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https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

Please join the different languages, even if the base language isn't the same !

BastouXII
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I'm studying Italian, German and, soon, Spanish from the English sub-site of Duolingo and English from the French sub-site. But there's a clear separation between all the languages I learn from English and English, because I learn it from French. It's terribly annoying to have to get out completely to switch languages, just like if I had to log out and log back in ! Why don't you allow to switch the learning languages, just like if it was all from the same base language, and then the language in which the site is displayed in a different setting, so as to have all our learning languages together ?

You can manage it just by adding the setting separately, the rest of the site stays exactly the same !

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https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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I already asked for a similar feature in the App through a feedback e-mail, but I reaffirm it here, the same option for the mobile app would be really appreciated.

It seems many people are laddering languages, so it may prove useful for increasingly more people as the site grows in members.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tbarqawi

I think adding something like favorite courses would solve the problem.

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Reply14 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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What do you mean ? How would that work to solve the problem ?

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlytylr
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I originally started with my base language as English for everything and now I have started looking into practicing between two languages I am learning. I agree that it is a bit cumbersome to have to completly switch over to do that rather than have it all in the same dropdown menu. :-(

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila
johaquila
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Yes, that separation is annoying. But at least there is a shortcut for switching between courses. Under "Home", on the right hand side next to "[language] progress", there is a circular flag item. If you press it, you immediately get to a place where you can choose between all available courses.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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Yes but that still is too much work, after clicking the flag, you have to go to a long drop-down menu, find your language there, click on save changes and then click on home again (because you're still in the settings screen). A lot more clicks than just hovering over the flag on the top and clicking on the language to go to.

Just adding all the languages one is currently learning, or have an option to modify it yourself like Tbarqawi suggests, to this hover flag menu at the top, would fix this cumbersome clicking all the time.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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The trouble is when switching from English to French to Romanian to English (I beta), or something along those lines. Changing the BASE language (your 'native' language) is very complicated.

The Duolingo team has mentioned, however, that they will be fixing this soon.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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Yes, that's what I meant. As long as you don't change the base language, it works flawlessly.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila
johaquila
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Yes, I agree it's annoying. But at least with the shortcut I described you can switch your base language and your target language simultaneously.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krzaq2

This is terribly annoying. When I try to learn English from Polish, not only my German course disappears, but also the whole website is translated and there is nothing I can do about it. The website language definitely shouldn't be affected by the current course! (unless, it is in the target language, but even then...)

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arano.
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will that ever happen?it is super annoying to switch the base language and also a lil sad to not see all your achievments together.please!other then that its been a great week with this app so far.p.s.more stats would be nice,for example graph of all your languages developement etc.

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Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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I just noticed that we can't see (or I haven't found how to do it) the languages someone is learning from another language than English in their profile as soon as they start learning one from English. Why not join all the languages someone is learning in one's profile as well ? It would make sense with the concept asked for here.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rociogut
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I completely agree with you, and it would be brilliant if in addition all of that can be shown in one's profile :)

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ksamusmith
ksamusmith
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I made a mistake and started "learning" German from English, and my native tongue is Spanish. Do you know if I would have to start everything from scratch again if I switch courses?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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No. Your language XP is accumulated for each target language across all base languages you use to learn it. You would lose your progress in the tree though (but you can always come back to the English -> German and see your tree where you left it). You probably would be able to skip a few lessons through the initial placement test though, and what you have actually learned stays in your brain and memory. ;-)

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Reply23 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ksamusmith
ksamusmith
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Thank you! I changed to German from Spanish and noticed that I can take the shortcuts, so I'm doing that... At least I will not have to perform like 20 tests, just 5 or 6 to get to the level I was in German from English. I will leave this here if it's useful for someone else...

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mayeulk

Hi, I tried to switch and it deleted my history. I just sent this using the "support" button on the left:
Sent 13 October 2014 Title: Progress in Portuguese deleted when I changed my language Hi, I speak 6 languages and learning 2 more. I wanted to learn Portuguese as a Spanish speaker and started to do so. I also wanted to look at the other languages that will be available soon (especially to check whether Russian was there, to be notified); and I wanted to refresh my Germain. So in the incubator I switched the base language I speak into English. This deleted all my learning history of the Portuguese language :-( Please keep me inform about this bug (progress, difficulties, whatever). I'm good at software testing, would be happy to help there. Cheers, Mayeul

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mayeulk

Going back to the incubator to switch the language, I got my level back, but couldn't find another place where to switch the language.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila
johaquila
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The fastest method, though clearly not fast enough: Click "Home" in the blue top menu bar, then click the little flag on the extreme right just below the blue bar. You get a selection box with all available choices. Remember to click "save changes" after making your choice.

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Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mayeulk

Hi Johaquila, thanks a lot for taking the time to answer. It does not work. I use Firefox version 32. When I hover my mouse on the round flag next to my icon (close to my name), a small menu appears just below the blue bar, with the courses I'm subscribed to as a (supposedly) native English speaker. I have to click to "add a new course" then "I speak:" and chose the language, but here there is no "Save changes" button. I need to click to a course (open it). It opens https://www.duolingo.com/course/pt/es/Learn-Portuguese-Online There I must click Switch to course, and only there the full interface (and my supposedly mother tongue) switches to Spanish, with this link: https://www.duolingo.com/course/pt/es/aprende-portugu%C3%A9s-en-l%C3%ADnea

To be clear: I'm French, want to learn Portuguese through Spanish; and German through English. In the past I've learned Spanish through Italian (with Assimil); it worked well; it helped reinforce my Italian instead of making my learning make me forget other similar languages I've learnt. (When I initially learnt Italian - through ENglish - I forgot the little Spanish I knew). Thanks for reading :-) Thank you, Gracias, obrigado, dankon, ik dank u, merci, vielen Dank, спасибо! Mayeul

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila
johaquila
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If your interface displays your name on the 'Home' page, then it's quite different from mine and you are probably part of a test group. Duolingo does this all the time: A relatively small percentage of random users are presented a new feature or interface variant, and then activity, retention etc. of the test group is compared to the others. E.g., this is how they found out that it's better for retention to hide the option for disabling the microphone even though that's inconvenient for those switch between a computer that has one and one that doesn't.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maya04292003

how can i change my account back to English i tried hovering over and going to setting and doing another thing but it did not work if you are reading this can you HELP ME!!!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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Set both languages at the same time on this page. The easiest way to get there is with the flag icon at the top left of the "home" section (the one with the skill tree).

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/desBiensche

Two years later and it is still not working! I started with Danish from English and later added English from German. I completely freaked out when I couldn't see my Danish progress anymore. I found out that I can switch back and get my progress back. But to be honest, with all that clicking and scrolling it is too much hassle for me to switch again to English-German, so I kinda dropped that course. Which is a shame...

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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While we wait or Duo staff to implement this feature, you can install a userscript that makes it possible, or a Chrome browser extension that does it (the "Duolingo Tweaks" one). Search for "Language Course Switcher", regular or improved. Or click the flag icon at the top left of the home screen (the page with the skills to learn) and it will take you directly to the language switching page.

It's not ideal, but it's the best we can do for now.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A.Igor
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Salut BastouXII. Merci pour le partage

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/julie506360

I really wish they would fix this! I want to be able to see all my languages that I'm working on

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/julie506360

also, on comments, it only shows languages I'm learning from English

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeorgiYanakiev

It looks like many of us have this problem. I'm currently learning German from English and Portuguese from Spanish. I hope they do something about it.

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