https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee

Relevance of New Icons

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I'm at a loss as to the meaning of the new icons - a hand in stop sign format for adjectives, what might be an overflowing glass for colours, goodness only knows what the symbols for family and a number of others represent. Can anyone explain them?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DawnPeters3

I absolutely love duolingo and it has done wonders for for my Italian but I do cringe each time I see the baby bottle symbol for family. I am a mom who nursed both of her babies and who would like to stop the practice of encouraging formula feeding especially in areas without clean drinking water. I wish duolingo would not continue this symbol as a representation of family life.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Couldn't agree more!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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Aside from the word "family" I can't think of any symbols that wouldn't be controversial. What would you suggest?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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A family tree. It wouldn't need to be particularly detailed (none of the icons are, anyway), so that it would end up being scrutinized by people with differing views of the meaning of the word.

Also, I seem to remember that the previous icon for Family, before this change which is now a long time ago, was something which didn't annoy me as much as that factory made, commercial bottle they use now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I'd have to see them. One of them stands out for me though: Is the stop sign red?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee
helenvee
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It is red which makes it even more disconcerting.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW
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For colors, that isn't a glass; it's a paint can! Since paint comes in many different colors, it makes sense for the symbol for that section. My best guess for the hand is that adjectives frequently describe things related to the five senses, one of which is touch, and people most often associate touch with the hands. The symbol for family is a baby bottle. Any others you're confused about? =) I'm working off of the French tree, but the symbols should be the same.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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One certainly can't expect every society to understand icons because they are culture-specific. For example some people live in the desert, and may never have seen a whale, or a space shuttle, or an abacus.

So it is to be expected that some people will not understand all the icons. In fact, usability guidelines dictate that an applications' graphics and text should all be localised to a particular culture. However, because of prohibitive costs, Duolingo is unlikely to do so anytime soon.

At best we can expect that it will localise the text, since it has already done so in other languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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As RienaW says: colours is a paint can (as often seen for "bucket fill" on painting programs), and "family" is a baby bottle. As for adjectives (and other parts of speech, tenses, and conjugations) -- these are all abstract concepts, and thus impossible to illustrate unambiguously in an icon. The old "adjectives" icon was a sort of rectangle with two horizontal lines in it, which is hardly any more explicit...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louis.vang
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Most symbols are well chosen. Family is represented by a baby bottle, a baby (bottle) is a clear symbol for family. Some are less obvious. You can do a suggestion for a better symbol for these. And when you don't like so much colors, make them all gold :-)

4 years ago
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