New transcription and speaking exercises?
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this before, but I feel like the exercises where we are tasked to transcribe or speak a sentence in the target language could be more encompassing.
Currently (to my knowledge), we hear a sentence in the target language, and we must write down the sentence in the target language. But what if we also had to listen to the sentence and then write it down in English (this would add a second step or dimension)? For instance, if one hears the Spanish sentence "Tu oso bebe cerveza," they would have to write "Your bear drinks beer" instead of simply having to write the sentence down in Spanish.
The same could go for the speaking exercises, where the exercise could task someone to speak a sentence in the target language while translating. For example, "Translate and speak this sentence in Spanish: 'Hello, how are you?'" Then, one would have to speak "Hola, cómo estás/está?"
I think these exercises would help with the speaking component, because they would reinforce the notion that ideas in a language must be translated and then spoken in the target language (in the initial stages of learning, at least). Once again, I'm sorry if someone has already mentioned this, and I thank the Duolingo team for their tireless and fantastic work.
I think this is something you're supposed to test on your own, although it would be nice if it was incorporated into the learning process. I usually translate the verbal part in my head before/while I type it out and check it with the translation that's given with the answer. The team has definitely gone above and beyond considering we are using this website free of charge with no ads.