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Mini games

I would like some mini games like matching pictures to reinforce vocabulary learning. Something small and fun that is not exactly working on the tree. I am getting bored of the tree and frustrated of how long it it :(

So my suggestion to my wandering attention is some side games to compliment this tree.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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No reason you can't make up your own mini games. That's what I'm doing: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1502787

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ilovescience

Awesome

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TuanhNguyen

Oh! Fantastic!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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If we had an API, then this would certainly be easy. Unfortunately, designing any game requires hacking Duolingo's code and forcing it to work with it.

I was actually planning on designing something, but then I got lazy. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flandybandy

You can already access most of the data from Duolingo as JSON objects very easily, I have used this myself frequently for small scripts.

I am not sure how it would be helpful for creating a minigame, though, Duolingo does not really store any knowledge about words besides purely linguistic stuff like word class, gender, etc..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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That's enough to generate hundreds of games. With words, we can create simple games such as jumbles(anagram), trivia, hangman, crosswords, multiplayer games [1], and so on. The point would be to present the words in different contexts to ensure that the users see them and can make use of them. In fact we can easily augment and add lessons using them.

[1] - http://sapo-mz.miniclip.com/games/word-sailing/en/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/centime
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> Something small and fun that is not exactly working on the tree...

Alphabet, numbers, time and money activities could be fun and instructional.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezattack123

That's a really good idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TuanhNguyen

Ooo... I like what I see. Thanks for sharing this! Looks fun :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/craftmine99

give me updates and i can give you ideas

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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use http://www.internetpolyglot.com/ipolyglot2/ for an updated version :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/craftmine99

i like your idea

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

I made a discussion about this about two months ago. I got the expected reply: It would distract the learners from their real goal: LEARNING A LANGUAGE. At first I was defiant, but then I began to understand. Minigames would distract people, especially me, since I am using Duolingo as my Spanish course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TuanhNguyen

I don't think overall it would distract from learning a language. I think of myself as a more advanced learner, since I have studied Spanish for a few years. That is why going through the exercises and trees are a bit boring for me. I just visited nateVONgreat's link and it was a lot of fun matching the vocab cards and other vocab exercises. I am still learning, but my brain is being stimulated in a different way. It is not like I will leave the tree completely. The mini games would be like a supplementary lesson.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nekogaijin

So, would be nice if we had word games here, and I didn't have to go to another site...

3 years ago