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Is there a way to make the Hebrew font easier to read?

I LOVE Duolingo. I do. I use it religiously every day to study Spanish and German. However, I struggle to read the Hebrew font you use. There are two problems in particular. The light grey font (I understand pastels are your thing) on a white background do not provide particularly good contrast for reading. This is less of a problem in German and Spanish, as those use a traditional latin alphabet, so . . . reading is less of an issue than it is in a language with a completely novel character set.

Secondly, the letter are a bit too small with insufficient spacing between the letters. The letter in the alef-bet are problematic to read in the first place, since many of the characters are so visually similar. Increasing the size of the font, even a point, would be of tremendous help.

I realize that I can increase the screen in my browser, but then that creates an issue of cutting off the screen, when the problem is easily fixed on your end with a few changes to the style sheets. Thanks.

December 30, 2016

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

The devs don't have any power to change this, although they could conceivably pass the idea up to Duolingo HQ.

In lieu of change, I'd suggest practice as being what you most need. Yes, Hebrew is a wildly different alphabet, and it's initially a struggle, but I can attest from personal experience that it's possible to overcome the challenge.

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/airelibre

I think it's actually much easier if you zoom in on your screen or wear stronger glasses than trying to change the way the entire Duolingo website works.

To be honest the sans-serif Hebrew fonts like this one are actually easier to read than the serif ones, in which ז and ד look much more similar. With regards to size, they're the same size as the English, which is larger than average to begin with, but aside from that it's better if you get used to reading normal writing rather than giant letters.

January 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/reuvenrich

I'm not sure if duolingo as a whole currently specifies fonts for languages other than english, maybe they should.

While Font's can be forced by the site, they are often aren't which leaves the differences to operating systems, browsers, mobile devices etc.

If you want them to change best is to say what font are you seeing on our machine, (this could say if it's their mandated font or something your system uses). and which one you'd prefer they use (don't know if that's possible)

If you're looking for a quick solution, easiest/possible course of action is to go into your browser settings and change the -hebrew- font to whatever you find pleasing.

January 3, 2017
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