https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

It's not Almost Correct...It's Just Wrong

I find it frustrating that Duo still marks things as almost correct that are clearly wrong. This just reinforces the wrong answers.

This came up for me before when I was new to Swedish. For example, it accepted år for är even though they are two different words. Now it seems that it will sometimes mark you correct in Greek as long as you use a Greek letter no matter what the letter is.

September 3, 2016

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Hmmm...

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LingotHeaven

Duolingo does teach chinese

September 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ElGusso

I am trying out rosa stone at this very second... I think it is better, you get to talk into a mic, it will only get you through if you are right. Naturally it is fun
http://i.imgur.com/zLNQljk.png
http://i.imgur.com/maW3HSP.png
http://i.imgur.com/htR10D2.png

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

I wish english really looked as interesting as that last picture.

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

It is Rosetta Stone and it is very expensive to use.

September 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/kipcat2

I did Rosetta Stone first then Pimsleur. Both are fun but I have to both see and hear a word, and I have to understand why the grammar is what it is. Finally, with Duolingo I am able to pull them all together. IT's unfortunate that I needed all three different methods to read, write, and speak it before it made sense to me.

February 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RVFVS

Lots of times it just has to do with the completeness of the course itself. I've never seen this problem in any of the courses that I have done, but considering that the greek course is still really new there are most definitely going to be problems with it. I would suggest not worrying about it, the kinks will all get worked out eventually.

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

I've seen this problem in every course I have done.

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Cocio_16

In contrary, I think Duo does not accept enough wrong answers. For example, I am studying norwegian and swedish at the same time and very often I get to write "er" instead of "är". I know "er" means something completely different in swedish, but this is called a typo. Duo can ask me to do it again and again, I will still do typos. It just gets plain annoying and makes me think I should do something else with my time. "almost correct" is fine. Maybe I would just suggest to change the green color for yellow.

I think Duo should also accept other kind of obvious errors. For example, grammatical genders do not really matters in swedish or french (la français est mon langue maternel, et une usage incorrecte des genres grammaticales ne change rien au compréhension). Of course it can get to confusion when the gender change the meaning of the word. But we're learning a second language. It is okay to make errors. We will never ever speak these language as well as our first languages. It is more useful to know a lot of words and to get their grammatical genders always wrong, than to know only a few words but get their grammatical genders perfectly all the time. As long as Duo does not write itself wrong sentences, the correct form of the words might someday stick in your head.

September 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

If you are writing er when you mean är it means you are confusing your languages which is not a typo.

This isn't about whether or not it is ok to make mistakes. It's about not reinforcing the wrong words. Duo's job is to teach and reinforce the correct answer. It is failing.

September 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/81cheney

This is why the Greek course is still in beta. At this point, all you can do is report the issue.

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage

Swedish isn't in Beta, nor is Spanish, etc. It is a problem with the duolingo system. It doesn't understand accents, diacritics, different letter systems, etc. And all of these are important to learning a new language.

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ElGusso

Couldn't ave said it better myself

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ElGusso

French isn't in beta http://i.imgur.com/htR10D2.png

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/81cheney

Those marks aren't native to English, it's still inexcusable. All you can do is report. It's obviously something wrong with Duolingo itself. I can do the same thing in Dutch.

September 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/tastytejas

i hope they pay attention to it

September 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LynnCarey3

I wrote the correct answer, checked it with both Google translator AND Duolingo... and was marked wrong. Both VOCE AND VOCES escrevem are correct, in Portuguese, when no context is given. Why am I expected to be a mind reader? And yes, I have also been made to enter an incorrect answer, in order to mollify the program’s sometimes incorrect required response. Both are VERY frustrating glitches that I wish they’d correct. What to do?

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

'Escrevem' is the third-person plural form, which is correct with 'vocês', but not with 'você' (which demands third-person singular). GT will be (correctly) separately translating 'você' as 'you' and 'escrevem' as 'write', for want of anything better to do; there's no way you could get it to translate 'you write' as 'você escrevem', however. GT is, in general, not a good tool at all for checking grammar.

July 3, 2019
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