idea for teaching word order and tense
Duolingo should add some sentences similar to the current ones and program them to come up in lessons in order of complexity (e.g. "I like bread" then "I like white bread" then "I would like some white bread") they could use this style to teach word order, and tense.
They could also after showing a list of organised sentences show us the corresponding grammar rule in the lesson. Pimseleur and mango languages offer this sort of functionality to some extent, and it does make it easier to create sentences.
Thumbs up here. The amount of times a sentence as popup up saying select the correct answer (there maybe more than one) and I've just select an answer based on one word that I recognise is unreal.
For example; Question: Select all the correct translations for "I eat bread" 1) Yo como pan 2) Yo como leche 3) Ellos comen limon (sorry, can't get the accent on the I :))
I just select the first answer straight away because it's clear to me pan is bread, it's the only occurrence of the word and that it's correct and that I don't need to look at the order of the words or even what they say for that matter. You can argue that I'm cheating myself but I disagree.
Yeah this is really annoying. All three sentences or at least two should have the correct object. Otherwise it's too easy to pattern recognize.
It's a little like the Michel Thomas approach - ask what a word is, then gradually building more complex sentences around it, introducing new words along the way. I've always thought that that might work quite well online, but Duolingo seems to be a bit statistical or random in the learning order (I get tested before the introduction of the vocab quite regularly ;-)