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Allow us to correct our mistakes

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When you make a mistake in a sentence, you should be able to retype it correctly. Why? Because to not memorise what you've just typed, which is wrong.

Ideally this would be optional, not obligatory. It's also easy to implement, it's a simple addition of a textbox if the answer is wrong.

People learn by writing, some less, other more so. Therefore, writing down wrong sentences without being able to correct yourself is a bad practice. Adding this ability would surely enhance our learning.

(This suggestion has nothing to do with that half-heart issue.)

4 years ago

47 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jurekcy1

I would go further - Duo should't show you the correct answer until you give up. Duo could give some hint like "you used masculine instead of feminine" or "you used plurar instead of singular". So you will have the chance to write correct answer. Maybe after second wrong answer Duo should show right one, I don't know

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Niksays
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I agree with this. it would be nice to see exactly why you were wrong!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tom-tky

Excellent idea! Probably 25% of my errors are typos, because I'm rushing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rich476879

25% of my errors are typos. Another 25% are autofill typos. Those push me right over the edge. Especially on the timed quizzes. On the timed quizzes you don't have time to proofread, to make sure your autofill didn't decide to turn mother into Managua.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chris.koch

this really sounds like a great idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cheither

I agree with this idea. I wonder if it would be too difficult to change the software?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rich476879

No change to the fundamental program is easy, unfortunately. Any changes are both time consuming and expensive.

So, what will happen, is that they will take all the suggestions, prioritize, make some changes and then release an updated app all at once. Probably every couple years.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eellerto

Actually, now that I am reminded about this, PLEASE bring it back! At least for when our mistake is trivial like the million times I write "you" instead of "your" or "a" without the "t",when I type to quickly. It was really nice to be able to correct those trivial things!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xiuhtecuhtli
Xiuhtecuhtli
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I think this is the one thing that would help me REALLY get all those concepts I keep screwing up over and over and over in French and German.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Topolski

Yeah, or when I say "bebes agua" instead of "bebe ague..." Sure, there's a difference, but I can understand you...

But this discussion is irrelevant to half-hearts.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eellerto

Just had to start again on my practice because I typed "stars" instead of "starts" . I am beginning to dread the duh-doo noise when I err. I never used to feel that way!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kismet
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Yes. PLEASE! I'm sure we've all read somewhere "Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, involve me and I will understand". Cliché, I know, but sometimes even ideas that are cliché are right on the nose. A few weeks ago, when I made a mistake, I had the opportunity to become actively involved in my own learning by immediately fixing my mistakes. The kinesthetic learner in me got to practice by retyping the answer (using the correct keys this time), the visual learner got to see the correct answer as the last thing I'd typed, the analytical learner had the opportunity to stop and figure out the correct answer for myself before the smart kid in the back of the class yelled it out. Sorry, but some of us really do need "think time" before you short circuit the learning process by telling us the answer. Having said all that, though, while I think that "unlimited practice" with the option of fixing mistakes would be enormously valuable to me as a learning tool, I don't like the idea of getting points for it. I'm a primary school teacher and although I give my students almost unlimited opportunities for practice, they only get "points" when I assess them. Yes, please, let me practice without pressure as much as I need to, then give me "points" when I'm ready for you to assess my REAL progress. There are, of course, a vast array of considerations having nothing to do with best practices for individual learners and I'm confident that the folks at Duolingo will continue to work towards what ends up being "best for most". So far, they're doing an amazing job. Thanks to all of them! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeWarbeast

I agree

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

I agree. The half-hearts feature was nice, but not entirely necessary. But the ability to correct our mistakes is a must. This needs to be brought back.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anglea
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I usually remember the thing I typed. When the question comes round again I often just type the same thing I did last time. And get it wrong again.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chopinfan

I am hoping they bring this back too, regardless of if it would include half-hearts, because like you said, writing down wrong sentences without being able to correct ourselves is a bad practice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eellerto

There used to be an option to correct mistakes. It is now gone.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xiuhtecuhtli
Xiuhtecuhtli
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I think it was trialled on some users after community members requested it. It probably didn't perform well by whatever metrics Duo uses, which is why it's now gone. I was never in the trial group, but I desperately want this option or at LEAST the option to review mistakes at the end of a lesson. It feels like Duolingo is prioritising gamification too highly over effective learning, sadly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

I agree. Your brain makes a connection with what you type - if you're typing the wrong answer, it's still going to have that connection. An option to retype a sentence would be ideal for memorization. I don't care if I lose a heart or points, I just want to help my mind make the connection with the correct sentence.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/montedelsale

True, and often the mistake is a simple typo or spelling error.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavin_Wax

I learned so much more when I was given a chance to correct my mistake. It helped with stupid spelling typos and it helped grasp certain concepts better. Even if we dont get a half heart back I would still like it back in. Since they removed this feature my progress on the tree has slowed down. I know they say their "metrics" said differently but at the bare minimum make it optional. The code is already there so why not? Just my two cents.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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I agree it would be nice to have. But as a workaround, you can just type out the sentence in a text editor.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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It's true. I've used Excel's Conditional formatting feature to easily practice my spelling.
Set up Conditional Formatting to highlight duplicate cells (the default highlight is red, I change it to green)
Carefully type out the word once
Using tab to skip cells (so Excel won't try to auto fill), type out the word across each row (typing tab after each attempt).
If you get it right, the cell will highlight green (if you choose that color-red by default), and you get immediate feedback as to whether or not you typed it correctly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jurekcy1

You can also log your XP points in Excel and make a chart (since due does not give you chart on the page). But these are kinda stupid workarounds...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MohamedDassouki

how long did it take you to become 17, and how

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jurekcy1

Three months. By practicing every day of course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/endios
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I really miss that. I don't really get why people were against it, because there's so few comments against.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shipinu

good i totally agree

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Goldfish23

I find myself repeating the same mistakes over and over again because I can't correct them, too. I could care less for the half heart, just give me the ability to correct my mistakes, please!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.Ansari

I agree with correcting the mistakes, i don't want any half heart returned to me if i corrected my mistake right, but that way we memorize the correct form.

Maybe it would be a good idea if program let us try 2 or 3 times to correct our answer and if we failed to do so, show us the right answer. ha?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bunny2013

I agree with Vedun. I really miss the opportunity to correct mistakes. Sometimes I type out a long translation, only to find I had a typo, or forgot to type the article. It would not only make the lessons more fun; it would help the whole learning experience. And getting back half a heart would be nice!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HUNTERGURL

That is awesome!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheronianKnight

I like the idea, it would allow you to transform your learning as you transform your sentence instead of there only being one or two options for each sentence.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nena5000
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Excellent idea! Fully agree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeniaAT
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Yea, please, bring it back. In fact, I remember that we were given back half of a heart if the correction was right. It was a great motivator, we need this back.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lucha316

I agree. Let us know there is an error and let us buy a second chance with a lingot, or correct it to move on.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eellerto

We can already do that with a lingot, I think. But, really, what we need is the ability to correct small things, like it used to be. Not necessarily gender, that does ding you, but if you forget a letter. Sometimes it lets it go, but mostly it doesn't. I am getting really tired of having to start the bloody thing over and over again because I forgot the 'y' on 'they'.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alipaulam
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I type 'the' instead of 'they' ALL THE TIME , and not just on Duo - it's obviously a deeply engrained typo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/khyneman089

Wow! You all have pretty much touched down on all aspects of being to correct our mistakes. I would really enjoy being able to make simple corrections when i misspell one french word by a letter or forget where to place accent.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SabrinaStecka

Yes! And if you correct it properly you can get half points :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoStudent7

yeah. I think we should fix our mistakes!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mloclm

Agreed. This would be a very useful improvement.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mloclm

yes! I am now tryig to tipe with a cast on one arn an am macing lots of sily mistakez. Geting frustated!

Great idea!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UriahSanders

Ive been wanting this as well...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/susanraab

I agree

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreLavoie

Sometimes I make a stupid mistake, like hit the wrong word and not check, and I want a chance to fix it rather than have duolingo believe I don't know it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rich476879

That's not a bad idea, but on most lessons and quizzes it comes back to the question. Although, often it comes back in reverse (e.g. Spanish to English instead of English to Spanish).

But I agree that when you make a mistake, you should have to do it correctly before you move on. Whether that is immidistely, or just before you clear the section, shouldn't really matter.

I get frustrated in the tools quizzes, because when you make a mistake you may never see that question again. Or at least not for a very long time.

To be fair though, I'm sure a lot of thought has gone into the program, and no change is "easy". By and large, they've done a very good job. But I sympathize, because when I get something wrong I also want to redo it correctly.

1 year ago