https://www.duolingo.com/Whiterun

Multiple Choice not challenging

I'm a bit tired of seeing multiple choice questions where the wrong answers are simply grammatically incorrect instead of being possible incorrect translations. For example:

Er mag uns nicht

The choices are:

He does not like us,

He do not likes us,

He do not like us.

Since the questions aren't there to test my english grammar, please scrap this kind of question duo team.

December 2, 2013

25 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis

Some of the choices are funny because they're very silly. Sometimes I get something similar to:

  • The boy drinks the apple juice.

  • The boy drinks man.

  • The boy drinks the girl.

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne

I agree, some of (a lot of) them are funny, but that's also part of what makes them easy. Which is the best choice for "Soy un hombre (Spanish)": "I am an penguin", "The apple eats the woman", or "I am a man"?

I don't necessarily agree that the multiple choice questions should be eliminated altogether, but I do think that they should be made harder.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

While the specific example you mentioned isn't challenging, I do enjoy the multiple choice questions where more than one answer may be correct as they can help you visualize all the correct translations of a single sentence.

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Equilibrio99

I love it. I can appreciate that you language wizards desire a greater challenge but for those of us lacking linguistic gifts, the multiple choice format is an oasis in an extreme desert. I love the fact that they make me laugh AND that I can at least get some answers right.

Maybe in the future one will be able to set the challenge level on DuoLingo just like we can for many computer games. Then we all can be happy.

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Whiterun

I'm hoping that the "too easy" option being tested will help weed out this kind of question.

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0

^ There is the answer right there.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/centime

I find the multiple choice quiz very instructional when it presents two correct choices. I am waiting for the day when I come upon one that ALL three choices are correct.

December 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Syran

I am lucky to have seen a situation where all three choices were correct, and it was awsome! Hope you find your's soon! :)

December 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/quest42good

I agree, sometimes they look just too obviously wrong. I always think that this way Duolingo tries to make you actually pay attention :)

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JessieKaye

I like these Questions! They are sometimes mildly funny and get you to pay attention to which one your marking as most of the time they are very similar. Just because somethings easy, doesn't mean that we have to get rid of it altogether!

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Whiterun

Surely though the point of the questions is to be tested, you don't learn if the questions you practice are too easy.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JessieKaye

They are pretty fun though ☺ Sometimes I find them hard.... Just because you say that your to good at the language for these questions I don't think they should be scrapped ☺

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/anne_omoly

I think the combination of the two problems: Duo only "tests" one word at a time and multiple choice questions often having three wildly different answers can lead to inaccurate testing. I mean, it wouldn't be weird to have "Ich esse den Apfel" with "I drink the man", "I run with scissors" and "I eat the apple" as options, to be able to pick correctly from recognising one word ("Apfel") yet have another ("esse") marked as practised. And while you can work around it in original lessons if you want, because you have time to look, on timed practice there's no time to sit and reflect on the rest of the words and no tweaking of the decay algorithm can help you.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jheavner724

A bigger problem for me is when auto-correct changes, for example, "has" to "had" on my iPhone and I get a translation wrong, despite the mistake obviously being a spell-check one (considering the English usually doesn't make sense with the change).

This happens once or twice about most lessons, hence my relatively low number of Lingots (166).

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/NickM98

It's that, or having the three practically the same and not knowing which to choose, like

C'est blu

This is blue

That is blue

It is blue

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Syran

The kind of muliple choice in your example is a good one. Although it raises a question; when is a muliple choice too hard and when too easy? Maybe it is only too easy when the proposed anwsers are grammatically incorrect in English, and we should not bother about the rest.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/NickM98

Right. But there also some that you can't get the right answer by logic, because there is not like a concret difference between the options. Like, how do I know if in the phrase Duolingo intends me to use "saber" o "conocer" (if I were studying Spanish) if there is no context to discover it?

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Syran

Then both of the answers would be right, and selecting only one would leave you with a lost heart. :) Duolingo already has these kind of questions, and I like them because you always have to make sure the other answers are wrong.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Im working on the mirror course once I finish my Eng to Span tree. I've already started it, and it brings that extra bit of challenge I need.

December 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/buunny

I agree. I have a reading problem. When I read sentences, sometimes words vanish or appear, and it has caused me to lose points many times because I cannot physically see the difference between them because they are so similar/the words are in an unweighted font.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Rolf

Right ! Multiple choice is good. Choices that have errors in the language that is supposed to be known by the learner is a waste of time (and bandwidth). This is not a grave problem, but it should be rather easy to fix.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf

Yeah, some are ridiculous. I've gotten ones like:

L'uomo non mangia mai bistecca.

  1. The man never eats steak.
  2. The man never reads steak.
  3. The elephant never eats banana.

OK, maybe not QUITE that ridiculous, but pretty close.

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/StellaX

Why not turn them around and have them present an English sentence and have you choose the correct in the foreign language.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

Hey there, thanks a lot for your feedback! Making the multiple choice questions fun and challenging, but not overwhelming at the same time is a challenge that we are constantly working on. We are testing different ways of asking multiple choice questions at the moment, so bear with us for a little bit while we figure out the best strategy. :)

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Whiterun

Thanks, that's good to know.

December 7, 2013
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