https://www.duolingo.com/andrew974v

Suggestion: Bonus skill: Weather.

Hi, Thank you Duolingo team for creating such an awesome web site. I am not sure if it has already been suggested but I couldn't find anything related to this topic .I am so glad that new features are added to the website and I have a little suggestion. I believe that it would be a really nice addition to the web site to create a bonus skill called 'Weather'. I know that there are some words in 'Nature' section but I found that there a lot of useful words missing. There could all the basic word connected with the topic. If you like the idea, please upvote it, so that people from Duolingo would notice it. It could look something like this :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
Jack.Elliot
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But we never talk about weather in Britain.

always lovely in Scotland with endless Sunshine

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bill-Roca

Ha! My wife and I still laugh about the BBC weather reports from our last trip to London. Every day someone would come on and intone "A sheet of gloom over England today". Literally every day!

Now whenever we have clouds where I live (in a desert, so this is rare) we just look at each other and say "A sheet of GLOOM!" :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZemnianGnome

When I was in the UK, each day the weather report would say "Today we are expecting rainy patches with sunny spells". Turns out they were just trying to cover all bases. ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samwiggety

Not here. Very unpredictable. Snow one day, triple digit temperatures the next.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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I like the Fiddler on the roof "Sun rise ... Sun set" predictable

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stecchetto
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I feel like weather should be a default skill rather than a bonus one. Everyone should know how to say "It's cold out, bring a jacket". Maybe there could be an "Advanced Weather" bonus skill, though, that covers things like "dew point", "low pressure system", etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Agreed! Another reason to lengthen trees or increase lessons: there are plenty of words that are in trees, but not in all trees of that language! "Huh?" I have seen words doing the Spanish to French tree that I never saw in English to French (all gold for a while now, thanks) nor English to Spanish (still in progress). So,eg, at the very least every word in French that is on any tree, should be available to those learning French from any other language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mrben83
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Oh! I got really excited and rushed off to the lingot store to go and buy this skill... really should read things through first....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoRedGriffins
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i did the same thing

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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we all were so excited that we also looked

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

Me too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElOtroMiqui
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So did I.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jadey7

There really do need to be some more skills added. Weather would definitely be a good one.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/coldasice26
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A lingot for this suggestion :) , I really like this one and more themes. Like small talk, If there would be themes for beginners that travel to that specific country, they could focus on those courses instead of learning the language step by step. It would encourage people...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcocaramori
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Indeed. Teaching colloquial language would be very nice (and this skill could be a huge skill). I often find lots of stuff in movies or youtube videos that are very popular.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrew974v

Thank you :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Another Lingot for a great suggestion

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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Also one for bad language. It's always the first thing people want to know about a language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StuffieStephie
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Wow! Your graphics for the mockup are perfect! Did you use Illustrator? Anyway, I want store clerk phrases! I work in a hardware store and we get Spanish speakers all the time. I would like to know how to say things like "Can I help you find anything?" "That will be $20.67" etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Nice, but I want tree extensions! Lots more skills. Bonuses are nice but tree extensions would be better!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Replying to comments that Bonus skills are as good or better than tree extensions. Bonus skills convey the impression that those skills are superfluous or not needed.

I agree that "bonus skills" should be for interesting but non-essential skills. The holiday skills are perfect as bonus skills. Flirting, too.

But weather? Nope -- weather is every bit as essential as the other skills permanently on the tree. If we have a good enough set of weather under "Nature," then that's a different matter. Maybe a bonus skill spinoff of weather could be natural disasters. But further developing general vocabulary about weather, and a multitude of other subjects, will make the trees better, too. If longer trees are daunting, silly because everything in life is daunting to someone, than increase the number of lessons per skill for under-developed skills.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stwel
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I fully agree. Weather is such a basic skill, it shouldn't be a bonus skill.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LukeHoltom
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It's the same thing. Bonus skills are tree extensions except you have to pay for them with lingots. This isn't really a problem as anyone who has finished a tree is going to have a ton of extra lingots.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Strzemek
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I think that language trees are expanded enough. Expanding a tree to infinity will cause discouragement for those who didn't complete their tree yet. Because of that I think that bonus skills for lingots is better option.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ernestd

One thing is clear. Duolingo students have photoshop skills ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trainpilot
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I get the feeling that there'll be a lot more coming to the Lingot Store very soon. A lot more. A whole kaboodle of interesting things that one can delight in. Or something. Please. Please give me something to spend my lingots on. Please.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy
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My vote for extended skills is Food 2. Or Restaurants.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marina26122013

That would be awesome. Great suggestion!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shisoik

How do I get a slot? Or can I somehow trade Christmas for Weather?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/holadatguy

Weather is used a lot as an icebreaker

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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Surely a part of learning a foreign language is using it to read around subjects in which you're interested. There is nothing to stop anybody making a list of words on any topic and then using a dictionary to look them up in the Language they are learning. That way anyone can compile their own relevant and specialized word lists to suit their own interests. Nobody need wait for DuoLingo to do it for them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noe010101
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Really interesting idea. In fact there could be more such bonus skills so we could finally spend our lingots on sth useful:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminedesi16
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This is a great idea! Weather is actually really imporant to know.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buunny
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so there are slots for bonus skills now? What if I want to learn more?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian
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Is it apply on every languages learn? I don't have weather, may it was occupy by the Christmas lesson I bought last time? O.0

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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It's not real. He just made this as an example, not a real skill. it was just a suggestion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chumpatrol1

How do you make those images?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schrockaustin

what??

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cooljay715

si cool

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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If you like, andrew974v, I can send you the url to a flashcard set I've made of weather terms.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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http://quizlet.com/_ndj6d

If this is lacking anything, let me know. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Allegro_ma
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It is awesome! I read this 3 years later you made it. Thank you so much I give you some lingots!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schrockaustin

i wish i could get this! :( it sound great but i don't have enough lingots. :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StuffieStephie
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It's not real, it's an example of how it could be ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schrockaustin

i wish i could get this! :( it sound great but i don't have enough lingots. :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RusoTejano

You're telling me they don't have this as a skill already? Weather is one of the first things I learned in Spanish 1…

Seriously, this is a good skill suggestion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kayb3ll
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As a Brit I am obviously interested in this idea...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maximo335

My tree says 0 slots open how do i fix that?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Acts16_31
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It already has most of that in nature, though it would be helpful to study in more depth.

4 years ago
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