Making Lingots hand over fist
They are really giving the Lingots away for translating articles. Does anyone know the reason behind such generosity? Is every translator getting these? Am I part of a Beta group? Are they bringing in new things to buy with Lingots? I am hoping to save my Lingots and endow an honorary chair in my name at Duolingo HQ.
I could have sworn that earlier today (for the first time) the list of lingots said that you got a lingot every time you got three votes for a sentence. It now says: 'Translate or edit a sentence in an Immersion document, and receive 1 lingot if your translation is approved by the community'. Rampant inflation. I still say I would be more interested if you could trade them for salted caramels.
I think the difference is not that big, possibly just in the wording. My understanding is that now you get the lingot once the sentence is flagged as verified, which takes a few upvotes (not sure how many). Depending on the way it works with shared credit, it might even be a lower lingot income. Also, where is that written? I can't find it.
And don't you just love the way it says 'helping to translate' as if there were a Proper Adult doing the cooking and you were holding the spatula for them? You can translate a whole article with no outside intervention and it'll still pat you on the head and tell you that you did well to help when someone checks the title.
Actually, I am curious what Europeans think of American chocolate. Ours (Hershey's being the brand that comes to mind) tends to be sweet. We have a lot of milk chocolate. When I lived in France, there was this Cote d'Ivoire brand that was dark and had almonds in it. Oh it was good and there was some store brand of chocolate granola. Can't find it here. That was good, too. I am afraid when I go to Europe, I will just enjoy the food so much, I will not fit back in the airplane on the return trip.
@Jolynne Next time, think of me when you eat a peanut butter cup and remember that when you see them here they are often are priced as luxury goods. :-(
Are we allowed to be truthful? :eek:
I don't think Hershey's is that popular and I don't know anyone who likes it. It's the texture. But chocolate snobbery has taken off with a vengeance here in the last few years. Lots of small dark bars and single estate chocolate and all that jazz. And we eat chocolate stronger than we used to in the UK.
I'm afraid I formed a terrible opinion of US sweets as a child, between weird chocolate and jellybeans and those wintergreen lifesavers that sounded like they were going to be American polos and turned out to taste like medicine. My only enthusiasm so far is Reece's peanut butter cups, and they don't taste so good now I've grown up. This all excludes the mainstream Mars stuff that we don't think of as an import, though.
Sorry, America. I like your ice cream.
Was it actually Cote d'Or that you liked? With an elephant logo?
Yeah, it was Cote D'Or with the elephant. I really liked Leonidas, too. It's not mainstream here, but the single estate chocolates are here. My sister bought several types and it was interesting to taste the subtle and not so subtle differences in taste. I am with you too, with sweets and being a grown up. Looking at the candies they sell at the store, there's a lot that I would have eaten as a kid, but now I look at them and think, "Yuck!"
Ironically, as I grabbed my coat and looked in its pocket for my keys, I found a wintergreen Lifesaver and thought of you :)