https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

Christmas lessons a bit repetitive

It seems that the Christmas lessons are a little repetitive. I don't mind that, but it would be pretty cool if there were a few more sentences like "Rentiere essen gerne Weihnachtskekse" (Reindeer like to eat Christmas cookies) or "Mein Weihnachtsbaum hat Durst" (My Christmas tree is thirsty).

Comment below with some more ideas - maybe the Duolingo team will add some of them! :)

EDIT:
The lesson is awesome the way it is, and I really appreciate it. :) I just thought maybe the Duolingo team could use a few suggestions for sentences, because they're probably really busy around this time of the year.

December 19, 2013

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/myra

Thanks guys! We're working on adding more content to make these lessons more interesting :) Great suggestions btw!

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mickeytgl

No Myra, thank you, and the Duolingo team. It would obviously would be nice to have more variety in this new sections, but I know and understand the Duo team is working their butts off with many other things, even now in "Vacation time" for many people.

In short: Even though it's true this section needs improvement, the fact that you made an extra effort just to make it really shows you care for your users. And I'm really grateful for that.

Merry Christmas Duo, you're the best!

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/just_gabe

Btw myra, I know that in order to remember a word you need repetition, but using the same sentence is boring, the lessons could say "the reindeers fly tonight", "the reindeers have red noses", "my kids see a reindeer in the woods", "the reindeers wear a jacket", "this night I want to see a reindeer", that way you would not only learn a new word in a very strong way, but also you reinforce past words you learned.

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/inkybaba

I love these extra lessons! Please add many more, I could use some extra words, maybe every time a holiday comes around?

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luftballoon

Hey! I also want to thank you--seeing this bonus lesson appear really excited me! I just wanted to ask if it was a temporary thing, and if I would have to purchase the Idioms and Flirting bonus lessons before a certain time. Thanks again--this is a great way to integrate culture and language! Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaniedf

I would advise adding more words around advent, baking cookies, advents wreath, and if you're going to talk about New Year's Day, then you have to talk about New Year's Eve (Silvester)

January 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthlilycat

I wish I were as good as you. I need a lot more repetition to get things right. :) Seriously. :)

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mikka86

Some German traditions would be nice to cover in extra lessons - eg, what to do at the Weihnachtsmarkt/Christkindlmarkt (Glühwein!), Advent, Nikolaus/Krampus

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/erinwall

I agree with mikka86. German Christmas is delightful. Glühwein and Krampus!

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aravantv

Seriously, it's a bonus lesson for Christmas, it's just new, can't be perfect. The idea is great, just give some time to the team!

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

Yep. That's exactly what I think. I just thought it would be fun to help them out with some ideas for sentences, because they're probably really busy right now (especially since it's Christmastime).

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/henrydwatson

I think the repetition of the lessons is good, because I need to have it knocked into my head in order to learn it well enough. But I agree that there isn't wide enough a variety - Duolingo should have added more lessons.

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/bryenico

It's a very early lesson, I think their intention was to get some simple sentences. Now that I'm more advanced in the course I find this a little boring, but I know that if I was just starting, I'd really like to learn a few simple sentences that I could use around Christmastime.

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/just_gabe

Actually they are so repetitive it's boring as hell, there are SO MANY sentences that they could use here, like combining verbs, colors, whatever, please guys be more creative!!!

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Philip_Wang

Yeah, I do agree, they are a bit repetitive, but that's to help you remember it. I think the solution is to add more lessons so that we can also learn more vocabulary.

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/erinwall

I like that duo added the uniquely German "Weihnachtsmarkt" to the vocabulary. Learning more about German culture is alway great!

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

Ja, es ist toll! :)

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/didi1307

I really enjoy these extra lessons, i will be glad if the duolingo team add more.

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ItsWndy

What a nice idea to have a bonus lesson! As for suggestions for more sentences, how about things along the lines of "the children are singing Christmas carols....On Christmas morning we go to church. ....The stores are busy on Christmas eve.....i want to buy a nice toy for my granddaughter. For Christmas dinner we ate ham and potatoes.

January 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/elarse1

I liked all the repetition because there were a lot of new words to remember.

January 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

I think they updated the Christmas lessons. Originally, the final Christmas lesson only had about 10 questions and 1 new word. Now it has 20 questions and a lot of new words.

January 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bw_mutley

Timothy, can I ask you something? How many times do you review a German lesson before you find it solid in your learning ground?

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

It depends on the complexity of the lesson. Some of the more difficult lessons take about 10 to 20 reviews, but others only take one or two. I also use the Timed Practice on the home page.

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/bw_mutley

I see. In the light of this, I understand you find it repetitive, but in fact I find all of them repetitive, yet I need them to be like that in order to learn. I tryied to lern German with different methods by my self for an entire year, Duolingo was the only thing which kept me on track of learning, so I dont argue with its way of learning and take the boring repetitions as a part of the method.

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/madmag101

When "Ich wünsche mir ein Pony zu Weihnachten!" is a question and an answer consecutively, there's a problem.

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/matson

it is more repetetive than normal. ... Maybe a few more sentances are needed? Maybe add a few of the religious nouns? It's not like you won't encounter them if you travel. :) As the others have said, thanks for the gift of the Xmas lesson!

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ab2531

Hi, the Christmas lesson had few variations and not a single sentence about Santa or Jesus.

EDIT: I was talking about the German Christmas module. It is a great addition, I really appreciated it, but there is still room for improvement.

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/matson

the Spanish Christmas lessons teach you about Saint Nic

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jekyllhj7

Yes it is repetitive, but it is in the early sections. I have only been doing this for about a month (and some lessons take me 3-4 tries to get through) so it's perfect for me. Often times I only have time for one lesson a day (I'm trying to keep my streak going) so repeating is perfect for me.

December 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ipetro

Repetitive still managed to fail for the first time :( So actually it was quite ok.

December 29, 2013
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