https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

You course designers are heartless! (Kidding)

I keep seeing these posts around the forums about how the "Choose the correct sentence questions are so easy! The answer is so obvious!" I'd love to show them the questions that pop up in the Esperanto course for multiple choice correct sentences! They were made as difficult as humanly possible at times with the differences between correct and incorrect answers being as little as an accusative -n in nearly two sentences of text. Sometimes (This one trips me up all the time) They switch the position of the noun and adjective (Because that's a very doable thing in Esperanto) and my brain doesn't process it quickly (Especially during timed practices). Just wanted to say, kudos to you guys and thanks for putting your hearts into the course.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AislinC
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Yep. But in the long run, this helps us A LOT more than picking out the correct one from a bunch of obviously incorrect choices. The fact that the variations are so minor makes my brain work more, and I love the challenge.

The more I see of it, the more obvious it is that the Esperanto course is very well made. The human recordings are fantastic (the guy has a soothing voice and I love how he intonates certain things like "sola, sola, sola" or "Decidu tuj!" It cannot be compared to robotic voices) the excercises are as challenging as they can be with such an easy-to-pick-up language, and there are some real fun gems hidden among the sentences. (Like "Vintro venas" - "Winter is coming"... which had my inner GoT fan screaming, or "Vi bone progresas!" - "You are progressing well!" which brought a smile to my face in the middle of a more difficult lesson.)

Really, kudos to everyone who worked on the Esperanto course. A+

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
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(the guy has a soothing voice and I love how he intonates certain things like "sola, sola, sola" or "Decidu tuj!" ...

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8844586 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9009897

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AislinC
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Yessss, these too! Absolutely. And I've just remembered the [outraged voice:] "They stole my wheelchair!" The guy is really selling the sentences, it's awesome. (And I find it makes remembering them easier.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
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Heh, i didn't know about that but yes: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9546565

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77
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I've noticed the male voice is real. He does have a good voice! I'm enjoying the course, even though I just started. Looking forward to making this my first completed tree, unless I get to work on French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Yeah, his pronunciation of "Tuj!" at times has put a huge grin on my face.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
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hahah, yes, I know what you mean :)

The worst, they also sometimes make a very small change like "li" instead of "la" somewhere in a sentence. The problem with that is that the more I learn the language the more easily my brain "corrects" it without my effort, so most of the time I can't see any difference at the first glance. Not only this disturbs my tempo but also makes it so that I have to carefully look at every letter in each of the similar sentences to identify a difference, consuming up the precious time in timed practice :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/syntaxosaurus
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I've found that most of the multiple choice questions in Esperanto are of the obvious sort. Perhaps there is an A/B test in play? Or, perhaps it's just a difference of perception. I've also noticed that there's almost always only one correct answer--I haven't seen a question with two correct answers in a while.

I have to agree with everyone that the course is very well made, and in particular, the voice actor they got is very talented. If anybody knows anything else that he's recorded in Esperanto, I'd love to hear it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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I know the course designers and I can confirm, we are indeed heartless! :-D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mathso2
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Oh - you guys should try Welsh. The multiple choice questions are notorious because of all the dialect versions, quite often all three answers are correct, but they're all from different dialects. It's absolutely mind-boggling!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kdscavella
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I type yo instead of you on the final question to test out of a skill and I got it wrong and ran out of hearts. I was like "really...."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/v.ivanov
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...and that made you heartless too...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelMcMurrin
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Another reason to get back to my Esperanto tree!

1 month ago
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