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 :)
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!" :)
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.