Suggestion: advanced exercises, Listen in spanish, and write what it means in english
I actually find myself starting to try and do this already with some of the spoken exercises, but duo points out that what I've written doesn't appear to be in spanish and lets me try again.
It seems that listen in spanish and write what I heard in spanish doesnt really encourage the faster thinking needed to actually comprehend an orally spoken sentence, as it lets me be lazy and transcribe it word by word.
I'd love it if duolingo started either a new exercise type where you had to translate what you were hearing, or even just started accepting the english translation of the spanish spoken words as a valid answer for those types of questions
I've done this too! (Also, when translating from Spanish to English, when I finish the English, I try to write out the Spanish translation again but without looking. :D)
Have you tried taking the Spanish to English mirror course for extra practice?
Yeah, I'm actually working on the mirror course now, which is another case where accepting either language for the spoken tests would be useful; as a native english speaker, writing the english that I hear is a bit of a waste of time. It's only really showing me how bad a lot of the computer pronunciations are (which makes me feel better about struggling to understand what they say in the spanish ones often)
I agree, when I get these "write what you hear" exercises, I always try to translate in my head first before I write it. I check to see if I was right afterward. I think the reason they haven't added this exercise is because you can already practice that at the same time as the "write what you hear" exercise. But I see what you mean.