The teaching of male and female differences for English speakers.
I've been using Duolingo to learn Italian. I am Chinese with Chinese as mother tongue, but am also a very good English speaker. While taking the Italian course, I noticed that many words are used differently according to gender differences. I totally understand why a language would have this feature, but as a speaker of two languages without such differences, I believe there should be more clarification in practice sessions etc. At least the learners should be hinted about the male/female quality of a word while learning them.
Some of what you are looking for might be covered in the notes at the beginning of each skill.
Yes, I do see there are tips and notes that definitely help, but the problem is that my Android phone does not display them. Also, I believe that adding a reminder of which is feminine and which is masculine when the learner gets things jumbled up will help starters like me learn the language faster. I remember when I was a kid learning English, I would need to note the differences between Chinese and English before my brain consolidate them into a flow where the grammar and usages come naturally.
I would suggest not learning with the app for various reasons. You would likely have better luck learning with the web version, and only practicing with the app.
Good luck with Italian! :-)
(Your English is very good!)
Thanks for the compliment. I'm going to America for college. Just got admitted, so I thought it'd be good to learn another language and improve myself. I'm really enjoying Duolingo. I guess I'll resort to learn with my laptop, then.
I also use the app on my Android phone. To get the Tips and notes I open Duolingo in the phones browser, go to the tips and notes sections and save the webpages for offline use, it takes some time and I can only save them row by row as per availability, but it is better than nothing and maybe helpful for you as well? İ am aware that the web interface is better for learning, but when İ have time to learn I do not have a PC nearby, nor a laptop... but İ am grateful if at least the Internet connection is more or less stable
Yes. Not being able to use an app to learn is kind of frustrating, but I guess there's reason to forcing learners to use the web version. It's a much bigger screen, you can type more easily and more info can be displayed.
When you see a new noun it will either have il, la, un, or una in front of it. If it has il or un it's masculine, and if it has la or una, it's female.