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Bonus skill: Common signs.

Hi, Thank you Duolingo team for creating such an awesome web site. I have a suggestion to create a bonus skill called 'Common signs'. I believe that it is an important part when learning a language and visiting the country where it is spoken to know the signs. This bonus skill could contain words like : Open, Closed, Entrance, Exit, Push, Pull, Restroom, Men, Women, Forbidden, Baggage reclaim (for the signs in the airport), Customs, Use other door, No Enter, WET FLOOR, employees only, please use another door. Who likes 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/kristinemc

Interesting idea! I'll bring this back to the rest of the team :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrew974v

This would be awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Are contributors to a language course free to create the skills, or bonus skills, they please or there has to be an administration decision, independent of the language, behind it ?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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Yes, that surely would be useful. Noone wants to accidently enter a room that says, "private" or "Achtung, Hochspannung!" because you think it just means toilet or something ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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... and think of the poor Germans who risk an arrest for drunk cycling in France, just because they misinterpret a road sign:

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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dudly
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In Germany, the toilet category "Behind" really made me do a double take. I was not sure if it was in any way related to butt-businesses and all. Turns out, it's not a toilet for people who specifically want to poop, but rather the German word for "Handicapped".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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German coffee machines can also be a little confusing for English-speakers.

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In some cases, after tasting the coffee, you have to admit that the label is correct.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dudly
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Yes but. Your profile says you live in Rome; from what I gathered when I lived there, I was to understand that any non-Italian coffee was a pain when travelling abroad!

I think it might be helpful to have a bonus skill of "False Friends", to clear up certain confusions quick! The American use of the word "pepperoni" comes to mind, but I'm sure that there are much more terms that could get confusing that are not already included in our food lessons (because right now, all my examples would be food based... darn that hunger!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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You might like this discussion about a "false friends" skill.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ilya88
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I'm always amazed at how the coffee immediately drops in quality when you drive out of Italy. It's very noticeable to me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Well, if you ever go to North America, bring your own coffee !

I remember the first time I went to Europe (France and Spain), I noticed how I never drank a bad coffee, without actually looking for it actively, whereas here (Canada), one has to go out of his way to find a decent one !

Then I went to Italy and my standards went even higher !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Athenicuber

that is very important.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samy1979
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It's not "Behind" it is "Behinderte", Maybe is was an abbreviation: "Behind." but I never saw this. Most toilets for handicapped have a sign of a wheelchair. Like this:

http://www.jm.nrw.de/JM/infos_behinderte/zwischentext_behindertentoilette/Grafik_Behindertentoilette_thumb_125.jpg

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dudly
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Behind. it was.

Behind it was

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mick1203
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yep, short form for "Behinderte"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YasminGabr2

cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrew974v

Thank you :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcocaramori
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Awesome bonus skill! Don't forget 'OUT OF ORDER'. Because you don't want to end up in an elevator shaft.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/inkybaba
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"kaputt"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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In this case, the sign would probably say "Außer Betrieb".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Athenicuber

also WET PAINT and DO NOT DISTURB.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Such an important lesson as to understand the pertinent signs..

positive thinking

yet another great idea from you

Thanks ... Lingots for you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/javax
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I love this idea! Would love to see this Bonus skill, I'll inmediately buy it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory
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There's also "Stop, Yield, No Smoking, No Pets, No Food or Drink, Open, Closed, No Parking, " One they have at the post office is "Guichet Suivant" which means to go to the next clerk at the counter. They have that sign in English and French. One time it was only June and I had a card to pick up a parcel in the post office. On the card it said they'd hold the parcel "au" and had some numbers. I absent-mindedly thought it was the abbreviation for "August" but it was French, because they have it in French and English. I told the clerk, "It's only June" and that I thought it meant August, then realized it was French and she laughed. Sometimes I still get fooled by "au" on the card, thinking it's the abbreviation for August, but that's French, not English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharityKB

Another great idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

This is definitely a valuable skill to have. I hope it gets incorporated into the site eventually.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

And please, "Danger!"

I learned "Dangerous rip currents!" on my own, but I know that more than a few visitors to Costa Rica have failed to learn that one.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Please add "DON'T TOUCH" to the beta test.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SourireCache

This is a very invaluable idea! I seriously hope this passes through quite soon! c:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee
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This is a great idea. I hope they bring it in for all languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trainpilot
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Another smart idea. Have a Lingot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michabelle
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This is a fantastic idea! I hope it gets implemented, especially since this is definitely one thing anyone visiting a foreign country is bound to come across :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrew974v

Thank you :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mprdo
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Are 2 years of encouragement inadequate to move this forward?? Hello?? 27Jan17

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AImaMexicana

Yes! This would be very useful in my travels. Great suggestion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2-1_Nation

The bonus skill that remains, in my perspective, illusive but rather important if one is to interact and engage with another culture. The skill of being able to "Barter", this involves a unique language set. This unique language set makes it an ideal bonus skill. Often the advantage of learning of learning a language (and being able to communicate) is it may be a useful or lucrative. Being able communicate might reduce ambiguity, inspire trust and prevent explotation. In the world of globalized business international trade is common place being about to communicate with people from around the World, that speak different languages, is important. Many Language learners may find themselves with aspiration of travel, and as Tourist they are likely to want purchase goods, thus even as a casual language learner the skill of "Barter" may prove invaluable - to any inspiring linguist.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrey.seryukov

I think this idea deserves its own discussion :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rewong
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Oooh, this is a great idea! Especially for those of us high school students using Duolingo to prepare for standardized language exams, since there's usually a question or two on reading a sign. My only concern would be regional variations (e.g. water fountain/drinking fountain/bubbler) or a variation having a different meaning somewhere else (e.g. 洗手间 having different meanings in diff. parts of China)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KonradChuck

Great idea. Don't forget road signs. Signs here in Australia are so very different from anything in Europe for example.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sparkle
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Some of these signs would be really helpful ( e.g. push and pull). I think others might be a bit useless - especially airport signs which are usually in more than one language and also have fairly universal icons that go with them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YasminGabr2

legai

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColbyStein

I think this is almost important enough to go on the actual tree itself. Definitely a good idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sue267001

I like the idea of 'common signs'. It makes sense.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rmb206
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Great idea!!

1 year ago