use pictures to deepen understanding
Dear Duolingo, First of all, thank you very much for building such a great tool. Though I am not a linguist, I had passion for foreign languages. And, my obvious challenge was inertia. Now with this tool, its really fun learning a language and, the course content and presentation have enabled my inquisitive mind to progress to newer lessons/chapters pretty quickly.
But, now the obvious, and its human I believe - wanting a bit more comfort ;-) So, what I had felt while doing my French course is that learning language in primary school was easier. Which means, when there are images depicting the words,phrases,sentences etc., the learning becomes quicker and registers well in the mind. And, people like me who's native language is a tongue twister (malayalam). Translating a foreign language(say French) - to English & vice-versa is a lengthier process. And the process will always be 'think in english' then translate. Hope, you understood my suggestion.
I'm aware that its a lots of effort required to do such a thing (maybe, you could make it under "Premium mode"). But, just wanted to bounce-off the idea to you.
Hi vinuzi! I'm am not sure whether the French course has it, but there should be questions that ask you to choose the picture that represents the word it is asking for. In these questions, you can recognize images that teach you a new word. This is definitely very helpful, thanks to DuoLingo. However, I believe that pictures would not be the most helpful because it is not the image that should be in your head, but the word and it's meaning. Of course, there are people who work better with visuals, but I suggest making an online notebook if that is the case. Rather than relying on pictures, I think you should work on the word itself. This is especially helpful in tests, whether for school or yourself, because pictures would most likely not be provided. I hope you can understand my theory. Hope this helps! :)