The DuoLingo store, what about...
I've been thinking about the DuoLingo store, and what I'd like to see there. I remember these little animated pets that you could keep on your desktop. What if we had one of those available through DuoLingo? Call it a Lingalot, or a Lingalosaurus. Then we'd have to use lingots to buy it food to keep it alive. Talk about motivation! Just a suggestion for the people who have controll over such things.
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That is a pretty good idea, your on the right track, but maybe looking after animal on Duolingo will only motivate people to come on here to feed their pet, not just to learn a language which is what this site is purposed for. Then again, you would need lingots to feed it so maybe that would influence people to do more lessons.
What if you were to feed the animal by reaching a certain amount of points on a daily/weekly base? As in: 10 points a day saturates the animal, with 20 it will grow, 50 a day over a long period will result in baby animals (a.k.a lingots). And then of course one customize the animal by purchasing traditional clothes of the animals' country (spanish, Italian, you get what I mean) to additionally keep an engaging flow!
PS.: Think of it as a language-oriented tamagotchi :-)
I think anything that would encourage people to spend more time in learning mode would be helpful. I'm not really concerned about where the motivation for completing the lessons. I think it'd fun to have a little critter hanging about reminding you to practice every once in a while. I'd get one. I'd name her Simile.
I think that's a great idea! Its also a good thing for people who have lots of lingots that are piling up and they don't know how to use them.
Hi everyone! So, first- thanks for suggesting this idea, mckitrickms . We're always open to new ideas at Duolingo HQ, and you never know how they can evolve once they're shared, so please share them!
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That would be so fun, and great for motivation, especially if it could speak in the languages the you're trying to learn. Unfortunately I doubt it's ever going to happen. It would be a lot of work to develop, and while it would engage users more and probably bring in a lot of new users, it would distract people from Immersion, which is what Duolingo wants us to do in the first place. Maybe if it were changed so that Immersion would feed it (perhaps faster than lessons do), then they'd consider it! How about if for every upvote that you get on an Immersion sentence, you get little pieces of "food" equal to the number of words in the sentence (so if you translate a 50 word sentence and get 2 upvotes on it, you get 100 pieces of "food", whereas if you translate a one word title and get 10 upvotes on it, you get 10 pieces of "food"), and your creature needs a certain amount of food per day to survive, though you can stockpile it a bit (But if you leave it too long then the food goes bad). Downvotes could give some rotten food that negates some of the food in your stash, but it shouldn't be as serious as the current system. Maybe downvotes are worth -1/2 instead of +1 instead of the current system of -5 versus +1.
Anyway, I may have gone on a bit too long, but I do feel that this will only reasonably be developed if it's incentive to do Immersion instead of lessons.