Add English text to Swedish speech exercise
My appologies if this is something that has come up before. I've tried searching but did not find this exact same thing.
So I used to do Spanish on Duolingo before I moved to Sweden and started doing Swedish instead. If I am not mistaken, the Spanish course on pc features an exercise in the "practice skills" part where you get a sentence in english and are asked to speak it in Spanish. I've always found this the most difficult type of exercise in that course and therefor also the most useful one, since it comes closer to really speaking to someone than repeating the sentence that was just spoken to you.
Would it be an idea to add this type of exercise to the Swedish course as well? Receive sentence in written English -> Respond with spoken Swedish translation
I don't know exactly how the Duolingo system works but based on the fact that the exercise exists in Spanish and that both the English written and the Swedish spoken exercises exist already, I would imagine implementing this might not be too difficult.
Duo seems to prefer, especially in the last year or so, giving mostly exercises translating from the language being studied. There are fewer exercises translating into the language being studied anymore. This seems to be deliberate policy on Duo's part.
For many languages it is suggested on the forum to do the "reverse" course, which is weighted in the other direction, to compensate. In this case that would be to take the English for Swedish speakers course. Unfortunately, there is none on Duo and not likely to be one.
You could write down the exercises and responses and drill them yourself.
That's such a shame though.... The other way around is so much more difficult and thus seems way more effective.. :/
That's a sad trade-off for those really wanting to learn, it compromises quality quite a bit. Might be interesting for them to look into adding it as an increasing difficulty for people who have made it far into a language tree or with a high level in that language to keep it fresh for long-term users. I would guess that they are the ones who are more dedicated to the cause and as a result might actually stick to the courses longer if they get questions of a higher difficulty.
Then again, I base this merely on assumptions, they might have data to back up their decisions.
Either way, thanks a lot for the info :)
I agree too. The reason I chose Duolingo in stead of other programms was exactly that Duo required me to use to language more activily. All research about learning languages shows that that is the most effective way to learn a language.