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Abolish heart system

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I fear I'm starting to make a habit of throwing controversial ideas out there, but hear me out, before you start clenching your fists and gnashing your teeth in anger, Duolingo community :-D

Ever got frustrated with losing your last heart on the very last sentence, and having to repeat the whole lesson, including all those other sentences that possibly didn't even raise any questions? Sounds like a waste of time to me. Is this really the best model possible? I have my doubts.

What I propose is this: instead of a module (e.g. Basics 1, Food, etc.) with several lessons inside, that module becomes one big lesson. When you click on it, Duolingo first throws at you the sentences from the first lesson. Your goal is not to get through a lesson i.e. a set of 20 sentences, it is instead to work your way thought this big thematic lesson. You could spend as much time on it as you wanted, get to sentence 20 (like now) and stop, or continue, if you wish to do so. You could quit after 3 sentences, and your progress would still be recorded. You could fail 4 or 5 sentences in a row, and you wouldn't have to start over, your progress would only be halted and you would get those same sentences, mixed with some from the next "lesson" (to avoid said repetition) until you get them right.

You would pass this big lesson once you get to 85% of correct answers (as of now, you pass a lesson with 17/20 correct answers, hence 85%).

Hope this wasn't too confusing. What do you think of this? I'm eager to hear some opinions!

4 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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I think it's a good idea, but I don't think it's any better than the current model. I don't think anyone sees the need to change the current model. But ideas are good, and I'm sure the Duolingo team appreciates them :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I agree with you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingPenguin
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I think that this looks good, but it is such a different way of doing things that there may be negative repercussions. Also, because it's so different it would probably be a lot of work to implement. It does seem like a better way of doing things, especially because it works you harder on the stuff that you aren't as good at, but overall I'd say that if it isn't broken don't completely redesign it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

I like this idea because it seems more open-ended than the current model. The less limitations, requirements, and linearity of an entity = the more freedom that exists = which IMO is better.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaklarky
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Well, I kind of like the heart system. I like to use how many hearts I come out with as a way to gauge how well I retain the lesson. Also, when I lose all my hearts I'm like, "Noooo! I can't give up!"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/livvy420

I kind of like the system the way it is. I try and never look at the word so if I fail a lesson then so be it! Means I need to better memorize a word or phrase or conjugation. And so I'll do the lesson as many times as possible til am 100% confident with it.

4 years ago