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Forum Survey?

Ddesgagne
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So, I'm a bit of a nerd, and I really like statistics. And I thought that because this awesome website called Duolingo has over 100 million users (and counting), I thought it might be kinda cool to set up a survey that we could use to get some feedback, and just general interesting info. I have plenty of free time over the Christmas holidays, so I would also do some research on Duolingo and combine that with the survey yield, and then make a final post with (hopefully) some really cool information.

So I'm wondering: if someone (potentially myself; I'm looking into it) were to create such a survey, what kind of questions would YOU like to see on it? I'd like to stay away from anything too personal, but that still allows a pretty wide range of questions.

So then, my four questions to you are as follows:

(1) Would you like to see a Duolingo survey?

(2) If it were created, what questions would you like to see on it?

(3) Follow up to question 2: what do you want to know about Duolingo?

(4) What sort of question do you think would be "too personal"? I'm going to make the survey anonymous, so do you think that would allow for questions regarding age and home country?

I would like it if this thread got a bunch of upvotes, so that we can get maximum feedback from the community.

Thanks in advance!

~Ddesgagne

2 years ago

42 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
writchie4
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A survey about a future survey. This feels very meta...

Edit: With respect to the "personal" questions, why not just include a "prefer not to answer" choice? That would avoid any fretting over whether you think the questions are too invasive.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Haha, yes! :) I just want to make sure the community is cool with the idea: it wouldn't make much sense to create a survey and have nobody complete it! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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(1) Yes

(2). How long have you been using Duolingo? What do you use Duolingo for? Why do you use Duolingo? What languages do you want to be added? What exercises do you want to be added?

(3) How do I type in italics? How many users use the site out of the total amount of users? What are the most requested languages as of now? When is the Chinese course coming out? Does Duolingo support non-Latin and non-alphabetical scripts? Why is Klingon being worked on? Are they planning to make a Sindarin or Dothraki Course? Would the first Chinese course for us be in Traditional, Simplified, or both? How would Duolingo tackle languages with multiple scripts or very similar dialects? When is Tagalog coming out (if ever)? Will Duolingo ever look into computer languages? What languages have people applied for in the Incubator?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Haha, awesome. :) Thanks a lot!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
KyledelPue
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Here's a Lingot!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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¬°Gracias!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CameronUrquhart
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Chineseskill on Android & IOS is basically a duolingo clone for Mandarin. Computer languages aren't languages and would be poorly taught on this platform.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

They are languages, you just can't speak them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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They would just have to omit voice/audio exercises. I don't know how or if that would affect the workload for potential course developers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Duolingo isn't a good format for those languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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If you plan to collect data on gender, please offer an "other" category.

If I come up with more I'll make another comment. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Also, if you would ask people to check a box if they are synesthetes, that would be cool to see how many of us are around these days. At one point, there were quite a few of us in the forums.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Alright, sounds good. ;) If and when the survey is created, would you or another of the mods be able to Sticky it in order to get maximum feedback?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Mods don't have the ability to sticky in the main forum or any of the pre-incubator courses.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Okay, fair enough.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sibhreach

(1) Yes - for nerdy statistical reasons and general interest in DL and how everybody works on this site

(2) How long have you been studying your target language(s)?
Why are you using Duolingo? (open text field or multiple choice)
Did Duolingo persuade you to learn other languages? Which ones?
What other resources are you using for your target language(s)?
How many languages can you converse in on a daily basis?
How comfortable are you in those languages? (using a ILR/CEFR scale to measure)

(3) Languages evolve, slang gets introduced, rules get rewritten - does DL plan to continually and regularly upgrade/revise (with the possibility of lengthening) courses for each of their available languages?
Are there any plans in replacing the robo-voices to native and/or fluent speakers for the audio portions?
Any plans to create more bonus lessons, not just for those languages without any, but expanding the lessons to include more vocabulary or a certain subject or hobby (like medical, or entertainment, situational etc)
Will DL improve their forums and search functions on the forums in order to find better results to questions/info in general?

(4)
Name/date of birth/city of residence/gender <-- I'd consider these things too personal and not really relevant to the survey
Instead:
- use age ranges
- use countries of origin
- ask for native language


Good luck on the survey! I would definitely be interested in participating and reading all the data once it gets compiled! You'll definitely have some work to do next year. :D Bonne chance!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Awesome, this is really helpful. Thanks a lot! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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POST EDITED:

(4) What sort of question do you think would be "too personal"? I'm going to make the survey anonymous, so do you think that would allow for questions regarding age and home country?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

For me, I don't like saying how old I am, no matter how anonymous, but that's just me. As for my home country, I don't think that's too personal.

So you really are going to make a survey!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Yeah, and I would never tell people how old I am over the Internet anyway. But if the survey is completely anonymous, then I don't think it would be much of a concern. The question won't be mandatory, even if I do put it in.

As to your question, well, I think so. It might not be up until a bit after New Years though. The only thing I need now is more feedback from the community, and a good site to do the survey -- thinking maybe Survey Monkey, although of course I'm open to suggestions. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Yes! I think Survey Monkey would be fine. Good luck in making it! I'm not very helpful. xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Okay, cool. And any feedback is helpful, so thanks for that. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pfiff
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I would love to see a Duolingo survey! I would most like to find out about who uses the site -- I think the forums provide a lot of information about things like what users want, etc.. ;) Also, asking "what languages are you learning" might not be that helpful, as we can get quantities from the Incubator page and it'd be pretty boring to read the answers.

Age would be very valuable data; I recommend asking age groups, something like this (split up irregularly because there seem to be more young users than old ones):

  • 12 or younger
  • 13 to 15
  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 21
  • 22 to 25
  • 26 to 30
  • 31 to 35
  • 36 to 40
  • 41 to 50
  • 51 to 60
  • 61 or older

Statistical questions I'd like to see:

  • How often do you do lessons and practices on Duolingo? (many times a day, about twice a day, about once a day, once every couple days, a couple times a week, once a week, once a month, less, never) (I do a lot for a while and then I barely do any) (I no longer use these features) (I've never used these features) -- Alternately, How many points do you earn per day/week/month, on average?
  • How often do you go on the Duolingo forums? (same options as above) What do you do? (lurk, ask questions, give answers, share resources, socialise)
  • How often do you use other Duolingo features?
  • How many languages are you fluent in, by your own definition?
  • How many languages are you actively learning? (x with Duolingo, x with other online courses, x with offline courses, x with mixtures thereof)
  • What is your highest completed level of education?* (some school, completed school, completed undergraduate degree, completed postgraduate degree, other qualification) (I am a current school student, undergraduate student, postgraduate student, other student)
  • What is your country of origin? What country do you live in?
  • Do you use multiple languages in everyday life (other than lessons)?

Personal questions I'd like to see:

  • What motivates you to learn a language? Why are you studying the language(s) that you are?
  • Are there languages that you aren't learning at the moment but would like to learn in the future?
  • What kinds of resources do you find valuable for your language learning?

And I'm sure there are many more great ones that other people will suggest. I look forward to your survey!

'* Remember that users come from all over the world, so terms like "high school" and "university" won't be applicable to everyone.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Awesome post. Thanks a lot, this'll be really helpful in creating the survey. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Don't call somewhere a college if what you mean is a university. :-) Over here, a college is something different, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who would put the wrong answer as a result. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klaudialk
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"Which trees have you started and which (if any) have you finished?" - I'd love to compare started trees with finished ones.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klaudialk
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Although there will be some bias what with some trees having been added more recently than others...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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You could ask how many abandoned or stalled

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KOokey_Pokey

YES,I love statistics too and well what about....."What do YOU want on Duolingo!"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CameronUrquhart
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1) Yes 2) What is your highest streak? How consistent are you at using duolingo? Do you use other resources for studying the language? Which exercises could be added/ improved on? Which languages should be added to the incubator? 3) Why do some large spelling errors get passed, yes tiny ones result in a fail? Why does it say i am 8% fluent in french after a measly two lessons? Idk what else

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AvaFerengue4
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https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Yes, I would like it. Maybe it could ask how long you've been on Duo for. It could ask if you were active in the forums. I'd like to know how many people are around from when Duo first got started, and how many people are active in the forums. Also I'd like to know the general audience of Duo. Are they kids, adults, or what? I think that home country and age would be fine as long as you couldn't find out one specific user's info. But they could make those "optional" questions, like writchie4 said.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Great idea too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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  1. What would the purpose of your survey be? What kind of information would you try to get? If your survey is just to ask questions because you have a lot of free time, then I'm not really interested. If you have a specific purpose, tell me what your purpose is and I'll tell you if I am interested.

2./3. Again it depends on your purpose. I'd be interested in knowing people's study habits (I'm a language teacher). How do they progress through the tree? How much practice do they do before they move on to the next lesson? Do they prefer to keep their tree gold before moving on or do they prefer to finish the tree as quickly as possible? How difficult is it for them? What additional sources do they use?

  1. If it's anonymous, then nothing is too personal. However, you need to have a reason for getting this information. If you are going to analyze your survey data by age, you will need ages. If not, why bother? The same for country of origin. Another point -- I don't live in my home country. Maybe you need to know where people live as well as their home country.
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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The purpose is that I like statistics and I would love to be able to see some statistics on Duolingo on the Duolingo community. And I know that there are others that feel the same. I've never been able to find a site/thread/etc. that is devoted to Duolingo statistics, so I figured I'd take the initiative and create one myself, for the interest of others. ;)

Mainly looking for statistics regarding learning strategies, languages, etcetera, but also a bit of general information about the community. The survey WILL be completely anonymous, and I don't plan to ask personal questions such as exact age, real name, city, etc.

Cheers!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankKool
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I just thought of a question I'd like to add.

Ask the participants if they've already started to dream in the language they are learning. This was an impressive experience for me, the first time I dreamed in German, and later in Spanish. I think it really shows that you've dwelled enough in a new language to make it a second nature.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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Yeah, that's a pretty good idea. Thanks for bringing it up!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Texangymnast
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  2. Not exactly sure...sorry about that.
  3. When it was originated, who helped originally create it, who the first 3 or something mods were, and that kind of stuff.
  4. I think that getting to personal is saying last name, age, and city. I would be OK if it were state though.
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kubelnaby
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I guess the first and most obvious question would be: "why are you learning the language(s) you are learning?" And you should offer at least 5-6 options (I like the culture in that language - I love how the language sounds - I want/have to move to the X country - I want to understand what my stranger girlfriend/boyfriend yells when she/he is pissed off at me - I live in a bilingual/trilingual country - just for fun - increase job opportunities etc. )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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Yeah...I might just put in a text box, to make it a bit easier and less limiting than a bunch of different options.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankKool
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1) Yes, very much.

2) Obviously what languages they are studying, but also why, how (as in: what other resources than DuoLingo), and if it is for personal or professional reasons.

3) I would love to see a statistic on how many people continue their practice, and I'd also like to see what percentage of users reach a certain level.

4) Can't give a specific answer to this, but obviously the questions would have to be related to language. But I think that asking about age and nationality is fine.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
Ddesgagne
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Great. I appreciate the feedback!

2 years ago