For the past few days I've been working on a Duo-inspired course for Esperanto. It's finally up, thought some of you might appreciate it as Esperanto has been requested as a language quite a bit lately.
Here's the link: http://esperantoaffixcourse.us.to
Please tell me if this violates any rules, this website is designed as an extension to the Duo Esperanto course when it comes out and not in competition (although if they were, Duolingo would smash it out of the ballpark ;D)
It's iffy. Here are my gripes:
It starts with prefixes and words that I don't know already. It starts with questions which I can't answer without hovering over every word, every time. Grammar doesn't help that much if you need a dictionary with you wherever you go, so the vocabulary teaching is either ineffective or nonexistent. I know that you said to check out other resources, and while Duolingo says that too, at least Duo is less of a grammar improvement tool and more of a tool for conversational use. It's not a Duo-style course, as of yet.
Did you use fancy quotes? It sure looks like it. Just so you know, almost all of your pages contain nonsense characters instead of quotes. Yes, my browser is fully capable of Unicode.
Pressing enter doesn't submit.
I hope that one day this can be a useful tool for me. Good luck.
Thanks for the critique! I've worked a lot on the course in the past week:
Fancy quotes have been removed, I really don't know what happened there;
Enter to submit now works;
The course does not teach vocabulary: it teaches you affixes, one at a time, and the vocabulary used is simply there to aid teaching of the affixes, which incidentally the course is named after. It's like Duolingo in the lesson style, not the teaching style - as mentioned on the site, rudimentary Esperanto knowledge is necessary for full comprehension of the course, and you're not going to get far without it. If you're needing to hover over every single word in the course, it sounds like you need to brush up on your basic vocabulary before you can use it properly. Perhaps the new feature of allowing skips and telling you where you went wrong will help you in this regard, but in the meantime I suggest you check out Lernu! - http://lernu.net.
Good luck. ;)
All right, those things cover most of my complaints. To me, the main benefit of a Duo-style course is the vocabulary, but keep on going with your project, I'll make note of it in case I ever need to learn Esperanto affixes.
One new complaint: It doesn't give affirmation, it just stops you if you're wrong. Maybe add a "you're right" sign like Duo to be a bit more obvious?
You've put heaps of work into it and it really shows. As someone who is on pins and needles for the Esperanto course (but who has had a hard time sticking with Lernu!), your work is hugely appreciated and I'm eager to use it along with Duo.
C'mon and reply so I can thank you with some lingots? :) Thanks so much for sharing!
Yeah, various gripes with the Lernu! course is pretty much what led me to make this. The Internet needs a good comprehensive (and usable) course in Esperanto. I decided to stick with affixes because I know that as a one-man team I can't do a whole course without it absolutely sucking (or taking forever), and affixes are one of the more difficult parts of Esperanto so I thought I'd focus on that.
Thanks for using the course and I'm glad you like it!
It is nice. I came through first part and I liked it. However it might be a big hard for someone who don't know any word in Esperanto at all. I would appreciate feedback when I entered correct answer :) Because I didn't know at first if it doesn't care about my answer or it is right or it will be shown at the end.
This looks great, thanks for making it! I'd been thinking about writing something similar myself, but school takes priority right now. I've been waiting eagerly for Esperanto on Duo. Until then, this is going to be another great way to procrastinate. (That said, perhaps it is best if Duo Esperanto doesn't happen until the end of the semester.) I hope you're able to find the time to continue updating your course. I think it looks great so far.