, opened a new tab and switched to Russian, went back to the tab with German and tried clicking German immersion, and it wouldn't switch.
I also tried going to URL https://www.duolingo.com/translations while in English to Russian mode, but I get an error 404. Perhaps they caught on to this?
It's frustrating knowing they already have it set up and it should be easy to implement if they wanted to...
I confirm English-German course returns 404. Maybe, it is important to have different base languages. My first try was from the Russian-English course. Here is the successful try from the French-English course: http://i.imgur.com/rHEzHAH.png
I share your frustration about the absence of Immersion.
Translate? Yes. You can try it too: https://www.duolingo.com/translation/424411597fba02a8d26cac1ab25285a4
Cool. Wow, that article is so difficult (and I already finished the Russian to English tree and I can read some Russian)... that's why we need immersion. I would love to get to the point of reading an article like that easily.
Anyone know if the words tab is also missing for Russian because the course is currently in Beta? or do you need to reach a certain level for it to appear?
I'm on level 6 in both dutch and french but the words tab only appears on the french course. So I guess it's the same as the immersion option.
Unlike immersion, the words tab is meant to be coming soon to newer courses (although it's been coming soon for at least half a year...) Until then, you can try memrise or similar sites if you want flashcards :)