https://www.duolingo.com/piero121314

Why is there no more English to [foreign language] anymore?

I remember a time where Duolingo would give you exercises where you would have to translate a English phrase into the foreign language you're learning on the writing pad. Now it seems that all Duolingo wants you to do is translate from [foreign language] to English and honestly, vice versa is way more helpful for me in learning a language. Is there maybe a setting I accidentally pressed that disabled this?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jocelyn-H
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You are correct; it used to be like this. However, to make learning languages "easier," Duolingo changed the lessons so you translate from the language a lot more than into it (or so a fellow Duolingoan told me :-). I have noticed it, too. I still get a few things to translate to the other language, but they are very rare. I am not a fan of this because it is not really making the language easier--it's only allowing us to avoid the hard part. If this REALLY bugs you, you can always change the course so that you are taking English from the foreign language. I've done this before, but it is also makes Duolingo harder to use on my part (for obvious reasons). However, it's much more educational, if you want to look at it that way...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Exactly this. The only problem is that not only course has a reverse course... But I dislike this change as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

I would really like it if there were different difficulty settings.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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That's not possible because of the architecture of the courses and the incubator, but yes, it would be a great feature =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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Because they've dumbed it down..... like the app version as well. Seems they'd rather have more people learning a bit, rather than fewer people learning a lot. Do the reverse tree as well to get the practice you want.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

The problem with using the reverse tree is that the Spanish to English tree is set up differently than the English to Spanish so you have to learn the sentences, in part, by trial and error.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFlash
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They still offer English to [foreign language] at least for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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They still offer them but often for me I get one English to foreign language sentence or even none in each lesson, not really helpful for learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

I wonder the same thing sometimes. I've been through multiple lessons and reviews (up to 20 questions) with fewer than three base language>target language questions - quite a few times I haven't had any. It's especially annoying since writing is what I'm really trying to work on, but translating to the base language only really improves reading skills... which is good for building a base but when you keep getting your prepositions mixed up (Danish) or just generally need to practice using cases (Polish) it's pretty useless. Unfortunately I don't think there are any settings you can change to "increase the difficulty" of learning and reviewing sessions - unless someone's made a userscript - but I really wish there was.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I am finding that the farther down the tree I go, the more base language to target language exercises there are, even in the earlier lessons when they decay. Also, if I screw up the base to target early in a lesson or practice I get a lot more target to base translations than otherwise (this could be a perception on my part) I do tend to include the listening exercises as part of the "to target"options, since if you know the language better you can fill in the things you don't really hear, which means you understand the structure. There are also a lot of multiple guess questions which can count as well, if you take the time to analyze the correct and incorrect answers as you go.

I recommend taking a little extra time and really looking at the target language sentnece after you translate it. You'll get a feel for the language after a while, and begin to be able to read it without really translating.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bangtansweetpea

I definitely agree. I would suggest turning your audio on, so you have to type in your target language, even if it isn't really translating.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike716479
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Not every language has audio. In Irish, only about 1 in 5 exercises has audio which makes it very difficult to imagine the pronunciation...

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Atcovi

It does that for Dutch

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Finishing the tree and then finishing the reverse tree is an extremely good idea. It gives more English -> target language questions and is a good way to review everything you've learned. It's also more of a challenge. I guess these type of questions have become more and more rare since you don't need to translate to your target language in the immersion section.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeHouriha
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This is a big problem, especially in the Russian course. I'd get one or two sentence to write in Russian per lesson, which doesn't help when learning a new alphabet. This does need to be fixed and soon!!!

2 years ago
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