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Why is the Esperanto tree shorter than the French tree?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/JanPaulido
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Some simple rules of grammar , alphabet , and the affixes , the language is very easy, with some practice you pick up the vocab. It grows on you ;) Then you have it ...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanPaulido
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May be that Esperanto is a simpler language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatKoures

I think your right.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Also, they decided to make the (first version of the) tree a little shorter on purpose, I can't remember why. See this discussion: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9121337.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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PIt was shortened to enable it to be released quicker. It had been taking a long time in immersion despite an initial claim that it would take only a month or two. After about six or seven months they shortened the course and said version two would be released at a later date.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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That's right! It seems to have spent 260 days in phase 1 of the Incubator, which makes it the 11th slowest one out of those that have actually made into beta so far (http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Course_list).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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In part to get it out and in part because there are so many things in french you just don't need in esperanto,

arbitrarily gendered nouns? No

Agreement of adjectives with the gender of nouns? No

Irregular verbs.? No

All sorts of tenses with irregular conjugations? no

Formal and informal versions of you ? no

For example The lesson on the most common tenses could be written, in a single paragraph. For all verbs, the infinitive, ends in 'i' present tense, put 'as' on the end, past put 'is' future put 'os'. For each and every verb which also does not need any declension, in any tense for i you he/she/it, we. Less work means a shorter tree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Well, but Norwegian isn't the most complex of languages (certainly not when learning it from English), and I think it has the longest tree at the moment. You can always aim higher and further and build longer trees! (Until the system of spaced repetition of words and structures Duolingo uses starts to get pointless, so somewhere between level B1 or B2, maybe?)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iambigdog
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You have the Indian flag at level 2, what course is this? Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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It's the Hindi course. It was released accidentally a while back, I thought it was out and learned a few lessons, but after that it was straight back in phase 1 again. It will apparently be a while before it's out properly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Since Esperanto is easier than French :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MunchingMachine
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I love esperanto but unfortunately, like in many other venues, there's some people who is extra zealous and way too enthusiastic about the language, giving very bias opinions which can give the wrong idea to people who approach the forums looking for an honest answer to their doubts. The Esperanto tree is short because of technical aspects as it can be read in the answer given by anima-a and psionpete. Amosulo has already said that they are preparing version 2.0 of the tree in a few months which will include new modules like animals 2 and business. Those who already have finished the tree will have to complete the new modules if they want to get the golden owl back at the end of their tree. In short: The length of a tree has nothing to do with its difficulty, mostly it is just vocabulary as opposed to grammar concepts.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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Like others have mentioned, there is much less to teach grammatically and so not as much a need to break the units up. I think they're in actuality probably almost the same length, it's just that each Esperanto skill contains a lot more words than the French skills since they're easier to learn.

2 years ago