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Suggestion: Add focused practice options

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Last week, I reached level 25 in Spanish. I completed the tree a few months ago and I've kept it golden since.

For some skills, I (and, I suspect any others) are much more comfortable translating Spanish back into my native English than going the other direction.

Duolingo, could you consider adding options for a practice where, for instance, on EN-ES, all twenty questions are translating English into Spanish?

Perhaps you could also add a second option for beginners in a skill (or for me on Subjunctive Past!), where all twenty are translating from ES back into EN.

It makes sense to keep the interface simple for beginners. Perhaps these could come as add-ons in the lingot store, much like timed practice.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Most people who want this option do the reverse tree which does most of what you want.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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That helps for those courses that do have a reverse tree. There are many that don't.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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I would also like to see a practice which involves nothing but microphone/speech recognition. I keep my microphone turned off most of the time, and when I turn it on, it would be really cool to have a microphone-only (no-typing) practice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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Thanks! I have actually tried the reverse tree and probably ought to give it another try.

But I do wonder if I might not have been clear in explaining my original idea. Let me give an example: Learning Spanish as a first-language English speaker, I'd like to be able to take a particular Spanish skill (e.g. Future Perfect) and do practices that are nothing except translating English phrases/sentences into Spanish using that skill to reinforce it. As far as I know, all practices for trees & reverse trees include mixtures of each direction.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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I would love something like this - or options to turn off certain exercises. I think they would need to either not be until you've finished a skill or maybe not contributing to finishing a skill (because I'm sure some people would wanna turn it on to translation from target language into home language, which would defeat the object of doing a skill), but it would make it much better practice for those who are already competent or who want to drill particular skills.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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Exactly - once you've completed a certain skill, or maybe once you've completed the whole tree!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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It would be a pretty cool reward to have options like this appear in the lingot store... maybe at checkpoints? And they could only be used on already-completed skills.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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I agree. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSquashMann
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Going even further, it would really be nice to see exercises that don't involve any sort of translation - they give you a question in Spanish, and you answer in Spanish, maybe as some sort of reading comprehension.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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That would be wonderful.

I appreciate DuoLingo's desire to keep the core courses free. But these are exactly the sorts of add-ons I'd be happy to pay money for. :)

2 years ago