When do the lessons change? I'm on lesson 7 and it's the same as lesson 1.
When do the lesson change to a different process? I've done 7 lessons and it's exactly the same format as lesson 1 just with different words.
The first seven lessons are just the absolute basics - the course creators assume that you're starting with no prior knowledge of Greek, not even the alphabet. The next eight are still pretty basic but are a bit more interesting. After that is where it starts to get quite involved - you begin learning accusative and genitive and so on. If you feel that you've already got a decent handle on the Greek basics, you can try testing out of the coming eight skills and jump down a little.
Trust me, it's definitely worth persevering! Good luck.
Well, you should be given, in rough order of frequency:
- Sentences in Greek to translate to English
- Sentences in English to translate to Greek
- Audio sentences in Greek to listen to and then transcribe
- A selection of three sentences where you have to choose all which are correct
- Pictures of items where you have to name them in Greek
- Sentences where you need to fill in the missing word
And that's pretty much it, really. The strengthening exercises tend to be a bit more involved than the learning lessons, but each event will take one of the above forms.
I know that some of the other Duo courses that have many more users (and which have been worked on for a much longer period) have additional tests such as speaking a sentence and getting marked on your pronunciation. The Greek course doesn't have such features yet and all tests/events will take one of the above six forms. But it's still a very good course, IMHO.
I was expecting something more interactive. Like a statement in Greek would say "give me the blue coat". Then there would be a picture of icons showing different objects and one would be a blue coat and the user would have to select it. Or more conversation. The computer would ask a question about something like a picture of a beach. The question would be "How many people are in the water". And the user would answer. That way there is practice hearing a phrase then answering instead of straight exercises.
Yes, I understand what you are saying. However, what spdl79 delineates above is the basic format of the all the courses on Duolingo. We know that a lot of research went into this and we see from experience that it is successful. If in the future more variety could be added it would be welcome.
For further information re the methodology see here You will find further links which I hope will help.
Yeah, I understand they make no claims about tests. I wish the developers of these language apps would "test" their users regularly and see how effective the courses are . Then make changes. For example, what is the drop out rate? Why do people drop? What are they not getting from the application that causes them to drop out.?...etc. When users complete all the lessons can they have a conversation in the language (which is what most people want)?
Ooh, they do. Duolingo tests every change they make to see how it affects user retention. They also test how things affect learning outcomes. If in a session a sentence pops up that seems out of places (like a question about a dog or a cat or a baby in the politics section), that's probably a test that Duo is using to measure learning outcomes. I have come across many such sentences in my time.
Have a look here: http://making.duolingo.com/how-we-learn-how-you-learn At the bottom you'll see a link to the full-on academic version from the Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
Thank you for the links. But then why doesn't Duolingo dynamically change the content of my future lessons to include things that I'm not retaining? This way my lessons dynamically change to include more things I need to work while someone else who may (for example) master past simple tense moves on to future continuous are gets more complicate sentences? Why is the content basically the same for everyone?
Have you used any of the strengthen buttons? If any of the skills in your trees are any color but gold, that behavior has been dictated by the spaced repetition algorithms. SRS by its nature works on things you've already gone over, not things you haven't done yet.
A common complaint (ill founded to my mind, but common nonetheless) is that an individual "can't" move on because they don't have time to keep their tree gold since too many skills turn color and need to be reviewed each day.
Also, there's tons more content in the course that you only get through strengthening. The lessons that are unlocked one by one are just the beginning.
When I repeat a lesson with the strengthen button Duolingo seems to repeat the entire lesson. Even the words I never miss. Which takes up so much time to redo as is boring. If Duolingo knows my weaknesses then why doesn't Duolingo dynamically create lessons that are specific to my needs? If I am weak in prepositions then include prepositions in a lesson on future continuous.
I don't precisely desire that in the lessons proper. They're ordered to introduce new vocabulary and should probably constitute a relatively small portion of the time a dedicated learner spends with the tree, but I certainly do share the wish that the overall strengthening be a good deal less skill-centric and select the weakest words from whatever skill they might be in.
At least the more you strengthen a skill, the more you have to write in Greek.
I just find the layout strange because I know enough Greek before starting Duolingo that I can say more complex phrases like, "I need to go and buy food for dinner tonight" or "I want you to read the book to me". But, I don't know the word for "engineer" so I'm a beginner. That doesn't seem to make sense.
Indeed, it can be difficult to find the parts of the tree with content useful to you if one comes to Duolingo with a certain level of knowledge. I started here for Russian and as I worked through the tree the first time could usually almost, but not quite, pass the quiz-outs for the individual skills. So I chose to go through the lessons quickly and just keep a list of the ones that seemed to have substantial content of interest to me. Duolingo is certainly set up to cater to absolute beginners. If you arrive with a certain level of knowledge, finding where to focus can certainly be more difficult. The system can't know what you already know if you just do the first 7 skills over and over again. But it can easily be the case that what you already know is concentrated in different skills in very different parts of the tree. This is why there is a quiz-out option for every individual lesson. If what you need to work on is things like prepositions or case forms, of course those just appear naturally throughout the entire tree, so just working through it will provide practice. If you need help with certain tenses or categories of vocab, it's clear enough where to look.
What can I say? I agree with everything you have written and thank you for explaining the methodology of Duo and the best way to use it. This should be read by every learner and in particular those who come to Duo with some knowledge of a language. Thank you very much, we are grateful for your support.
It does. What you are doing now is called Basic. It is the third testing ground. After that, we go into the regular Tree that might be months away where all the information gathered here will be utilized. That should be stable for a while but it will be updated regularly. All the input from the community is valuable and appreciated.