Needs to be three minutes for timed excercises, not two!
Either that or add more time. You're timing people's typing speed...not their Spanish. I type fast. I wasn't taking a long time to think about things. I went what I consider extremely fast and didn't make any mistakes, but still couldn't make it in 2 minutes. Imagine someone younger who didn't have as much typing skills? And I've had years of Spanish and this is the basic level where the only problem I usually have is the accent marks (and I even got those right this time). I'm going to try to test out, but I'd prefer not to so I can review...but I don't want to mess with that timer again. Sheesh!
I think there is actually a much more straightforward fix to this: pause the timer whenever the user is typing, and resume the timer when they have not typed anything for a second. So, pause the timer as soon as there are key strokes. Resume the timer when there hasn't been a keystroke for at least a second. Only have that logic when there is a typing interface on the screen, of course.
(With my proposed solution, a user could cheat a little by typing nonsense, deleting that, and retyping nonsense over and over to pause the timer, but I don't think that's a real concern.)
By the way, I type very fast as well, but for me the two minutes are too short too. It's just super difficult :-(
I agree. As you get to longer sentences at higher levels, it gets more difficult to do all the typing in the allocated time, even if you do know the answers instinctively.
This is especially frustrating if you want to enter the foreign characters correctly, which I try to do for practice, even though Duolingo doesn't mark for it. I have to move my hand over to the num pad and enter the alt code for each one, which increases my response time a lot.
I agree the timer is too unforgiving. I struggle with my speech not being understood (because I'm trying to go too fast) and then I have to repeat multiple times, losing a lot of time. I also know Spanish fairly well and type quickly and I am surprised I struggle so much against the clock.
Even if it makes you feel like you are in a conversation it is really frustrating- my computer isn't good with accents and so the quickest way for me to do an accent is to click it which is still super slow and annoying. Also, it drives me nuts when I select one of the choices in the thing that pops down like "Elle__(select a fill-in) bla bla bla...". I will click it and then enter and then the thing will pop down again and make me reselect my answer!!! WHY? That takes off like five seconds right there!!!!!!!! stupid
I'm confused... My timed practice module doesn't give me 2 minutes to go through the list of questions. I get a 30 seconds count down, and every time i gave a correct answer i'm being granted 7 more seconds on that timer. It still can get hard to go through it but the 7 second incentive does actually rewards slowing down a bit to make sure what you entered is typo free. Granted, the total time you get can also gets higher, up to 2'40 something with all answers correct.I don't have a clue as to why all users wouldn't get the same timing scheme, maybe the transition from one to the other is a work in progress? What i'm sure of is that i like the one i have much much better than what you guys are describing. (for the record, i am learning German, not Spanish, but i went over to the spanish language tree to try out the timed practice, i still got my 30"+7" per right answer system)
But then I wonder: people who get these 2 minutes, what happens after the 2 minutes if you didn't get through the list of questions? "Time's up" page and you get 1 point per correct answer given? If so, why not just see it as a challeng of "let's see how many questions i can get right within 2 minutes", rather than consider a failure anything else than perfect? Then it doesn't matter how slow you type, you'll get to an average score of your own, and will know that scoring higher/lower is a reflection on your proficiency in the vocabulary that was proposed...
I wouldn't even see this as a problem any more, really. (although i still much prefer the time bonus system, 'ill grant you that)
I agree that the time is way too quick. I can, sometimes, almost finish a timed test, but I'm still in the simpler portions of the lessons. Especially when I have to put in accents, it is frustrating. I like the program, and I even thought of having my Granddaughter (aged 8) work in the program. She did some of it with me and loved it. But then I realized that the timed tests would completely discourage her.