Suggestion: Please allow us to skip over boring vocabulary lessons
Hi Duolingo team and users,
ok, I know you are spammed with suggestions, but this is a thing that's currently a bit frustrating to me, and I think it would be easy to implement, so let me share it here.
I've currently finished about 1/3 of the (portuguese) language tree, and it's generally a good experience. However, I have the impression that I don't make progress as quickly as I could, because often you'll have to wait quite long for a lesson which covers the actually interesting stuff, like the core concepts of the language. And in between are those loooooong vocabulary lessons about a particular topic, like "Animals", or "Household"!
For example, at this point, I'm faced with a skill about "Occupations" with eight (!) sub-lessons, and I'm really not interested in knowing the portuguese word for each and every profession there is. I know this will take me several days to complete, but not help me much to understand portuguese, while the really important stuff is waiting afterwards. So at this point, frankly, I thought of giving up and buying me a portuguese language book where I have more control over what I learn in which order.
I think the goal should be to quickly get a grasp of the most important language concepts, in order to read and understand the language, and then build up the full vocabulary afterwards in the long run. So my suggestion is: make a distinction between "core" and "vocabulary" lessons, and allow us to skip over the latter. This will allow us to get to the interesting stuff more quickly, and we can always "peek" when there is a word we don't know yet. And we can always go back and do that skipped lesson, when we have time and want to learn those words. I would also gladly spend some lingots for the opportunity to skip over a lesson, if you want to do it this way.
To the other users, if you are as well frustrated by tons of vocabulary you're not interested in at the moment (but might be later), please support this suggestion! :)
You could try to test out of the skill with a dictionary. I guess it's hard to make the vacabulary lessons optional, because you need the vacabulary for the later sentences.
I just did it - passed "Occupations" by taking the test! It's actually not as simple as I thought, because Duolingo sometimes wants a particuliar translation, and doesn't accept everything you find in the dictionary, but with a bit of luck I was able to pass on the second try. And I even learned some words while doing the test. Thanks again for this good advice, and shame on me for just not seeing it - sometimes you just have to open your eyes ;)
Lingots with a smile
hope the advice is taking with pleasure