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https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew49

Duolingo should let me translate the listening questions

When Duolingo says something in Spanish (the language I am learning), they expect me to type it back in spanish. I understand that the purpose of this is to make sure I understand every single word I am hearing and not just the overall meaning. However, it is annoying when I translate it and instead of being awarded for me being able to translate what I just heard, I instead have to be punished by having to delete everything I just wrote and write it again in Spanish!

They say "Oops, it doesn't seem to be in Spanish. Please try again."

Here is my suggestion: change the way those types of questions work a little bit. One way is to make two boxes so we have to write what we heard in both Spanish and then English. Being able to translate it into english as well could be an optional bonus that gives you half a heart or some extra time. Or, (at least) after I have written it in English (which I do by accident all the time) delete what I wrote for me so I can immediately start typing it in Spanish without having hold delete until everything I just typed is deleted.

This is especially important for timed games since it takes a few sec to delete everything which can be very frustrating. Duolingo can be very forgiving when it comes to spelling, different ways to say things, accents, typos, etc. and I think they should be more forgiving here as well!

4 years ago

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Uhh, are you just complaining that you're instinct is to type it in English, and there should be an English box too? The meaning of it is to help you pronounce words better, and, after all, it does say to write it in Spanish on the top of the screen. I think they are being plenty forgiving, it is just you being a little careless. : /

If I have misinterpreted what you are trying to say, I am sorry, but to me, this is what it sounds like you are saying.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CNDragn

Indeed... I agree. I make the mistake myself sometimes, when I listen in German and write the answer in English, but like you say, its me being a bit careless...I dont want to get rewarded for being wrong, or have the option to reply in both languages. To me, what is especially important is that I get it right and learn how to respond in German since thats the whole point in learning a new language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Yes, that would be exactly what I am trying to say to Matthew. I make mistakes too, I've typed it in English by accident, but I don't ask the staff to change anything about it. If you ask me, they've got enough on their plate right now.

By the way, completely off topic, but don't you find it strange how the French eat a good amount of cheese, bread, and meat? Yet, they reject the cheeseburger xD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CNDragn

LoL I dont know to much about French culture, but that is interesting. Maybe with a bit of wine..? hehe!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Yea lol

4 years ago