Suggestion to help improve learning French (or perhaps other languages).
I have noticed that the option - Test out of ( ) skills has somewhat more difficulty level than the Strengthen skills option. I observed from going through those test in a couple of lessons that it had helped me a lot in remembering and understanding the language. But, when one completes the lesson, the option to test out disappears.
I am in the understanding that the lessons are, though very helpful, are not very rigorous, and I agree that it should be like that since they are designed for learners. The structure of French lessons is simply amazing, but it would help if along with strengthen skill option of the particular lesson there would also be a test option with it. It would only help the learners.
Tests are a very important part of learning, and letting the Test out of ( ) skills feature remain even after lesson completion would be a great help. It would help the ones who want thorough knowledge of the subject through Duolingo.
I request the Moderators and Developers to consider this request. I am really looking forward to your opinions. Thank you! And enjoy this wonderful website!
For me as an English speaker, it's much easier to take given French text and translate it to English than it is for me to take an English phrase and recall how to say it in French. I would love an option to have a higher proportion of questions that require me to construct a French sentence or phrase from the English--that would help me learn better.
That's a great idea actually. Having an option where you can challenge yourself would be a wonderful addition.
It might make sense to add something like this as a periodic evaluation, something they could use to improve the accuracy of their fluency ratings and to give the system some indication what you may have been learning outside Duolingo. It would be especially useful if you haven't used Duolingo for a while and you're coming back to it. A quick way to find out how well you remember what you learned, maybe "strengthen" skills in larger groups.
I have a suggestion for a new skill (leaf) - BODY PARTS. Learn the different parts of the human body. I enjoy colours, numbers, animals, and food a lot though.
As I see it, the test out option is more difficult in three ways:
- no peeking
- includes X skills not yet covered
It's impossible to keep testing out of you haven't reached yet forever, since you'll run out of skills. So after you have completed your tree, difference #3 disappears. And since difference #1 is something you can affect yourself, you're essentially asking hearts back. I don't disagree with that, but Duo has run its tests and deemed those unnecessary.