New topic called 'travel'
I think it would be really cool if duolingo offered the topic 'travel' as it would be really helpful for people who are learning a new language and want to travel to a country where the language is spoken!
Edit: Apparently travel is included in some of the courses, so it would be great if duolingo could expand this and use it in other courses e.g spanish
Duolingo courses that I checked have Travel skill, with words for vehicles, countries and other stuff like that.
And with new Norwegian tree there are a few topics that cover this even more broadly. Between "Travel", "Countries", "Places", "The City", "Wilderness", "Weather", "Nature", etc most of my main concerns while traveling is well covered.
Like Amaratea has mentioned, most languages have a travel skill. There may be some that would be worth expanding.
I think it would be a good idea to add bonus skills specific to Culture and Events. And maybe specific touristy "Must See" places. That would enrich the travel skill while not being required for finishing the course.
the good idea will be to remove bloody "Flirting" from bonus skills and replace it with a bonus skill about the country. Alphatester leak: Norwegian tree has three bonus skills - Nynorsk, Norge and one more that is empty now :P But two former are really helpful, even now when they are not expanded.
I think that they asked some questions about every sentence going in the "Flirting" skill, and one of them was "Will you get slapped if you ever say this in real life?". And if the answer was "no" or "maybe", and not "yes", it was thrown out. :-D
If they don't remove the "Flirting" skill they should at least call it what it is "Terrible Pickup Lines Guaranteed to Keep You Celibate for Life".
I can't wait for the testing to end on Norwegian. Those skills actually sound like ones worth getting.
Really? You don't think "I wish I was cross-eyed so I could see two of you" is a good line?
I think it's a great line if your goal is to get a drink thrown in your face ;)
A few of my friends wasted a lot of lingots on Flirting and they told me they started smashing their PCs with their head. They showed me it and some of them were just totally wrong language usage.
I don't remember the Spanish tree having travel, they do have "directions" and "countries" and maybe some other skills that cover travel but nothing focused. I don't really think that is duolingo's goal though, my Spanish tree has two food skills and since I've finished the course I think I could order the ingredients for some food like onions and garlic and salt but I'd have to study elsewhere to order anything at a restaurant to eat other than a sandwich and an apple.
I've always said I'd like more bonus skills like "restaurant", "first aid", "travel" and "Vosotros" and other junk but I really don't need it, it wouldn't do for duolingo to get too complicated. Hopefully with the new duolingo flashcard app we'll be able to share decks that we create, if that's the case then we can make and share our own bonus skills. I kind of doubt they'd let us share though.
I would love a vosotros bonus skill. I took Spanish in high school and college and did the tree here. And every teacher I had mentioned vosotros and then proceeded to follow it with it's rarely used so I won't be teaching it.
I think travel would make a great bonus skill for the lingot store.
This has been brought up many times. The words for "waiter" and "bus" vary in the Spanish speaking world, and there are eight words for soda straw. You can get a cheap travel phrase book just about anywhere.
And, also, garzon/garzona. However, there tend to be some words that everyone understands, even if those aren't the words used in their dialect. Just like various dialects of English. However every tree I've seen so far has words that can be used for travel - either in something called places, directions, and even food, which covers take me to the airport, where is the (whatever), the castle is on the square, the museum isn't open, etc., so a skill presenting canned phrases for travelers is really not as useful as it seems if you haven't ever traveled.
In the french course they have a skill called transportation, which is the same thing i guess
What's weird.... I saw the new travel category today. Finished it.... And now it is completely gone. Anyone else notice this?
This is an excellent idea! Even though many of the languages include a section called "Travel" or "Directions", these sections often have sentences like "The ocean is very big," or "My sister speaks Chinese." I would love to see a "Travel Essentials" lesson, maybe as a bonus skill, that aggregates the essential travel phrases, such as:
- "How much does this cost?"
- "I have a reservation for tonight."
- "I would like to order ... (coffee, tea, or whatever)"
- "May I have two tickets, please?"
- "Where is the bathroom, subway, bus stop, etc.?"
- "Where is an ATM?"
- "Do you accept credit cards?"
- "Can you help me, please?"
- "I am sorry. I did not understand that."
- "Can you speak more slowly? I am still learning (whatever language)."
- "I missed my flight connection."
- "I can't find my luggage."
- "Baggage Claim"
- "I need a taxi."
- "Flight xxx is boarding"
- "Here is my passport."
(Most of the really common phrases -- "Hello", "How are you?" "Please" and "Thank you" -- are already pretty well aggregated in the "Phrases" section early on in most trees.)
I realize that most of these phrases are covered somewhere in the tree, but it would be nice to have one place to go to review before a trip.