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If You Could Have Any New Feature...

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I've seen a lot of suggestions recently regarding what would be good features/functions/etc to have on Duolingo. I think it might be a good idea to consolidate all of these ideas into one thread...so: what do you think would be a good new feature?

2 years ago

55 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/UneJamKuqEZi

CHAT ROOM:

  • This could help a lot, because, for example, a Spanish speaker learning English could speak with an English speaker learning Spanish, and they could help each other practice. We could also have the ability to ignore/block people if they spam/annoy us.

MORE NOTIFICATIONS:

  • Sometimes when you make a new post, you have multiple people comment, but in all that, someone could have replied to a comment on another post, and you would never see it. @Jonathangrant00

XP BAR/EXPERIENCE:

  • We need the XP Bar back. We also need a much easier way to show how much XP we need to get to the next level, rather than having to go to our profile to see how much we need. Possibly have the number next to the language on the drop-down list when you pick the language to learn.

LANGUAGE PICKER:

  • We should have a language poll, not an unofficial one such as a post created by some user, but one actually created by Duolingo. They list all the most known languages of the world that are not on Duolingo yet, and we decide which language we want, and Duolingo actually takes that into account, and decides their next language based on what people want. I'm guessing the URL could be something like http://poll.duolingo.com/
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tigertemple

+1 for the language picker.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathangrant00
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More than 5 notifications at one time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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I need this.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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That would be really nice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathangrant00
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I made a post about it a while back. I think you saw it but nothing ever happened about it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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I think I remember, but just because the Duolingo Team doesn't reply, it doesn't mean that they didn't see it, who knows, they may be implementing it right now...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathangrant00
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I know. I wish they would let us decide a little about the website though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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A better search. The main reason that the discussion area is always clogged up is that the same questions get posted thousands of time because people can't find the answers as the search facility is so dreadful.

I'd also like them to put the tips and notes on the mobile app. Come on, that would be so easy to do.

Oh, and while I'm at it, can we not have vocabulary lists (in the 'Words' section) for all languages?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BugraBeyaz
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ONLY WRITE IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE MOD

Allow us to force a lesson to give the sentences only in one language and ask us to translate in the other.

I can understand the sentences in the target language but I am not good at forming them myself but duolingo keeps asking me to translate sentences from the target language into the learning language.

Currently people do something they call "reverse tree" They change their learning language to the target language and start English course because English course asks them to write in the other language more than the course of that language itself.

This can be something that people buy from the store like the test-against-time mode, or whatever it is called.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jbrmit
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Great idea! I've often wished for something like that. I agree it'd be great to have it as an option, similar to the timed practice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalleca
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I was just thinking of that will practicing weak skills, I don't need to write in English I need to write in French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Agreed, this would be fantastic. Making it an "opt in" would be great, because then it wouldn't be a deterrent to people who might find that too hard and might be put off trying to progress, but it would be there for the people who wanted/needed it.

I see this feature/more target language work requested so often in so many different guises, I really think Duolingo should seriously consider implementing it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alternia
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I want the former beta courses (Dutch, Swedish, Irish, Danish, etc.) to actually have words lists. It sucks that the original five languages are the only ones that have them. On the mobile app those courses also have that other update with the people on it as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
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Immersion for more languages. Immersion is great!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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I would like for the course developers to be able to change the estimation date.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bhankerson
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Hey! This happened! Thanks Duolingo!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elagui
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A list of our weakest concepts - if it detects that I get something consistently wrong, I'd like to know what that is so I can look it up and figure out how to get it right.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/berea.r
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More in-depth explanations of grammar and syntax.

Also, more in-depth alphabet lessons. Perhaps a flash card type thing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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An easier switch between base languages and a single profile per user, not a different one for each base language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kyr-kun-chan

Yes that would be really good

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ioanna.s97

Yes! It's much much easier to become fluent in a language when you get it from several "points of view;" grammar and syntax can make more sense and ultimately your brain gets more used to actually being flexible with it rather than simple back-and-forth translating with one of your base languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bhankerson
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Yes! I was very surprised when I found out how convoluted the system is to study one language (Russian from English in my case), and then to study another language from that language (German from Russian). I have to constantly "switch" courses. There are some great user scripts (check out DuoTweak: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7619770), but something from Duolingo would be ideal. In the introduction to Duolingo, when I joined last year, it was suggested to finish one language, and then learn your next language from that language, but the way Duolingo has it set up it's pretty inconvenient to do. The threads on this topic are more than a year old, I wonder if Duolingo is working on it already?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeLingoMeister

I wish we had more skill sets for the languages we learn!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/niamhwitch
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Now that I've passed my 300 streak mark, I REALLY wish there was a feature to either "bank" your streak level, or at least award badges (that can be displayed on your profile) for surpassing certain milestones in your streak... such as 10 day streak, 25 day streak, 50 day, 75 day, 100 day, 150 day, 200 day, 300 day, 400 day, 500 day... etc.

That way, if I do unfortunately lose my streak someday (and yes, I buy streak freezes... but with winter coming up, I'm increasingly worried about power outages that may last more than a day), I still have the badges I earned on my profile to show that at some point, I DID have an over-300 day streak.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalleca
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You are so right. Also, people can travel or have an accident and lose their streaks. I want my medals!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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sigh

It really is weird how some people get so many random downvotes, without explanation...

I was kinda hoping this thread would get a bunch of upvotes, so more people would notice it, so more people would comment on it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hurrah4Biggles

Luckily Biggles intrepidly caught the bombs in a net tied to his biplane, and safely disposed of them in the sea, whereupon your thread sprang back up from the water.

RacingSnail07, don't mess with me by bombing threads I find interesting. I will just unbomb them. You are a contemptible little nit.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Out of curiosity: how do you "unbomb" a thread?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klaudialk
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Ability to purchase a streak freeze for more than one day at a time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalleca
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Writing

We need a place to write in the language we are learning and be corrected by a native speaker, maybe another duolingo student.

Games

I think we can have more games like puzzles and others.

Teachers

Maybe make the space to have natives to teach, maybe even for money and/or getting lessons by points or something. Example of points: I can teach Spanish so I get points and I use those points to have someone else to teach me French. And also a rating for teaching.

Social media

More control on our page that makes it look more like social media.

Voice recording

I would like to just use the voice recording feature, and the control to go on one word instead of a sentence.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matscientist

I had just assumed that extended writing wouldn't fit in the Duolingo model, but you're right: Duolingo would be a perfect community to manage a language exchange.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mforyou

Yes, I want to JUST do the voice part and JUST write in Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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We need a place to write in the language we are learning and be corrected by a native speaker, maybe another duolingo student.

Try lang 8, it might be what you're after (I'm hoping I remembered the name of the site right!)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalleca
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I have been using italki but I will check it out. Also, it would be cool to have all these things in one place.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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It would be nice, but at the same time I would rather see Duolingo (and other language learning sites) do one thing well than attempt to do lots of things and not be exceptional in any given one.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHelvetica
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A better way to teach foreign scripts. The "read and write" or "listen and write" exercises we have are not at all effective for learning scripts.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHelvetica
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Also, they could do something about the flawed fluency shield.

2 years ago

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  • being able to choose to have more translation into target language/turn off matching questions and pick a word questions,, etc, so those who wanted it could have a more challenging experience, *especially on the app.

  • better search engine on the forum (ideally, better forums full stop, but a decent search would improve them enormously)

  • words tab for more languages

  • lose the 'estimated beta date' in the incubator or at least make it very clear that it actually isn't a date the actual beta course is likely to appear

  • ETA: more control over what emails one gets. It seems to be all or nothing, so you either get notifications from every thread you post in unless you specifically remember to turn it off every single time, not to mention receiving emails even when someone you blocked posts in that thread, OR you don't even get emails if someone comments on your activity, which given that the website's notification system tends to miss those, means it's entirely possible to miss someone attempting to make conversation with you. I would love to have control, for example be able to say okay, I want everything that gets posted on my profile, but I'll follow the forum threads by myself, and I don't want to know if such and such a troll posts on something I'm following.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matscientist

Improved review scheduling. I've been spoiled ever since starting to use a dedicated spaced repetition system. I don't want to see a word twice in review if I get it right the first time; I'd rather spend that time on words that I'm less familiar with. Similarly, when I strengthen skills the next day, I want to see words I struggled with or haven't seen for a while, not words I got correct the day before.

I'm guessing Duolingo has some kind of algorithm like this, but it doesn't seem to be optimal. I tend to migrate vocab to Anki over time, but it would be nice to be able to stick with Duo's review.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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You didn't say any one new feature, so...

Hands free mode : Language has nothing to do with reading and writing, that is just an afterthought. There should be a language app that talks to you and you talk back to it, so you can be learning your language while also getting on with whatever else is is you are supposed to be doing, like work, travel, etc

Mixed forums: There are millions of English speaking users that are learning Spanish, and millions of Spanish speaking users that are learning English. Duolingo actually makes a concious effort to separate those two groups into their own forum zones, why the hell is this? That is millions of people that have two things in common: they are able to help each other learn each others language, and more importantly, willing to help each other, and yet they never meet. Come on, Duo Team, put two and two together, PLEASE....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryMille4

Get rid of the multiple guess questions. They are too easy and so I don't learn anything.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaKuhn1

http://www.quia.com/shared/spanish/all.html

Let me preface with I'm new. I have been reviewing sites and the one above has a lot of ways to test to test yourself and practice. I also use SpeakTribe Spanish app on my phone. I don't think they do the best job of pre-practice and they kind of dive in. However, if each section could add more speaking practice exercises I think that would be more helpful. Like at the end of a level.

You guys are seriously number one in my book. Keep up the great work.

Jess

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hmada993
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I just want immersion and word list for the languages that don't have it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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I'd love to be able to practice/"strengthen" newly learned lessons in combination. As it is now, if I have finished 4 of 8 lessons of e.g. adjectives, I can only redo them lesson by lesson but not practice the mix. That feature is only available once I have finished all 8 lessons.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmuevalRan

A proper forum! The "discussions" place is nice but a full-featured conversational area would be sooo much easier to navigate and keep an eye on.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankKool
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I miss one thing: Text-to-Speech software in Immersion.

DuoLingo used to have this years ago, but they dropped it for some reason. I really wish they'd bring it back.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HuShifang
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More articulated daily goals -- letting you set an overall target in points but then targets for particular languages (e.g., 50 points total, 20 points Russian, 10 points German, 10 points Swedish, 10 points French)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matscientist

Another idea: phrases organized into dialogues. Even if there is no control over the dialogue, even if you are still just translating the sentences that are given to you, I think it might be helpful to have a coherent sequence, because brains seem to remember better that way.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txredeyes
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The option to get notifications from the little bell thing when someone writes on your activity stream. And to get rid of the "fluency" shield and "Estimated Completion Date" (in the incubator) as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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Wow, lots of great ideas! Hopefully some of them will get implemented in the future!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7
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Suggestion 1

The courses taught at Duolingo must be more motivating with various types of activities for different skills so that learners can learn a language faster and with more accuracy.

Suggestion 2

The bonus skills must be upgraded with more interesting skills. More bonus skills must be added.

Suggestion 3

There must be a notice board (apart from the forum) that states all the official announcements by Duolingo, so that none of them get missed or lost. This will help all the learners at Duolingo to keep themselves updated.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-LiamAnderson-
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I just want an exercise that just involves translating english in your mind and saying your translation, as if in real life chat.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dana-Nova
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Not only getting documents to translate FROM the language you are learning, but also getting them in your own language to translate TO the language you are learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gudakota
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being able to have a group chat with people of the same target and native languages, e.g. a group chat that had both french speakers learning english and english speakers learning french

5 months ago