Frequently Asked Questions
This post contains answers to the most frequently asked questions, reports and other issues that often come up in relation to the course (and not things like grammar and pronunciation).
Question: Why are there no speaking (microphone) exercises in the course? When are you going to add them?
Answer: It takes some time for speaking exercises to be implemented in an Incubator course. It is the Duolingo Staff who decides in that matter, not us. Russian already has speaking exercises (it was launched in beta just a few weeks before Polish), so it is likely that they will eventually appear in our course as well.
Q: Why are there no Tips & Notes sections in some skills? When will they appear?
A: We are still working on writing the T & N sections. They will be there eventually. Our plan is to add them to every skill introducing new grammatical concepts – one at a time, starting at the top of the tree. Unfortunately, it may take some time and it is difficult for us to estimate when this will be finished. You can check this thread to see updates on our progress.
Q: Why do the listening exercises in early skills sound so slow?
A: This is not a bug, it is how the TTS works in every course. Listening exercises in initial lessons are set to “slow mode” by default. It is supposed to make it easier for the learners to get acquainted with the sound of a new language.
Q: The TTS sometimes uses question intonation in statements and the other way around. It also pronounces some words in a weird way. Can you improve the audio quality?
A: We cannot alter the way in which the TTS pronounces the sentences. The speech is automatically produced by an external solution designed by IVONA Software. The only thing we can do is disable the listening exercises for some particularly broken sentences.
Q: Why are the word forms shown under the heading of each lesson not the same as the forms taught in the actual lesson?
A: This is a technical limitation, which does not influence the content of the lessons whatsoever – so there is no reason to worry. The words are added as entire sets of forms, which means they technically also include forms which are taught later. In practice, some forms do not appear in the sentences immediately, even though they are classified as belonging to an earlier skill – they are introduced in skills that feature the respective case. It is done this way to optimize the learning process. We would rather not see the more “advanced” forms displayed in early skills, but this is how Duo works, there is nothing we can do about it.
Q: Why is there no Immersion (translating articles) feature in the Polish course?
A: As far as we know, the Immersion feature is not being developed anymore. It is still present in the old in-house courses, but probably is not going to be implemented in Polish and other Incubator courses.
Q: Why is there no Words (flashcards) feature in the Polish course?
A: As of now, this feature is only available for in-house courses.
Q: Will there be bonus skills?
A: We have some interesting ideas for bonus skills, but they are not a priority for now.
Q: Is there a Facebook group for learners?
A: Yes! We have set up a Facebook group for Polish learners who want to learn more about the language, discuss the grammar with other learners and native speakers, and learn about the Polish culture. And who knows, maybe you'll even find a penpal? You can join the group here.
Freewrite report: I do not understand why my solution was not accepted.
A: We do do not know what my solution means, since we have no way of looking up the solution to which a freewrite report is attached. If you want to use a freewrite report to comment on your solution, please paste it into the report.
Freewrite report: Why is XYZ not accepted as a correct solution? It seems perfectly reasonable to me.
A: It is very likely that we have just missed this option when trying to include all the possible answers. We would have never ruled out a correct answer on purpose. A simple “My answer should be accepted” report should do the work.
Freewrite report: The hint for the word X does not have a grayed-out parenthesis with its number/gender/case.
A: We ask that you do not report such cases. These additional grammatical information is something we came up to help the students differentiate between various forms and consolidate the rules explained in the Tips & Notes sections. Unfortunately, they cause some in the mobile Duolingo app. We are not going to put much effort into extending or improving them – we prefer to think of them as a temporary solution, hoping that one day we will be able to present such information in a more convenient way.
Freewrite report: Grammatical information such as Acc./sg./masc. appears as one of the options in the exercises in the mobile app.
A: See the question above. Please do not report this. For now, fixing this is not a priority for us – it would require a lot of work, and right now there are better things we can do to improve the course. We hope that a satisfactory solution will be available one day.
the “almost correct” do appear in the mobile version though (but not always)
Free write report is when you click on the report button and instead of just clicking a box to say my answer should have been accepted or something that you write a comment.
Some course were developed by Duolingo staff (eg: French) and they had more ability to add features and access features that are not exposed than the volunteers who release languages through the incubator, do.
TTS is text to speech. This means that the voice is computer generated (and can therefore say anything, although possibly badly pronounced) as opposed to the alternative where the voices are recorded which means that sometimes words or sentences have no audio because nobody recorded them.
Great questions and great answers. These really should be explained the first time they appear in this FAQ section.
Hello, firstly thanks for a great app. When arranging a set of words in order in a sentance, while using the app, it is often easy to spot the first word as it will be the only one with a capital at the start. is this intentional or accidental?
It's how the app works, nothing can be done about it.
Although it seems to me that recently I've been seeing more often that there's also some other word capitalized, but maybe it's just an impression.
When the speaking exercises is added to the cource, do they become available fo those, who is already learning?
Sorry, we don't really know. Could be tomorrow, could be in a year.
I notice that some other languages have a "X% fluent!". Will we see that for Polish anytime soon?
Ha ha! I am a native Polish speaker and when I finished the entire program by testing out I got "52% fluent" badge. Not something I would brag about. This course does not go very deep.
LOL! I am a Pole and achieved just a 35% fluency in the placement test. It's a cool programme, though.
Yes, I'm fluent in both Polish and English, and only took 2 years of French, and it only accurately showed my fluency for French (48%) but showed very low fluency in the other 2 languages. :/
It showed 52% after I reached the end. I don't know whether they removed the function. Now it's gone, but my skills faded, because I stopped reinforcing them. My level 4 does not correspond to my knowledge of the Polish language, which is definitely better than my American English.
so how can you be level 4 if you finished the course? (finishing the course it gives you lvl 11 minimum)
You get the levels for accumulating experience / time on the exercises. If you go straight through all the skills without ever refreshing them, I can believe you can get to the end of the course and still only be on level 4.
Maybe they downgraded me because the course was still in Beta version? Or they downgraded me because I have not refreshed my skills for several months? I started testing out again and am level 10 now. There is no option to test out o the entire course, so it will take a few days now to finish.
How much Polish can I learn through this course considering it doesn't go too deep?
Hey so I'm a bit late, but if you'd manage to memorise every word from the course I think you'd be able to talk with somebody in polish almost no problem (altrough it will take a lot of time to get grammar right)
Who will answer this: there are few lessons, i.e. Verbs of Motion, no matter how many times I would repeat them correctly, with or without the clock, so 10/10 or 20/20 XP, and the whole lesson never becomes "gold", why?
In some courses (with other languages) that used to have this problem, it would help to strengthen not the entire unit but instead re-do the individual lessons inside that unit.
I think the ones this happened most only had one lesson inside the unit anyway, so it should take the same length of time.
Is a Japanese cource going to come out? and if so when do you think it will.
I think that's probably accurate. In the early stages of learning a language, our fluency probably will decline if we don't practise.
what does 'test out of 6 skills' and 'you didn't test out of any skills' mean?
Where can I find a guided tour of Duolingo to learn about its features and how to use them?
Welcome to Duolingo :)
Have a look in the Duolingo Wiki & FAQ (unofficial, but still amazing). It's the first link you see when you go to the discussion section of Duolingo.
You could also look in the help section. There's a link to that at the bottom of each Duolingo page.
You could also look on the Duolingo Wiki.
You'll probably want to have a look at the Community and discussions guide on the Duolingo Wiki.
Good luck :)
I just “ bought “ a bonus skill of idioms and proverbs for 1000 gems, but I can’t figure out how to find the skill.
I am pretty sure we don't have any bonus skills... that must have been another course. The bonus skills are simply in the Tree, after the first few skills.
My lessons are all in Greek. I cannot understand a word. What has happened. Please put me back to English !!!
This forum post is about the FAQs for the Polish course. You need to delete your comment, and make a new post in the troubleshooting forum.
...but before you do that, search the forums for "change my language back to English". I'm pretty sure you'll find what you need.
you get every level for a certain number of XP. There are 298 lessons in the Polish course, if you complete all without practicing them again that's 2980 XP (1 lesson=10 XP) which will make you level 10 (so I was wrong about level 11, that's the minimum for longer trees like Russian)