Typing too slow
My typing is probably too slow to even do the timed exercises as an all-English lesson! I didn't think I was a real slowpoke on the keyboard till I came here. Does anyone else have this problem. BTW, I find that after a few days of Spanish lessons on Duolingo my keyboarding is speeding up. Maybe there's hope. lol.
I agree, the speed you have to type to get under the two minutes is ridiculous and I am not a particularly slow typer. The fact that you need to use special key combinations to type accents also makes it more difficult. Whenever I get a longer sentence to type I know that's it, there's no way I will make the time.
Is doing the timed exercises under 2 minutes really very important? I don't worry about the timing function. Has this impacted me in some way that I haven't noticed? F.W.I.W. in the previous three sentences I just typed, I had to go through them to correct 2 spelling mistakes, insert a missing word and correct some punctuation. That required reading it three or four times not to mention the corrections I made as I was typing it. The proofreading and corrections probably consume a good part of two minutes right there. When doing the exercises I have no choice but to simply ignore the timing issue.
Bonus rounds are not timing optional. Very hard to score much. I am not sure, but I don't think I have yet made the time once.
However, It's a very small irritation in a free programme that I am enjoying, & from which I am learning a lot (aha...never end a sentence a preposition with!)
I do bonus rounds all the time. I just don't pay attention to how long they take. They still function after the time runs out.
When I first started Duolingo and I got a notice about needing a large number of points before reaching the next level I thought it meant I couldn't do any new lessons until reaching that level. Subsequently I found out that I can take lessons in succession regardless of what level I'm on. Consequently I just keep doing the lessons, bonus rounds and translations in the order that I hit them. Every now and then I seem to move up a level.
Since I don't know the benefits that flow from being at a certain level I am not even sure what level I'm on at any given time. Nor do I know how to find out short making a point of remembering when notified of progression to the next level.
Perhaps later on it makes a difference but I haven't been able to see any so far.
Seriously annoying. I have to forget any hope of mastering the level.