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Random Thought for a Cool Feature

Firstly, let me explain the term "laddering" for anyone not already familiar. Laddering is using a language you have learned to progress to the next one. For instance, let's say I finish the Spanish tree on DuoLingo (as a native English speaker); next, I want to learn French. But, instead of joining the French for English speakers tree, I join the French for SPANISH speakers and build on both at the same time - you get the idea.

Wouldn't it be cool if DuoLingo factored this into your xp? Here's how it could work. In your profile, there would be a new slot for "native language." In my case, this would be English. Once designated, any tree xp gained from a tree written "for English speakers," would up my level for the X language, but not English (where I'm exempt). But, if I signed up for X for X speakers (i.e. French for Spanish speakers) I would begin tallying xp for both languages, to reflect that I'm practicing both at once.

Thoughts? Critiques? Amens? Please post your thoughts!

February 28, 2017

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pentaan

Millions of Duolingo students already do this. Because there is no course from their native language to the foreign language they like to learn.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fallasus101

Honestly this only works if you are learning one of the more popular languages or if you are not a native English speaker, as many of Duolingo's courses are only available in English and a few others.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

This is a good idea, but there's the problem that it could be abused for quick XP gain.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FresnoVegas

Very true, and very sad. Oh well. Still, I can dream.

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