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Ask us about Duolingo, Round 1!

UPDATE: Answers to your most voted questions below!

Thank you so much for your comments and questions. This is an ongoing series, so check back for another chance to ask and vote on topics for us to tackle next time!


TOP VOTED QUESTIONS:

  1. How does Duolingo decide what courses to add next? [149 Votes]

  2. Why doesn't Duolingo answer these questions? Plus A/B tests, how Duolingo staff prioritizes projects, Duolingo's business model, and more. [120 Votes]

  3. Will we get chatbots on the desktop web version? [104 Votes]

BONUS QUESTIONS

  1. Can you introduce a feature where learners can choose to do more practice translating into their target language?

  2. What's the deal with Fluency Scores?

  3. Japanese & Chinese Course Status

  4. Will you synchronize vocabulary progress between Duolingo and Tinycards?


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November 4, 2016

425 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

You know many of the questions, since they have been asked ad nauseum. Why don't you simply provide some answers?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oskalingo

Yes, that would have been a better way to kick things off.

“Here are the answers to three questions we've often seen asked on the forums. This is going to be the start of a regular series. Let us know what questions you'd like to see answered next time.”

Or something along those lines.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RumiByNight

I'm guessing none of us should get our hopes up at getting any real answers after this thread either.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buenotc

Well, they wanted all of the good and silly questions on a single post. And, I bet my 2 cents that even after the answers are given by admin people will still ask the same darn questions everyday.

Why can't I get xyz language?

Will Duolingo make me fluent?

Why can't i get immersion?

What is a streak freeze? (Obviously ain't it?).

Some questions boggles the mind...

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Doraemon_

Please could you explain the process you use to decide which courses to add next??

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

OTHER than needing a certain amount of contributors or public support. For example, if Finnish and Icelandic had the same amount of contributors, which would the system pick?

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beta-Tron

...

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

I need to highlight this one:
What is it with Duolingo adding "languages" like Klingon and Valyrian when languages like Breton and Romani die? Is Game of thrones more important than thousands of years of civilization, belonging to all endangered languages combined?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I am not speaking officially on behalf of Duolingo, but, I believe it generally comes down to 1. Duolingo is a business and it gets to choose what content to feature 2. Courses such as Klingon, Esperanto, and High Valyrian etc. represent a creative way to reach out to populations that might not otherwise engage Duolingo, which adds to Duolingo's value. 3. These courses result in free press for Duolingo which increases funding that Duolingo requires to keep operating.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beta-Tron

@usagiboy - point 1 is obvious, but when people feel as though they are ignored resentment builds up. that isn't intelligent management (resonance vs discord). point 2 and 3 make perfect sense. although adding the most requested languages may also be a way to reach out to populations that might not otherwise engage. the courses from the incubator come from the community, don't they ? the contributors don't get paid ... what excuse is there for such popular languages (and i don't mean japanese or chinese because the problems of adding them has been explained already) being suggested and nothing done about them for years on end ? often when a course is released it is full of bugs and errors which are corrected in the beta stage (mostly by the community). a question for you also about immersion - was it profitable ? one of the reasons someone has mentioned on here about it being phased out is that when documents were sold, it was as though the community did work which violated some kind of law or ethic. the popularity of it can't be ignored - i wouldn't care how much Luis or the company made from it (after all, acquiring a new language is priceless) - signing some kind of disclosure when using that function would eradicate any problem, surely ? Luis originally wanted to "translate the entire web" didn't he ? what is the goal now ?

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

I think it had something to do with the EU requiring for-profit companies to pay at least minimum wage to the people working on making products for them.

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

What are the current Duolingo sources of funding?

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Osnakezz

I completely agree with you. Lingua latina sempre e fortis!

Nevertheless, I have to add a question to Duolingo.

A small problem of Duolingo is that it focuses on language learning being of good quality - which is pleasant and super by the way! -, and that is cynically/ironically enough harder to find when the language itself is dying. But Irish has proved us that a language being endangered isn't enough to render it unable in Duolingo for use.

I myself think that Duolingo can only provide so much and so much courses due to their limited team, so it would be great if they had unpaid volunteers that the Duolingo staff chose, to lighten their work.

Volunteers, unlike the DL admins (which have a blue circle and a star around their photo), and unlike the forum/course moderators (which have a green circle and a shield), and unlike course contributors (which have a blue circle), have a yellow-golden circle with a shield. Those volunteers could manage and oversee whether so-called community courses are of good quality. The DL staff can also fire them if they wish to do so, but not without letting them know beforehand and not without a stated reason. Aside from that last fact, the volunteers also accept community course requests and accepts requests from people to become moderators or contributers of those courses. Community courses would be courses that people themselves can make.


Prerequirements would be that:

• there isn't already an official course for the language chosen (if this would be the case, you could already get more expansive learning resources for a language through Tinycards - which honestly really should be available on Desktop by now).

• the language chosen has support of at least 200 users

• the language is spoken natively or known fluently by the persons asking for it, and they can prove that they do so (because; the volunteers/admins are able to speak it as well, or through official proof of linguistic experts or such)

• the language is of cultural/social/historical importance to specific regions, people or the world/people in general

• the language is spoken by at least 500 people (this is because if a language would have less speakers than that, it would be a noble but beyond pointless try to revive it). An exception of this rule goes for dead languages, that have support of 500 users, and meet all other prerequirements.

• and most importantly, it is accepted by at least half of volunteers OR accepted by 1/4th of volunteers and two admins. (These admins won't get pop-ups from those requests, though).


A community course is different from the current/incubatory courses, in the sense that:

• It does not appear up in the list of languages on the Courses page. You will have to access it through the page duolingo.com/communitycourses (the page doesn't exist yet). Here, you will see an overview of all languages that are in those courses, and a search bar. The languages can have the same 'flag, background, and explanation' layout like every course has in DL, though!

• The community course doesn't have a fluency rating.

• The community course you do isn't shown in your comments. You don't see a normal flag like that of Italian next to a name, like I have. You however see a rainbow coloured flag with the number of community courses you do instead of your level in them (to see the level, on desktop you'll have to hover on the flag and it shows the names of all the community courses and your level).

• You don't get an official DL trophy at the end of a tree when you finish such a course. Instead you see a community trophy (don't know how it would look like though)..

• You can't access it on mobile (not Android nor iPhone). The app only supports official languages. You would be able to access it on Desktop and the mobile site, however.

• More contributors can be accepted than the usual ~5 or 10 you see in courses. This is because it is a community course and thus most likely a course of a language not spoken widely.

• Community course moderators have a red circle and a shield, and community course contributers have a red circle/nothing.

• You are able to access through the classroom if you are a moderator or contributor of the course. An important difference is that the classroom and 'discussion forum' is accessible only for other people when the course is graduated, not when it is in Beta.

• If the course is seen as really well made and/or the DL staff wants to add the language itself but there already is a Beta course for it and they like it, the community course status can be changed into an official one!


This idea of community courses would enable languages like Finnish, Old English, Latin, or Icelandic to be created faster, and it also would make the DL staff have less work on their shoulders whilst ensuring that quality and availability remains the same. One 'but' is that the DL staff has to elect these volunteers themselves at first, so they will have to be responsible and choose wisely...

Feel free to comment on my ideas.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

High risk, low gain, and necessitates funding to support such courses and build infrastructure for it. And, there are already companies out there who are set up for people to create their own courses. I dunno if it's likely to happen.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Osnakezz

That might be true, @Usagiboy, although I myself think that such courses would not be risky.

Part of the volunteers idea is saying if people may participate or not, and Duolingo being able to say if the volunteers are doing well.

That gives the staff of Duolingo the ability to take some work off, like a calmer workday. And yet it also gives us the power and responsiblility to keep our quality.

Most course creators already present aren't paid, so they most likely will be enthusiast people that aren't with malicious incentive. If perhaps some of the community course makers would turn out to be such people, then they can be quickly taken out of the course by the volunteers, or be banned by the site and forum moderators that already are there.

Because the volunteers are chosen by DL and can be 'fired' as well, they will prefer to listen. Thus there is still control, and if the project fails, then DL still had made a good try and now knows what to not do.

If being frank, then I would prefer to disagree most with the idea of 'low gain'. The idea would render - make - faster made courses with the same quality to be more likely. Plus, these people in this idea aren't getting paid, so the only costs come from developing the infrastructure for such courses to make them a possibility.

Your last point is very strong, and I fear I'll have to admit that you are right in that last thing. Funding is a big problem. For that I yet can't foresee a new solution other than making donations for Duolingo possible, but that already has been suggested. :/

I'm curious - not sceptical but very much interested! - though, what are those companies? Things like Memrise only look at vocabulary, not the part of creating sentences and learning the language like all children do with their native language: with relative ease.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

what are those companies?

Off the top of my head, Memrise, YouTube, possibly Coursera and Khan Academy. I've seen a few others mentioned in the forums. But, their names aren't coming to me. It could be a good question to pose to the forum if that interests you. :)

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evie4123

your really good at Spanish i'm only at level 13

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam0606

I think its sad that this comment is this long

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evie4123

no way

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

False dichotomy. Klingon was put in the incubator years ago, when Duo was just a few months old, pretty much to gain publicity, and has languished there. Currently Duo is not using any resources on Klingon. There was never an either/or decision between Klingon and Breton. Currently Duo needs to improve its revenue stream, and there seems to be little indication that preserving endangered languages -- as noble as that may be -- is part of the Duo business plan or mission.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

Klingon was put in the Incubator 19 months ago, when the incubator was 18 months old and Duo itself almost three years old.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

If you look at teasers about the Incubator, before it was launched, it showed a Klingon course. So, while the team had yet to be assembled for it, Duolingo was advertising it. I think this might be what rspreng was referring to.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cam_and_Alex

Exactly. The only applicability of Klingon and Valyrian is only within the people with obsession in those fandoms and it doesn't do much for the dying cultures. Getting languages that are in danger out there as much as possible is an extremely important endeavor and one that I think should have way more focus than it seems to have today.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

What if HBO paid Duolingo to promote Game of Thrones by having a High Valyrian course, and Duolingo spent that money on paying staff to spend more time on endangered language courses? I don't know if that is what's really happening, but it would be great. :)

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

Isn't Duolingo losing money right now?

In order to keep improving what it already has, Duolingo needs to make enough money to pay its workers without constantly losing more money.

The money's needed to pay for (among other things) salaries for Duolingo's staff so that they can afford to work full-time for Duolingo. Otherwise, they'd need to work at other jobs full-time to earn enough to pay for their food, housing, etc. and wouldn't have much time left for Duolingo.

Right now Duolingo seems to be in debt, but it probably can't just keep borrowing money forever without repaying anything...

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GRIFFINCON2

I never thought about that

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LazyEinstein

For real though... This! /\

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UserDeactivated

You might want to check this out.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoanArbil

blah blah. You are getting FREE language training. You are the type of person if getting hanged would ask for a nicer rope

December 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThatOneDoge

>why do these sorts of questions never get answered ?

Do you really want to know? It's because you're being negative about it. Of course they're not going to respond to that kind of junk. If you phrase all your questions more positively, you just might get some answers.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beta-Tron

@thatonedoge - they have been asked countless times by countless people, in as nice a way they could possibly be asked. thank you for taking time to reply to my comment, but unless you are staff with actual answers, your response is nugatory

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

Those questions have been asked, but as far as I'm aware this is the first time Duolingo have taken the time to offer to answer questions.

Since they've recognised that they need to change their approach to communication, it's probably best not to discourage that by responding harshly.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beta-Tron

@hughcparker - see above

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThatOneDoge

I'm sure they have been asked before. But like hughcparker said, this is the first time people actually have a proper place to ask these sorts of questions. Responding to that effort like this isn't something I would do if you actually want your questions to finally be answered. :)

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beta-Tron

the topic was "ask us about duolingo" so i responded with some questions i had (which other people have asked many times too). how you, hughcparker, or anyone else would have asked them means less than nothing to me. i am not interested in having a conversation about what i asked with anyone other than the people i directed the questions at - feel free to reply again, but really, your response will again, be nugatory. i am responding no more

smiley face

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ruferales

Will we get chat bots on the desktop web version?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iFail

Depends on how long their exclusivity deals with Apple last.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beatles-Musician

Have you got a source? So with that deal a transfer of that feature to other platforms is not possible?

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iFail

Such deals are most of the time confidential (non-disclosure agreement).

From a developper POV there's absolutely no reason for Duolingo to constantly be releasing on IOS so many months before Android / PC. Tinycards was released more than 3 months ago and still is only avaiable on IOS. So eventhough there's no proof there are very strong indications of such a deal existing. Tinycards is such a simple app that a single dev could easily port it from IOS to Android in a week. Not even to mention that there are plenty of tools to help develop new apps cross platform. Not making use of such a tool would make little sense. An exclusivity deal between Apple and Duolingo is by far the most sensible explanation.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

An agreement is one possible explanation, but there are others:

  • Maybe they're short an Android developer at the moment. (I have knowledge of the shape of Duolingo's dev teams - I really do mean maybe.)

  • Maybe it just happens that Duolingo's IOS developers are more experienced, so they're the ones who build new features first. (as above)

  • There's a much wider range of Android devices, meaning that sometimes development can be more complicated, and the the testing phase can take longer

  • Maybe Duolingo has more IOS users than Android ones. (I'm sure I've seen figures on this, but I can't find them right now)

  • ...and maybe there's some other valid reason that neither of us have thought of. Software development is a complicated business.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeboeCubes

Yaaaaaaaasss! Would LOVE to see that

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deyan161

I've read on the forums that you took a decision some while back to reduce the number of L1→L2 translation exercises, to make it easier to complete trees. However, is there any way to introduce a feature so that learners could choose to do more practice translating into the target language?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

What courses are currently working on a tree 2.0? Or a tree 3.0 even? Will there ever be advanced courses in addition to the existing ones?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vktr17

Advanced courses would be great! Having finished my tree I'm afraid I won't stay here for long unless there's something new to learn... Which is pity because DL method works so well.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Have you tried learning English for Spanish speakers? It's nice because all the sentence discussions are in Spanish, and you might get an opportunity to make some Spanish speaking friends, and answer some questions about English (in Spanish) to help others out.

That's a mature course, though, and some of the sentence discussions are a nightmare of spam, gibberish, and repetition. If you see any sentence discussions like that, by the way, let a moderator know so we can get it cleaned up :)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gourmetkat

Have you tried translating in Immersion?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuthZ1..

@Maclomhair, it appears, none. This whole issue is one that Duolingo does not want to address. In fairness, it would involve a huge amount of resources and would have to have a language specific vocabulary, unlike the basic tree where the same words are always taught. The main logistical problem in creating a new course appears to be availability of programming back-up. Programmers are paid workers, and therefore a finite and very precious resource. I'm not a technical person, but it would appear to me that if an existing tree could be modified, rather than having to create a new one, then a second level course would be possible without draining the programming resources in an unacceptable way. Most people shy away from the idea of creating a second level course because it is assumed that in doing so you would have to include specialized fields which would not be of interest to everyone. However, a 2,500 word vocabulary in a language is not enough to create fluency, and does not even include all the words known by a four year old child in their own language. It would be perfectly possible to add a further 2,000 or 2,500 words without exploring specialized fields. Obviously it depends on the target language, as some have a wider basic vocabulary than others, I can only speak for French, which is my second language. In some languages another 1, 500 words might be sufficient, in others you might need 4, 000, which would need two extra courses. As many have suggested, the reverse tree can be helpful, but it does not address the issue of structured acquisition of vocabulary, which is essential to progress beyond a certain level. In terms of the basic tree, Duolingo has done a brilliant job. We should not let feelings of frustration let us forget this fact. At present I'm trying to analyse the French-English tree to see what is missing in terms of French vocabulary, and would be very happy if anyone else would like to assist me, either to compile lists of words or to sort them into categories similar to those used in the original tree. You don't need to be bilingual, just have a French vocabulary of about 5,000-8,000 words. More than this and you lose touch with the needs of the learner... Grammar would be useful too...

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

There are trees out there which have been expanded since their original launch - German from English for example was significantly expanded and I know they are working on the Polish one.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuthZ1..

Of course this will happen, it's part of the natural progression, and presumably the plan is to get the final tree of about the same size in every language pair. I had already noticed that the Hebrew/English tree was much smaller than the French/English. (47 as compared to 80 topics)But you cannot make a tree endlessly bigger, because people need to get the sense of achievement of finishing their tree, and you need to be able to scroll through and look for things, which becomes too difficult if the tree is too big. That is why a second level tree would be a better option. There is a lot of demand out there.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

Please could you explain the process you use to decide which courses to add next?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sage007867

I just noticed that, in the for-English-speakers-incubator, they added another fictional language, in addition to Klingon. It has 1 contributor.

I'm with you. I would really love to know how or why they decide on which language to add next. How many times have people requested and/or upvoted Chinese, Finnish, Latin, endangered Native American languages, etc.?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

I hear there are some folks from Finland who are dying to know!

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scarcerer

I would hope most of them are not from Finland

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

Folks from, in, near, outside of, going to, and so on. :-)

(Of course, in Finnish you wouldn't need all these words, you'd just use some nice suffixes instead.) ;-)

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SebastianMolin

I would specify: "...which courses to be added next to the incubator (credits to neio75's question a few days ago)

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I find it very frustrating when practicing a topic to be presented in an exercise with the same sentences over and over again, when I have already answered them 100% correctly, and then be told that I am still weak in that topic in words that never came up!

I appreciate that different language users need different amounts of repetition (and I find that I need more drill in some languages than others!); will there ever be a feature that allows the user to adjust how often the same thing has to be answered correctly before it is considered learned, in the same way as we are currently able to adjust the number of XP we wish to set as our daily target? [Note: I appreciate that the "game" aspect of Duolingo is important to many users, so I emphasise that I am not suggesting that this setting should affect the total number of questions required to be answered correctly in order to complete the exercise, just the ability to increase the variety of questions included]

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

In the achievements section, have you considered adding a "Total Days Active" badge?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kumatangz

Will Tips & Notes be included in the app version of Duolingo?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
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And, if not, why not?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eyularebo

Will you guys put Latin courses online? It will really help me in medical terminology, reading, and other biology classes,and writing.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/israelpolasak

Why does iPhone always get the new updates and Android is still a year+ behind (characters, now tinycards and bots too)

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

I'd have thought that with the aim of Duolingo being to bring free education to those who can't afford it, limiting new functionality to the highest priced model (iPhone) goes against that philosophy.

And I can't, for the life of me, understand how iPhone gets things before the web version. Are Apple paying? (If so, we'd probably accept it better as that's a reason for things being delayed and we know you need to make money).

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/savourtardis

I would guess (but could be wrong) that the sheer variety of combinations of possible Android devices and versions of the OS could somewhat complicate development compared to what I think are relatively few iPhone (/iPod?/iPad?) models.

(and no, I have an Android. And an old iPod with no app capability and an ailing battery ;P)

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GermanOfficial

Maybe because managment owns iphones while the rest of us, mere mortals, do not

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

Same with windows phone too!

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProfesorAntonnio

I support you.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThatAwsomeGuy16

Same!

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rootyjr

Me too.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evilpepper

Also me.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zeon_Erudon

I came here just to ask this, gg!

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaens

Because the ole Android app's playstore page mentions they're hiring programmers, I surmise. Technical difficulties happen.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

We're told that the limitation on adding a Japanese or Chinese course is the writing system. Are Duolingo's software engineers working on that problem at the moment? Is there any indication how long it might take?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeleeNess23

We already have Hebrew and Greek, and we'll get Hindi and Korean soon as well, so I don't know how much of the problem comes from the writing systems.

But besides that, I don't see why Chinese and Japanese can't be added to this site. HelloChinese and ChineseSkill prove that you can make a Duolingo-esque course with one of those languages and have it turn out well.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

Hebrew, Greek, Korean, Russian, and Hindi have alphabets - different ones, but there are still spaces between words. Chinese and Japanese don't, however; it's impossible to tell which letters are part of which word.

If I said "a dog runs to the park", you can read it and Duolingo can read it and understand which words are which because there are spaces between them. It's reading it as "aSPACEdogSPACErunsSPACEtoSPACEtheSPACEparkPERIOD". However, for "adogrunstothepark", Duo could think that it's "ado grunsto thep ark". Humans never would, but a digital owl might.

Another problem is the multiple meanings. The above example sentence in Chinese (at least, according to Google Translate) is 狗跑到公園, or literally "dog run to public garden". "Public garden" can also mean "park", as it does here, so it would have to accept both. Chinese doesn't have articles ("the", "a(n)"), so it could accept "A dog runs to the park", "The dog runs to the park", "A dog runs to the park", "The dog runs to a park", "A dog runs to the public garden", "The dog runs to the public garden", "The dog runs to a public garden", and so on, and so forth.

For this reason, the other major problem is that some sentences can need upwards of 50 000 possible English translations (according to an English for Chinese moderator), and Duolingo currently only allows 3000 per sentence.

And then there's the problem with the click-hints. Imagine trying to set something like that up. It's already an issue with the English for Chinese/Japanese courses, and it would be worse with the vice versa.

Hence the question hughcparker was asking: Is Duolingo's team currently working on a special way, different from those currently in place, to teach these languages?

I'm currently studying both (Chinese from an audio course, which is why I had to use Translate), so Hugh has my vote on this one.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/savourtardis

Russian also lacks articles, and surely has some words that have multiple translations into English.

Incidentally, Hebrew letters are technically classified as an abjad and Hindi's Devangari is an abugida. (Cyrillic, Greek, and Hangul are still alphabets though)

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

Russian still has spaces, and the multiple translations part is applicable to every course - Chinese and Japanese, mostly the former, just have a lot of them.

The spaces are what I was getting at here.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

My understanding is that Japanese and Chinese are more problematic than those four you've mentioned.

Japanese and Chinese writing use symbols which aren't entirely phonetic, which can be read in different ways with different pronunciations and meanings. They also can't always easily be split into words when you look at them. This means that Duolingo's systems would need a lot of work to adapt them to those languages.

...but I'm hoping that @HelpfulDuo will explain more fully :)

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeleeNess23

Thanks for the elaboration! That is quite an interesting case, I hope HelpfulDuo will shed some light on that situation.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
  • 1693

Will the advanced users of the mobile apps ever be able to set the amount of typing exercises they receive, in order to restore the lost functionality of older versions of the app?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

I hadn't even considered this and I would love it. I avoid using the app so much because I feel like I'm not learning.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/finndj

What is the next language to come to Duo?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rootyjr

Will duolingo ever bother to remove some of the stickies?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TempeO

Will you ever make extensions to the language courses you already have?

Will there ever be more bonus skills?

Thank you so much for doing this!

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SlavikCors

In German course, there are three slots, but only two bonus skills :( I would be happy to spent more lingouts on new bonus skills.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

No, there's three, one shows up in December only.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

Will you ever do anything about the vote trolls?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThatAwsomeGuy16

You got my vote on that one

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

Thanks. It forces my stalker to have to use one more account ;)

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThatAwsomeGuy16

:D

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buenotc

It'd be a valid point if as a long time user you could solve the problem of spam and reposting of the same darn questions/posts e v e r y s i n g l e d a y.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

This is not being helped by a few small people having multiple accounts. I do not believe that someone being here a long time justifies giving them the voting power to control the forums.

And much of the troll voting has not been to clean the spam. It has been done to vindicatively attack people, to control opinions and sometimes to vote up the very annoying posts you speak of.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I know that the repeat questions are extremely frustrating, but I believe the source of some of them lies in the mobile phone apps.

I have the Windows phone app, which has no access to either TipsNotes or the discussion pages. If I use my phone's browser, I can see only the first question for that sentence.

Therefore, if something humorous has been votespammed into being the top comment, I can't see the careful language explanation that some moderator has posted in response to the genuine question.

I only use my phone app for revision practice, and wait until I have PC access to the full website to ask questions - but not every Duolingo learner also has PC access.

So the question, I suppose, devolves to:
i) dealing with votespamming
ii) bringing fuller functionality to the phone apps

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wombatua

Why has it taken you nearly four years to deign to communicate with users? Why can't you folks in Pittsburgh be bothered to do a little "This Week in Duolingo" newsletter post in the forums? Your remoteness is really disturbing.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

It's clear you're frustrated at Duolingo's previous lack of communication. You're not alone.

...but this is the post where they've finally done what we want, and opened a channel of communication. Since they've gone from doing what we dislike to doing what we want, it seems a little mean to attack them for it.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wombatua

Well, I'd probably say snippy and not mean, but you catch my general attitude. I'm very frustrated with the lack of communication from a company that essentially has improving communication as its mission. I've been around since the site was in beta, and I've always found their lack of interest in telling users what's happening disturbing. I'm not saying they need to have a conversation with users, necessarily. Just a forum post every week, or every month; they can turn off the reply function if they want. I have a better idea how teams in the Northern Premier League are doing in England (partly by choice), and I live in Ohio.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

...or even just using that blog that did/does exist.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiamRA1

what is the process of making a course from start to Finnish? (Ah see what I did there!)

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

just take your obligatory lingots

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TseDanylo

And Estonian for that matter?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiamRA1

No I was making a pun with Finnish and finish

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TseDanylo

Oh sorry, I didn't realise :D

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

Loomulikult! :-)

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IVIatjam

One question I would like to ask is: When will the A/B testing for Immersion end so every user will be able to access it freely?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

This might be an odd question, but it's a unique situation.

Most languages don't get their own "base" forum (Duolingo in __) until there is a course for speakers of those languages. There probably won't be a course for Esperanto speakers for an extremely long time (if ever), but because of the nature of it, it'd be amazing to have a single Duolingo in Esperanto forum for users who are learning it from all sorts of native languages. Would it be possible to add a general Esperanto forum instead of having all of the individual course ones?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AureliaUK

How much were you paid for adding Klingon and High Valyrian?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GermanOfficial

Why are some features missing in some languages? I mean, portuguese and russian have no extra modules to buy on the store. and russian do not show fluency.

Can you open offcial IRC or Slack channels to desaturate the forums?

Vote on november 8th. Lets make duolingo great again! -- just kidding

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

Duolingo generally gives the some things (Modules, Fluency, the Words tab) to the bigger, in-house (original) languages, which is why courses like Esperanto have none of the above. They're not missing, they just haven't been implemented yet.

It might be good to ask HelpfulDuo when we'll get that, and why we haven't yet.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

Isn't it in-house (pre-incubator) languages that have the features, not so much the biggest? Admittedly, they have had the most time to get learners (because they are pre-incubator) so they are also the biggest. Still, I would imagine Vietnamese gets those features at the same time Russian does, if they do get them at all.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

Swedish and Esperanto are both incubator, but only Swedish has the fluency bar. Also, Portuguese is an in-house language, but apparently it has no modules.

You're probably right, though. I'll change it.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01189

My Swedish doesn't have fluency. Is it app only?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

Please could you explain the algorithm that calculates the fluency percentage?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wombatua

And provide footnotes for its validity? You folks do come out of the university environment. You should have real data to back up your (to this point facetious) "fluency" numbers.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gourmetkat

Yes, please! I can't understand why my fluency percentage in Portuguese is higher than in German. I've been learning Portuguese since spring, and German since 1973! When I started DL there was no %age, then they got randomly assigned, and until this week I was at the same %age in German since the beginning, and would occasionally go down one and then work really hard to go back up one. Meanwhile in the other languages I occasionally go up a percentage point. Earlier this week it finally went up one in German.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TracyS221

When did u start learning German on Duo tho? Duo has no idea how much of the language u know outside its systems! Also if you work on the app your %age will go up more slowly than on the website.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gourmetkat

I have been doing German in DL since early 2015 in both the app and online. I have finished the tree and reached level 25.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TracyS221

Have you also finished the tree in Portuguese? The different language courses on Duo have different finishing fluency percentages. It may be that on the German course it cannot take you as high as the finishing percentage in Portuguese. Obviously it can't take account of all the knowledge you have outside of Duo, only how well you appear to know the words on the Duo tree.

I'd be interested to know if you go to your word tab, is the total number of words you know different in the two languages. Also if you rearrange the words into order of strength (just click on strength) and scroll down to the point where the words change from 3 to 4 strength. Give yourself an approximate percentage of your words that are at 4 strength (based on the position of the scroll button on the right hand side of the screen). That will give you an idea of how Duo sees your knowledge of the language!

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gourmetkat

Aha, that explains it! Way more words in Portuguese according to Duo! As you say it doesn't know what I do outside of DL. Thanks for your help!

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SlavikCors

Why it is so? Could you explain also which one is better for learning?

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TracyS221

I'm not sure I know all the answers to that as I can only go on what I have observed. However, on the app it is easier to get questions right as most of the time you are given words to choose from. On the website you are more often given a blank box to type the answer into so it makes your brain work harder to get the right answer. I think Duo's algorithm recognises this & strengthen's more of the words that you have practiced.

I think they are both great for learning. My kids love the app, but find the website version much harder. The app is also much more convenient for many people. If you are struggling to remember the words then the app could be perfect as it gives you more prompts. However if you want to really work your brain and make sure that you really know the words then I think the website does a better job. Though I wish they'd give you more sentences to translate into your target language! That is even more of a test. :-) Hope that makes sense. Sorry it's long.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

On the web it is even that hard that they introduce new vocabulary for food and animals without any previous pictures. one new word or new in a sentence asking for to be translated.

Why could DL show first 2 pages of pictures for other food/animal words and does not continue for pages 3-4++ and following (new) vocabulary first in that way?

BTW: Free text translation input is the last excerside on Memrise, when the flower is almost finished!

Hello DuoLingo, did you know that it is really that hard to remember just words in a textbox without any context, picture, dialog which you can think about 1 day (or seconds to a minute) later?

No, your repetitive word card training for food and animal does not help me that much neither. Again, only a single word, no picture, no dialog, no sentence, no audio speech, no written down pronunciation.

For PT->DE/EN you are leaving even out the persons on the word card, while EN->PT the persons are provided.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NorahUnicorn

Yes! I want that answered too!

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bersalon

Why does the notification bell only allow for 5 notifications? It would be very nice if I could see all my notifications, because sometimes I have been commented to and I did not know it at first.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I agree. Sometimes I have no PC access; I can practice on my phone, but I need to save my questions till I can get on the full website again.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

Why are so few languages in incubator all the time? Is it a server issue? Who decides which languages will be in the incubator? I miss many more important languages on DL than, let say, Klingon.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

My suspicion on this one is that staff have to coordinate with the contributors to bring them up to speed on the courses and help them deal with the challenges of their specific languages, so if you have a ton of courses being developed at once then staff would be overwhelmed with what contributors need from them.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nueby

I would love to hear from a contributor who was helped in getting up to speed by staff.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

I'm actually a contributor, but I was brought in after the course was finished so mostly just helping to check error reports. There's an entire webpage with a system for contributors' concerns and what updates are needed from Duolingo to improve the incubator. It's quite elaborate.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nueby

The User Voice page has nothing to do with contributors being brought up to speed. That job has fallen to the more experienced contributors since 2014, when the "mentors" vanished from the scene. The UV page does point to the wider issue I can easily agree with you on: The number of Incubator issues calling for attention already appears well beyond Duo's capacity to handle, and more incubating courses cannot possibly be expected to help matters.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Osnakezz

That sounds interesting. Is it really that elaborate?

I've seen a few pictures that contributors showed about how they develop every now and then, so and so, but not much. Very interesting, nonetheless.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HackedAcct

What would be the acceptable number for them to have in the incubator?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

30, which we had a year ago, would be a good start.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HackedAcct

That would be nice. Though there were fewer languages out for them to maintain at that time. It seems a bit unrealistic to expect them to be able to keep the same level in the incubator as the languages out of the incubator grow.

At least not until they get their regular income sources in order.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

True but is the growth from 81 overall (the last time there were 30 courses in phase 1) to the current 88 overall really that big of a jump? I realise every new course would raise the current overall but even from 81 to 94, is it that big? Not that I pretend to know how much work and resources maintaing courses requires.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HackedAcct

That is a valid point. I'm hoping they choose to clarify the language process and maybe give us a better understanding of how resource intense each part of it is. Maybe it will give members something to think about before repeatedly posting about a course's progress. (Probably not.)

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malwen
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Why have you not released the bonus skills for volunteer written courses? I know that the Welsh team wrote some bonus skills before the course was released in Beta so it seems odd that you don't let us see them.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reagonomics

Have you considered having a separate forum for the school accounts?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HackedAcct

Can you separate the timed exercises so that we are only using one keyboard at a time?

For example, I would like to choose when to translate from English to Ukrainian and when to translate from Ukrainian to English.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Oh that would be nice!

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SlavikCors

Yeah, it is a pain to switch keyboard layout almost every sentence.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

The consensus on the forums is that Duolingo is engaged in a gradual process of removing Immersion from the site. Is that right?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bersalon

Concerning users who have multiple accounts with which they abuse the voting feature, would it be possible for Duolingo to somehow ban them so that the voting feature cannot be used? There is a certain user who I am fairly certain did that; even though they had been banned, they used the banned accounts to upvote/downvote in excessive and unrealistic amounts.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merrowmic

Why does Duolingo allow users to be able to level up (all the way to level 25) by repeating, in extreme cases, as little as a single lesson?

Would it not be more sensible to require that X percentage of a user's experience per level comes from an unlearned skill/lesson(s); at least until the tree is completed?

That way the level number might actually be a little more of an indicator of progress/proficiency than a mere indicator of lessons done/repeated and experience gained.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strandfloh

Will you do anything against the problem of not opening sentence discussions, for example reported here 7 months ago and there more than one year ago and many other times (also in bug reports)?
Sentence discussions are important because often they are the only source of knowledge when there are no Tips & Notes within the lesson.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irusejka

And will there be sentence discussions in the mobile version of the website?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RumiByNight

Can you add a way to collapse threads in Discussions?

After a hundred replies they start taking longer to load and to scroll through. And no one looks at what has already been written making it a lot of repeat posts. They also have many side conversations.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

Are there plans to extend the test centre to other languages than English? Is there a timescale for that?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

What proportion of users who start a course finish it?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

That's interesting to know, to check how many people go till the end of a madness new language. I wonder if they would take into account that some people may change languages to learn another one.

Like, I stopped learning german for portuguese speakers to start german for english speakers, made more sense and things got better. I hope if they ever count that, they take this type of thing into consideration.

Well, if they count only the golden Owls it would be fine, but if they count the negative side it would appear like I gave up.

Hummm.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThatAwsomeGuy16

"Why are you guys so good at teaching people languages"
"Will immersion ever come back"
"Can this site get any better

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThatAwsomeGuy16

And... will Finnish every come?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverCharacter

I love how this comment gets more upvotes than the original one...Finnish lovers. :P

Edit: Nevermind about that...Finnish haters. :P

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Can Duolingo have a system such as Tandem Partners to exchange language lessons among its members.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XD29
  • 1479

It would be great to get updates regarding incubating courses from Duo staff, not just from the volunteers -especially when the course contributors are apparently inactive (Yiddish!), or when the contributors' work is finished (course at 100% but still taking weeks or even months to be released).

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/governor.gillard

Will you ever come out with Latin or Arabic?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stigjohan

Why don't you let users decide if they want more challenging exercises (e.g. more translations to the target language), instead of just focusing on what increases retention? Your strategy might well increase the number of users, but i does in no way benefit seasoned users who want to reach higher proficiency.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

Why did you add fluency ratings to the app when its just clutters the top bar while providing nothing useful?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

It's quite funny to see that 0% for Russian every day... :-)

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pauljamero

I am wondering the same with Norwegian.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

Irish too

November 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

Fair point. I am amused by the two different percentages I get for spanish.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adam.dixon

Can we please get a Male Turkish speaker as well for those of us learning Turkish?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryannichols7

I would love male voices for a lot of the languages. russian, portuguese, and norwegian come to mind too. it helps break the monotony of the single robotic female voice. completing the french tree was wonderful because you'd hear both voices with every sentence.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adam.dixon

Oh! I didn't know it was like that for most of the other languages on here. Yeah, I just get a bit aggravated by it. Like c'mon I'm sure there's a few male speakers for these languages that duolingo could pay.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

A male voice on the Deutsch course would be great!!!! I vote yes for male voices o/

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ANMAW

There are lots of features which the smaller courses don't have. And these courses never seem to get new features as they are added. Are they going to get them?

1) Words tab

2) Fluency

3) Official decks in Tinycards (this should be very easy surely?)

4) Bots (very new feature - how long does it take to develop a bot for each course?)

5) Immersion (assumed to be phased out because of EU laws. This is a great feature so can you provide an update on this? Why can't you just leave is as a non-monetised feature?)

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

Will you be sharing information about the A/B tests you run? Sometimes it's difficult to support people in the troubleshooting forum because changes are made to Duolingo that we don't know about.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverCharacter

What are you considering adding to the Discussion forums? How much do you take from user's suggestions?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Indarozino

Mi havas kelkajn demandojn. :)

1) Have you considered adding some 'Native American' languages, such as Navajo or Tlingit, to the course offerings? I'm sure if you contacted the various tribal leaders they would be happy to help with this.

2) Can you explain why the decision was made to include advertisements in the future; instead of attempting a crowd funding program first?

3) Duolingo is a great language learning tool but sometimes the sentences can get repetitive and one feels they are learning a wrote pattern than the actual concept of the language; to combat this would you ever consider adding in a smart random sentence generator that would create sentences using the words the student had learned thus far

4) Does Duolingo have any plans to offer official ELC or ACTF Testing?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverCharacter

Why aren't the most upvoted stickied discussions at the top? Can this be fixed? For example, I must scroll fairly far down to see Lrtward's super helpful Guide for new courses which is very helpful for new users.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanjini

In the beginning, I thought that Duolingo's raison d'être was to crowd-translate documents and literature that deserved to be, but had never been, translated. Also functionally, I felt that the Immersion component was a big reward for advancing through a tree. It is so anti-climactic to have such a weak Immersion component at this point. In Portuguese, the text selections are so weak and interesting. Is there any hope that Duo can get to that lofty, inspiring goal - translating worthy writing?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I asked earlier about immersion and received the information from another user that there is a legal problem with users located in the EU either uploading documents or translating documents, as stated in the T&Cs. (I live in the EU and was wondering why I have no access to immersion.)

I hope they resolve this issue, because I agree that this is indeed a worthy goal.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanjini

Thanks for that information. Still, it seems there would be lots of writing outside of copyright (from the past) that could be translated. I need a similar challenge!

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I similarly made the mistake of assuming that this was a copyright issue. I was then told that the difficulty in fact lies somewhere to do with work (translation) being carried out without pay (by Duolingo users) for a company that is then selling the translation.

Please don't misunderstand me - I approve of the idea of exchanging a free education for my translation effort. But apparently there is an EU regulation somewhere...

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meclingo

I'd be interested to hear something about what factors are used to decide whether a skill is gold or not. And how did you choose that algorithm - is it mostly from A/B tests, or education experts? Thanks!

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pauljamero

Why is there no percentage in Norwegian course? Or, I got it wrong?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LovroV

How will you solve troll problems?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Will there ever be a feature where you can take WRONG / marked words and sentences over to a "My words / sentences for manual tests / reviews" menu item?

There are at least about 3+ posted questions on discussions forum about this: 2 years ago (in English): https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3546350
My thread (in English): https://www.duolingo.com/comment/18639522
Saving problematic vocabulary (in German): https://www.duolingo.com/comment/18840812

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

There seems to be an A/B test that means it's impossible for some users to remove language courses: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/18799279

Is that deliberate, or is it a bug?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meclingo

How do you evaluate how well students are learning? In an A/B test, how do you determine whether you're improving learning (rather than just retention)?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

I know I'll think of several more questions as soon as this is over.

How often are you planning to run these?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

How are the lengths of lessons within a skill determined? Why does it seem like some courses have mostly seven or eight sentences per lesson while others have 14+?

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

Thank you so much for your comments and questions. We're listening! Keep voting and watch this space for the first installment of this ongoing series.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seanchai35

Are there any serious plans to bring any of the features exclusive to in-house courses over to the incubated courses? I fully understand that some of this (bots, etc) would have to be undertaken with the cooperation of the various course creation teams, but it would be nice to know if the incubated courses will ever get any new stuff, or if incubated languages are only intended to have core site functionality and that's all. Thanks.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iFail

I'd actually like to pose a question in a bit of different direction. I like Duolingo, but Duolingo being the product of a for-profit organisation instead of open-source is holding Duolingo back.

I'm sure you guys have (or should have) thought about the posibility of a new open-source alternative competing with Duolingo.

If Duolingo was open-source there would likely have:

  • More lanuages avaiable (like Mandarin) and also more languages in the incubator.

  • More themes, more voc avaiable, beyond just the current ~ B1 proficiency you can get from Duolingo.

  • Preparation courses for CEFR and similar tests.

  • More features / options / customization. You can't even set your time zone on Duolingo atm.

So are you guys planning to improve Duolingo to more closely provide what an open-source platform would provide? Because if your company has any long term vision it should be very aware of the risk of failing to address Duolingo's shortcommings, making it weak against the threat of a new open-source system.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elnovicio

Hi. Why does it take so long to add TTS to the new courses? Do you have some sort of statistics of how much it took for every course? It's so daunting not to have the course after the completion date. And Romanian, when will it be available? Thanks and good luck

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Hi HelpfulDuo! What are the current challenges facing Duolingo's ability to offer a Japanese for English speakers course? This comes up in the forums frequently. I don't have any new information to offer folks though. Maybe you do?

Thanks! ^_^

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

Will you ever add a feature to filter out spam in the forums?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Can you please manage to add the verb conjunction table:
- besides the target language on the left side (e.g DE), which is already supported
- also to the right side as the source language (e.g PT learner answers)
- and bottom solution

blocks?

e.g PT BR -> DE

The verb conjunction table is only available for target language DE (left side), but not for PR source language on the right side (answer box).

And I really want to do as a German native speaker the PT-DE reverse tree, so I need badly help for PT BR itself (source), but not DE conjunctions target (left side words/sentences).

DE-PT (normal course) alone is IMHO not enough for practice. Even in the first 2 basic topics of PT-DE I can see some differences and added PT vocabulary, so it's good to be able to train the reverse tree from PT-DE too. Especially with the reverse tree user plugin Google TTS and listening to a different pronunciation.

The question may be the timing for both courses: Do we have to completely finish first the tree of the normal course before starting the 2nd reverse course or should it really work to do both in parallel like I try?

The bottom solution block is always missing the tip highlighting or verb conjunction help in the source PT BR language!

Last edit: 06 Nov 2016 / 18:42 CET / GMT+1

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanjini

I am trying to follow this discussion intelligently and I cannot understand anything you are describing. Would you consider giving it another go?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

All what I tried to describe is that I am missing some verb conjunction tables.

With DuoLingo they are on the left side. So on a translation from the source to the target language you will only have ONE conjunction table, not two.

You can show this conjunction table when you highlight the verb in the target language on the left side.

There are no conjunction tables on the source language on the right side or in the solution at the bottom.

For e.g German / English to Portuguese (normal course) course it works when you have to translate a sentence on the left side which is written in the target language (PT).

So the Portuguese verb conjunction table is shown once you highlight the verb and click on the green button.


What is not working on DuoLingo to show e.g the Portuguese conjunction table in the PT->EN / DE (reverse tree) course.

The left side sentence is written in German / English (target language) for translation, and the conjunction table can only be shown for the German / English verb.

As I am learning Portuguese from scratch I need the PT verb conjunction table (source language), but not the German/English conjunction table (target language).

The reverse tree courses do IMHO not work that well if you are not a native speaker or fluently in the source (e.g Portuguese) language!

Better?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanjini

Yes, much better! Thank you, I do Eng > Port and I see what you mean.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Updated above block for a hopeful somewhat better meaning :-) Sorry guys, I am not a native English speaker.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bersalon

Will you ever add anything else to the lingot store?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanjini

You are funny, you probably have more ingots than anyone else! I gave you a lingot for improving the store!

December 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrielMets

Is it possible that when we do a lesson that asks a question, we reply in the language that were learning. For example, if the lesson is asking what does she like, you can replay she likes chocolate in that same language.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

This is the moment I have always been waiting for...
When are you going to make Mandarin and Japanese for English speakers courses?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

From a comment above:

Hebrew, Greek, Korean, Russian, and Hindi have alphabets - different ones, but there are still spaces between words. Chinese and Japanese don't, however; it's impossible to tell which letters are part of which word.

If I said "a dog runs to the park", you can read it and Duolingo can read it and understand which words are which because there are spaces between them. It's reading it as "aSPACEdogSPACErunsSPACEtoSPACEtheSPACEparkPERIOD". However, for "adogrunstothepark", Duo could think that it's "ado grunsto thep ark". Humans never would, but a digital owl might.

Another problem is the multiple meanings. The above example sentence in Chinese (at least, according to Google Translate) is 狗跑到公園, or literally "dog run to public garden". "Public garden" can also mean "park", as it does here, so it would have to accept both. Chinese doesn't have articles ("the", "a(n)"), so it could accept "A dog runs to the park", "The dog runs to the park", "A dog runs to the park", "The dog runs to a park", "A dog runs to the public garden", "The dog runs to the public garden", "The dog runs to a public garden", and so on, and so forth.

For this reason, the other major problem is that some sentences can need upwards of 50 000 possible English translations (according to an English for Chinese moderator), and Duolingo currently only allows 3000 per sentence.

And then there's the problem with the click-hints. Imagine trying to set something like that up. It's already an issue with the English for Chinese/Japanese courses, and it would be worse with the vice versa.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Landwave

Will Duolingo ever prohibit the possession of multiple accounts?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

That is a difficult issue. I am well aware that some users are abusing multiple accounts, but there are also valid reasons for wanting them:
i) multiple accounts on 1 PC for different family members
ii) separate accounts for different devices - since the features (such as access to Tips&Notes, sentence discussions and speech recognition) are limited in the apps, I would like to be able to use the app for practice (at times when I don't have PC access) without losing my place in the tree, in terms of the full learning experience.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

1: That's not people having multiple accounts, that's just several people using the same machine.

2: You can use multiple devices with one account. Multiple devices don't require multiple accounts. In fact, it works much better when you use the same account; Duolingo keeps track of what things you tend to be better and worse at, and splitting that data across several accounts stops that process working properly.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

So how would Duo ban/prevent multiple accounts without IP based restrictions?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

That's an interesting question. The first things that spring to mind to limit sockpuppeting are:

  • Accounts shouldn't be able to upvote / downvote until level 2, as already happens with commenting.

  • Code to identify excessive different accounts coming from the same IP, and a short-term autoblock, similar to what currently happens with excessive page loads from the same username.

  • ...and use the x-forwarded-for heading to avoid blocking users who are behind the same proxy.

  • Code to identify which accounts routinely upvote / downvote the same other accounts, and identify whether those accounts have any other activity. The results of this would probably need to be presented to a human for action, rather than happening automatically.

...etc etc. I'm not an experienced professional software engineer, though - I'm sure the folks at Duolingo could do better than the back-of-the-envelope stuff I just came up with :)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

And implementing email verification.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

On my Windows phone, Duolingo is reduced to a simple test game, with no grammar explanations or sentence discussions (and, obviously, no ability to vote on anything or comment in forums like this). This is a great for staying in practice while I do not have PC access, but it is not the ideal learning environment.

Duolingo's ability to assess my current level is unlikely to be particularly accurate because (of course) it is unaware of my day to day language use. I am not here primarily to learn a language ab initio (although my long held desire to learn Welsh drew me in!), but to improve on the disadvantages of learning through intermittent immersion - namely the willingness of polite interlocutors to tolerate anglicization of their grammar structures and the traps of words that do not directly translate, but cover different ranges of concepts.

Duolingo is an excellent resource for this. It attempts to cover grammar systematically, whilst crowd sourcing its feedback to other users, with generous expert input from moderators, allows detailed feedback on the subtler points. This is particularly useful where terms and concepts differ between dialects of a language; whereas a textbook requires familiarity both with the background of the author, and the assumptions that they make regarding the reader's.

It is therefore of far more interest to me for Duolingo to return me to the correct part of the tree from the full-study point of view (and not have this distorted by the rote-learning practice, such that I miss some important linguistic subtleties) than for it to "correctly measure how I am using the language in both environments" since this 'measure' is of limited accuracy, because it cannot take into account how I am simultaneously using the language elsewhere.

Of course, separate accounts would mean that I would progress more slowly through the "levels" - but I am not interested in the XP & gaming aspects. I am speaking purely about optimising my language acquisition.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

You're right, it's aimed for the first stage of learning a language.

...and sure, it can't capture all information about your language use. The more data it gathers about what you tend to get right and wrong, though, the better - splitting your data across multiple accounts has a big disadvantage, and no advantages.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

@daughterofAlbion: things you cover on the phone weaken much more quickly, exactly because phone lessons aren't as difficult.

Email: I agree that email swamping is a problem. My solution has been to set up a filter, so that Duolingo's emails go into their own folder, rather than the inbox. Any good email system supports filters.

You're right, it would never be possible to completely eliminate the multiple voting problem, but with a small amount of careful coding, I'm pretty sure the problem could be drastically reduced.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I don't see why you fail to see the advantage in knowing where you have got to in the study materials (as opposed to having to try to remember which exercises you accessed from the phone and therefore still need to cover properly).

An additional advantage is the ability to have different notification settings. I can't read responses while on my phone, so it is a nuisance to clutter my email inbox with them.

I accept that if I only use Duolingo, the increased optimisation in terms of it learning about what I know might outweigh the disadvantages. But when the optimisation is necessarily imperfect (because all Duolingo accounts = small component of total usage), the disadvantages of being restricted to one account outweigh the slightly better optimisation.

Note: I agree that mutiple voting accounts are a menace.

I would agree on principle with a restriction of one account per user per device - but I am still unclear you would,in practical terms, propose to distinguish between many users sharing a computer, and one user with many email accounts on their computer.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Review lessons later:

Unfortunately I am really missing on DuoLingo the feature that you can just REVIEW old lessons of one/multiple skills with your previous failures WITHOUT redoing the lesson.

There is no simple review option per lesson OR the whole topic skill including all questions of lessons (to show you all the wrong ones).

So the wrong answers seem not to be permanently stored in the DuoLingo database per lesson.

Q: Is there any review user script which allows you to store your wrong answers and/or enable an option to review some lessons after 1-3 days without redoing them or having to strengthen the topic skills?

You can either strenghten skills (topics) by going into a skill and hit the "Strengthen ..." button on the right side or you use the global strengthen skills feature.

Once you have finished a new lesson of a skill or re-done a specific lesson you can review it (your failures), but only as long as you did not hit the green continue (finish) button.

Spec:
subject = topic = skill = circle in the tree each
subject/topic = skill has several lessons (training units)

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

I haven't seen this question asked yet: Will you ever fix Duobot so that it doesn't show messages like "This is a site for kids" when there's nothing inappropriate in the article? Or, now that you don't seem to be interested in developing Immersion anymore, are you just going to leave it?

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TinyKitties

What interesting things are you learning from the a/b testing? Like results that you weren't expecting.
Who did the illustrations for the course? Thanks for making Duo free and fun.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.stratton

Will there be any updates to let us better track our progress over time? I'm currently recording my progress in an excel spreadsheet out of interest. Make it easier to see XP to never level etc.

When will Duo become more analytical for us data nerds? :D

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irusejka

Will you add short stories with underlinear translations as a new feature?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neio75

I would like to add, Why such discrimination towards the android users after launching new apps like tiny cards and duobots?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

I read from the sticky discussion about TinyBots that Android uses a different programming system than Duolingo and they would need several more staff members to "translate" it, apparently

November 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

How do you go about picking the next language courses, and what languages do you have planned for the near future?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davidcwalls

Do you plan to synchronize vocabulary progress between Duolingo and Tinycards (it seemed like that happened for the German course)? In the same vein, will you be creating all of the Duolingo languages in Tinycards, or is it worthwhile for us to come up with a mechanism to collaborate among users to create them?

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

Wow! Thanks for this incredible collection of questions all <3

Several answers from Duo Staff in edited post above and more to come!

November 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beatles-Musician

Could Duolingo offer a circular skill "tree" instead of the given "tree" layout of today?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Can you explain what you mean?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beatles-Musician

That means the skills are arranged like in a giant circle in which you study from inside to the outside. You can choose your focus more specifically, like e. g. learning about the language's idioms or so what is not essential to everybody.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

That would be extremely complicated. The tree works the way it does now because new lessons can be made with the full knowledge of what words you (should) already know. If you have a circle branching out, there's no way to know what vocabulary the learner has already picked up, and you'd have to have endless sentences for each new vocabulary term to account for that instead of the three required for each new word now, and even with only three sentences required it still takes so much time to build the trees.

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SportsOcean

Could you tell us if we will get Words and Immersion back? Also, will a computer edition of Bots be added sometime in the future? Thanks! - SportsOcean

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverCharacter

What does the inside of making a course look like exactly?

November 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

There's some info here, though the screenshots are a bit out of date: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Course_contributor_guide

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverCharacter

Ah, thanks. :)

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merrowmic

From the 'Activity' tab, I saw one of my followers posted a comment here. Problem is, there are so many comments here that I can't logistically find that specific comment without having to scroll through everything. Why is there not a direct link to the precise location of the comment in a discussion from the 'X-has-posted-a-comment-in-X' source?

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

There is. It's supposed to take you directly to the relevant comment. If it didn't, something's gone wrong - maybe that comment was hidden, having been downvoted.

Failing anything else, ctrl-f will let you search the page for the comment.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merrowmic

Thanks for that tip! It was helpful. It's always good to learn alternative ways of doing things when standard methods fail.

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

It has never worked that way for me (Windows 10 PC, Chrome browser). I always have to search (Ctrl-F) the discussion, even for popular comments.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vktr17

Why are there so many disgruntled people demanding stuff from DuoLingo? It is a free resource that effectively teaches us basics of some languages. They do not owe us anything, to contrary we owe them for providing us with a great tool to get started with our target languages. Long live DL and thanks a lot for teaching me the basics of Spanish! P.S. We do need the advanced courses though :)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wilma1952

I am new and I would like to ask: which level of the European Reference Framework can I reach when following the whole program

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I think I have read somewhere that is varies somewhat between courses, but is generally around B1.

But I agree, it would be helpful if Duolingo could give some indication as to how their progress measures relate to the CEFR levels.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TracyS221

How can we get to a point where more than half the words on the word list are at a 1 (needs strengthening) and yet all the skills on our tree are golden!

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swingbeatnik7

Is DL trying to secure funding to expand in any way? Plans for faster creation of courses and more languages?.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/misskata

Can you explain the course making process?

  • How do proposed courses-like I could suggest in the incubator- get approved? Is there a waiting list? I've heard the incubator can only take a certain number of courses at a time, is that true?
  • Why aren't the reverse courses made with the proposed courses? (If I was working on a theoretical Mandarin for English speakers, why can't the team also make English for Mandarin speakers?) Does it have to be a separate project?

Why does it seem like Spanish, French, and German for English speakers all seem to get special treatment? I'm not learning German, but Spanish and French both got tree updates this year, and all three languages are the only ones I know of with bots. Is it due to popularity, or were they the first courses? (I wouldn't know if they were the first.)

Speaking of the bots, when can we expect them for other languages?

Lastly, why do some languages (for me, Spanish and French) have Immersion, but others (Norwegian and Esperanto) don't? I personally don't see any reason for that, besides popularity or maybe newness of the course.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

I am not a moderator, nor do I work for Duolingo, but I can tell you that where the grammar of source and target language differ significantly there may be many more potential ambiguities in translating in one direction than in the other, and Duolingo has to be able to include ALL possible correct translations. (Please see elsewhere on this page for an explanation of why Chinese and Japanese pose particular problems.)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/misskata

Did you mean to respond to my question about making "reverse courses" or about immersion?

I did read about the Chinese and Japanese issues, and I used Mandarin as my example language course in my question because it's a widely spoken language without a course for English speakers. I didn't intend to ask for a Mandarin course, or ask why it isn't available.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

My response was about "reverse courses". The explanations about the general difficulties of Chinese and Japanese did not only explain why these languages are more difficult for the Duolingo app to handle than other languages. They also covered why one direction may be significantly more difficult to handle than the reverse (which is the aspect of the explanation that I thought you might find helpful).

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkDownha

The three items listed as examples are good as a starting point, especially for those of us with a technical background...

But to be honest, I'd like to know why the apps are the poor relations to the website? Examples; there is no discussion option (except on individual phrases), the amazingly useful "Hints and Tips" are completely missing from App version, progress information is better presented on website - such as how many XPs are required to reach the next level.

In all cases, I am specifically talking about the Android version of the App. But I wouldn't be surprised if this is applicable to the iOS versions too.

If you're going to do this regularly, then I guess other gripes could be voted on week by week...

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Biosamia

when you finish all the courses in a language do you still have to refresh things every now and then or are you just done

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QuadraticLingual

What made you choose an owl for your mascot, and why is he/she green?

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I'm pretty sure it is an owl because owls represent wisdom. As for the color:

When we were getting started, we had hired Silver Orangesilverorange.com, an awesome design and development agency, to help us with our design and identity. As we were giving them guidance on what we wanted, our co-founder and CTO Severin Hacker (yes, that’s his real name) said “I don’t much care what you do in terms of style, but please don’t use green. I hate green.” Our mascot is a green owl because we wanted to annoy Severin.

Here is the full QA session on the early days

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QuadraticLingual

Whoa, thanks Usagi!

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/somelauw

How were the transliteration schemes for languages like Russian, Ukrainian, Greek and Hebrew created and why has this approach been chosen instead of the approach that Translit uses.

Translit converts between the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets in realtime and uses a more logical mapping between Latin and Cyrillic letters than Duolingo does.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

People find it very frustrating that the pages intended for discussions of the sentences get filled up with chatter.

Is there any chance of Duolingo introducing some sort of chat forums of IRC channels, so that the people who want to simply hang out and chatter can do it there, thereby leaving the discussion pages free for their intended purpose?

I know that there is the ability to chat on one's friend's own channel, but many of the more spammy posts I see are users trying to make new friends to talk to.

I appreciate that this would take up some server space, but conversation in the target language is a legitimate part of the learning process.

Chat group data would not need to be stored, so this facility might produce a net saving, if it removes the unhelpful material from cluttering the other forums and discussion pages.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I'm not speaking officially for Duolingo, but I have talked about private chats in the past with a staff member, and at that time they said they weren't moving in that direction.

As far as a chat reducing casual chat in the sentence discussion forums or attempts in the other forums, I doubt it would make a difference. Over the last three years I've tens of thousands of people come in, not take take even a moment to look around, before making a post either for a chat or to ask a question that is answered in a discussion just below, or in a stickied post at the top of the popular tab. So many people have bad internet habits like this. I believe they will keep chatting wherever they find themselves.

Conversation is an important part of language acquisition for many people. And there are many places people can find online that facilitate this that will not add to Duolingo's already overburdened budget.

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

Thank you for replying. Yes, I agree that there are many useful locatons online suitable for conversation; my aim in this suggestion was primarily to filter chat out of inappropriate locations, by making a suitable location easily accessible from within Duolingo, without driving users away from Duolingo (to sites with inferior teaching quality).

I presume you are aware of the problem that from certain app versions only the most highly upvoted comment is accessible under the 'discussion' tab; hence if some witticism proves popular, those users remain unable to see the helpful serious contributions. They ask the same questions over and over again, not because they are lazy or rude, but because the previous question (and its answers) are not visible (when they ask, they receive the replies that are directly nested below their own, but not any others).

Of course, there are also people who simply have "bad Internet habits"!

Updating the apps to full functionality would be an alternative that would solve this aspect of the problem; but I Understand why they are not Duolingo's highest priority at present.

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

Why have you suddenly become so hostile to us talking to each other when everyone knows that the only way anyone really learns to use a language is by using it in exchange with those who speak it as natives (and not to 'bots' which have no understanding, flexibility or subtlety in the command of language)?

November 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SH1ELDs

Will the Christmas Bonus skill come back?

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

It is back.

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SH1ELDs

I haven't seen it in the store, yet. Are you sure?

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

100% positive, considering I did the Christmas skill for German about (three?) days ago (Thursday.)

-I will say, though, that something strange has happened in that my bonus skills for Italian and Portuguese have both been removed. Not sure if that's what has happened to you.

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SH1ELDs

Alright, thanks.

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zayden_Norwalker
November 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

It's not available in German for me (or in any other language) :(

December 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

Funny, I did it yesterday (German for english speakers).

December 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

So, two people from the Americas can access it. I still can't - but I am in Europe. Is that the explanation?

December 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SH1ELDs

I have another question, how does one lock a discussion? I don't mean to be rude, I'm just curious.

Thanks.

December 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaureenSpe

I am interested to notice the close connection between Latin (my main teaching subject) and Spanish.

January 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertRoberg

cousins

January 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaureenSpe

I very much appreciate the patience and the encouragement shown by your Team. Maureen

January 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaureenSpe

Thank you! I've been away, but am back again .

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ANIMALENTHUSIAST

What happens if your strength bar gets to 0?

January 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaureenSpe

I'll work hard to do better! (I've been away, but am glad to be back!)

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaureenSpe

What does 'Give Lingot' mean? Is it a score for the Duolingo Team? If so, I'd give them 97%! Maureen

January 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeronicaDedan

I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to learn Tibetan!!!! please offer this language course!!!!

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lore_Opperman

Hi, is it possible to receive some sort of certificate when completing a language course, e.g. German, French, etc?

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doc_mojo_jojo

what happens if you complete all the lessons? is there a part 2?

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marguerite496140

Duolingo Nov 1.2017. Third day when it is noted that I have reached 57% although Last time I practised I was 58%!

November 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ncwmurray

Why are my desktop and ipad different? My ipad wants me to create a new account.

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

You don't need to make a new account, you just need to sign into your existing account on your ipad. Instead of clicking the button to create an account, you need to find a link labelled "I already have an account".

If you've already made another account, you'll need to log out of it. Go to the clubs tab, then click profile, then settings, then log out.

To log into your account, again go to the clubs tab, then go to profile, then click I already have an account.

Here's a picture guide that lilyflower231 made: http://imgur.com/gallery/Yonzc.

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatyaZE

Hi! I learn German with Duo Lingo but I teach English and I have created a club "English in Linköping" to gather students who want to improve their English but it is somehow connected to German. How can I change my settings so that this club becomes English oriented? Thank you in advance!

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/immerweiter

how many levels do exist in the polish course

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LordofDisorder

I've been wondering for awhile if Immersion could perhaps be implemented on an individual-user basis, instead of removing it entirely. The actual software is really great, and since it's no longer a source of monetization, maybe it could be reworked to give each Duolingo user their own individual 'library' that they upload their own documents and articles to and translate independently? Or users can upload articles either to their own personal Immersion, or to a community 'library' where you can pull your own (private) copy of the article from (that way everyone doesn't have to hunt for their own articles). Then it would just be for the translation skill gained from the activity. I honestly enjoy the mechanics of immersion, and I've often wished to be able to have the software to myself, translating on my own. (Maybe eventually you could have the option of sharing your article with another user to help translate or give suggestions or otherwise edit?)

It just seems a shame to phase out immersion entirely - I've tried translating articles with pen and paper instead and it's excruciating. There was clearly a lot of work done for the immersion initially, and I think it could still be a great feature with a little tweaking. (I know this kind of isn't a question, but could this be implemented? What would happen to Immersion otherwise?)

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanjini

I love this idea! Save the software, find another way to use it. It would be great if we could upload our own materials and then work on translating them.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mr_kusmierz

Why aren't the bots available on desktop version? I think they're only in AppStore right now. I used them and I think they're a great way to improve your skills, but as I use my duolingo mainly on PC, I would be really happy if you could make them available also on the website.

All the best, guys!

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RhyjtheDragon

Will Duolingonians (see what I did there?) eventually see the full functionality of the Duolingo website on the Duolingo app? I really enjoy learning Welsh right now, but I hadn't know there were sections notes until fairly recently!

November 7, 2016

[deactivated user]

    Is Duolingo publicly traded and if so how much per share? I see this company having a future and I want a financial stake in it.

    November 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gcostaki

    Why are all the lessons the same? The first lesson all the way to the last lesson are exactly the same. Are there going to be greater variation in the learning model in the future?

    November 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatOfTheNorth

    I am very surprised in how much languages people are learning and the level they have come to be. I for one is waiting for Hindi to come out and I want to learn it for my aunt on which came from India. I also want to learn Greek for a friend, Spanish and Portuguese for fun and Swedish for me and my sister to speak together. I really like how much people want to learn these languages and it inspires me! :)

    November 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoseNavarr478121

    How did you come up with such of great idea?

    November 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScarletAssassin0

    I think many people would really like a Japanese learning course for english speakers

    November 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trfhktyk

    When will the duobots be availible for web, or at least Android Also, Tinycards still isn't out for both web or Android??

    November 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/starhilltesco

    I see that advertising has now crept into the web version; how long before the flappy owl (Android users will know) interjects itself into lessons?

    Duolingo started out brilliantly​ and has slid downhill ever since.

    March 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

    What does “You’re 52% fluent in Spanish” mean?

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DianaSam10

    Same. I also want to know more about the fluency percentage and the highest level we can achieve with the course in each language.

    November 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

    Well, we know the highest one can reach is somewhere around the high 60s. For example Sitesurf, eminent moderator of the French course and very good in English, has plateaued there for her French from English, I seem to remember.

    It's clear one can't become fluent from a Duolingo course, since they contain ~1,500 words (depending a lot on the course in question, though) and a fluent user knows a looot more than that. Also, fluency is about production of the language, which the course doesn't require much of.

    That's absolutely fine as such -- one can't possibly expect a course to teach a language from the beginning to fluency. Reaching fluency requires a lot of real world interaction and different materials. I find Duolingo to be a splendid introduction to a language -- the best I've found. But I'm wondering why they use a word such as fluency and try to assign a number to it, when it's clear that whatever they are measuring has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the word.

    November 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

    Are you familiar with Under Milk Wood?

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GermanOfficial

    is he related to Frank Under?

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nueby

    Ni pepino :-)

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel5454

    It means that they're 52% fluent in Spanish.

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

    That's not a real thing, though.

    How does one determine what 100% fluent is? How does Duolingo know how fluent I am when I'm not even using the speaking exercises? And anyway, fluency is about real expression and interaction, not the capability to translate set, repetitively produced phrases.

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

    Duolingo also for a long time was reporting that I am 20% more fluent in German than in French, whilst I know (since I actually use both languages from time to time) that I find it far harder to hold a conversation in German.

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

    At least Duolingo is correct in telling me every day (at the top of the Android app when I open it) that I am 0% fluent in Russian, despite having finished the tree. :-) Russian is a different kind of beast from German or French...

    November 4, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

    I totally agree. The written language is beautiful, but my ability to hold a meaningful conversation is non-existent! ... and I was thinking that I was alone in this...

    November 4, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      How can you change your daily XP goal from "Serious" to "Casual"?

      November 4, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cam_and_Alex

      On a computer (I'm not sure if you can do that on mobile), go to settings and there should be an option on the right for changing your daily goal. Hope this helps. =)

      It is in "Coach".

      November 4, 2016

      [deactivated user]

        Oh thanks! How about an Android? On an Android I'm particularly confused, thanks :)

        November 4, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

        On Android, tap on the three dots at the very top right, and then choose Settings. You can pick "Casual" (10XP) there, but you can go as low as 1XP if you change your settings on the website...

        November 4, 2016

        [deactivated user]

          thanks!

          November 5, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cam_and_Alex

          That I wouldn't know. I own an iPhone, not an Android. I'm sorry =/

          November 4, 2016

          [deactivated user]

            It's ok thanks!!

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristenDQ

            How come some users have Immersion and others don't? How do you decide who gets that feature?

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel5454

            Are there going to be more languages coming for Duolingo?

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

            Yes, they add more courses continuously. They were working on adding courses teaching English for speakers of various languages, but they recently added a Valyrian course. Languages aren't displayed on the course selection part until they have a flag, banner, and description, so some (Yiddish and Valyrian) aren't shown yet, even though work is being done on them.

            Currently, Romanian, Swahili, Czech, Klingon, Indonesian, and Korean, in addition to those mentioned above, will be added within the next few months to a year from now.

            Two courses, Catalan and Guarani, are available only through Spanish at the moment. Once you're comfortable with Spanish, I suggest looking at the two.

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidRober216135

            Perhaps you can expand Duolingo to have vinget stories in the specific language of interest list German. It might take on a role in a city?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

            Why did you put Tinycards/Bots feature on IOS and not on Android ? When will you put it on Android (and Kindle, etc..)

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

            Can you get rid of Downvote and instead add a Spamvote, not-helpful-vote,etc...?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel5454

            I heard Farsi is a really easy language to speak. I think Duolingo should add more languages from Asia.

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philr08

            “I moved onto Level 12, but everything is the same as Level 11. All of it says Redo. Don't the exercises etc. get harder? Why all repetition? Thanks.”

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

            Your level is about how many XP you have earned so far. Which skills are available to you, and which skills you need to review, have nothing to do with which level you're on.

            To find out more about how Duolingo decides which things you need to repeat, have a look at this article from the Duolingo Wiki: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Strength

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bocajmil

            Why does German, Spanish, French and Italian have words and immersion and other languages doesn't?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/isaac.toth

            The interest also already exists for languages that are endangered or dying, such as Breton,Sottish Gaelic, Romani, and so many more. I think duolingo actually made the effort to make it easier to add a new language, many of these languages could be saved.

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviPolasak

            Why don't y'all want to do anything to save Native American languages? I know thousands of people would appreciate it, if not, millions! Especially Hawaiian and other extremely small language communities. You guys almost had the chance, but then something happened and the sponsor was off or something, but still...why not continue making those courses?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrFrodo.

            What's your process for adding new languages? Will Frisian ever be added?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ummukulthum

            Please explain the process of translating languages to English using duo-lingo web version.

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taqmas

            Dear Duo, i would like to ask, why this webpage comes up again and again, when I am in practice and try to hit the check button after a sentence or on the end, I try to push practice again: https://www.zendesk.com/web-widget/?utm_source=webwidget&utm_medium=poweredbyzendesk&utm_campaign=image

            Thank you in advance.

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinaSaadani

            I spent 30 lingots on an outfit, but where can I find it?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SebastianMolin

            No clue, gave you have 30 lingots so that you can buy another :-)))

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinaSaadani

            WAIT DID YOU GIVE ME 30 LINGOTS??? CAUSE IT NOW SAYS I HAVE 30 LINGOTS!!!!

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SebastianMolin

            Yes...

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

            Want more? I have plenty to share...

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnBrower3

            Latin getting added as a language, I would love to see added. especial because it is the basis for a ton of modering language's ( French, Spanish, English, ect, ect ). and it would be much easier to learn these languages if you had a basic Idea of the language that they "evolved" off of.

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankKool

            I would very much like to know what the future for Immersion will be.

            We've already been told that DL has stopped developing this feature for new courses, but what about the ones that already have it? Will this continue to be available in the future? I'm asking because I've found it to be a very fun, engaging, and above all effective way of getting comfortable with a new language.

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilzzy

            I don't have a "you are xx% fluent in language" thing :/ not on web and not on my android app. Why not? Can I get it?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buenotc

            It's not there because it's a useless metric.

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tealca2009

            Thank You.I am now 60% fluent, in French, according to Duoling, and on my way to the 17th level.What happens when I get to the end? Is there a continuation.?.

            My native language is Spanish, and I already speak English, so i am studying French as if I were of native english language, whcih has helped me see/understand the similarity between the 3 languages.

            Having my background, what other language would you recommend me? Portugese? Italian? Other?

            Thank you.

            Carlos Angulo Miret. Caracas, Venezuela.

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

            After you finish your tree you will get a "golden owl" and you can continue to level 25, which is the last, so you can still keep on here always working on what you have learned and if you desire to be fluent you need to go finding others materials online, read, listening, watching, and, perhaps, even getting private or group classes, that will depend on your time/$$ and what are you planning on.

            Portuguese and Italian makes sense as you already speaks Spanish and is learning French, you can try any of them, it will be easier because of the similarities, or you can try a language which is totally different, just for a bit of a challenge or for fun.

            Good lucky on it =)

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tealca2009

            Thanks, Babih10.I will keep it in mind.

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1320662

            Why are the prizes for lingots so stupid?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheDabMaster

            Sounds good.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mic61794

            So, I just got the app on my laptop and I can't find my extra lessons on it.... what am I missing?

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eiquin
            • 1095

            英語でスペイン語を学ぶとき、英語の答えを機械が聞き取らない時がほかの言語にくらべて多いです。

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterSmith141715

            after completing a new lesson, how can I revise a previous lesson without having to log out of Duolingo & log back in again ?

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

            You just have to click on the icon of the theme you already completed and click on "Redo" (for a especific lesson) or Stregnthen to review the whole chapter about that theme.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sammoreland

            What exactly does the "fluency" rating mean? When I first started it went up really quickly, but now it's hardly going up at all.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

            That's because when you started lessons were easier. Duolingo has some sort of algorithm to count that based on how you progress in your lessons. So as soon as you advance lessons it will be more difficult to get more fluency, you'll need to learn more, pay attention more, make a lot of mistakes till you get it right.

            Of course, it doesn't mean that you'll be fluent after finishing Duolingo's course.

            For example, I didn't finish yet my Deutsch tree (but I'm closer to the end), but it says I'm 41% fluent on it, of course, in real life, I'm not 41% fluent in the language at all, it is just saying that from what the German course can offers me I'm 41%. To be real fluent in a language it will take me more than Duolingo lessons, after it I'll have to keep on studying, more materials, reading, listening and hopefully, travel there to see If I really learned it lol. Anyway, it requires studies.

            Also, it looks like, from what I read before, some of the courses won't let you pass from 50% of fluency and there are even some courses which doesn't feature the fluency progress yet.

            So, yes, you can be happy that you're fluency rating is increasing, it means you're learning, but it won't mean that you're really fluent, that will take you a lot of more effort and studies.

            But this is a matter that everyone would like to understand, how they calculate it, it would be interesting to know for sure.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sammoreland

            Thanks a lot! It would be interesting to know what that algorithm is.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ms.zooz

            hi Iwas so excited about theis so I share it to all my friend

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeremiah4257

            How many languages can you actually take???

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leatherwood35

            Its sooo fun!

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItBeLitFam

            Why are your memes so dank?

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MIRZAAM

            it is a bit hard, once yoou get past the first few. any one have any tips for learning new words

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MIRZAAM

            when was this websit first made, only found out about it now incredible been recomending it to everybody

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alyss0308

            Hola! i have a question... i am learning spanish. so when i finish all the lessons will i get a class ring?

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akburn

            How do I reduce my daily target? I was over ambitious at the start, am still very keen, but would like to cut down what I'm expected to do.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WordsofaFreebird

            Guys its a free language learning program/website and your complaining cause Klingon isnt available? Get over yourselves.

            TO Duolingo: Why cant i add my fluency percentage on facebook?

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

            your complaining cause Klingon isnt available

            Where have you seen this? I have seen many a complaint about Klingon on this discussion forum, but rarely this...

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HackedAcct

            Gabbie its a free language learning program/website and your complaining because you can't add your fluency percentage on facebook? Get over yourself.

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ligmajo2

            you guys have done a amazing job helping me learn Spanish. THANKS A BUNCH

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dylanhanco

            Thanks for this app guys, It has never been so easy and fun to learn German.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronManea43

            What percentage fluent do I need to be at to have a conversation with a native?

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedcAt27

            How do i change my daily goal. I can't reach it most days and I want to set an easier one.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

            Web version: Click there at your name --> Settings --> Coach -->> Chose the XP you want --> Save Changes.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WernickesArea

            I'd love to hear the audio get fixed!

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iXPLODE

            What kind of spanish does duolingo teach?

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ethan873777

            I have been learning Italian on mobile for a little over a week, and I was wondering if the conversations with bots will be added to Italian soon? It seems like a great way to learn how to fluently converse with something as if it were a real person, and I'd love to be able to do it in Italian :)

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KieranKVR698536

            Hi

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vcayir

            I want to have an idea about aproximately how many words will we have known after completing one course? For example, French. I mean, how many words are there in a complete course?

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam0606

            ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UnafraidAtom

            First of all, how did DuoLingo start? And who founded it? Secondly, will you be adding new languages?

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaitlinMobs123

            Can you learn how to flirt in Spanish??Or is it only German and French??

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

            You can buy that with your lingots for your spanish course.

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaitlinMobs123

            How many lingots do you need ?Thanks by the way!!

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

            Click on your lingots and it will take you to the lingot store, there you can purchase it, it's usually cheap, 25, or 30 maybe...not sure, I already bot mine and I don't have this info showed here anymore.

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iToochPlayer

            When will Duolingo listen to ideas?

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathan.jake

            I like noodles

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nikolas.Owen

            i love wet noodles

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sophiahuan3

            This question might have been up before in the pass but how did this website first come about? Was it a sudden idea that someone thought of or was it planned already?

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyWestrate

            The Duolingo founder gave a Ted talk about the origin: https://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

            Is there a reason why skills can deteriorate so quickly?

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Coal12

            Do you all know when a Serbian/Croatian class will be added? I would love to learn it, and I haven't found any applications or websites with a quality learning experience. If Serbian was added with the Duolingo format, the result would be amazing.

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Migueloooche

            When will new courses come out?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

            Whenever I post a post, why do I seem to always get -5 votes within 24 hours?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Baloo

            all your posts look fine, its probably just trolls

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/isaac.toth

            Maybe add Persian and Arabic first, Klingon can wait

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meekymily2

            how do we talk to the bots on duolingo online?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CiaraMMorton

            I just started,what is this all about?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinaSaadani

            I spent 30 lingots on an outfit for my owl, but where do I find it?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoeRoution

            Why did you allow a course for High Valyrian but not Finnish?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertRoberg

            Is it possible to study 2 or 3 languages at a time?

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

            Yes. Just add the extra courses - and stay motivated! )

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elliottdooley

            G'day guys, always thought it was strange as to why the English lessons are accompanied by an american flag and the statue of liberty? it's called English not american, many countries national language is french same as English. pay homage to its origins i think, I looks bad for the duolingo brand, I've heard many people who have the same views. regardless still love the service you provide.

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Babih10

            The Portuguese course is accompanied by a Brazilian flag, it's not brazilian, it's Portuguese. That's the same thing with the english course, they're teaching american english (just like they're teaching brazilian portuguese), are there differences? Yes, there are, and you can easily adapt and learn local slangs/expressions when you need to travel to a different location and that's the beauty of keeping on learning about languages and cultures.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elliottdooley

            Yeh you're right and yeh the majority of English speakers reside in North America but it does tend to turn people off the product, I've heard it from language teachers at my university, people in the comments sections and I've thought it myself. The way i look at it is, language and cultural heritage are entwined and English speakers trace their linguistic heritage back to the UK not the US, so from a European or southern hemispherical perspective, the American affiliation seems alien. Just a bit of food for thought.

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

            the American affiliation seems alien

            It's an American company teaching American English. I would imagine that to be the relevant perspective.

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elliottdooley

            yeah for sure

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EGMeridian

            If one has made it through all 13 levels of French, and at 52% fluent, how does one become 100% fluent?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

            There are 25 levels in each course. You complete the tree, then strengthen it. Duolingo does not, nor was ever designed to, teach you every part of a language - only to get to a level good enough to access other material. I recommend trying Lingq, Memrise, Lang-8, HiNative, Teach Yourself, FluentIn3Months, or Pimsleur, not necessarily in that order. (Teach Yourself and Pimsleur cost money, but are likely available at the library.)

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neio75

            Pimsleur after Duolingo? :))))))

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

            Pimsleur isn't good for teaching a language on its own, but I find its structure useful for accent improving.

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daughterofAlbion

            It is not possible to become 100% fluent in any language simply by correctly translating simple sentences - and the mechanics of the app needing to accept as correct all possible correct translations of a sentence sets a practical limit on the complexity of the sentences that it can test.

            Take a look at the definitions of what is required for even C1 proficiency in a language (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages) and ask yourself how that could be reached by the Duolingo method.

            It is a virtue of Duolingo that it is honest about what it is capable of, and does not pretend to teach "complete fluency", whilst bringing you to a level where you are capable of accessing the other types of material now necessary.

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jkloiu

            Do you have any ideas for new languages?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/welshgirl34

            how do i get in to duolingo

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

            You've already started using it. Just keep going :)

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeboeCubes

            I like your last example question (the one about percentages). How do you measure percentage of fluency, and is it possible to become 100% fluent?

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BhanuChand9

            Can you add French alphabets vowels and consonants

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TseDanylo

            What is up with Team Yiddish?

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

            Actually, HelpfulDuo doesn't need to answer this one.

            From the stream of mendl, one of the Yiddish contributors, in response to whether they're still working on Yiddish:

            "I am moved by your desire for Yiddish course on Duolingo, as soon as ever possible. But I beg you to wait just a little bit longer. I admit (and beg your forgiveness for the fact) that we are no masters of public relations – and I do not question your disappointment nor the angst we’ve caused you all by not keeping you up-to-date as regards the course. And yet, I have the nerve to ask you to wait just a short while longer, because as far as Yiddish teaching goes, we really do bring experience and an earnest approach to the work (no matter what shlimazels we may be as regards PR). And although it appears that the course has simply come to a halt, the metrics on the website do not in fact reflect the actual state of the course today. I will post about all of that at length soon, but in the meantime I will say: our progress has not been visible on the website, because we have been working offline. This is for a few reasons, primarily to avoid specific obstacles we encountered in our first go at building the course. At any rate, the work will very soon transition online, and you will all see the course take shape as it currently stands, and will see the work that still remains before us. I assure you, there is not so very much as you expect."

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TseDanylo

            Thank you!

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maddyml

            helo

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lisha.song2005

            DUOLINGO should add more languages! FOR EXAMPLE CHINESE,URDU,ETC. THATS WHAT I WISH DUOLINGO SHOULD DO MORE OFTEN!

            November 6, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchie529

            Why does it show the answer when doing Duolingo?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/casti_paula

            what can you use lingots for- like to buy things??

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jkloiu

            Can a user finish a course? And if that is possible, what happens when that user finishes?

            November 5, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Baloo

            yes, they can finish the tree and then you get a golden owl

            November 7, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

            It took a long time and hard work but I made it ;)

            November 8, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel5454

            I take Spanish as a foreign language at my middle school and i'm wondering how to say certain things in Spanish. My teacher says to not use google translate. I still have questions and i'm wondering to see if you can answer them.

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GermanOfficial

            the forum is a good place to ask for that sort of thing, extra points if you ask for help using your target language

            November 4, 2016

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leatherwood35

            Hi

            November 7, 2016
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