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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

Help us test Duolingo Bots!

We’re excited to introduce a new Alpha Tester Program for Duolingo learners!

Anyone with access to the Duolingo iOS App can sign up to improve the Duolingo Bot experience by filling out this form.

Feedback from both German learners and native German speakers will be helpful to us. It only takes a few minutes of your time to have a conversation with a Bot and share feedback that will help thousands of people in their learning journey.

By joining this project, you’ll also be among the first to get access to exciting new content and features :)

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Dankeschön <3

January 23, 2017

61 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashirg

I hope that you will publish the test versions also for Android and Desktop. We also want to have a say.

Greetings A android- + computer user

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grant30

Kudos

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSophie

The bots are fun and helps break up the regular learning format. Many times the bot's reply is based on your response, making it feel like an actual conversation. You're rewarded with more points for better responses, so (depending on your daily points goal) one bot conversation could put you near or above your daily goal. Would be great if bots were also made available for the desktop.

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kags

I must admit I currently find them very limiting, and want to say something that isn't permitted as a response, so I get frustrated and use the "Help me Reply" option ... which probably suggests to Duo that my German is worse than it actually is, so I would welcome the opportunity to feed back and therefore have signed up.

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j-am
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I haven't seen a "Help me reply" option? I got stuck in french "Tour of the town" today when it wouldn't let me say anything about what sport I liked to play. Even entering just "Tennis" wouldn't enable the Send button.

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

It's right above the keyboard where it would normally show suggested text.

February 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KanekiKen650856

What about android users?

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robin.fli

I would like to see a choice to work on the conversations verbally when using bots. Not as interested in working on conversation by writing. If it's already possible, I haven't figured it out.

January 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/efisgpr

orally*

verbal = in words oral = spoken

You can even think verbally.

April 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robin.fli

Ah, verbally was the word that came to mind & I probably do think verbally. Even native speakers can make mistakes.

April 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/efisgpr

It's very true; native speakers use verbally to mean orally (by mistake) a LOT, at least in the U.S. (not sure about other places). It is extremely common to the point of calling it colloquial. You're so right. :D Where are you from? I'm American but speak a few other languages fluently.

April 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robin.fli

American too, French is my second language & the one I am closest to being fluent. You wouldn't happen to be a English major? You know how it goes, colloquialisms overtake grammatically correct phrasing all the time. FYI with Duolingo I only connect through following and not on FB.

April 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JJK_

I think the bots are tremendously helpful. It's like a conversation with bumpers.

I do get frustrated as well with the limitation on things you can say, such as not being able to override the auto-correct in iOS. However, I know there has to be limitations on what it could recognize. You can't necessarily program all possible responses into each chat with something as dynamic as languages.

Will the Alpha Tester Program include testing Bots in other languages or is there a different pool of testers for each language?

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/addyandy

The bots are awesome. I wish that they would be able to repeat what they have said when you tap their picture or the chat bubble or individual words. This is extremely helpful while learning.

January 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volkanyurdabak

I am now an alpha tester for the bots, they are really amazing. I thank Duolingo for this opportunity :)

January 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

Does it let you type whatever you want? I got the email but nothing seems to have changed for me.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volkanyurdabak

No, unfortunately you still have to choose the answers instead of independent ones. At least, this is my case.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

The email from Myra seems to imply you can type whatever you want. This is how they would accept more answers.

"You can enter anything that comes to mind. Your input will be recorded to help us broaden and polish the conversation and add answers that should be accepted."

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kags

I'm also an alpha tester, but can still only choose from the limited vocabulary. There was an update to the app yesterday (Greek now in the app!), but the bot hasn't changed.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

Also, I definitely had the airplane chat bot before I got the email saying I was an alpha tester.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

Kags, volkanyurdabak

I've created a troubleshooting discussion for this.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volkanyurdabak

I haven't noticed the sentence. You are right. Unfortunately the vocab was limited :(

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

Yeah so I guess the test isn't working.

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenAAirey

I agree

February 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvgeniyChe3

I've filled the form a week ago, but no response at all... Do you still need help?

February 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

Absolutely! We'll notify you for the next round of testing in the coming days. Thanks for helping :)

February 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvgeniyChe3

I'll be waiting! Thanks!)

February 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

No point, the test doesn't work and Duolingo offers no support. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20598160

February 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xaghtaersis

I would love to test them but I am an android user........

January 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/relox84

What about android users ?

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PJMCD

Indeed. We never seem to get the new features.

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProDuoExtra

Yeah. The iOS users have a big advantage, as always...

January 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex_Gamer

Very Fustrating

February 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Excuse me DuoLingo, but by accident I came across a link yesterday about Mondly's new voice chatbot feature, which is also available on Android: https://blog.mondlylanguages.com/2016/08/25/mondly-chatbot-press-release/

Maybe a DuoLingo programmer can check it out too and see how good it is and if some functionality part / feature, e.g how the chatbot works (e.g phrases, interaction) could enrich DuoLingos own bot functionality?

January 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AR_Elsherbiny

I never heard of Mondly before, but I tried it now (thanks to you), and I think I might start using it. Thanks

February 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coldasice26

Thank you for this one....It is looking very nicely and finally a chatbot on Android.....instead of working on their clubs, they should start working on something useful as the chatbots....

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20450828$comment_id=20527429

Had a quick test of Mondly's conversation lesson (per module), which worked on my PC web version (you have to do a match of the text).
Voice chatbot: I need to find out how this works / how I have to do it (they show 3-4 sentences)...

February 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

Duolingo has more iOS developers than android developers. If you're an android developer, feel free to apply.

January 26, 2017

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    Please make the bots for Skype. More people access to Skype (on android/ios/windows).

    January 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

    Sorry can't help as native German alpha testing, as I have no IOS device.

    Is there any way to run your DuoLingo IPhone app on an IOS PC emulator software?
    Just like Duolingo Android app on Bluestacks on PC Windows (app player, Android emulator)....which works nicely.

    January 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

    Doesn't matter anyway because the alphatest is a failure. It doesn't work like described, or at all for that matter.

    February 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katzenperson

    Will the Web version get bots?

    January 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

    Eventually, yes.

    January 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dieg01mp

    Why does it have to be available only for the phone app?? Make it work on the website too

    January 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Michael

    They are already planning on standardizing the platforms. However, this isn't so simple and takes time. Patience is a virtue.

    January 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenAAirey

    the duolingo bots are pointless,because for instance when is a taxi driver going to see a sign pointing right and ask which way it should turn?It's extremely unrealistic

    February 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RowanNguye

    I have done this on the iPhone and it was actually pretty fun. I think it is a good idea.

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

    Why is it only for German?

    January 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alysakow

    I've seen the bots in French, Spanish and German, but not Polish or Russian.

    January 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

    They're only available for French, Spanish and German.

    January 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robin.fli

    and portuguese

    April 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oshowatt1234

    I use my school Ipad

    January 26, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dwduo

    I'm an android user, so I'm left out again. But I can give feedback without having used it yet (even if it won't accomplish anything).

    It seems from brief discussion I've read here and elsewhere that the chat bots use pre-canned multiple choice responses. Is that true? As someone who is -not- very good with the language he's pursuing, I can whole-heartedly say that that design carries only so much benefit. Very little, in fact. Multiple choice is the bane of learning. It removes perhaps 95% of effort required. I look forward to the bots greatly, but I really wish they'd use the same response interpretation logic that Duo currently tests us with. Why not? It's already there. If it means users get a lot more answers incorrect, then so be it; that's how we learn, afterall.

    Down with multiple choice.

    January 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JJK_

    It isn't multiple choice. You have to formulate an answer either by typing alone or with assistance. However, your answer is confined to what the bot will accept.

    January 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dwduo

    That is good to hear. I'm wondering about what I've seen and heard, now. Even the mondly 'bot' appears to be mult choice. I guess I will have to wait and see. Considering they're still in the process of hiring android devs, it might be a while. :-/

    Edit: Ah, seems the images available on the net for the bots are more current. When I checked it must have still been a new feature and the results were indeterminate. I have found pics that show a text box (yay!). So that's good to see. Thanks for the heads up.

    January 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j.tougas

    The bots work great

    January 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenBookmye

    Emergency response with stuff like are you hurt where does it hurt do you have a fever are you allergic to anything

    March 14, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robin.fli

    In comments I have given suggestions about other possible conversations.

    April 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lucia260844

    I attend both the english course than the German, and it doesn't distinguish the daily goal of the different language. But, Thanks a lot for the German course on Italian !

    January 31, 2017
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