Does the immersion tool return?
I am missing the immersion tool. It was another reason to learn English on duolingo. Does the immersion tool return? I learnt a lot of new vocabulary with the immersion tool. I switched from German to English and from English to German. It is important to see a language from both sides. I am very unhappy with the decision to cancel the immersion tool. I hope that somebody of the duolingo team is able to respond to me.
No. Immersion has been cancelled and will not come back.
You probably will not get an individual response from someone from the Duolingo team, but here's an official statement by Luis, the top person of Duolingo himself:
Schade, aber es sieht nicht gut aus.
After the Immersion deletion, Duolingo lost its advanced study possibilities. The trees don't advance a student much beyond A2/B1 level, so instead of being a leader in free language acquisition, Duolingo is just another beginner level website (especially since the device app now contains advertising).
Duolingo started with the worthy aim of "translating the internet" however it turns out that isn't a very profitable business. Immersion required a lot of server space and dedicated hours from DL employees but didn't pay for itself.
I would question the validity of official numbers stating that Immersion was only used by 0.05% of users but even then, Duolingo is a For-Profit business, the users are here voluntarily and there is no point in retaining a programme that does not pay for itself.