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OMG owl please go away -new update

Every time that owl pops up to give me a pep talk I want to punch him. He pops up to tell me how those ones were a little hard after I have made stupid mistakes on an easy lesson. He disrupts my flow when I am on a roll. What business is it of his how I am going! Please make the owl go away!!

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

Seriously, I would pay many lingots for that owl to go away. Make that an option, please??

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenBookmye

I agree if you are past level ten you are past these as motivation They could find something more motivational. For me ein Frau mit Lederhosen or even a video clip of a real owl

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

I couldn't stand it so I accessed my profile, removed all notifications. And, under coach, I reduced my goal to 1 xp per day. It solved it. I do not get any owl popping up. I hope this will help you. Have a great day,

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sachi-Yoda1
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Wow that's great!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

It seems that 10 xp still causes pep talks from the owl, but 1 xp does not. In the meantime, I have stripped him of his formal attire for annoying me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

I take it back. You still get the little f@#er when you go down to 1XP. I have reset it to my usual 20XP and I am trying not to break my phone when he appears.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/estudianteMTI3

I agree that it can be annoying, but I think it would be OK if. 1 . they limited the popups to the lower levels. 2. Either the messages were in your target language,or they had some other relevant language learning advice. And 3. You could turn off or regulate the messages from your settings.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

I agree! We should be able to turn them off, and yes I was thinking they should be in Russian (my target language), or perhaps in a mixture of your language and your target language so we could compare.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cynnamonro

Hear hear!! I don't even want to use the app anymore because of the annoying owl! Plus, I have somehow lost the part in the exercises where I practice pronunciation. Just listening now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sie00
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I'm 27, not 4. I hate this childish style. That is 100 times more annoying than any advertisements. Furthermore at level 20 trying to revise material that I have completed many times, It is even more ridiculous. They just add a new feature and don't bother to code It to make any sense. It is lazy.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

I agree. When you have finished every lesson and you are going back to the simple ones to revise, the last thing you want is some patronising pep talk about how you are going well, or even worse 'that was a hard one' when you make simple errors!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgeniyChe3
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How to disable it? It's very annoying!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VinayakMalhotra.

Even I find him annoying but I think that it's nice to have some company.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/urska.m
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I have a bit different problem - due to the new features of the last update (among other things - the owl) my app crashes several times in a row before I can finish one lessons. :-(

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NathanBufe

I couldn't believe it when I went to the settings and there was no option to turn that off. Are they completely insane? Also, I accidentally reduced my goal from 50 xp to 30 xp and there seems to be no way to raise it again, at least from the app. Why are they dumbing everything down suddenly?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/benmaja
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I think all this dumbing down is probably due to pressure from things like gaming, social media, etc. which are desperately trying to woo young people. Duo is probably being told by big players that this is what kids want and it should be going this way, because Google, Microsoft, Apple etc. always want a piece of any successful action, and Luis has swallowed it, tragically sacrificing much of what made Duo excellent in the first place. Sadly for young people, at this rate they soon won't have anything else to compare all the dumb stuff with and will never know what they are missing.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BGXCB

Actually, unfortunately for duo they'll never know what they are missing, because they will drop the app for something less condescending.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarefo
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It's either an A/B test (in which case it will be scrapped if it harms user engagement), or it passed A/B (in which case, it helped with user engagement).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

Well I seriously hate it. I want that little owl to go away and die and never come back. I think I might reduce my duolingo use (just maintain my streak) and go back and use my other language apps more. The only think that motivated me to use Duolingo so much was to beat my younger sister at it, and then because it seemed to be working. I hate pep talks from anything and anyone. They instantly make me want to do the opposite.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
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I'm guessing either an A/B test or an innovation limited to certain platforms, because I am not seeing any more of the owl than I ever did.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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What does the owl do? I haven't seen him yet. I have my xp goal set to 1 and I only do timed practice.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

You might not see it with timed practice. He pops in from the side of the screen and gives you a pep talk. It is quite patronising.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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Like I really need a pep talk ;-) It might be cool if he speaks in the target language though.

I do only timed practice because I'm working on reaching level 25 in Spanish. The tree is complete so it's timed practice from now on

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

Yes my tree is complete for Russian now. So now I am trying to do the lessons by listening and trying to figure out an answer BEFORE looking at the options. It is working pretty well I think.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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It's fun doing review (timed practice) because I feel I'm really starting to know Spanish now. I try to answer as fast as possible and usually I get it correct. My listening is getting much better.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SilentWolf77

I don't have an owl, I use the Duolingo website.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BGXCB

Got all excited to see a new duo update. Finally, we would be able to turn off the stupid annoying logo. But no, not only is there no option to turn it off, but we have been lumped with more kiddy features. Is this a kids only website? Duo is making me feel creepy for being here, as it is so clearly focused on vulnerable children.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giokate

I have never had an owl pop up and give me a pep talk. I use Duolingo on PC and on Android. I wonder why I don't have this feature. Not that I'm complaining; it sounds awful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heather703043

Every day I wish to kill that condescending little sh*t

1 year ago