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.

January 30, 2013


I have the same problem. If I hurry, then I mistype and I never manage to go through all of it in 2 mins.

January 30, 2013

This website is secretly also a typing speed trainer! ;)

January 31, 2013

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.

January 31, 2013

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.

February 2, 2013

I LIKE to have the time pressure. It is about 15-30 seconds too shortfor me. I mean, in the real world I don't want to be saying "Ermm? Give me a minute..." all the time.

February 3, 2013

I agree. If I could even get close to the time limit I would like the pressure. But as far as I can see there is no significant penalty for going over 2 minutes. So it's there for people who like it but not necessary for people who find it restricting.

February 3, 2013

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!)

February 3, 2013

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.

February 3, 2013

You are far too relaxed. "No hay de que!" Hmm? Is there an accent missing?

February 3, 2013

I'm not relaxed about mastering lesson groups. I won't leave a lesson group until it has been classified as mastered. Every now and then I go back and remaster previous groups.

February 4, 2013

Seriously annoying. I have to forget any hope of mastering the level.

February 3, 2013

I can't type fast, and this is the only problem I have encountered with this program. I have stopped paying attention to the timer. Instead, I focus on the practice and "just keep swimming!"

February 12, 2013

Truth. There is no way in hell one can complete the German timed rounds in the time given without a native German keyboard.

March 14, 2013

I think it's frustrating, too, even though I type around 70 wpm. On the other hand, I think it forces you to think quickly and get those translations speeding through your brain. But those of us who type well do have a definite advantage.

January 28, 2014
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